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Cuba Says the Internet Now a Priority

orasio Re: Satellite not needed (115 comments)

I find it quite believable, seeing how the Venezuelan govt simply issues orders to all ISPs to block the IP ranges of sites that make them uncomfortable; a famous victim is DolarToday.com, a site that tracks the black market currency exchange rate and now publishes unflattering news and opinion. I'd include a few traceroutes but I'm posting from my phone. Even pastebin.com was blocked for more than a year (haven't checked recently) because a list of URLs with leaked emails wad posted there.

Currency black markets are not "unconfortable", they are _illegal_. I'm sure there are examples of censorship in Venezuela, but that's not one.

about a week ago
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Cuba Says the Internet Now a Priority

orasio Re: Tiny Island (115 comments)

Holy crap, that's the last place I'd expect a cable. It sounds like the only reason they did that is politics because of Chavez. The latency will suck.

The latency to where?

Latency to Venezuela can be good.

about a week ago
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Cuba Says the Internet Now a Priority

orasio Re:Modern Cellular is the way to go (115 comments)

My city, Montevideo, an oldish city, with some similarities to Havana, was also wired by a state owned telco with fiber. Also most of the urban country is already fibered.
It's taking a bit over a couple of years, most of the city is covered, and the smallest plan is 30 dollars (or free if you a single Giga per month is enough for you).
Of course, 35 dollars in Cuba might be expensive, but also most of the cost they had here was labor, construction salaries are high. They wouldn't have that problem over there. They could even have you dig the ditches yourself if you want internet, dammit.

Anyhow, I would go with LTE. It's probably a lot cheaper, and flexible enough.

about a week ago
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Nanotube Film Could Replace Defective Retinas

orasio So sexist!! (24 comments)

"It has so far been tested only on light-insensitive retinas from embryonic chicks, "

OMG!! They are called ladies, not "chicks".

about three weeks ago
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Chinese CEO Says "Free" Is the Right Price For Mobile Software

orasio Re:Profit? (133 comments)

Why would the Chinese government pay for something western governments get for free?

about three weeks ago
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IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard

orasio Re:Really? (196 comments)

Networked is not the same. Internet connected or something like that might be better.
Also, networked _might_ imply wired for some, while IoT is more in the line of wireless, standalone.
Internet enabled is good, but already means other old, unrelated things.

It is a new trend, that is actually gaining some momentum right now, cheap systems on chip, BLE, and stuff, and it needs a name, so others what you are talking about. IoT is as good a name as any other. It doesn't really bother me, even if it's silly.

No reason to keep whining about it. There are possibly tens of thousands of tech people reading this today, if you have a better name, descriptive, not stupid, or whatever, please share it, below the line ----v , we might like it, start using it instead of IoT, and it just might catch on.
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about three weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

orasio Re:Oh no (297 comments)

They are identical on paper, but not for a person.

It's a lot easier to get energy from doughnuts than from broccoli.

It's 5 medium doughnuts versus 5 broccoli bunches. I'm pretty sure I can have 5 doughnuts in a sitting, but not 5 broccoli bunches.

There's a lot of fiber in broccoli, so even if you manage to have all that broccoli, you will have a hard time extracting many calories from it. In any case, it will be slow, so at least it keeps you full for a longer time than doughnuts.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

orasio Re:Oh no (297 comments)

That's what is being done nowadays, counting calories.

The problem is that calorie consumption is not constant. It's more like household economy.

If you earn (eat) a lot every day, you will probably end up with a lot of savings (belly fat).

One way of getting rid of those savings (belly fat) is taking a lower paying job (dieting). The problem is that your savings don't magically dissappear, and you can make changes that allow you to keep your savings (fat), even with a lower income (daily calorie intake).

Another way you can get rid of your savings is just spending more daily (like exercise). The problem is that, if you have a good enough income (daily intake), and sizable savings, you will only lose capital (weight) in the long run, no sizable short term effect.

So, a fat person body works, in what respects to calories, like a financially savvy household. Going skinny would be like going broke. Some of us could benefit from a way to teach our bodies to do a bit worse in the calorie finance department. Could be a lot easier than just dieting, exercising or both.

about a month and a half ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

orasio Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

Dumbass.
The most terrifying moment in history was Nagasaki, because they already knew what happened in Hiroshima.

about 3 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

orasio Re:Linux will NEVER be a Desktop - Every Day OS. (727 comments)

I use Windows 8 at one of my computers at home.
Those instructions don't work there. You need to do some additional steps before, to summon the "Open Network Center" option.

In any case, what I was responding to the troll was not that Ubuntu has a great magic and beautiful way of changing the IP, only that it doesn't require a console.
Like you explained, in most Windows versions, the process is more or less the same, which was my point.

about 4 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

orasio Re:Torvalds is true to form.... (727 comments)

Posting from a corporate desktop, using Ubuntu, there are 6 Ubuntus out of 10 desktops around me.
This is not a Fortune 500 company, but it's a public company.
I also read Slashdot, I have seen news of corporations using Ubuntu

about 4 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

orasio Re:Linux will NEVER be a Desktop - Every Day OS. (727 comments)

Feeding the shill/troll here...

Linux is was not, and is not meant to be anything but a hobby OS for someones spare time, or a companies spare time that they can develop a UI for and deploy their own flavors (android, Red Hat, Ubuntu, etc.) Linux is far too complicated for the everyday user to understand. Even something as simple as entering a static IP address sometimes requires going back to the terminal windows (command prompt) and setting it the hard way. And THAT's the problem with Linux! It was never meant to be a GUI OS just like it's parent, UNIX.

