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Powering Phones, PCs Using Sugar

famazza Doomed to failure (199 comments)

Any attempt to use food as power resource is doomed to failure.

See the example in Brazil, we extensively use ethanol from sugar cane to fuel cars, more than 95% of cars produced in Brazil can use any mixture of ethanol and gasoline.

Since Brazil also uses sugar cane to produce sugar, and the global demand for food is increasing. Most producers of sugar cane prefer to sell their production to sugar mills, instead of to ethanol plants, raising substantially the ethanol price at a rate that it's not economically viable to use ethanol to replace gasoline.

1 year,3 days

Brazilians Can Now Buy an "iPhone" Loaded With Android

famazza Re:Apple lost in court (263 comments)

I DO think that brazilian legislators are as corrupt as they were 10 years ago (2003) or 15 years ago (1998).

They will sell themselves so they can have their own Apple iPhones without having to struggle into "popular prices shoppings"

And Brazil IS still a "Banana Republic". Do you really think that rich people will ever be arrested for driving drunk?

about 2 years ago

Brazilians Can Now Buy an "iPhone" Loaded With Android

famazza Re:Apple knows how to handle this (263 comments)

If Apple buys Grandiente it will be a win-win situation.

Gradiente was a recognizable brand in Brazil until early 2000's. It has licensed products from Sony, Pioneer, Alpine, JVC, Nokia, Atari, Nintendo in Brazil, including Nokia 7110 (The Matrix Cellphone). This caused a very good impression on the quality of their products

On middle 2000's Gradiente went into bankrupt. The brand was sold and the new owner has put it on hold until now.

IMO Grandiente don't have a bright future ahead. Their only chance is to sell the company, or only the brand iPhone, to Apple, and hope to license other brands again.

about 2 years ago

Brazilians Can Now Buy an "iPhone" Loaded With Android

famazza Re:This is what trademarks are for (263 comments)

Although brazilians laws can be compared to most developed countries in world the execution is rarely satisfactory.

Suing a company such as Apple could take up to 10 years, and the value will be not much higher then the cost of the fake iPhone.

about 2 years ago

Brazilians Can Now Buy an "iPhone" Loaded With Android

famazza Re:Apple lost in court (263 comments)

If Apple stops selling the iPhone in Brazil, there will be massive illegal import paying no taxes for government. Maybe this is the most intelligent movement for Apple at the moment. Brazilian government won't accept such a loss of tax income and will provide a "legal" solution for Apple.

about 2 years ago

Zynga Sues Brazilian Dev For Copying Its Games

famazza Re:Remains to be seen? (115 comments)

I think you should read that article closer. Revenue was up significantly. User base was up significantly. The losses were attributed to one time expenses related to their IPO.

Are we back to 1999?

more than 2 years ago

Zynga Accused of Cloning Hit Indie iPhone Game Tiny Tower

famazza In Related Old News: Zynga Sues Vostu for Cloning (245 comments)

I remember very well. In the remote year of 2011 Zynga was accusing Vostu of cloning some of their game.

Also in 2009 Zynga was sued for Copyright infringement, this time the settlement was filled by Psycho Monkey, due to the game Mafia Wars.

It seems that there is something very supicious happening with Zynga.

about 3 years ago

Books I bought to read, but haven't yet:

famazza Re:Bought or just acquired? (298 comments)


3000 books * 1% = 30 books

So you have read 2970 books so far... considering you sleep 8 hours/day and work, and food, and bathroom... you probably had spent 4 hours/day reading...

And then you probably...

