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Microsoft Is Paying Brazilian Users In Skype Credit To Switch to Bing

Volanin Oh sweet sweet revenge! (90 comments)

After years of "this [game/service/promotion] is not available for your country" trying to listen to Pandora, to watch Hulu and to download some Xbox Live games, now it's my turn to be delighted seeing this crushing bitterness bite your souls, dear Americans! Who needs Full HD videos and customised Internet Radio when I can call my grandma for FREE? I love you Bing!

about 3 months ago

One Week With GNOME 3 Classic

Volanin Re:As Linus Said...... (169 comments)

Have you really read to the end of the article?
Copied verbatim from Final Thoughts:

"When I started this experiment, I was expecting that it would be an interesting foray and that I’d most likely end up switching back to KDE when it was all over. I’m no longer certain that I will be doing that."

What I felt from the article is that Gnome Classic, although still rough, is definitely going in the right direction. The author even commited to keep using it, at least until next week's Red hat Summit!

I must be honest.
Gnome used to be my preferred DE.
And reading this has raised my hopes for it again!

about a year ago

Microsoft Prepares Rethink On Windows 8

Volanin Licenses sold... (536 comments)

100 million Windows 8 licenses sold.

I just bought a notebook for my mother's birthday.
Since she is used to Ubuntu on the desktop computer, is was the natural OS of choice.
Windows 8 never saw the light of the day... yet since it came preloaded, it still counts as a sale for Microsoft.

about a year ago

Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

Volanin Re:Join the party (815 comments)

I have a Macbook. It runs Linux exclusively. People might have diverging opinions about the price, but very few question that it's a very well engineered machine. Have you tried looking at their screens to see what OS they were running?

By the way, 10 years ago iBooks were still using PowerPC processors, and Macbooks didn't exist until 2006.

about a year and a half ago

WebKit As Broken As Older IE Versions?

Volanin Re:I can say, after having upgraded to mountain li (213 comments)

No, it is not just him. This corruption problem with Safari is a well known problem. It appears that this problem manifests strongly in the macbook retina. There are ongoing discussions about this in many forums, including apple's own:

As reported by many testers, these problems have NOT been fixed in the soon-to-be-released 10.8.3 update, and they are still present in the Webkit nightly. If you are not experiencing such problems, the most probable reason is that you're using a non-retina display.

about a year and a half ago

Brazilians Can Now Buy an "iPhone" Loaded With Android

Volanin Re:A couple of points (263 comments)

Parent's post current conversion:

- iPhone 4S 16GB at apple store: R$2000 = U$1,018
- iPhone 5 pre-orders at carriers: R$2600 = U$1,322 with contract / U$1,577 without contract.

about a year and a half ago

How Websites Know Your Email Address the First Time You Visit

Volanin Re:Tor (184 comments)

I know that you're not a girl... ;-)

about a year and a half ago

Ubuntu 13.04 Will Allow Instant Purchasing, Right From the Dash

Volanin Re:Unity (273 comments)

Current Ubuntu user here as well.
I'm all for this too... but in a ***separate*** shopping lens.

Even Stallman said so:
"[To protect users' privacy] is easy: all it takes is to have separate buttons for network searches and local searches, as earlier versions of Ubuntu did."

Goddamn, having shopping result when I am searching for local files is not only a privacy issue... it is damnright annoying.

about a year and a half ago

Jolla Mobile Set To Launch Its Sailfish OS Today, Signs Deal with Finnish Telco

Volanin Re:Will it be open? (74 comments)

No, it won't be open source.
From the wikipedia page:

Jolla said that mobile phone manufacturers (e.g. Nokia, Samsung etc.) will be able to license and use Sailfish on a phone, just like Android. Similar to Windows Phone, it is also not open source.

about 2 years ago

Does Coding Style Matter?