That's why desktop users use Ubuntu.
1 - Open network meny by clicking network indicator at the top bar of the desktop
2 - Choose "edit connections"
3 - Choose the connection you want to edit - click "edit"
4 - Click "IPv4 settings"
5 - Change IP

Please, remind me how that's done in windows 8.1. Feel free to explain differences with windows 8, 7 , XP.

The drivers for Linux SUCK and that's because it's an open source OS and there's no one "single" distro.

Just like any other OS. Supported hardware works, and in this case, backwards compatibility is maintained. Unsupported hardware, shockingly, doesn't work.

about 4 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

orasio Re:It's not a kernel problem (727 comments)

Give us a nice, simple, standard GUI without a bazillion customisations, and with the ability to to just install an app from the GUI and run it from the GUI, and Linux might actually work on the desktop.

You can find all of that at http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/ .
Millions of people are already using it, for years now.
The only challenge it might have, is that it complies with the simplicity and ease of use you demand. But that's for hardcore users to care about, and they have alternatives.

about 4 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

orasio Re:Torvalds is true to form.... (727 comments)

It's not his fault.
Linux is a kernel, an a great one at that.
GNU is a desktop, and isn't dominant right now, but it's very popular among large groups of users, some corporate included.

about 4 months ago
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3-D Printing Comes To Amazon

orasio Re:Strength (62 comments)

You can print in a plethora of different materials; this includes metals and extremely hard plastics.

The strength and martial properties of medals comes from the arrangement of the crystal lattices. These are things that 3D printing cannot do.

These are things that 3D printing doesn't do maybe. But most certaintly it is feasible. And once that's achieved, you will be able to create metals with a la carte properties.

about 5 months ago
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Agree or Disagree: We are in another tech bubble.

orasio Re:We have an advertising bubble... (154 comments)

Sorry for taking so long to respond.

I agree with you, the government can do anything with info.
The thing is that if it were government itself, there would be a chance for public scrutiny, in every step of the process.
When it's a commercial entity, you will never know what happens with your data, and the government will get it secretly. You are still at risk of the government tracking you, but no one is accountable.

about 7 months ago
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California Opens Driverless Car Competition With Testing Regulations

orasio Re:I propose a test ... (167 comments)

Tell that to google search, or wolfram alpha

about 7 months ago
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Agree or Disagree: We are in another tech bubble.

orasio Re:We have an advertising bubble... (154 comments)

Of course, in general, governments want to keep tabs on things, so don't expect intrusive behavior to stop. The collected data just goes to a nation, not an ad company.

Very insightful. The good thing about governments being visibly a part of infrastructure is that we know they are powerful, and the problem with them looking into our life is very visible. Also, we have a chance for transparency.

about 7 months ago
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The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

orasio Re:Corporate speak (373 comments)

Actually, avoiding certain words makes sense if those words bolster a legal case against GM, as a partial admission of guilt. Same reason your side mirrors still bear that stupid warning about objects being closer than they appear. Fix your silly legal system that allows anyone to sue anyone over anything, and if their case has any merit, gives them a chance to win the damages or out of court settlement lottery.

With great power, comes great responsibility.

In Europe, or here in some parts of Latin America, the government will stand in the way of business, certifying what you can and cannot do, forcing you to meet certain safety standards, and to provide specific warranties for customers. Even customers or workers can have a say in what companies can and cannot do. Civil responsibility when something goes wrong is not so high, because the company can use their compl|

In the US, people don't like government meddling in the way of companies and business are a lot freer to do business as they see fit. The most important thing standing in the way of a company harming their customers or others, to improve the bottom line, is the threat of losing a whole lot of money in a lawsuit. If you remove that part, there would be nothing to balance the profit vs safety equation.

about 7 months ago
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What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

orasio Re:They need to learn to let it go (301 comments)

Hmmm, we have a whole lot of Asimov books that show why that kind of idea wouldn't be of much help in practice.

about 7 months ago

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New Type-C USB connector ready for production

orasio orasio writes  |  about 4 months ago

orasio (188021) writes "One of the most frustrating first world problems ever, trying to connect an upside down Micro-USB connector, is bound to dissappear soon.
Type-C connector for USB is declared ready for production by the USB Promoter Group (http://www.usb.org/press/USB_Type-C_Specification_Announcement_Final.pdf)."

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Tonido: User controlled cloud services?

orasio orasio writes  |  more than 5 years ago

orasio writes "I bumped into this freshmeat link earlier today, and learned about this project: Tonido — Privacy and Online Freedom from online servers. The project proposes a software platform for cloud services hosted by users in a p2p platform, supposedly to be released as GPLv3. It's an early release, with jukebox and gallery applications, but the architecture looks like an interesting idea, at least for those of us who would like to enjoy the benefits of "cloud" services, but are not big fans of third parties holding our data."
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orasio orasio writes  |  more than 8 years ago

orasio (188021) writes "Medscape reports about October's issue of Neurology, a study that shows an inverse correlation between BMI and short term memory. Subjects with diagnosed obesity underperformed their skinny counterparts when remembering a list of items. Other effects on cognition are suspected, too. Maybe actually going outside, and quit eating Doritos could make you smarter!"

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