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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

praedictus Re:And NOTHING of value was lost (564 comments)

Don`t forget True Detective. Time is a flat circle

about 5 months ago
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Xbox One Used Game Policy Leaks: Publishers Get a Cut of Sale

praedictus Re:Game price reduction? Don`t make me laugh! (379 comments)

I have a hard time getting my head around Brazilian prices. I live by -caveat emptor- . I just bought a very nice Dell monitor at pretty much the US price, processors are pretty close to par, but motherboards and videocards are close to double. Most of the kids XBOX games I bought used/from their friends, full retail is truly a ripoff. And dont get me started on car/motorcycle prices :( Need to get the boss to bank some trips out of the country again.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Headphones, Earbuds, Earphones?

praedictus Re:Sennheiser HD 280 PROs (448 comments)

I too will vouch for the Senneiser HD280Pro. I bought these to replace a pair of Sony Studio Reference phones my kids got a hold of and destroyed. Isolation is good, Ive used them with my cellphone on many flights (where permitted) and long bus rides, and they block a good portion of the turbines/road noise/screaming babies while delivering pretty decent sound quality.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Smart Phones Made Under Worker-Friendly Conditions?

praedictus Re:Short answer... (371 comments)

My Nokia N8 was apparently made in Manaus, Brazil, but that is probably just the final assembly for the domestic market here. There are tax benefits for doing so, and Brazilian import duties tend to be somewhat onerous otherwise.

more than 2 years ago
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Severe Arctic Ozone Loss

praedictus Re:Note to self... (259 comments)

Dont be so sure, the worst sunburn I ever got on my face was in the subarctic back around 1990 or so. Low sun + snowcover = lots of reflected UV rays. The few bits exposed to the sun got right crispified, most of the crew suffered from some degree of sunburns till we ended up getting some sunblock flown in with the provisions.

about 3 years ago
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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

praedictus Re:Aaah, fun early days (1521 comments)

Think I was between real jobs, doing hell-centre in 99 or so to tide me over when one of my supers twigged me on to this cool site. Helped keep my sanity till I moved on to greener pastures (and warmer climate). Thanks to Rob and the crew, I feel old now too.

more than 3 years ago
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Google's Amazon River Street View Project

praedictus Re:OT: Deforestation? (45 comments)

Ive seen some pretty extensive deforestation going on in Pará, mostly spreading out from the Altamira-Santarem-Itaituba axis going south -as well as cattle the flat lands here are being cleared for soya production. The Xinguara-São Felix axis (and continuing on into the Terra do Meio on the other side - thats all very recent) would be cattle ranching. Also along the BR 163 further west and extending along the Trans-Garimpeiro. Btw the narrow red barren areas on the satellite maps are iron deposits on top of plateaus, those are naturally occuring. Maraba-Parauapebas had been cleared for the most part when I first visited in 1998, the funny thing is the areas being mined are where the forest has been mostly preserved - Vale is pretty strict about controlling access, unlike the local government.

more than 3 years ago
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Tracking Bracelets for Autistic Kids and Senior Citizens

praedictus No potential for misuse here (92 comments)

Daddy, what happened to grandpa? Well son, his bracelet blew his hand off when he tried to sneak out of the nursing pris^h^h^h^h home.

more than 3 years ago
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Testing Geiger Counters

praedictus Don't get one. get a gammaspectrometer (277 comments)

If you have cash to splurge get a gammaspectrometer rather than a geiger counter. It will actually give you an idea of the elements involved. Modern models dont need an internal cesium reference so you can measure that as well. You may have to set up new regions of interest (ROIs) for the exotic isotopes, they usually come set for uranium, thorium, and potassium, with a window for cosmic, plus total count which includes everything.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Causes Religious Reaction In Brains of Fans

praedictus Re:Be praised Stevee. (636 comments)

Durka Durka Apple durka! Apple-hu akbar jihad!

more than 3 years ago
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Worldwide Night Sky Stitched Together In 5 Gigapixel Image

praedictus Re:Milky Way (118 comments)

SImilarly, I have worked in some remote areas of Brazil with little light pollution. You can actually get a feel for the immense size of our galaxy, especially looking the region around Scorpio, as the structure and depth becomes apparent in clear skies - you can see where the nebulae are obscuring the stars in a manner that shows the extent of the dust clouds. Its hard to explain unless you see it though.

more than 3 years ago
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1928 Time Traveler Caught On Film?

praedictus I saw that episode (685 comments)

