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Ask Slashdot: Does LED Backlight PWM Drive You Crazy?

acid06 Re:Sigh (532 comments)

I thought I was the only one suffering these symptoms when dealing with LED tail lights.
Everyone else I've mentioned this can barely grasp the concept of seeing a a "sea of lights" flooding your field of vision whenever your eyes does saccadic movements.

It's really annoying and drives me crazy. I live in Brazil so thankfully LED tail lights aren't still popular here yet as our cars suck. But I figure that if all cars had that, it might even compromise my ability to drive properly at night.

about a year ago
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Telefonica Shows Prototype Firefox OS Phone

acid06 Americans don't get it (91 comments)

Brazil has a 200+ million headset market, roughly split equally between 4 major carriers (Vivo, Oi, TIM and Claro). This phone doesn't need to be the iPhone or Android killer - it just needs to be cheap and useful. I

f they're able to get 10% of Vivo's market share, it's a success - I mean, 5 million phones in Brazil alone meanss a lot of phones. I suppose other emerging markets would also have such similar characteristics, so a successful launch here in Brazil would pave the way for rolling this out to other South American countries and then, later, to other Asian emerging markets.

An current-gen iPhone here costs US$1000. If they're able to bring something that has good usability at a local US$200 price-point, they'll sell a lot of headsets, since the Android phones you can get here in Brazil in the US$200 are only fake Chinese crap (lower-end from Samsung start at US$250-300).

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Stay Employable?

acid06 Re:Move where the cost of living is lower. (708 comments)

Not sure where you got this idea that developers are gods here in Brazil. It is seen by the general public as a good career choice (while, in the US, that doesn't seem to be the norm anymore) but it doesn't really pay that well for the average guy. And a great salary here is about what the average guy earns in the US. Living cost isn't that much lower: rent is cheaper but nearly everything else is 1.5-3x more expensive. In other words: you wouldn't be able to afford a view to the beach.

Also, the economy is not doing very well. Our current government has managed to fool the international community, but if the current economic crisis goes on for a couple of years more, Brazil will be in trouble. They gambled the crisis wouldn't last for a long time... but their bet is already starting to fall apart.

Finally, as a foreigner, you'd be a prime targe for robberies, purse snatchers, etc.

more than 2 years ago
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Sergey Brin Shows Project Glass Glasses to Journalists (Video)

acid06 Re:Yes, users are demented. (117 comments)

You know, somehow, I have a feeling the parent comment should be remembered for posterity. :)
iPod launch jokes, anyone?

more than 2 years ago
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RMS Robbed of Passport and Other Belongings In Argentina

acid06 Re:No news – Happens all the time (386 comments)

I'm Brazilian and keeping your stuff with yourself all the time in South America is called "common sense" around here.
People will even tell you it's your fault you've been stolen if you don't do so.

more than 2 years ago
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350-Year-Old Newton's Puzzle Solved By 16-Year-Old

acid06 Re:Explain the mind of a genius? (414 comments)

I'm also from Brazil and I share the feeling... sadly, I think it's the same thing everywhere in the world.
I guess we're entering the next Dark Ages of knowledge...

more than 2 years ago
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Jury Rules Google Violated Java Copyright, Google Moves For Mistrial

acid06 Re:This is bullshit. (475 comments)

FTFY. Incidentally, Google-owned/originated patents have been used by handset manufacturers to sue... well, Apple, mainly.

[citation needed]

Here ya go

Sorry, but in the first page of results there isn't a single case where Google is suing anyone.
Have you bothered actually reading the links instead of relying on bad journalists writing story titles?

Because as I read through the list of comments you've made, I noticed a fair amount (not a lot, but certainly not zero) of posts in which you make misinformed statements and promote FUD (albeit unknowingly for the most part, I'm certain).

Always good to make sure your own house is clean before pointing out the mud on your neighbor's floor, you know?

