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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

gustgr Re:Great (175 comments)

As they have no life to begin with, at least they won't lose much if things go wrong.

about 2 months ago
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Kaspersky: Mt. Gox Data Archive Contains Bitcoin-Stealing Malware

gustgr Re:Leak (169 comments)

The thing is, you don't need that .exe to access the leaked data. The leaks are just a bunch of csv files. I never run the .exe.

about 9 months ago
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Kaspersky: Mt. Gox Data Archive Contains Bitcoin-Stealing Malware

gustgr Re:Slowpoking hard, aren't we? (169 comments)

Also, the MtGox2014Leak.zip file is 750672322 bytes. The trades.zip file is 622555932 bytes.

about 9 months ago
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Kaspersky: Mt. Gox Data Archive Contains Bitcoin-Stealing Malware

gustgr Leak (169 comments)

The leak is real, nonetheless. I found my balance and transactions there.

about 9 months ago
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Kaspersky: Mt. Gox Data Archive Contains Bitcoin-Stealing Malware

gustgr Slowpoking hard, aren't we? (169 comments)

This was known minutes after the leak was released. You disappoint me, slashdot.

about 9 months ago
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What percentage of the software you use regularly is open source?

gustgr Open source code but proprietary compilers. (222 comments)

At home about 95% of all software that I use are open source. At work this number drops down to ~80%. However, most of the open source software I use at work is compiled with proprietary and closed source compilers (IBM, Portland, Intel). Compiling is not something I often do, though.

about a year ago
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Brazil Sues Samsung Over Worker Conditions

gustgr Re:Great idea (110 comments)

Do you believe that the origin of all North and Northeast population is identical (and in that case Bahia's)?

Of course not. That's why I said that there is a very mixed racial makeup. Slavery was one factor, but not the only one. There are regions in Northeastern states, such as in Paraíba or Pernambuco, where there are a lot of whites with Dutch and Portuguese background. In North and Mid-West regions there was a greater mix with native populations. It is impossible to say that it is the same, and I never said that.

What I said is that Southern states, and São Paulo, have a different ethnic profile.The focus of white immigrants during the XIX and XX centuries were mostly São Paulo and Southern states, and to a lesser degree other Southeastern states. This changed the ethnic makeup of these regions quite drastically, e.g., http://jornaldebrasilia.com.br/site/imagens/blogs/mapa_racial.jpg. And this is a fact, whether you like it or not.

about a year ago
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Brazil Sues Samsung Over Worker Conditions

gustgr Re:Great idea (110 comments)

one of the most impoverished countries in the world better themselves after this!

This is not really the case, at least in a large part of the country, specially in the Southern regions (São Paulo and below). I live in São Paulo right now (that's the state, not the city!), in a medium size town (pop. 250,000), have a regular job and my quality of life is not very much different than when I lived in Germany for some years, quite a while ago. The main problems are public services, specially health services (but I, like half of Brazilian population, have a private health insurance) and public transportation (we have pretty decent buses, but they can't be compared to Germany's rail system), even though we pay way too much taxes. Our GDP as of 2011 as US$ 2.48 trillion (6th in the world, higher than India, Russia and Mexico), and the tax revenue was 35% of that. So our government gets a metric fucktonne of money.

In some states, most of them in Northern and Northeastern regions, poverty is a whole different business. It looks like two countries, as a matter of fact. Even in terms of ethnicity, with Northern states having a very mixed racial makeup (due to slavery), and Southern states having a majority of whites of Italian, German, Spaniard and Portuguese origins (there was a large government program to make the population whiter in these regions, about 100-150 years ago).

about a year ago
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Brazil Sues Samsung Over Worker Conditions

gustgr Re:Blame the foreigners (110 comments)

Actually, it is much harder for a domestic company (specially if it is not very large) to get away with this kind of behavior.

Brazil has very strict work laws, up to the point that even nannies and house cleaners are jobs under strict regulation. This case with Samsung is indeed very worrying, however it is not as common in companies as most people would expect in Brazil. We have hundreds of unions who have very resonant voices in politics.

Work conditions abuses in Brazil come mostly in two flavors:

i) Rural work in farms, specially up North. It is not uncommon to have people working under slavery regime in some farms, and some of the scandals involve even politicians who are also big farmers. The workers are usually very poor people who are deluded into getting a job in a farm and getting rich. Their travel costs are covered by the farmer, and so is living cost and food, and they stay in an eternal debt without ever leaving. They end up working 18 hours shifts for food, with no sanitary conditions, etc. This is taken seriously in Brazil, but more often than not the responsible for this are rich people, so they get away with fines and never see the inside of a jail cell.

ii) Manual labor done by foreigners, in particular by South Americans. In Sao Paulo city there are 200,000 Bolivians, 80% of them are illegal, and most of them work with sewing. They work under very poor conditions and earn very little. Since most of them are illegal, and most of them are in debt with people who helped them to get here, they are afraid to seek the police.

But in companies this is not the case. Even to me this news about Samsung came as a shock.

about a year ago
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North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Il Dead at 70

gustgr Not so great (518 comments)

The saddest thing is that probably each and every citizen -- be them old, young, children, ill, healthy -- will have (as in obliged) to pay his or her visit to the funeral in order to say a last good bye, in a country with a terrible winter and where artificial heating is a luxury only available to the great members of the party. Perhaps even a little sadder is knowing that absolutely nothing will change, for his son has been trained since his early years to take on daddy's position and keep up with the realm of terror, not to mention that the old military leaders who were by KJI's side the whole time still remain.

