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Google Kills Orkut To Focus On YouTube, Blogger and Google+

rbprbp Nobody used it anymore (71 comments)

Orkut already was a wasteland 2~3 years ago as everyone in Brazil moved to Facebook. Not much will be lost.

about 2 months ago
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Brazil Announces Secure Email To Counter US Spying

rbprbp Good luck. (165 comments)

Probably it will rely a lot on proprietary software/hardware (Brazil manufactures very little in the way of networking/communications equipment, and our government is addicted to proprietary software) with their own backdoors. Besides, our government spies on social movements, unions etc... so they are not innocent at all. Finally: given the deep shit that this government is into, it will likely run over schedule and budget and will eventually be scrapped.

about 10 months ago
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The Dash Is Now Anonymized In Ubuntu 13.10

rbprbp Re:Eh... (183 comments)

Problem is, they dropped Gnome 2, and XFCE is a pretty clunky replacement.

This is what you use MATE for. It's pretty much GNOME 2.

about a year ago
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The Black Underbelly of Windows 8.1 'Blue'

rbprbp Re:Expect more of this. (608 comments)

Pretty much any university in Brazil (and other developing countries too, I assume): 95% Windows and you're more likely to find a Linux user than a Mac user.

about a year ago
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Progress On the Open Laptop

rbprbp Re:Is this actually a laptop? (57 comments)

Linux and most open-source software runs on it. That's pretty much enough for most DIY hackers. Besides, I think that this board would be useful for other applications (robotics, signal processing, etc...) or just as a cheap way of hacking ARM + FPGA.

about a year ago
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How an Aussie University Creates the World's Best Hackers

rbprbp Am I the only one... (76 comments)

... who parsed this as 'University of NSFW'?

about a year ago
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DRM In HTML5 — Better Than the Alternative?

rbprbp So what's wrong? (268 comments)

"Deprived of the ability to use browser plugins, protected content distributors are not, in general, switching to unprotected media. Instead, they're switching away from the Web entirely. "
So what is wrong with this, exactly? If you want to distribute DRMed content, you are fully free to use your own means. Let the web stay DRM-free, as it should be.

about a year ago
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Cracked Game Released To Get Back At Pirates

rbprbp Re:I suspect their simulation is flawed (509 comments)

"It's way too expensive when I don't know if it's even a good game or not." This is why you play the demo.

about a year ago
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Cracked Game Released To Get Back At Pirates

rbprbp Re:I suspect their simulation is flawed (509 comments)

"Game prices are too high"? Seriously, is US$ 8 too expensive for you? We're not talking about an US$ 50 game here.
"People don't want to spend any amount of money without knowing what they will get in return."? There are demo versions available.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Ad Campaign Puts a Hotspot Inside a Magazine

rbprbp Teardown pending (194 comments)

I wouldn't mind seeing one of those being turned into something useful after the 15-day trial expires, or at least a teardown.

about a year ago
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Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade

rbprbp Re:Helps but not a complete solution. (953 comments)

This is why you add a rule, and configure the guest operating system, to allow this application - but nothing else - to connect to the internet. While you're at that, you probably could do a minimal-enough install of Windows which would only run the application.

about a year ago
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Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade

rbprbp Re:Helps but not a complete solution. (953 comments)

You can run Windows XP as a VM which is isolated from the internet through a firewall. That will probably help.

about a year ago
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Improving the Fedora Boot Experience

rbprbp Re:Ubuntu (109 comments)

Laptops should be using suspend/hibernation - which is still a problem in Linux, sadly.

about a year ago
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Intel Unveils New Atom and Xeon Processors and Future Rack Scale Architecture

rbprbp Re: Compatible with Windows 7? (73 comments)

(Posting to undo mistaken mod) At least for me, in Windows 7 I didn't need any shell replacement (or much in the way of tweaking, really) unlike I needed in XP. In fact, whenever I use XP (I have some virtual machines for ancient software) I miss the Windows 7 interface.

about a year ago
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Fake Academic Journals Are a Very Real Problem

rbprbp Re:'fake'? (248 comments)

Fake journals let anything and everything in, so you can pretend you have lots of papers published. Some of them pretend to be prestigious jornals: can't get published in Nature or Science? Why not Nature and Science?

about a year ago
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R 3.0.0 Released

rbprbp Re:Congratulations R Team (75 comments)

While I despise MATLAB for a large set of reasons, I agree that a large variety of toolboxes is available for pretty much anything you might want to do. And those are what most of the MATLAB users look for, in my experience: they might dislike the language, but MATLAB provides/they can purchase toolboxes that do what they need for their research.

about a year ago
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The State of BSD At the Start of 2013

rbprbp Re:FreeBSD KMS & Co. (91 comments)

I wish FreeBSD added support - however minimal, disabling the power-hogging dedicated graphics card - for hybrid graphics. That would be pretty much enough for me to at least dual-boot FreeBSD on my laptop.

about a year and a half ago
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Of the Love of Oldtimers - Dusting Off a Sun Fire V1280 Server

rbprbp Benchmarks (281 comments)

I would like to see how it stands against current CPUs. Aside from making it available for open-source projects which could benefit from testing on not-very-common architectures, I don't see much use for it either.

about a year and a half ago
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Is It Possible To Erase Yourself From the Internet?

rbprbp Yes, sort of (295 comments)

Some erasing will eventually happen. Smaller forums, newsgroups etc... will eventually die (domain expires, owner loses interest, they become spamfests and then are punished by Google's algorithms etc...).

about a year and a half ago
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Russian Univ. Launches Course Based On ReactOS Led By Alex Bragin

rbprbp Re:why? (90 comments)

posting to undo wrong mod

about a year and a half ago

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