Well, you might want to point exactly to where I did that and, if I wasn't corrected right at the spot by another reader, then, please do so.
I'm always glad when people correct me and show I'm wrong. I read through my first page of comments and couldn't find anything that seemed wrong to me - feel free to help me out. ;)

Nevertheless, it's a flawed argument. Just because I can't shoot a movie, it doesn't mean I can't say a movie sucks and be right about it.

more than 2 years ago
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Jury Rules Google Violated Java Copyright, Google Moves For Mistrial

acid06 Re:This is bullshit. (475 comments)

So... publicly, they are against software patents, yet they still hold many?

Isn't that kind of like the owner of a slaughterhouse speaking our publicly against eating meat? Doesn't matter what they say in public, they're still contributing to the problem they claim to be against.

Since software patents are, unfortunately, allowed in the US I'd say it's better to secure as many as you can, even if you're against them. Otherwise, your competitors (which are clearly pro-patent litigation) will grab them eventually and you'll have a much harder time in court when they sue you. This is basic common sense.

What you're saying is equivalent to saying that only murderers should own guns. You can clearly be against murderers and still own a gun. Cops needs guns in order to effectively fight murderers. In fact, this is a much better analogy.

FTFY. Incidentally, Google-owned/originated patents have been used by handset manufacturers to sue... well, Apple, mainly.

[citation needed]

You first.

On the positive side, at least I'm just another ill-informed consumer, as opposed to a paid shill.

I honestly don't understand what you were implying by linking to my profile. If you go and read my posts you'll basically see a lot of stuff about Brazil, because that's where I'm from. I occasionally comment on other technology and random subjects as well.

Am I a paid shill from the Brazilian Govt. trying to spread information about the country on a "News for Nerds" board? I better go collect my payment then, before a corrupt politician robs it first...

more than 2 years ago
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Jury Rules Google Violated Java Copyright, Google Moves For Mistrial

acid06 This is bullshit. (475 comments)

Google has never sued anyone for patent infringement. They only use their own patents defensively and have spoken in public they're against software patents.
Please stop spreading misinformation and FUD.

more than 2 years ago
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Growing Evidence of Football Causing Brain Damage

acid06 Maybe... (684 comments)

Maybe you need to be brain-damaged in the first place in order to actually like American football and become a professional player?
Just sayin'...

more than 2 years ago
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Mistreated Foxconn Brazil Workers Threaten Strike

acid06 Brazil workers have more rights than ones in USA (201 comments)

Actually, as a Brazilian, I can say that Brazilian workers have more rights than the ones in the US and a lot of other places in the world.
Yet, strikes here are commonplace because people always like to bitch about everything...

more than 2 years ago
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'Mein Kampf' To Be Republished In Germany

acid06 Re:The English version is good for this (462 comments)

I actually saved this quote for posteriority - sums up my personal beliefs pretty well.
Thanks for writing the idea in a such concise manner.

more than 2 years ago
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Google and the Future of Travel

acid06 ITA Matrix (93 comments)

Use this tool and have fun: http://matrix.itasoftware.com/
You can't actually buy the tickets, but once you've found what you want, you can just go to any other travel site, airline site or real-world travel agent and issue the tickets.

more than 2 years ago
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Macbook Owner With Defective GPU Beats Apple In Court

acid06 Re:Cool, but... (280 comments)

Because Apple is the company which promised to replace his laptop up to 4 years after the date of purchase if it failed but then refused to replace it 3 years later?
Sure, the problem is with the GPU, but since Apple itself *promised* to do something for a customer, they should respect their own words.

more than 2 years ago
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Snoozing Pilot Mistakes Venus For Aircraft; Panic, Injuries Ensue

acid06 Serves the injured passengers good (307 comments)

The "fasten seatbelt" lights are on for good reason: if the airpline suddenly loses altitude, you won't crack your skull on the roof.
You should avoid spending any time at all without your seatbelts in an airplane because, in some rare occurrences, these drops will happen without any warning at all.

more than 2 years ago
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Wikipedia Mobile Apps Switch To OpenStreetMap

acid06 Next to useless in many locations (166 comments)

I've tried really hard to like OpenStreetMaps, even contributed several street names and fixed some bad street geometry issues in my neighborhood... but overall it's next to useless here in Brazil. And I live in one of the largest cities here (metro area with 6 million people).

