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Submission + - Digital Media Libraries 1

An anonymous reader writes: Like many slashdotters, I have several TB of digital media: music, books, movies, tv shows, games, comics, you name it. I've put it all in a few HDs, but handling it all has proven to be less than optimal.
I'm covered when it comes to music, since [pretty much any music player/library manager] allows me to quickly find songs by interpreter, album, genre... For everything else, all I have is a series of hierarchical folder structures, but hierarchies have limitations. I can find Blade Runner easily, but what if I wanted all of Scott Ridley's films? Where is "Good Omens", in the Terry Pratchett folder or in Neil Gaiman's? Furthermore, in a collection with hundreds of similar items, it would help to have some extra clues such as covers (for comic books) or synopsis for TV shows' episodes.
Do you have any software to help you handle digital media libraries? Specialized software (say, something that only work for comics, something else for movies), or generic media libraries? Opensource alternatives are preferred, but commercial software is fine as well.
Data Storage

Submission + - loss-of-pool-coolant accident scenario in Japan (

An anonymous reader writes: US National Academy of Science report to Congress describes in details the spent fuel pool coolant loss scenario that is most likely happening now in Japan and specifically referencing one of the triggers for current situation" "large earthquakes and drops of fuel casks from an overhead crane during transfer operations were the two event initiators that could lead to a loss-of-pool-coolant accident"

Submission + - Improving Disaster Response With Dedicated Ships (

nido writes: "When the Deepwater Horizon blew last summer I posted a couple comments here about my idea for helping the Gulf of Mexico clean itself. To Save the Gulf, Send the Enterprise called for using the U.S. Navy's portable nuclear power plants to oxygenate ocean water, thereby feeding the bacteria that consume crude oil.

After BP's Macondo Prospect well was plugged, I generalized my proposal to dedicate the almost-retired USS Enterprise to disaster relief.

You know an idea's time has come when you read it somewhere else. This is sort of like how multiple people have independently discover scientific principles at about the same time. A new article on The American Spectator, A Great White Fleet for the 21st Century, advocates converting the Navy's retired aircraft carriers to disaster relief ships, just like my piece from last summer. It seems like I should get credit, but the idea is what's important.

Last night I read out that the Amphibious Assault Ship USS Nassau is being decommissioned on March 31st. Rather than letting the ship rust in a Ghost fleet, this would be the perfect first ship to dedicate to disaster response.

My idea was birthed on, and encouraged by visitors from slashdot. Thanks for all the clicks!"


Antarctic's First Plane, Found In Ice 110

Arvisp writes "In 1912 Australian explorer Douglas Mawson planned to fly over the southern pole. His lost plane has now been found. The plane – the first off the Vickers production line in Britain – was built in 1911, only eight years after the Wright brothers executed the first powered flight. For the past three years, a team of Australian explorers has been engaged in a fruitless search for the aircraft, last seen in 1975. Then on Friday, a carpenter with the team, Mark Farrell, struck gold: wandering along the icy shore near the team's camp, he noticed large fragments of metal sitting among the rocks, just a few inches beneath the water."

Comment Re:Will Bing get better? (Score 1) 301

ROFL... You must be kidding.

I'll give Bing some credit, it does try to "decide" what I'm actually searching for. However, I hate to break it to M$, my brain is a much better decision engine. Part of the beauty of what Google gives you is that you know very quickly if you need to refine your search terms, which helps you actually use your brain and learn to think about what you are trying to find. So using Google I can quickly see that I need to refine my search question to give me better results, which almost always results in very relevant results. Bing tries to think for you, but in doing so doesn't actually help you find the best results. So instead of helping me figure out how to express my search better, Bing actually gave me fewer helpful results by limiting what it returned and returning things it thought I was trying to search for.

So no thank you Bing, I'd rather use the most powerful decision engine in existence, my brain.

Comment Re:I Disagree Somewhat (Score 1) 224

My company analyzed Office 2007 briefly when it first came out, management decided to boycott it as long as possible. They were appalled at the total lack of anything familiar to them, which basically made doing basic daily tasks 3 times harder. So we're sticking with office 2003, the last good version of the Office suite. Perhaps Office 2009 will be better...? Unlikely.

Once OpenOffice 3.1 is rolled out I plan on making a case that we move to it, since Office 2003 licenses aren't going to be available forever.

Comment Consumes resources? (Score 1) 535

According to my installation of Google Updater, it consumes a whopping 804KB of Physical memory, and 2.5MB of virtual memory.

So far it's working flawlessly, although I did change it to only notify me of updates instead of automatically updating. I do understand that they should make the updater more configurable (ie: removable), but c'mon it's a good first start.

Comment Re:The parent is beyond stupid (Score 1) 640

But at work, people are still stuck with Microsoft shit. Why? Mozilla still hasn't released an MSI of Firefox.

I admin servers for several companies. If I could simply push out a copy of Firefox using Group Policy, I would give firefox about 250 additional users first thing tomorrow morning.

For this exact reason I'm switching my Active Directory Group Policies to use wpkg in combination with OCS Inventory NG (or maybe GLPI, I'm just starting my research on migrating).

With WPKG you aren't constrained to MSI packages, you can distribute and manage ANY package. With the latest IE security flaw fiasco it got me looking at how to deploy Firefox. This seems to be the best way and should actually make my maintenance jobs much easier.

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