Never mind!

about 3 years ago

Is Apple Moving iPad Production to Brazil?

famazza Re:An effort to avoid tariffs in Brazil (148 comments)

Some of the real reasons for Apple/Foxconn chose to produce iPads in Brazil:

  • Better engeneers
  • Sorter shipping distance
  • Saner time zone

But the most important reason: Considerable tax reduction (as translated by Google Translate)

more than 3 years ago

Bill Gates Looks to Reinvent the Toilet

famazza BSoD will be replaced (471 comments)

Blue Screen of Death will be replaced by Blue Splash of Death, probably chemical.

more than 3 years ago

USB Is the Devil's Connection

famazza Just a HOAX! (474 comments)

The evangelic cult "Paz do Senhor Amado" does not exist. Search Google for it, you'll find nothing but phrases from other religions. It's just a hoax from a website called bobolhando (stupid staring), never intended to be a serious post..

more than 4 years ago

Brazil Forbids DRM On the Public Domain

famazza They Can Aprove Whatever They Want (258 comments)

There is something you all need to know about Brasil (do you prefer New York or Nova Iorque?), and I can tell, I'm not any proud of it.

The congress can aprove whatever law they want in Brasil, even DMCA-like, which I think it's very unlikely. Once aproved there are no grantees that the law will be respected.

Many laws in Brasil exists only on paper, and has't any kind of regulation nor enforcement. People simply ignore them, and even police, or official fiscalization, does nothing about it, the law is completely ignored by all sectors of society.

For example. Rip a CD or a DVD is not legal in Brasil. But everybody does it, and nothing is done about it. I have discovered about this a couple of month ago.

Another example. It's not legal to sell pirated CDs or DVDs. But in any city, even the smaller ones, it's possible to buy illegal copied CDs and DVDs for as much as US$ 2,50 each movie, US$ 1,50 each CD. It's very easy to buy a XBox 360 game for US$ 10. And as easy as find someone selling this CDs and DVDs on streets is to find a policeman buying from them.

This kind of attitude is not only found in copyrighted material. It's easy for a minor to buy alcoholic beverages or cigars.

So, the congress can even aprove a DRM-like legislation, but it will certainly not leave the paper. USA hungry for copyright protection will be pleased, but the society will ignore the law and thigs will remain the same as they are today.

Try to discuss something more practical about Brasil.

more than 4 years ago

Internet Tax Approved By Louisiana House

famazza Re:In Brazil we pay 40% (305 comments)

How much do you pay for broadband a month?

In Sao Paulo we pay about US$ 45/mo for a 3 Mbps link, and about US$ 60/mo for a 6 Mbps. But the ISP only garantees 10% of the contracted link. Another problem is that in many cities there is only one option, so the maximum link is 1 Mbps, and the price is about US$ 35/mo. For each of these options we always pay 40% in taxes. Note that all prices already have taxes included.

more than 5 years ago

Internet Tax Approved By Louisiana House

famazza In Brazil we pay 40% (305 comments)

While you are worry about US$ 0.15/mo. We in Brazil need to worry about 40%, that's what we pay in taxes for any kind of telecomunication service. I wish I could pay US$ 0.15 in taxes.

more than 5 years ago

ISPs to Ban P2P With New European Telecom Package?

famazza Meanwhile in Brazl.. (367 comments)

... people simply don't care about P2P blocking. It's faster to buy a CD for US$ 3, or a DVD for US$ 6, in any corner through any city.

more than 6 years ago


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Why a Job Scheduler?

famazza famazza writes  |  more than 11 years ago

After working for a famous free software company I realized that among all solutions for production administration tools, there's no option on scheduling as Unix Administrators are used to.

Ok, we have crontab. But it has nothing really useful to job scheduling but running scripts at the right time. There are no control on what happened, there's no controle on how long did it take, there's no control even if it was really executed.

So that's why I'm planing a Job Scheduler. I'd like to help sysadmins that many times see themselves obligated to use non-free options to schedule their job.

So I've chosen Saturn. For those who don't know (to tell the truth I didin't), Saturn is the roman name for Chronos, the greek god of time. Parent of Jupiter (Zeus).