Volanin Re:Let people code how they like (479 comments)

I got really curious now! I work mostly with C and GCC, and I would really like to know your technique to log the function calls, arguments and return value! I really can't think of a way of doing this without using a lot of macros, that would make the code unreadable... Would you mind giving me an insight? Thanks!

about a year ago

Data Breach Reveals 100k Members' Plaintext Passwords

Volanin Re:Finally! (160 comments)

Not so fast! There is a problem with the analisys. Check the first graph: The 123456789 password appears twice (in the 4th position and in the last shown position). This is a blasphemy to my true nerd beliefs.

about 2 years ago

Shuttleworth: Trust Us, We're Trying to Make Shopping Better

Volanin Remote search in home lens hurts privacy. (255 comments)

Some people are also questioning if the home lens (the default lens to make any local search) is the right place to integrate these remote searches to third party services. In theory, amazon could gather information about every file you search, every program you launch through the lens, and such. There is even a bug report, marked as confirmed, questioning this very thing.

about 2 years ago

Hotmail No Longer Accepts Long Passwords, Shortens Them For You

Volanin Re:Why have such short limits? (497 comments)

Commenting here, as my finger slipped and I wrongly modded this as Troll. Gosh, I am a human, give me an option to remoderate my miskates, you silly slashdot!

about 2 years ago

Opus — the Codec To End All Codecs

Volanin Re:No Loseless support? (327 comments)

Opus has support for up to 255 channels. Indeed, lossless was the most glaring omission, but considering the obsolescence of MP3HD, I think they must had good reasons to leave it out.

about 2 years ago

Creative Commons Urged To Drop Non-Free Clauses In CC 4.0

Volanin Re:Newsworthy? (223 comments)

Newsworth? I don't know. But absolutely Awarenessworth! Currently, more and more people are releasing their own music and videos under the CC licenses for our own free enjoyment, and also it's one of the greatest forces we have against the ever increasing stupidity of the big labels.

about 2 years ago

Young Listeners Opt For Streaming Over Owning

Volanin Re:Probably just because it's so easy (390 comments)

I am losing a couple moderation points already spent in this discution, but I had to post.

I am not quite young anymore, but personally never had any inclination for owning music, but I always liked radio and streaming services. After discovering Pandora, I fell in love imediatelly. I listen to Pandora almost exclusively nowadays during my commutes and free time, but due to licening issues, Pandora's streaming was blocked for listeners outside the US a few years ago.

Since I am not american, I have to subscribe to a VPN service ($7 per month) that I use almost exclusively to listen to it. So for me, Pandora costs $7 per month, with ads, and Pandora itself never sees a cent of this money. I'd rather pay directly to Pandora and support the service, but the rules doesn't allow me too, and my greed inner bastard refuses to pay $7 + $4 for the complete ad-free international streaming solution.

This is the thing that really worries me in these cloud-based services in general. You are giving away a little part of the control and power you have of your consumption in exchange for (questionably) more convenience and better service. And inevitably, sometimes it's exactly this little amount of the control you have conceded that comes back to bite you in the ass.

Ask slashdot time: Why is it that Pandora is forbidden to stream internationally, but other services like Songza do it at will and with no ads whatsoever?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's a Good Tool To Detect Corrupted Files?

Volanin Re:For JPEGs (247 comments)

Author here:

This method detected a single corrupted picture.
Probably my pictures were the least affected of all my data.
Thanks for the great idea.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's a Good Tool To Detect Corrupted Files?

Volanin Re:D&D approach (247 comments)

Author here:

Sorry, but I can't stand anymore the Paladin of the party insisting on replacing the HD for a tried and true Bag Of Holding.
Thanks for the tip anyway.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's a Good Tool To Detect Corrupted Files?

Volanin Re:Get Rid Of Paragon! (247 comments)

Author here:

Just out of curiosity, I went to check the version of my Paragon installer and guess what... it was corrupted! Oh the irony!
Windows is the OS I least use, and I have not booted it for the last month or so. Unless Paragon silently corrupted something there previously and somehow "weakened" the filesystem integrity since. Anyway, thanks for the tip. What do you use currently to read HFS+ in Windows?

more than 2 years ago



Ubuntu Edge Now Most-Backed Crowdfunding Campaign Ever

Volanin Volanin writes  |  1 year,11 days

Volanin (935080) writes "After nearly a month of its assumed happening, Ubuntu Edge has now passed the $10.2 million mark, thus making it the most pledged-to crowd-funder in history. While the Ubuntu Edge campaign is to be commended for reaching such a mammoth milestone as this, it can’t quite claim ultimate victory yet, since it's just short of making one-third of its $32 million goal with a little less than a week left. Can they do it?"

Ask Slashdot: Good linux desktop environment for hi-def/retina displays?

