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Spent the day today killing off my Google Photos/Picasa/G+ galeries and reuploading everything to my self-hosted gallery running +Piwigo on http://jeff.ecchi.ca/photos/

I'm Free at last, and the UX is much better than the mess that G+ Photos has become.

Next step: find the time to go through one year of accumulated untriaged pictures and publish them…
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"I see dead pixels"
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Someone explain to me what's the point of Issuu's existence? It's slow, provides no better user experience (actually significantly worse) compared to PDF files… and it's not even useful to discover magazines (any search results are filled with irrelevant publications, most of which are not even magazines).
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2016 is the year of the GNOME desktop on the Justin Bieber music video!
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Any illustrators among you or your friends? Please give me your thoughts on this (very simple) Tintin fan art of mine, specifically regarding the arms and hands. You can comment below or on DeviantArt.
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Notre cher Tintin qui se bat pour sa vie, armé de rien de plus que le sceptre d'Ottokar. Our adventurous belgian reporter, fighting for dear life. With Ottokar's scepter, of course. Yeah, I kn...
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Tried addressing the biggest anatomy/pose flaws, with this adjusted rough sketch (overlaid on the previous one): http://nekohayo.deviantart.com/art/Tintin-defensive-stance-WIP-v2-578264872  hopefully it is an improvement
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I'll just leave this here. New release is out.
 
"Here comes the 0.95 release."
Hey everyone! It's time for a new Pitivi release, 0.95. This one packs a lot of bugfixes and architectural work to further stabilize the GES backend. In this blog post, I'll give you an overview of the new and interesting stuff this release brings, coming out from a year of hard work.
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Sometimes I dream of setting up a Patreon page and just producing "free culture" work/art for a living, eventually freeing myself from professional constraints.

Could be around filmmaking. Would there be significant demand for videologs or tutorials around Pitivi? Or supporting parallel Pitivi design/testing work through video production? Hmmm.

When it comes to doing illustration work, I'd probably be a mere shadow of established masters like +David Revoy and IIlya Kuvshinov (and terribly inefficient at that, given how long it takes me to produce a simple color illustration).

Chicken & egg :)
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I didn't know about IIlya Kuvshinov, thanks for sharing, I really like his work! Of course I love David's work too, but I already knew it. =)
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My number one annoyance with the Linux kernel: why can't it just detect memory leaks and contain them? After 24 years, this thing should be smart enough to say, "Wait a second, there's a process that is rapidly growing in memory usage, it's now eating 90% of it, that's the one I'm going to kill first and with extreme prejudice"? Instead, what happens is that the kernel starts grinding the disk for no good reason whatsoever — I don't even have a swap! Why does it need to touch the disk and make my user experience miserable? Just kill the culprit process, throw up an error, and let the desktop/Norse gods sort it out!

I see this problem happening all the time with browsers, indexers, image viewers, whatever. The OS should protect me against them. Managing resources is its job.
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+Theodor van Nahl for the sake of the argument, I triggered the issue again by filling my RAM with a rogue python script. As soon as I reach 100.00% RAM usage, kswapd shows up in iotop as writing at 900 K/s… Which again makes little sense to me, given that I don't have a swap and the journalctl output below doesn't seem to say "Hey, I see you have a gluttony for pain, let me create a swap for you".

Oddly enough, it then takes one excruciating minute (from 22h33 to 22h34) for the kernel's OoM killer to finally kick in and kill that rogue python process—I don't know why that can't be done in half a second.

This is what I get in the system journal when the kernel finally realizes it needs to kill something before the user pulls out the power plug, a minute later (nothing notable in the logs before that): http://fpaste.org/310058/65651014/raw/
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Dear lazyweb: do you know of a good but inexpensive sound card with 5.1 analog output (3 standard 3.5 mm jacks: stereo front, stereo rear, and subwoofer+center) that works perfectly out-of-the-box with +PulseAudio?

I had the good fortune of having a desktop computer with such outputs on a built-in Intel sound chipset (it "Just Worked"), but the new workstation I got today only has a single (!) stereo output jack.

Thanks!
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PulseAudio 7.0 makes full use of my subwoofer even for stereo audio. Can we get more "awesome" in there? ;) https://twitter.com/nekohayo/status/669673106328453120
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Yup, the privacy implications of web browsers' extensions systems are pretty horrifying.
TL;DR, Popular Google Chrome extensions are constantly tracking you per default, making it very difficult or impossible for you to opt-out. These extensions will receive your complete browsing...
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How hard is it to set_position on a GtkPaned? Very hard ;)

Whoever fixes this GTK+ bug gets beer. We recently realized it's been silently messing up the +Pitivi UI layout for years. This is why your UI arrangement is reset on every startup.
Created attachment 281541 [details] script showing a forgetful vpaned The problem is that by the time the Paned widget is displayed in a maximized window, when both children have been added with resize=True, the Paned forgets the specified separator position. Seems to happen because Paned itself ...
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Finally crossed this from my to-do list four years later: get the +Pitivi wiki under version control and upgrade it to the latest stable version. Thanks to +Jeff Schroeder for humoring me throughout the upgrade process!
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