Live and let live

famazza famazza writes  |  more than 11 years ago

In times when cleverness is missing and the war is as near as 40 year ago I remembered an old song. It might remember many the rippies, but for me it remembers the peace propoused by them and the passive resistence against the war (Vietnam in that time, Korea and Iraq now a days)

  • Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
    Parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme
    Remember me to one who lives there
    She once was a true love of mine
  • Tell her to make me a cambric shirt
    (On the side of a hill in the deep forest green)
    Parsely, sage, rosemary & thyme
    (Tracing a sparrow on snow-crested ground)
    Without no seams nor needlework
    (Blankets and bedclothes a child of the mountains)
    Then she'll be a true love of mine
    (Sleeps unaware of the clarion call)
  • Tell her to find me an acre of land
    (On the side of a hill, a sprinkling of leaves)
    Parsely, sage, rosemary, & thyme
    (Washed is the ground with so many tears)
    Between the salt water and the sea strand
    (A soldier cleans and polishes a gun)
    Then she'll be a true love of mine
  • Tell her to reap it in a sickle of leather
    (War bellows, blazing in scarlet battalions)
    Parsely, sage, rosemary & thyme
    (Generals order their soldiers to kill)
    And to gather it all in a bunch of heather
    (And to fight for a cause they've long ago forgotten)
    Then she'll be a true love of mine
  • Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
    Parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme
    Remember me to one who lives there
    She once was a true love of mine


Learning How to Learn

famazza famazza writes  |  more than 11 years ago

This month I saw something I should already had previewed.

As some of you know I work for Conectiva in Brazil, involved in a migration project from Oracle to PostgreSQL at Vesper (a telecom company in Brazil). And the last part of the project was a PostgreSQL support contract, provided by Conectiva and dbExperts.

Well, while the migration was in course there were a couple of new applications that were successfully directly developed in the new plataform (PostgreSQL). Of course the has found may problems, and what suprised them the most was that they solved them by theirselves, whith no support from Conectiva neither dbExperts.

Today Vesper S.A. believes that they doesn't need to contract PostgreSQL support, because they can do it by theirselves.

I should have known better, I should have previewed this. This kind of support is based in information, and should not work for so long.

This is the Lesson for this month. Supporting free software is basing your bussiness in information, and might stop working as soon as your client discovers that he can look for the information by himself.


Where is the Matrix?

famazza famazza writes  |  about 12 years ago

When I first have heard about The Matrix I refused to read any kind of article, synopsis or critic about the movie, I just went to the nearest movie theater and watched it (one of the best movies I have ever watched). I loved it, and since then I've been wainting for Matrix Reloaded.

Now I know that Matrix Reloaded will be launched in May 15th. But why waiting all this time to release a single movie? Isn't 4 years enough?

But not satisfied by launch Matrix Reloaded Warner is launching The Animatrix. A set of nine anime shorts (the first is about 9 mins) starting at February 4th (download avaiable soon)

I hope not to see another postpone, again.


mini-pub waking up

famazza famazza writes  |  about 12 years ago

Two weeks after my new year resolutions, I'm already seeing results. ;o)

mini-pub is waking up. I submited several modifications and its activity raised to 60%. That's good, mainly because I still haven't released a new version and no news were posted anywhere.

I hope to see mini-pub grow as soos as I ask for help (mainly for other languages: Java, Delphi/Kylix), and after post it to freshmeat.net

For those interested, you can learn more about mini-pub here or here.


I love this game

famazza famazza writes  |  about 12 years ago

I know that this can sound conceited, but this was one of the best comments I have ever done. It's about stupid linking polices and a German lawyer fighting against them. Take a look.

Here is the comment:

  • Don't

    Don't link
    Don't point
    Don't recommend
    Don't support
    Don't save
    Don't forward
    Don't cite
    Don't comment
    Don't argue
    Don't protest
    Don't ask
    Don't learn
    Don't remember
    Don't read
    Don't look
    Don't think!
    Don't live!
    Don't exist!

