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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?

bircho Mod parent up. (1154 comments)

I know Slashdot hive mind thinks M$ is evil (i think it too), but even Microsoft knows it's not about the OS, it's about developer tools (developers, developers, developers).

Unix API is nice. Sockets? include sys/socket.h plus a couple of other headers and you are fine. Graphics? include opengl/gl*.h. But how about other things? Playing sound? Choose between OSS, ALSA, JACK or dozens of sound servers. KDE x GNOME war? Both lost.

I love linux, but it's truly is a PITA using and programming for it's desktop environment.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Did You Become a Linux Professional?

bircho Mod parent up. (298 comments)

A Linux from Scratch installation is far from a usable system on the long run, but is a great experience for learning.

more than 2 years ago

ISO Updates C Standard

bircho Re:First post!! (378 comments)

Maybe someone thinks the standards must be expensive so a thrid party that didn't work on the process must pay too.

more than 3 years ago

Apple's Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) Now Open Source

bircho Great, but how about patents? (526 comments)

Apple has a lot of patents on audio/video compression. Have they licensed those for free for this implementation? How about another implementation or fork? Will those have the same license?

more than 3 years ago

Google: Orkut Will Co-Exist With Google+

bircho They will NEVER merge (64 comments)

I'm Brazilian. Orkut is still very popular here, but lost some space to facebook. A reason is that orkut is FULL of low-brow content. "Orkutization" is used as a verb to define the rise of low-brow content in a given service.

There's no way in hell Google is going to migrate all this.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Living Without Internet At-Home Access?

bircho Doubt it will work. (462 comments)

I can't imagine how this can work. Computers without internet aren't 1% as useful. If you think about making a Wikipedia mirror, you don't plan to cut back on computer time anyway.
Just take the slowest connection you can find, or share with a neighbor, or use a cellphone for tethering.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?

bircho Exact same problem here. (619 comments)

I got a surname@gmail.com address and EVERYDAY i receive at least one e-mail by mistake. People type xyz.surname@gmail.com as xyz,surname@gmail.com and there you go...

I tried filter, warn people, flag as spam, but there's no sure way to catch it all. I at least try to have fun. So far i've got:
- Pics from a married man to his male lover.
- US$370 transfer from Paypal (i didn't take the money, by the way).
- Dozens of resumes.
- E-mail from a girl to his teacher who would do ANYTHING to don't fail his course.
- Got my e-mail banned from Facebook because someone signed up with my email and messed up (Solved later).
- Deleted 100+ e-mail accounts that used my email as secondary email for password recovery.

Change your e-mail or live with it.

more than 3 years ago

In Brazil, Google Fined For Content of Anonymous Posting

bircho Re:Anonymity is forbidden in Brazil (484 comments)

IAAB (I am a Brazilian). Sure, anonimous posting is forbidden by Constitution. So is interest rates greater than 12%/year. It's more complicated than that. I think judges have a problem understanding how internet works and are trying to not lose power (like when a judge tried to block all of youtube because Cicarelli's sex video: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2007/06/youtube-wins-privacy-case-against-brazilian-supermodel.ars ). I feel sorry for Google.

more than 4 years ago

Contest To Hack Brazilian Voting Machines

bircho I'm a brazilian and i work at elections. (101 comments)

Paper ballot is far from perfect. I think we are better this way. People will not hack a voting machine to win, just buy votes. It's easier. Brazil is a very big country and counting votes was always problematic. Now we have a official result in the same day. Elections for legislative branch was a problem too. People wrote the name or a nickname of a candidate, or just swear. A monkey (or another animal from a zoo, can't remember) was elected years ago as a prostest. Buying votes is harder too. They just took people who cant read and gave a paper already marked.

more than 5 years ago

Hosting a Highly Inflammatory Document?

bircho Re:Use Tor (471 comments)

More important than that: DO NOT post this file(s) as a .doc, .jpg, .pdf, etc. AS IS. Those formats have metadata that can be used to trace to our source.

more than 5 years ago

Game Developers On Gold Selling

bircho Re:Gold selling is a good idea (424 comments)

In economics and finance, arbitrage is the practice of taking advantage of a price differential between two or more markets: striking a combination of matching deals that capitalize upon the imbalance, the profit being the difference between the market prices. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbitrage

more than 5 years ago


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