Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).


Comment: Use rsync! (Score 2) 306

by TheTempest (#38589562) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Free/Open Deduplication Software?

I just use rsync from the command line to do deduplication. Been working like a charm for years.

First I sync from the remote directory to a local base directory:

rsync --partial -z -vlhprtogH --delete /backup/server/www/etc/base/

Then I sync that to the daily backup. Files that have not changed are hard-linked between all the days that share them. It very efficient and simple, and retrieving files is as simple as doing a directory search.

rsync -vlhprtogH --delete --link-dest=/backup/server/www/etc/base/ /backup/server/www/etc/base/ /backup/server/www/etc/2012-01-04

Comment: Re:Am I the only... (Score 2, Insightful) 602

by TheTempest (#32586884) Attached to: Digitally Filtering Out the Drone of the World Cup

Yep, I saw Brazil play. They sucked. Maybe that had nothing to do with the horns, but why would you hold that game up as an example?

They should have pummeled North Korea. Instead it was a close game. If I knew nothing else about Brazil I'd say they didn't have a chance of getting past the group stage after watching that abomination.


Man Builds His Own Subway 174

Posted by samzenpus
from the everyone-needs-a-hobby dept.
jerryjamesstone writes "Everybody is into rail these days; it is the greenest way to get around next to a bike. Leonid Mulyanchik has been into it for years since before the Berlin Wall fell, since before the first Macintosh, building his own private underground Metro railway system. English-Russia says that he has been doing it with his pension, that it is all legal and approved and that he is still at it. Gizmodo calls it 'Partly the traditional, inspiring, one man against all odds type of persistence, but more the obsessive, borderline insane persistence.'" Update: 06/02 07:33 GMT by T : And if you're the type to visit Burning Man, you can actually ride a home-made monorail this summer, too.

Wine 1.2 Release Candidate Announced 165

Posted by timothy
from the vintage-2010 dept.
An anonymous reader writes "After evolving over 15 years to get to 1.0, a mere 2 years later and Wine 1.2 is just about here. There have been many many improvements and plenty of new features added. Listing just a few (doing no justice to the complete change set): many new toolbar icons; support for alpha blending in image lists; much more complete shader assembler; support for Arabic font shaping and joining, and a number of fixes for video rendering; font anti-aliasing configuration through fontconfig; and improved handling of desktop link files. Win64 support is the milestone that marks this release. Please test your favorite applications for problems and regressions and let the Wine team know so fixes can be made before the final release. Find the release candidate here."

Comment: For Archival Purposes (Score 1) 849

by TheTempest (#30139674) Attached to: Can We Really Tell Lossless From MP3?

I generally use MP3 (car, iPhone, etc.), but I rip to FLAC for archival purposes. It's nice to know that in the future I can re-convert the music and start from scratch.

Also, I like the fact that I can use FLAC track/album gain on my Squeezebox at home but normalize the tracks for output to MP3 for use elsewhere.

MP3 encoders/decoders have gotten seriously good and if you don't know the songs well it's easy to be fooled. However, if you DO know the music very well it's often easy to tell the difference. It's not worse, really, just different and for people with strong auditory memories it can be a little annoying.

I also listen to a lot of music with significant distortion and MP3 seems to be weak in this area.

Comment: Re:And yet they do nothing to discourage the car (Score 2, Interesting) 776

by TheTempest (#29556123) Attached to: The Fresca Rebellion

I live in Arlington, VA and this is a very bike friendly area (as are some of the suburbs beyond). There are numerous bike trails and bike lanes throughout the area.

I bike to work and for pleasure regularly and generally find that the driving public is very polite. I think often that is because they can clearly see that I'm commuting to work. When I bike for pleasure I stay off the roads as much as possible.

I do regularly see bikers acting like assholes, but then again I see the same from other drivers when I'm in my car. The difference is that bikers run a much higher risk by violating the laws than drivers do.

Comment: No Swap Works for Me (Score 1) 900

by TheTempest (#25226249) Attached to: How Big Should My Swap Be?

I run a laptop with 4GB real memory and a desktop with 8GB - both are running XP64 and have 64GB SSDs (though the desktop is 3x32GB RAID0). I have no swap under either and they are both stellar performers. I never use all my real memory - so why would I need swap?

On my old desktop the drive ran continuously even when RAM was not completely utilized. The drive was a Raptor so I really noticed it and it annoyed me. It's one of the reasons that I went solid state (besides having an insane urge to blow money) but the constant swapping is gone as well.

Right now I am running my normal system and 2 1GB VMs and I still have 4.8G available.

Seems good to me...

You scratch my tape, and I'll scratch yours.