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Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

cuby Re:Negative mass- not antimatter, but odd (214 comments)

I don't know very little about the subject, but I have a question and a speculation.
The question is what would happen in an encounter of 2 objects with symmetrical masses?
The speculation is about negative mass and antimatter... What if, somehow, negative mass was more attracted to antimatter? Could that explain why there is so little antimatter around?

about 4 months ago

Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

cuby Re:This was the last drop. (293 comments)

Any system can be hacked if you have physical access to it. My reasoning was other. You can limit permissions, app by app. Don't want to give location to facebook? you don't have to.

about 10 months ago

Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

cuby This was the last drop. (293 comments)

My nexus S was getting slow and I needed another phone. For some time I was seeing google changing open applications for closed ones. I already knew that the permissions on android were broken. I never installed LinkedIn because of the calendar permission... No reason for that! And then I see this Facebook update and an older one asking to authorize the keyboard to access the internet... Why?? I talked with some Friends with iPhones and I got convinced that iOS protects me better. I bought a second hand iPhone 5.

about 9 months ago

To replace Google Reader, I favor ...

cuby Re:Poll talks (166 comments)

The problem with this "70% of I don't use Reader" is that the other 30% that used it. They are highly connected and, I bet, most of them are content producers. These are the trend creators. By pissing them, Google only has created the impression the its services cannot be trusted in the long term... And it will stick.

about a year and a half ago

Red Hat 'Fedora-izes' JBoss With New WildFly Java Application Server

cuby Jboss != Jboss AS != WildFly (40 comments)

JBoss started as a Java application server (AS). At some point it got much bigger and now is more like the Apache community. Lots of projects like Hibernate and Infinispan are part of it.
In the AS side of things, there were already 2 kinds of releases. Like Fedora, you have the 6 months(?) releases supported by the community and then, from time to time, you get the stable Red Hat EL to be used by clients with support contracts. WildFly will be much like fedora in this sense. Jboss AS will continue for the ones with support contract. Until now, if you used JBoss in a serious task, there was almost no difference in the quality between paid and unpaid versions, from now on, I think it will be a different story.

about a year and a half ago

Where Have All the Gadgets Gone?

cuby Personal choice (278 comments)

The change from some Bang & Olufsen speakers to the earbuds was a real winner... Most of his choices revolve arround the adoption of Apple products.

about a year and a half ago

The Rise of the Junkweb and Why It's So Awesome

cuby block them all (181 comments)

I usualy block users who post a lot of lame images with text. I noticed a reduction in my Facebook usage since this fenomenon started...

more than 2 years ago

A 'Radical Manifesto' For Computer Teaching In English Schools

cuby This is not radical (108 comments)

This is obvious. Like in England the "CS" curricula in Portugal (where I am) teach how to use Windows or Word and not the science behind computers. Piking in a analogy used in the manifesto. Teaching specific this commercial software is like teaching how to listen songs of Lady Gaga in a music class.

more than 2 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

cuby Farewell (1521 comments)

As a long time reader of slashdot I must say i'll miss your posts because they were well above average.
Only the best for you and I hope slashdot will honour your legacy.

more than 3 years ago

Ubuntu 11.10 Down To 12-Second Boot

cuby Re:Boot times? (221 comments)

I shutdown my laptops a lot.
Hibernate takes forever to recover (I don't run only firefox...), so I don't use it.
Slep is Ok but for 2 or 3 times I forgot a laptop for several days and the battery got completely dead. Needless to say that its charge capacity is now around +-20%. Li-ion batteries should no be completely discharged.
Now I think twice before using sleep.
(I use Ubuntu)

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Choose a Windows Laptop?

cuby easy (898 comments)

The same way as a Linux laptop.

more than 3 years ago

Apple in Talks to Improve Sound Quality of Music Downloads

cuby BS as usual. (450 comments)

24bit is irrelevant if you use a lossy format like MP3 or AAC. If you use raw PCM (WAV, AIF...) or lossless FLAC you may feel the difference in a very good sound system.
I have an entry level audiophile system and I can assure that a lot of the records hold a shitty sound the will not benefit with 24bits/192KHz.
Moreover, in my town there are almost no hi-fi sellers because everybody listens music in portable devices with dubious quality.
The way records are being made has changed since the beginning of the dominance of MP3. One of the consequences is that producers focus in strong bass and light high because in a compressed MP3 those are the most hitted freqs...
In a low end system if you reduce the sample rate to 32KHz (from 44KHz) you will not feel the difference and they talk of 24bits... This is pure BS.
In the 80's even with analog systems sound quality was almost the same as today.

more than 3 years ago

Android Text Messages Intermittently Going Astray

cuby This is depressing (325 comments)

It's a phone and this folks can point your position everywhere in the face of the earth but are unable to properly send a bloody sms!?! (Nokia is doing it well for more then a decade). This is "I live in my BMW because I can't pay the rent" stuff.

more than 3 years ago

Why Special Effects No Longer Impress

cuby crapy movies (532 comments)

Lately, movies seem like an excuse to show special effects with no regard for plot.

more than 3 years ago

SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon Make It To Orbit

cuby Congratulations! (200 comments)

I have high hopes on them. The best of luck!

more than 3 years ago



Firefox voted the best browser

cuby cuby writes  |  about 4 years ago

cuby (832037) writes "A survey taken by Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Belgium consumer associations has elected Firefox as the best and most used browser. Well ahead of all versions of Internet explorer."
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Google ignores Portuguese authorities request.

cuby cuby writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cuby (832037) writes "The Portuguese data protection authority sent a letter, a year ago, to Google about privacy concerns over the street view service. It never got a response.
As usually, authorities complain that car plates and some recognizable faces can be viewed and suggests that the service should be stopped until better filtering can be developed. Another curious question concerns the fact that Google, apparently, keeps the original uncensored pictures in their servers for one year before destroying them. The data protection authority also concerns about this and did not obtained the reason for this procedure.
A google translation from the Portuguese original is available in here. They are studying possible actions against them."

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Google blackout?

cuby cuby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cuby writes "It seems all Google services suffered a major blackout for a few moments today. Someone knows Why? Moreover, I was unable to post a story about it in Slashdot because the submission form needs some Google service that wasn't working. Is this dependence of Google a good idea?"

cuby cuby writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cuby writes "The EU has agreed to cut 20% of CO2 emissions until 2020, based on the emissions of the year 1990. If an agreement with other countries (US,China...) is reached, they can rise the cut to 30%. Moreover, they agreed that, in the same year, 20% of all energy must have its origin in renewable sources (nuclear doesn't count). Some countries like France and Poland will have to do heavy work, but other ones like Portugal have established stricter targets. In this country until 2010, 40% of the energy will come from renewable sources. Pretty daily statistics with current production here (in Portuguese)."


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