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1.9 Billion Digits: Brazil's Bid For Biometric Voting

pazu Re:Sounds like (140 comments)

It's a matter of jurisdiction. The current identification most people carry (Carteira de Identidade, CI) is issued by the state-level Publicy Security Office. Two things here prevent using this data for voting: first, the data collected for issuing these ids are technically property of the PSO, and can only be used for forensic reasons. Second, this is state-level, while elections are organized at a federal level.

The federal government is starting to introduce a new document, the Documento de Identidade, DI. This will actually be the first federal level identification document in Brazil, and should replace all other documents people carry right now (state-issued id, voters id, cpf). This is currently in trial in a few states, and it will be at least 10 years or so before people are required to carry them, however.

more than 2 years ago

Study Links Personal Music Players To Hearing Loss

pazu Re:Turn down the volume (405 comments)

Maybe the "technical solution" is to include hearing tests in every medical checkup, since they only take a couple minutes.

Too bad most doctors are too biased or ignorant enough to stop listening to you as soon as their hear the word "iPod".

I own an iPhone and a pair of Etymotic HF2 earphones. These are in-ear, noise isolating earphones, and I use them exactly because I don't want to turn my volume too high. Most of the time, I hear to music just one click above silence (I mean, turn the volume to zero, than press up just once), two if I'm in a very noise environment, like walking in the streets.

I seriously doubt hearing music at these levels could cause any long term hearing loss, but I've noticed my ears started ringing a few months ago -- maybe it's always been there, I don't know, but I only noticed recently.

I've visited an ENT recently and he completely dismissed everything I've said as soon as he heard I had a music player. I mentioned the low volume, the noise isolating earphones, but he just ignored me. He "prescribed" me to stop using earphones, period.

So, yes, include hearing tests in every medical checkup, but please educate doctors about modern equipment and their actual effect on hearing.

more than 6 years ago

Study Links Personal Music Players To Hearing Loss

pazu Re:Turn down the volume (405 comments)

I'd be too paranoid if I didn't hear anything like that as anything (car/cycle/scooter) could come up to me too sudden.

I don't know. I've developed a much greater awareness of my environment since I've started using noise isolating earphones.

Now, I listen to music quiet enough to still hear most street noise, if somewhat muffled, but the reduced aural perception forced me to use my other senses more effectively. You know how they say to always look at both sides before crossing a street? Now I actually do that.

more than 6 years ago



Brazil migrates voting machines to Linux

pazu pazu writes  |  more than 6 years ago

democracyhaha (99303) writes "Brazilian voting machines migrated to Linux operating system, informs Giuseppe Dutra Janino, secretary of technology for Brazil's Superior Electoral Court. The new machines are ready for deployment, and citizens will use them to choose their majors and aldermen in this year's elections in October 5th. G1 News has an article where Janino says Linux will be replacing VirtuOS and Windows CE as the operating system in the voting machines designed by engineer Carlos Rocha from OMNITECH, and licensed for manufacturing to Diebold-Procomp.

According to Janino, this change will bring three benefits. "The first is saving money", he says, "the government will no longer have to pay licensing fees for the proprietary operating systems". He acknowledges the need and costs to redevelop all software for the new operating system, but says "this cost will be offset gradually, as we save on licensing fees". He goes on, saying the second benefit "is transparency of the process. Before we couldn't show the operating system source code to entities like the Bar Association and political parties". Every 180 days the current source code for the software is sent for inspection to all interested parties and organizations, including all political parties and legal entities, before being digitally signed and installed on the machines. The third benefit, says Janino, "is security. Linux is robust and widely recognized as secure".

Voting machines have been used in all ballots in Brazil since 1998, and no fraud has been proved so far."

pazu pazu writes  |  more than 8 years ago

pazu (99303) writes "Universo Online, one of the largest brazilian content providers, recently launched a new music store called UOL Megastore. Songs cost between R$1,99 and R$2,99 (roughly US$0.90 to US$1.40), and while they're distributed in a protected WMA format, the site's own help section advises iPod owners to burn them on a CD and rip back in an iPod-compatible format.

Currently, iTunes Music Store is not available in Brazil."


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