Linux Fu: X Command

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Text-based Linux and Unix systems are easy to manipulate. The way the Unix I/O system works you can always fake keyboard input to another program and intercept its output. The whole system is made to work that way. Graphical X11 programs are another matter, though. Is there a way to control X11 programs like you control text programs? The answer to that question depends on exactly what you want to do, but the general answer is yes.

As usual for Linux and Unix, though, there are many ways to get to that answer. If you really want fine-grained control over …read more

Kodak made a Facebook chatbot that tries to sell you prints of old photos

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Kodak Moments, the consumer printing division of Kodak has a new way to encourage you to print photos: a Facebook Messenger chatbot. It works just like you’d imagine. You start a chat thread with the Kodak Moments Assistant on Facebook Messenger, allow it access to your Facebook account, and it will root through the photos you’ve stored there over the years and suggest ones that you might have forgotten about — and that you might want to put in a frame or on a mug.

Kodak Moments is also adding a similar feature to its mobile app, which again either requires access to your Facebook (or Google) account, or your phone’s camera roll, and will surface photos using the company’s “unique image science capabilities” in a news feed-style section…

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Netflix announces new Bojack Horseman season with a goofy, animated text exchange

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Bojack Horseman, everyone’s favorite show about depressed, anthropomorphic animals coexisting with aimless, ennui-affected humans, will return for a fifth season. Cool! But even better than Netflix’s formal, PR-type news, is the tweet from the official Bojack Horseman account.

The account, which features “my real thoughts & emotionsbbbbbbbbbbb” from the (fictional) failed actor, shared a peek at the news as it was delivered to Bojack himself. “Clingy netflix exec,” ever the considerate mouthpiece, shares the news via text as to not wake up Bojack with a call.

No word yet on when season 5 will premiere, though now seems like a good…

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What binge-watching bloody movies at TIFF taught us about the modern horror genre

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Tasha Robinson and Bryan Bishop just spent more than a week at the Toronto International Film Festival, mainlining as many movies as they could manage. Here’s one set of reactions, based on a miniature horror festival they programmed for themselves at TIFF.

Tasha: TIFF traditionally has a wide slate of programming. Some of the year’s biggest upcoming prestige pictures premiere there, but they play alongside indies looking for distribution, international releases looking for attention, and the Midnight Madness slate of would-be cult hits. TIFF is one of those film festivals where you and three friends can each program your own viewing experience: you can all see the same number of movies, and you can each have a radically different…

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The Volvo XC40 is the fashionable SUV you can buy like a phone

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The Volvo XC40 may be just another small SUV for people who wouldn’t be caught dead in a sedan these days, but the company’s approach to sharing and selling the car might be how they get potential customers to pay attention.

The XC40 will compete with cars like the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mini Countryman, as well as higher-end versions of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Volvo’s been on a bit of a hot streak lately, turning out strikingly cool cars, but the XC40 adds trendy stuff like a contrasting roof / body color scheme that the company says will be available in 17 different combinations.

When it reaches showrooms next year, the XC40 will be available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder engine with 250 horsepower. A…

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