Volanin Volanin writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Volanin (935080) writes "I have been using linux for the last 15 years both at home and at work (mostly gnome and now unity). Recently, I gave up to temptation and bought myself a macbook retina 15". As you can read around, linux still has no good support for this hardware, so I am running it inside a virtual machine. Running in scaled 1440x900 makes the linux fonts look absolutely terrible, and running in true 2880x1800 makes them beautiful, but every UI element becomes so tiny, it's unworkable. Is there a desktop environment that handles resolution independence better? Linux has had support for SVG for a long time, but gnome/unity seems adamant in defining small icon sizes and UI elements without the possibility to resize them."

New Ubuntu annouced: Raring Ringtail. Focus on mobile.

Volanin Volanin writes  |  about 2 years ago

Volanin (935080) writes "So what will we be up to in the next six months? We have two short cycles before we’re into the LTS, and by then we want to have the phone, tablet and TV all lined up. So I think it’s time to look at the core of Ubuntu and review it through a mobile lens: let’s measure our core platform by mobile metrics, things like battery life, number of running processes, memory footprint, and polish the rough edges that we find when we do that. The tighter we can get the core, the better we will do on laptops and the cloud, too. [...] We’ll make something wonderful, and call it the Raring Ringtail."
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Ask Slashdot: What's a good tool to detect corrupted files?

Volanin Volanin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Volanin (935080) writes "Currently I use a triple boot system in my Macbook containing MacOS Lion, Windows 7 and finally Ubuntu Precise, on which I spend the great majority of my time. To share files between these systems, I have created a huge HFS+ home partition (MacOS native format which can also be read in Linux, and in Windows with Paragon HFS). But last week, while working on Ubuntu, my battery ran out and the computer suddenly powered off. When I powered it on again, the filesystem integrity was ok (after a scandisk by MacOS), but a lot of my files contents were silently corrupted (and my last backup was from August...). Mostly, these files are JPG pictures, MP3 musics and MPG/MOV videos with a few PDFs scattered around. I want to get rid of the corrupted files, since they waste space uselessly, but the only way I have to check for corruption is opening one by one. Is there a good set of tools to verify the integrity by filetype, so I can detect (and delete) my bad files?"

What book publishers should learn from Harry Potter

Volanin Volanin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Volanin (935080) writes "The e-book versions of Harry Potter are being released through Pottermore, and Rowling has chosen to do a number of interesting things with them, including releasing them without DRM restrictions.

One of the encouraging things about the Pottermore launch is that the books will be available on virtually every platform simultaneously, including the Sony Reader, the Nook, the Kindle and Google’s e-book service.

Even Amazon has bowed to the power of the series and done what would previously have seemed unthinkable: it sends users who come to the titles on Amazon to Pottermore to finish the transaction."

Link to Original Source

Opening a videogame business.

Volanin Volanin writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Volanin (935080) writes "I am currently finishing my plans to open a small videogame startup. I have been researching about this for some time, but I must admit that I don't know anybody that has/had first-hand experience in the game creation business near where I live. The plan is to start with a game for Nintendo DS, since games for this platform demand less resources and the platform is quite widespread. I already assembled a small team to deal with graphics, sound and programming, but I have not yet decided anything about sales or marketing, since it is impossible for me to compete with the big companies. It's certain that I am going to run into unexpected surprises, so can anyone share their experiences or thoughts? Thank you a lot!"

Wine 1.0 Released!

Volanin Volanin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Volanin (935080) writes "The Wine team is proud to announce that Wine 1.0 is now available. This is the first stable release of Wine after 15 years of development and beta testing. Many thanks to everybody who helped us along that long road!

While compatibility is not perfect yet, thousands of applications have been reported to work very well. Check to see the details for your favorite applications."

Link to Original Source

Online Petition: Replace Next Ubuntu's Wallpaper

Volanin Volanin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Volanin (935080) writes "In every Ubuntu release there is a group that is not so fond of the art. But this time, this group is a lot bigger: There is a lot of people who disliked the wallpaper, be it because of it's low quality, because they found it boring, or even because it is too similar to Vista's. And that's the reason this petition exists, to become a central point where people can manifest their dissatisfaction in a way that will reach the leaders of Ubuntu."

KDE4 beta 3 delayed for one week.

Volanin Volanin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Volanin (935080) writes "KDE4 developer Sebastian Kuegler states: 'It has just been decided that the Beta 3 will be out one week later than originally planned. This is mainly due to some changes in how plasma work that we'd like to see in the new Beta. Highlights of that will be a working panel implementation.'"


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