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DARPA Wants Atlas Robot To Go Wireless

Zaatxe Re:First (19 comments)

You need a power source

Man, it's right in the summary... I know people here aren't supposed to read the articles, but stop right after the headline is too much!

about a week ago

Nintendo Puts Business In Brazil On Hiatus

Zaatxe Re:haha cost (111 comments)

People get kidnapped off the streets for a paltry few hundred dollars' ransom.

This is past. Now they just call random phone numbers and say something like "I got your daughter here with me, if you want to see her well again transfer 2000 bucks to this account". All this using smuggled cell phones, in the comfort of the penitentiary they are in!

My father once got one of those calls and since he didn't know where my sister was, he was scared. He KNEW that 99.9% of those ransom calls are fake, but when that's about your kid and you are not 100% they are ok, you fall prone to this fear. Luckly he was able to tell his wife to call my sister and check she was ok, before hanging up. Another friend's mother didn't have the same luck and lost about 2000 US dollars for one of those calls.

about three weeks ago

Curiosity Detects Mysterious Methane Spikes On Mars

Zaatxe Re:Sorry... (68 comments)

Don't apologize, it's from Mars, not from Uranus.

about a month and a half ago

Blowing On Money To Tell If It Is Counterfeit

Zaatxe Re:High security (114 comments)

Counterfeiting money in an ink jet printer wouldn't pay, the bills would end up costing more to make than their face value. Have you checked the price of printer ink lately?

about 2 months ago

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

Zaatxe Re:Concern for high values? (356 comments)

Though I now eat eggs

Just bear in mind that if you have any rooster around your hens, you are eating fertilized eggs and thus, killing helpless animals for food.

about 3 months ago

Low-Cost 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hand To Be Tested On Amputees In Ecuador

Zaatxe Why five fingers? (16 comments)

It's not like they are going to play piano with these prosthetic hands.
If I was going to use this, I would want one with three fingers, the size of the hand would look less disproportionate.

about 3 months ago

The Doctor Will Skype You Now

Zaatxe The Doctor? (97 comments)

But... Doctor Who?

about 6 months ago

Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks

Zaatxe I'm astonished... (398 comments)

No time travel jokes so far?

about 7 months ago

Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

Zaatxe Re:It true !!!! (711 comments)

Anyway, I went to check if I could take and send a picture directly to the e-mail instead of attaching the file to the e-mail and it didn't give me this alternative. I've never tried this before because I don't really like taking pics with my cellphone or my tablet because I have a wonderful DSLR camera. This is, by the way, another thing I can do with my Android tablet: take pictures in my Nikon camera, put the memory card in the tablet and share/upload the pictures. How do you do that with an iOS device without a computer or an external SD card reader?

about 8 months ago

Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

Zaatxe Re:It true !!!! (711 comments)

I can download a PDF file with exercises a professor e-mailed me and post it in the University's forum for the other students. I can download .doc files from the students forum and upload it to my Google Docs. I can install a torrent client in it. I can use my micro SD card with MP3 files in either my phone or in the tablet. (All real and recent cases)

About porn, a friend of mine told me (wink, wink) that redtube.com renders better in the iPad than in Android devices. I'm taking his word in this (wink, wink).

about 8 months ago

Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

Zaatxe Re:It true !!!! (711 comments)

I have an iPad for about 2 years already and Android phones for almost 4. Last week I bought an Android tablet because I got tired of iPad's software limitations. It is still a nice piece of hardware to watch Netflix and browse the internet, but that's it. With the Android tablet I can do much more than I could with the iPad. Not having to deal with iTunes is also a plus.

about 8 months ago

Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

Zaatxe Re:ANDROID != LINUX (487 comments)

There is NO Posix userspace on Android.

"Why don't you write it yourself?"
(That's the answer I used to get in Linux forums when asking about a specific driver or piece of software I couldn't find.)

about a year ago

Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

Zaatxe Re: And in other news... (506 comments)

A shit-ton of French students[...]

A metric ton or an imperial ton?

about a year ago

Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

Zaatxe In my country the solution would be simple... (387 comments)

The owners of Tesla Motors would also be the owners of ANOTHER company that controls the network of dealerships.
Wouldn't that work in the USA?

about a year ago

US Forces Coursera To Ban Students From Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria

Zaatxe What about North Korea? (306 comments)

Oh, right... I forgot Coursera offers ONLINE courses!

1 year,1 day

Celebrating Dungeons & Dragons' 40th Anniversary

Zaatxe Re:When?! (218 comments)

No, I don't want fries with my order, thanks.

1 year,7 days



Music industry first revenue increase since 1999, thanks to digital distribution

Zaatxe Zaatxe writes  |  about 2 years ago

Zaatxe (939368) writes "The music industry, the first media business to be consumed by the digital revolution, said on Tuesday that its global sales rose last year for the first time since 1999, raising hopes that a long-sought recovery might have begun. The increase, of 0.3 percent, was tiny, and the total revenue, $16.5 billion, was a far cry from the $38 billion that the industry took in at its peak more than a decade ago. Still, even if it is not time for the record companies to party like it’s 1999, the figures, reported Tuesday by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, provide significant encouragement. “At the beginning of the digital revolution it was common to say that digital was killing music,” said Edgar Berger, chief executive of the international arm of Sony Music Entertainment. Now, he added, it could be said “that digital is saving music.”"
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Steve Jobs dies

Zaatxe Zaatxe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Zaatxe (939368) writes "Steve Jobs, the visionary in the black turtleneck who co-founded Apple in a Silicon Valley garage, built it into the world's leading tech company and led a mobile-computing revolution with wildly popular devices such as the iPhone, died Wednesday. He was 56."
Link to Original Source

Zaatxe Zaatxe writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Zaatxe writes "Today is elections day in Brazil. About 125 million people are expected to vote today for president, governor, congressman (for both state and federal levels) and senator. The Washington Post online has some interesting details about the electronic voting machines used in Brazil.
From the article:
Elections in Brazil used to be a monumental challenge, with millions of paper ballots to count by hand, many of them delivered by canoe and horseback from remote Amazon villages. Fraud was widespread, and it often took a week or more to determine the winners.
Latin America's largest country eliminated many of these hassles by switching to electronic voting a decade ago, long before the United States and other countries started abandoning paper ballots. When 125 million Brazilians vote on Sunday, they will punch computer keyboards, part of a system Brazil credits for building faith in its democracy.
But some computer programmers who have closely examined Brazil's system say such confidence is misguided. [...] Some Brazilians are lobbying the tribunal to switch from Windows CE to an open-source operating system for the voting machines, since Microsoft Corp., citing trade secrecy, won't allow independent audits to make sure malicious programmers haven't inserted commands to "flip" votes from one candidate to another.

As a brazilian voter, it was a shock for me to see that the voting machines here are made by Diebold. But what makes me confident in the system can also be found in the article:

Given the choice of picking a system where wholesale rigging is easy, versus one where it's impossible, why has Brazil gone with the system where it's easy? Brazil did build in some safeguards during its transition to electronic voting _ protections that still don't exist in the U.S. While the code behind Microsoft's operating system remains secret, independent auditors must approve of the overlying voting software before it is inserted into the nation's 430,000 machines. The software remains open to inspections for three months before election day. And hours before the polls open, randomly chosen voting machines are tested "to verify that the software inside does what it is supposed to do."


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