Don't worry!!! She will get hit by a car and Kirk cant save her or else the Nazis will take over.

more than 3 years ago
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How Do You Handle Your Keys?

praedictus Old Gregg (763 comments)

For your mangina? Sounds fishy to me.

more than 4 years ago
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Bug In Most Linuxes Can Give Untrusted Users Root

praedictus Re:Isn't this a dupe? (281 comments)

Slackware 13 here
2.6.29.6 kernel

cat /proc/sys/vm/mmap_min_addr
4096

Wine 1.32 and my EVE sessions work just fine.

more than 4 years ago
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Slackware 13.0 Released

praedictus Re:Purpose (252 comments)

Yes, Eris knows you don't even need to be a SubGenius to appreciate the benefits, one can never have too much Slack. Please excuse me, I just got run over by a Fnord.

more than 5 years ago
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Bethesda Announces New Fallout Game For 2010

praedictus Re:Original fallout team (254 comments)

New Vegas? wonder if you can continue your life as a porn star, or be relegated to fluffer. Or play the gang lords off against one another and knock up the mob lord's druggie daughter, after a fling with his wife.

more than 5 years ago
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Slashdot Launches User Achievements

praedictus Re:Unexplained Achievement "The Maker"? (1582 comments)

At least it isnt "The Giver". (No Im not going to link it). Now thats an e-peen to stroke. (But I aint gonna stroke it either!)

more than 5 years ago
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Alaska's Mt. Redoubt Has Erupted

praedictus Re:The Devil Comes for Republicans (327 comments)

Should have spent a little more to ash proof the seismometers. Looks like 2 of the 4 webicorders have gone titsup. RSO went off the air at 4:45 and RDN as of 6:03 am akst. Unless its the slashdot effect melting them.

more than 5 years ago

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Slackware 13.0 released

praedictus praedictus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

praedictus (61731) writes "Slackware 13.0 has been released, though it doesnt appear on the main Slackware.com page yet, it's still buried in the changelogs. Finally some official 64 bit love for us Slackers!"

Journals

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praedictus praedictus writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Oct 2004 Start playing with 3-d hardware acceleration

Dec 2004 Unichrome driver finally works enabling 3D

May 2005 Update graphics to an FX5200 (still sucky but Doom3,UT2004,NWN,Privateer remake, all run)

July 2005 Change to kernel 2.6.12.2 A few hassles with alsa but all resolved after a week

Aug 2005 System still running well. Got K3b working. One less use for Windows partition

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Box part V

praedictus praedictus writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Busy week:
Finally upgraded Kde from version 3.0.4. I never did get version 3.1.4 from slack 9.1 to work. Went through the entire process of downloading the source files, updating QT to 3.3.3, had problems getting the system to find the new qt files during installation - symlinks were ok but there was an old reference in /etc/profile.d that was bunging the works.
Updated Firefox to 1.0PR - minor quibbles here - installer didn't work, had to download alternate tar.gz. Extensions are all OK, DownloadWith needed a kludge, but is now working fine.

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box IV

praedictus praedictus writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Two more successes: Llxdoom runs perfectly and the
pen drive is now working (kernel recompile needed)

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Box III

praedictus praedictus writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Eye Candy.
Trying to add a viz plugin to XMMS was a major pain. Ended up having to install two libraries before i got it to compile.
Bittorrent: Need to install a whole bunch of python shit before it'll (maybe) work. Later
Other Stuff:
Can't get Gaim to compile, complains about Glib version being less than 2.0, even though I have a newer version (2.4) than it asks for. I think I found a solution other than downloading the latest, seems I have to specify the path before ./configure, will try later.

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praedictus praedictus writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Compiled the new kernel yesterday. Looked ok till I tried playing an MP3. Hosed my Alsa drivers! Dicked about trying to recompile them, needed to do a 'make clean' but eventually it all worked out.

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State of the box Address

praedictus praedictus writes  |  more than 10 years ago

System appears stable;
Downloading 2.4.26 kernel is coming along nicely,
but dialup here in Para is still the pits. Thank goodness for Prozilla's resume feature.
Grabbed a few skins and viz plugins for XMMS.
Should look around for some 5.1 media files to check
the surround functionality.
Still haven't got a version of KDE newer than 3.0.1
working... 3.0.1 is stable unless I try watching a DVD in Mplayer gui mode.
Mplayer: need to find better way to watch DVD rips, would be nice if the DVD menus worked like they do in zoom player under Win.

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