So, yeah, maybe it's useful in the US and Europe, but not everywhere...

more than 2 years ago
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Yahoo To Implement Do Not Track

acid06 April's Fool (40 comments)

Is it just me or this year's April's Fool is sucking hard here on Slashdot?
Come on, don't fail me this time Slashdot!

more than 2 years ago
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1.9 Billion Digits: Brazil's Bid For Biometric Voting

acid06 As a Brazilian, I'll give you the context (140 comments)

1) Here in Brazil, mostly everyone trusts the e-voting systems.

It's much much better than the paper ballots which used to end up in rampant fraud in smaller cities, since corruption is widespread. With the e-voting system, the only possible fraud is if the federal government wants to rig the elections (and does a *very* good job at it) neither the government or the opposing parties consider this an issue so, unless they're all colluding with each other (which would make the elections pointless anyway), I think it's reasonably safe. I actually worked for a year and a half in the IT dept. of the Elections Branch in my state and, with that knowledge, I trust the e-voting system.

2) No one here really cares about providing personal data to third-parties. It's common to have to provide your RG (ID card number) and CPF number (something similar to SSN) at a store, when you're making a regular purchase such as shoes or a t-shirt. When designing any sort of IT system to store clients, etc, the CPF number is usually the natural primary key.

Most people here think it's reasonable to collect fingerprints and no one cares when, for instance, the US consulate collects our fingerprints when we're getting our US Visa. Almost all our government documents (we have several: ID Card, CPF, "Voter's Card", Driver's License, Passport) have tons of personal data and fingerprints. This is a non-issue here.

3) People here care about privacy only inside their homes. For instance, everyone (including me) thinks it's a good idea to install more CCTV cameras in some areas to stop crime. In some places, crime is a much more pressing issue than expectation of privacy in a public place. "Big Brother" reality shows are the top 1 programs on public TV, so I would say the next generation might even not care about privacy in their own homes.

The rest of the world is very different from the US - just keep this in mind.

more than 2 years ago
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VISA, MasterCard Warn of 'Massive' Breach At Credit Card Processor

acid06 I'm foreign and I just realised I was affected (164 comments)

I'm Brazilian and a few weeks ago I was contacted by my bank regarding some very odd charges which seemed fraudulent - these transactions were made on New York parking garages (something like, NYC DOT Parking). The cancelled the credit card, cancelled the charges and sent me a new one.

I visited New York in July 2011 so I was thinking that maybe they stole my credit card details back then and kept the info until they finally decided to use it for fraudulent purchases. It seemed like a long shot, but it was the best explanation I could think of. When I read the story it ringed a bell: I was probably affected by this issue.

Not sure if it was due to online purchases I did in the last few or if it was related to my visit to NYC last year (and this credit card processor could have stored my CC info somewhere for all these months - who knows).

So, yeah, this is actually a global issue - not sure if it's because of tourism or the internet. Personally I think it's nice that they made these news public since this explains a lot for me.

more than 2 years ago
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Sprint CEO Defends Company's Decision To Bet It All On the iPhone

acid06 This is bullshit. (187 comments)

If you wany an apples to apples comparison, you should, at the very least, compare mobile web traffic from iOS to mobile web traffic from high-end 4G Android device - which is what the CEO was talking. And no one seems to ever announce this sort of data.

Stop with the fanboism. Seriously.

more than 2 years ago

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The Pirate Bay and proxies are down

acid06 acid06 writes  |  about 2 years ago

acid06 (917409) writes "The Pirate Bay is down at the moment, reports TorrentFreak: Those who wonder whether their ISP has started to block access to the site can be assured though. The site appears to be down globally. Still, every time the site goes offline for a few minutes thousands of people start to worry that something awful has happened to their beloved site. All proxies are down as well."
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Teen sells Perl cloud startup to ActiveState

acid06 acid06 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

acid06 (917409) writes "Meet Daniil Kulchenko. He was an HTML programmer at age six. He was a freelance Linux systems administrator at 11. And at 15, he founded his first business: Phenona, a platform-as-a-service for building and hosting Perl applications.

