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Organ Damage In Rats From Monsanto GMO Corn

DigitumDei Puffed... (766 comments)

round up ready rice?

more than 4 years ago
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3D Martian Flyover Movies

DigitumDei Re:Its a start... (69 comments)

Or he just completely enjoys watching you get frustrated. ;)

more than 7 years ago

Submissions

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Productivity going up without going up?

DigitumDei DigitumDei writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DigitumDei writes "Thinks your PM needs to know: "productivity tools, contrary to popular belief, dont meaningfully speed up development time, and even if they did, that is not their real value. Their real value lies in the fact that in the everyday activity of coding ( I am talking at the minute by minute level ), these tools stop the break in flow that happens even when you are not being interrupted by other people, and allows you to work closer to the pace that you think at.""
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First Picture of Planet Orbiting Sunlike Star?

DigitumDei DigitumDei writes  |  about 6 years ago

DigitumDei writes "It appears scientists may have obtained the first ever image of a planet orbiting a sun like star.
From the article:
The planet itself lies out at a great distance from its parent star: about 330 times the distance between the Earth and the Sun. By comparison, the most distant planet in our Solar System, Neptune, orbits at about 30 times the distance between the Earth and the Sun.
Dr Matt Burleigh, from the University of Leicester, UK, commented: "This is a very good candidate for a first picture of a planet orbiting a normal star."

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Tiny robot that pick up individual cells

DigitumDei DigitumDei writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DigitumDei writes "With grippers that can accurately measure the strength of its grip (down to 20 nanoNewtons of force applied), this little robot can pick up and move individual cells without damaging them.

From the article:

The tweezers' arms are about 3 millimetres long, with fine tips able to grasp cells just 10 micrometres across. In trials using pig heart cells, the pincer could pick up and move the cells without damaging them. Holding them with only 100 nanoNewtons of force, the gripper squashed the cells out of shape by only 15%.
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Hmm I knew it!

DigitumDei DigitumDei writes  |  more than 9 years ago Well I knew it... I was going to stop using this journal almost the moment I started.

Well a few months down the line and I'm a whole lot more competitent in Linux. Of course having my main winXP box stolen out my house and having to wait a month before getting a replacement certainly helped. Nothing like having no options to force one to learn stuff.

It still gets me on occasion. I have yet to get samba and winXP(SP2) to be friends, anyone out there who knows how please post links to good tutorials. :)

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What a pain

DigitumDei DigitumDei writes  |  more than 10 years ago Well, despite the fact that this linux box is going to be used mostly as a media player, there are times that work will need to be done on it.

Its low on memory, so I need a lean WM.

So, I decided to install samba and xfce. samba to allow the box to connect to my XP box's shares and of course xfce as the lean mean fast WM.

I decided to use yum to install these so that the rpm dependencies could be taken care of. Samba first. Except yum kept failing on downloading the latest kernel headers. So I decided I might as well update my kernel. Up2date did that fine, except now the nvidia drivers freaked. So I reinstalled them, they needed to recompile stuff for the new kernel, they seemed to do that fine. Then back to installing samba.

Now it didn't need the latest kernel header anymore, but it still failed to successfully download many of the larger headers multiple times and took well over 3 hours to install (on 512kbps adsl). After that I installed xfce, also via yum. It took so long that I went to bed. At about 4 in the morning I woke up, it was still going. I went back to sleep and by 7 it was finished. I restarted the box, and after some configuration had xfce as the default WM. All appeared to be fine.

That evening I loaded up xine, put in full metal jacket and pressed play. No sound. huh?

Restart the box, load up gnome, still no sound, start up the sound card detection, play test sound, hiss crackle. Huh?

Now I sit here wondering how the hell to get the sound detection back. What broke it? Kernel (my money is on that), nvidia drivers, samba, or xfce?

Typically the moment I try to use up2date to update all the other fedora standard programs, my adsl stops working. Phone telkom adsl faults, they have a recorded message, the whole province is out. *sigh*

So now I have a media box with no sound. Great.

ADSL back up today, started the up2date. Hopefully things will work this evening when I get home. Hopefully.

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Me n00b, you linux!

DigitumDei DigitumDei writes  |  more than 10 years ago Well I figure if I'm ever going to use this journal, documenting my experiences with Linux would be about the most appropriate thing to put here.

I am a linux newbie. I know nothing. But to start lets put a bit of background info about my computing experience.

I started on a ZX Spectrum 48k as a kid. Programmed it bit, mostly copying out of one of those code your own game books and then modifying slightly.

My first pc was an XT with dos 3.3 installed. I picked it up quite quickly and since then I have worked on and coded applications for every MS Windows from 95 up (with the one exception of ME).
I have a BTech degree in Information Technology.

So, I'm not a normal clueless end user. I do understand how computers work, and yes, installing linux has on occasion confused the hell out of me. ;)

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