Until now it received a +1 Interesting, and has a Score: 3


New Year's (2003) Resolutions

famazza famazza writes  |  about 12 years ago

Every new year is the same old sh*t. We always want to do more then we have done in the past, and we always make new resolutions (I mean, they're always the same :o)

  • Try to keep /. journal up-to-date.
    Fix mini-pub project
    Fix cchatd project
    Start Saturn project
    Start a new blog in Portuguese (for my brazilian friends)
    Find a better job and a better salary
    Try to (avoid) get married
    Make public the cure of cancer
    Decreed the world peace

Well, not that much, but enough to know that I won't do everything.


Turning 50

famazza famazza writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I'm turning 50 karma points (48 so far), I expect that before may I'll be 50. So, what happens then? I know that I can't have no more points, but what if I still keep doing good comments, and after +5 moderations I receive a -1 moderation? Is this fair?

What are the advantages that 50-karma-users have? Are they special? Can they post 3-scored-comments? Can they sign as CowboyNeal?


What can foreings do

famazza famazza writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I have discussed a lot about SSSCA/CBDTPA and DMCA, and have stated that both are legal freaks showing everybody how flawful is the representative system the way it is implemented in the USA. (you can see a sample here)

Ok, I'm against CBDTPA and DMCA, but as many of yoiu know I'm not american, I'm brazilian (just like M.Tossati), and I can't just solve this by voting and/or writing my senator/congress-man. What else can I do?

I know that these laws can destroy many of the economic system implemented in the USA, and the most favorable countries are emerging economies, like China, India and Brazil. But I prefer a clean fight, I prefer to fight with all competitors. :o)

So, does anybody knows what can I do?


Digital Widows

famazza famazza writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Two years ago I saw a website about women that is marriage, or have a stable relationship, with geeks (actually computer geeks). It was a pretty interesting site, called Digital Widow (it used to be there, now there's only a .net advertise)

There were many jokes there, but there were many interesting things, like tips and advices for the Digital Widow. The most interesting for me was something like this:

  • If he arrives worried about a problem he can't solve, don't ask him to stop thinking about it, try to help him. Ask him about the problem, even if you don't understand a word of everything he'll say, he'll probably find de answer very quickly and will then forget it.

Which is a very useful advice (I'm sure everybody will agree with me), for the programmer and for the programmer's wife, she'll have his attention very soon.

Now I want to ask, does anybody knows any kind of website about these little details of our lives? I care a lot about my wife and with these kind of tips/advices I know we'll both feel much better. And I bet that many of you will too.


What to do after receive a death threat?

famazza famazza writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I thought it would never happen to me, but last week I received a death threat. I'm not too worry about this, the threatner lived in my house the whole year of 2001, I don't think he can actualy do any real harm.

But I really don't know what to do about this, I should have this on tape, but I didn't expect this kind of thing. What else can I do?

Does anybody else has passed through any kind of situation like this? Does anybody else has anythig good to say?


Late post => unfair moderation

famazza famazza writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Late posts takes to unfair moderation, I mean usually. A good post of mine (I think I deserve at least Insightful) about CBDTPA and Sen. Hollings top 5 support industries.

Once again I claim for the end of all this unfair elective system (known as democracy) where the legislators do everything to lobbyists and (almost) nothing for the citizens.

The link


Fans? Do I have Fans?!?

famazza famazza writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Today I realized that I have fans in /. That's so not me! :o)

I don't diserve fans. C'mon, I'm boring, my comments are futile and flamebait, I can't write in english good enough... Oh, I dont deserve fans!

Anyway, for those who really believe that I'm the kind of guy who you would like to be, or to have near you, or anything like, Thanks a lot, I always thoght I didn't deserve it, and that I would never have anything like this.


First Post

famazza famazza writes  |  more than 12 years ago

First post! ;o) Now I can do this being certain that I'll not be mod-down!

But I'll use this Journal as a non-futile (although my futileness is very high lately) blog, I'll try to keep topics in a certain level; but I'll warn, I don't think I'm capable of doing this! ;o)

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