Now, Kulchenko has sold Phenona to dynamic language specialist ActiveState for an undisclosed sum. ActiveState was founded in 1997, making it one-year younger than Kulchenko, who is still a high school student in Seattle, Washington. One day, he plans on getting a computer-science degree.

Kulchenko is joining ActiveState's developer team on a part-time basis to help with the company's transformation into cloud outfit for Perl, Python, and Tcl developers. Kulchenko is Phenona's only employee.

Kulchenko said he started Phenona in response to the sporadic nature of his freelance work. He wanted to create a "long lasting business people would find useful."

"I saw the Heroku model [for Ruby] and thought: I could do this for Perl," he said. It was his dad, a proficient Perl programmer, who got him coding on early Perl apps at seven. A year earlier, his mum had started him on HTML."

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Rakudo Star - a "early adopter" dist. of Perl 6

acid06 acid06 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

acid06 (917409) writes "

Rakudo Star is aimed at "early adopters" of Perl 6. We know that it still has some bugs, it is far slower than it ought to be, and there are some advanced pieces of the Perl 6 language specification that aren't implemented yet. But Rakudo Perl 6 in its current form is also proving to be viable (and fun) for developing applications and exploring a great new language. These "Star" releases are intended to make Perl 6 more widely available to programmers, grow the Perl 6 codebase, and gain additional end-user feedback about the Perl 6 language and Rakudo's implementation of it.

The tarball for the July 2010 release is available from http://github.com/rakudo/star/downloads."
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Perl 5.12.0 is now available

acid06 acid06 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

acid06 (917409) writes "After two years of development, the new major version of Perl is now available.

Notable new features are: better Unicode support, proper support for time after the Y2038 barrier, new APIs to allow developers to extend Perl with "pluggable" keywords and syntax, warnings for deprecated features and more. From the linked post:

This release cycle marks a change to a time-based release process. Beginning with version 5.11.0, we make a new development release of Perl available on the 20th of each month. Each spring, we will release a new stable version of Perl. One month later, we will make a minor update to deal with any issues discovered after the initial ".0" release. Future releases in the stable series will follow quarterly. In contrast to releases of Perl, maintenance releases will contain fixes for issues discovered after the .0 release, but will not include new features or behavior.

You can get it from the CPAN right now or wait for a platform specific release (such as Strawberry Perl for Windows)."
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Last.fm will start charging international users

acid06 acid06 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

acid06 (917409) writes "Starting on March 30, Last.fm Radio will require subcription for users outside the US, UK and Germany.

"In all other countries, listening to Last.fm Radio will soon require a subscription of 3.00 per month. There will be a 30 track free trial, and we hope this will convince people to subscribe and keep listening to the radio. Everything else on Last.fm (scrobbling, recommendations, charts, biographies, events, videos etc.) will remain free in all countries, like it is now."
Comments on that blog post from Last.fm employees suggest that a worldwide license for internet radio streaming is costing them more than what they can afford: "These are the countries in which we have the most resources to support an ad sales organization, which is how we earn money to pay artists and labels for their music. We are focused on the US, UK, and Germany as key markets, with the help of the CBS Interactive salesforce and our own sales team here in London. Our headquarters are in the UK and we've always had a strong presence in DE."
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Perl 5.10.0 released

acid06 acid06 writes  |  about 7 years ago

acid06 writes "Perl 5.10.0 is now out, the first in the 5.10.x major version series, after a five year long development process. It's currently being mirrored on CPAN.

From the posting: "Perl 5.10 isn't just a bug fix version: it's full of new features that I'm eager to use: named captures in regular expressions, state variables for subroutines, the defined-or operator, a switch statement (called given-when, though), a faster regex engine, and more. You can read more about the changes in perldelta."

This is great news for all of us Perl hackers around."

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acid06 acid06 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

acid06 writes "According to the recently launched site, "Grokbase is all about reading mailing list archives your way. Multiple display options are available. Bookmarking and tagging allows you to share, note and promote articles you find valuable."
Could this sort of thing actually improve the current "no one searches the archives" syndrome that seems to plague every mailing list in existence?"

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