The positive thing about his death to the citizens of North Korea is to show them that despite of what their government have been saying, their leaders are not deities nor special in any way, and are prone to die just like any other human. I wonder how his death is being explained to citizens -- perhaps they are being taught that the dearest leader ascended to the skies after fulfilling his role as a guide to humanity.

about 3 years ago
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North Korean 3G Mobile Subscriptions Hit Half a Million

gustgr Yay! (69 comments)

Great news, almost three times the number of people they have in slave camps!

more than 3 years ago
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Once-Darling Ethanol Losing Friends In High Places

gustgr Re:The real reason (586 comments)

There isn't a single cane of sugar growing on soil where the Amazon rain forest is or was. Be less of an idiot, be more of an educated person, please.

more than 3 years ago
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Best Open Source Genealogy Software?

gustgr Re:GRAMPS (292 comments)

BK also runs on Windows. My old man has been using it for 13 years for his genealogical records. I've tried to get him going with GRAMPS, but still no success.

Maybe it is worth a shot again.

about 4 years ago
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UN Considering Control of the Internet

gustgr Re:How much more (402 comments)

You, sir, have hit the nail right on the head. It's only sad that even foreigners don't see Lula and his gang for what they really are.

about 4 years ago
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FBI Alleged To Have Backdoored OpenBSD's IPSEC Stack

gustgr Re:Interesting if true. Interesting even if not tr (536 comments)

since I have never once heard of IPSec being used, I doubt this is really that big an issue.

IPSec, anlong with SSL/TLS, is one of the most common ways of securing a VPN today.

about 4 years ago
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FBI Alleged To Have Backdoored OpenBSD's IPSEC Stack

gustgr Re:The gov't does not have enough manpower... (536 comments)

I'm sure they are not interested in "every computer". Heck, OpenBSD doesn't run in "every computer". They are probably interested in key machines used by companies, foreign governments and such. Devices which actually relay sensible information.

about 4 years ago
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FBI Alleged To Have Backdoored OpenBSD's IPSEC Stack

gustgr Re:Only two remote holes... (536 comments)

What really gets me worried is that even the audit freaks who develop OpenBSD weren't able to see this. If it turns out to be true then what about other projects which less savvy developers? What about Linux? Not long ago it was reported that the workhorse of Linux development are mostly paid developers, of which most are employed in private companies. What's the chance of FBI having some of them in their payroll?

Other than that, I imagine the "backdoor" is probably a very well hidden bug that allows key leaking of some sort and for which only the FBI has the exploit.

about 4 years ago
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Julian Assange's Online Dating Profile Leaked

gustgr Re:Come on, you can do better than that! (334 comments)

They don't need to dig up any dirt on the man. They could, but it would be a worthless effort. Unless he has raped children before eating their fleshes while they were still alive or has been the central figure of some major economical scandal, they know they can't make him look bad to his followers and to the whole lot of people supporting WikiLeaks. The kind of support and supporters he has attracted are quite hard to get, and once gathered they are quite hard to get rid of as well. Besides finding a way to put him behind bars (be it legal or not) and perhaps shutting down his whole operation in order to avoid the disclose of the rest of the cables, there isn't much they can do about what has happened already.

about 4 years ago
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McDonald's Hacked and Customer Data Stolen

gustgr Re:Wait... (178 comments)

It also takes on-line take-out orders in several places of the world, which also requires personal information -- at least a name and an address, but I suppose they ask for more info than that on the order form.

about 4 years ago

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Copyright violation network in Brazilian senate

gustgr gustgr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gustgr writes "Although very concerned about issues such as child pornography on the Internet and wider use of free software throughout the country, it appears that Brazilian senators and representatives don't care too much about copyright violation matters. It was found that several computers in the Brazilian National Senate's network had access to a pool of illegal downloaded music, movies and games (Google translation to English). With just a few clicks anyone inside the internal network was able to reach a large collection of copyrighted material, varying from music by local Brazilian performers to various Hollywood blockbusters. Once this news gained force amongst Brazilian political and technological blogs, the senate's Secretary of Information removed the files (translation) and announced that an investigation is to be started in order to reveal the culprits."
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First Movie of Individual Carbon Atoms

gustgr gustgr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bojangles (695173) writes "Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), working with TEAM 0.5, the world's most powerful transmission electron microscope, have made a movie that shows in real-time carbon atoms repositioning themselves around the edge of a hole that was punched into a graphene sheet. Viewers can observe how chemical bonds break and form as the suddenly volatile atoms are driven to find a stable configuration. This is the first ever live recording of the dynamics of carbon atoms in graphene. In case the site gets slashdotted, there are direct links to the videos."
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gustgr gustgr writes  |  more than 8 years ago

gustgr writes "The Brazilian Senate's Constitution and Justice Commission will vote on next Wednesday a law project (Portuguese only) which demands internet users to identify their selves before starting any interactive operation, such as electronic mailing, online chatting, blogs creation, media downloading, among others online activities. Unidentified access would be punished with reclusion (two to four years). The ISPs would be responsible for the users identification and for data reliability and would also be subject to the same punishment. The law project has been defended by bankers, but heavily criticized by organizations which stand for freedom of communication."

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