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Shuttleworth Calls Ubuntu Performance Art, Calls Out Critics

agoliveira Re:He has a point, no? (231 comments)

You don't have to know the application by it's name. If you need the application to, say, scan a document, you can type "scan" and you will see all the aplications that you can use for scanning.

about a year ago

Iran Says It Sent Monkey Into Space and Back

agoliveira Re:Stone age society develops space age technology (425 comments)

Depends on what you call "stone age society". They indeed have a lot to grow regarding individual freedom and rights (but, hey, so does USA currently) but they have lots of money, a great schools and universities, weath is well distributed and very low crime rate.

about a year and a half ago

What You Need To Know About Phone Unlocking

agoliveira Re:Isn't banning unlocking anti-competitive ? (321 comments)

In Brazil the phones cannot be sold locked. If they are, for some reason, the seller is obligated to unlock it for free.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Motherboard Manufacturers?

agoliveira Re:Canonical does have a compatible/certified list (352 comments)

AFAIK, what's on that list was (and still is) fully tested. If you check the page for the E6410, you see that the machine was tested with 10.04.4 64bit provided by Dell which means probably was tweaked for this machine and stock Ubuntu 11.10. Below on the page you will see also the details of the hardware (it says the model tested used nvidia graphics).
Full disclaimer: I do work for Canonical but not for the testing team. What I can say for what I see and hear is they do test machines according to what is described on this list.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Gifts For a 90-Year-Old, Tech-Savvy Dad?

agoliveira Snowball board (211 comments)

Maybe a board with more ways to interface with the real world like the Snowball?

about a year and a half ago

Ubuntu Asks Users To Pay What They Want

agoliveira Re:Mr. Shuttleworth's car needs a new set of wheel (280 comments)

Believe or not, Mark Shuttle worth does not have a car. He bikes to work. When in London he usually either bikes, takes the tube or, in case of something urgent, a taxi.

about 2 years ago

The UK's New Minister For Magic

agoliveira Re:What about if works for unknown (yet) reasons? (526 comments)

I don't think my two issues just happen to cure themselves as those were the only two times in my life that I've taken homeopathy. It is indeed possible but highly unlikely.
At least in Brazil, homeopathy is treated as any other medical pratice and all the solutions have to be prescribed by a doctor. No doctor will prescribe homepathy for a problem that can be more easly cured by regular medicine or requires a quick intervention like an infection for instance.

about 2 years ago

The UK's New Minister For Magic

agoliveira What about if works for unknown (yet) reasons? (526 comments)

Let me start saying this: I was cured in two different conditions (a chronic recurrent throat infection at age 9 and allergy at age 32). First time I was just a kid who had to take pills every couple hours and some drops every other day. Second time I was an adult who grew tired of trying several diffent alergy treatments that worked for sometime and them I had to start over again. Let's say it was all placebo effect - I don't disagree, it may be - but when I was 9 I didn't know squat about homeopathy it was just another kind of medicine. Placebo by proxy you may say. Perhaps. But then, why nobody talks about placebo effect releated to conventional medicine? When I developed the alergy problem every new treatment gave me some relief and I did believe I've found the cure so why the placebo effect didn't work? When I started to take homeopathy for my allergy, I couldn't care less, I tried because I've already tried everything and it was covered by my health insurance so why not?
I'm not claiming this is the case but why it's so hard for people dissing homeopathy that it may actually work for reasons yet unkonwn to science?
All I can say, it worked for me twice, for two different problems and in two different points of my life. It's cheap, and if it's just water, won't hurt so why not try? Even if it works by placebo effect, it works so no harm done.

about 2 years ago

Google and Facebook Top Biggest Web Tracker List

agoliveira Ghostery (103 comments)

I suggest this Firefox extension. Works quite well for me.

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu 12.04 To Include Head-Up Display Menus

agoliveira Re:Innovation is... (449 comments)

Remember - Canonical was one of Shuttleworths' venture capital schemes. He thought that he could launch a new linux distro, market the heck out of it, and get his 30x payday.

There's nothing to remember because it's just not true. If Canonical were a VC scheme, he would have fled a long time ago and not continuing to support and expand the company.

more than 2 years ago

Leaked Memo Says Apple Provides Backdoor To Governments

agoliveira But that's easy to check... (582 comments)

... just look at the source oh, wait...

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Deal With Roving TSA Teams?

agoliveira Re:Remarkable how times change (1059 comments)

It's sad how things are. Here in Brazil we had this kind of thing (detain anyone, indefinitely, without access to a lawyer, without charging them, without judicial review, just because they say that they're a terrorist threat) but it was when we were under military dictatorship.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Protecting Tech Gear From Smash-and-Grab Theft?

agoliveira Out of sight, out of the mind (514 comments)

Thieves like that are opportunists. If they can't see anything worth taking inside your car in less than 5 seconds they will go break into another. Just hide under the seats if you can.

more than 2 years ago

Linux Journal Goes — Surprise! — Digital

agoliveira I paid for a paper magazine (184 comments)

and, as I live in Brazil, paid extra for international shipping.
I wouldn't mind (much) the change if they honor my current subscription and send me the magazines I already paid for! I just sent an email demanding a refund and cancelation.

about 3 years ago

Facebook Says That Google+ Has No Users

agoliveira And Facebook has no ethics (360 comments)

It's users have no privacy, no real opt-out, no right to it's own content.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Officially Blames Anonymous For PSN Hack

agoliveira !Anonymous (575 comments)

Anonymous already denied it and, AFAIK, they don't do sneaky attacks and do not steal personal info.

more than 3 years ago


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