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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

vbraga /. is dead (129 comments)

Is this stuff that matters?!

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Cat got your tongue? (something important seems to be missing from your comment ... like the body or the subject!)
Cat got your tongue? (something important seems to be missing from your comment ... like the body or the subject!)

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

vbraga Re:Beards and suspenders. (637 comments)

What's the difference in the behavoir of the unary & op?

about a month ago

I typically start my workday ...

vbraga Re:6:30am (141 comments)

I do the same... if there is a single message, it's the automatic check reporting it's all OK, but if the count is up.... it's going to be a shitty day.

about 3 months ago

Reporting From the Web's Underbelly

vbraga Re:Editing still going strong, I see (74 comments)

Give SoylentNews a try, also a Slashcode-based site. It's live for two days now, but it seems to be going the right way.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?

vbraga Re:For / While in C (533 comments)

And the Language Lawyer Award goes to ...

about 8 months ago

Firewall Company Palo Alto Buys Stealthy Startup Formed By Ex-NSAers

vbraga Re:i can smell Rajs bullshit from here (102 comments)

There's something that calls itself 'Princeton Alumni Weekly' that lists Raj Shah as a F-16 fighter pilot.

This seems to match his mini resume in AngelList:

CEO of Morta Security. Strong business (McKinsey, private equity) and government (@USAF F-16 pilot, DoD, NSA) background. @Wharton MBA, @Princeton undergrad.

about 8 months ago

US Wary of Allowing Russian Electronic Monitoring Stations Inside US

vbraga Re:What's the big deal? (232 comments)

Three SIGINT guys walk into a bar...

about 10 months ago

Can the US Be Weaned Off Ethanol?

vbraga Re:Ethanol is a crock nobody wants (330 comments)

At least one company (Verteflex) sells an ethanol-fueled generator around here. I dunno about small engine makers. If I recall correctly, Verteflex is an American company.

about 9 months ago

LG Launches Its Firefox OS Phone Fireweb for $200

vbraga Re:If you are going to compare prices, do it right (91 comments)

Yes, by law, the Brazilian equivalent of the IRS (literally, Federal Revenue Secretariat) has the right to inspect shipments at border control points. Sometimes they inspect, sometimes they don't. You usually get a note in the mailbox 'Your package is awaiting for collection at XYZ street, import duties R$ (obscene number here) must be paid'.

about a year ago

Brazil Announces Plans To Move Away From US-Centric Internet

vbraga Re:Brazil is like the U.S. in the '50s (285 comments)

Add to that list massive internal debt, high inflation, sky high interest rates, slow economic growth, a bizarre, stupid and lazy justice system, high taxation, immense corruption, ...

Brazil doesn't resembles the 1950s US at all. And I wish really hard it did...

about a year ago

Brazil Announces Plans To Move Away From US-Centric Internet

vbraga Re:Efficacy? (285 comments)

The only thing this is meant to accomplish is allowing the current administration to pose as being interested in protect some sort of "national sovereignty" and transferring some cash to government contractors - the standing Party needs cash to finance it's next run for the presidency. The half dead state owned phone company, Telebras, still exists despite having no customers. The government would finance the new cables, Telebras employees would get their kickbacks and funnel money into shady government contracts. Politics as usual with a little antiamericanism sauce.

A common factor in almost all Brazilian corruption scandals is that somehow the media gets access to "secret" telephone conversations: the country is already bugged (legally sometimes) by the Federal Police and (always illegally) by the Brazilian Intelligence Agency. It's not uncommon for the administration to leak data from legal and illegal bugs to pursue adversaries. It's scarily common and rarely protested by the general populace.

It disgusts me.

about a year ago

NSA Releases Secret Pre-History of Computers

vbraga "This site has been suspended" (167 comments)

I just get "This site has been suspended" from the hosting provider. Anyone has alternative links to the pdfs?

about a year ago

PlayStation 4 Will Be Running Modified FreeBSD

vbraga Re:A great win for FreeBSD (457 comments)

XNU, the kernel that powers OS X, is a hybrid derivative of both Mach kernel and of the 4.3BSD kernel.

Originally developed by NeXT for the NeXTSTEP operating system, XNU was a hybrid kernel combining version 2.5 of the Mach kernel developed at Carnegie Mellon University with components from 4.3BSD and an object-oriented API for writing drivers called Driver Kit.

After Apple acquired NeXT, the Mach component was upgraded to 3.0, the BSD components were upgraded with code from the FreeBSD project and the Driver Kit was replaced with a C++ API for writing drivers called I/O Kit.

about a year ago

How often do friends/family call you for tech support?

vbraga Re:It used to be worse (255 comments)

My mom is a tenured University professor and my stepfather is very, very smart structural engineer, now retired. They both call for tech support every once in a while. I'm quite sure - by the nature of the calls - they would be able to solve their problem themselves. But they like my wife and I coming over in the weekend for "helping them with their computer". The tech support call is nothing more than a "hey son, why don't you come over here?" call.

Maybe your dad do the same thing to you?

about a year ago

GNOME Aiming For Full Wayland Support by Spring 2014

vbraga Re:It's ironic... (300 comments)

Older X11 application (like those built on Motif) are like that. They send a stream of primitives, so they're easily used over a network. But modern applications (like those built on Qt and GTK) use X11 as a screen buffer and instead of using X11 primitives, they just send large bitmaps to the X11 server. So modern X11 applications sucks when used over a network but older ones actually works fine.

about a year and a half ago

Bruce Schneier: A Cyber Cold War Could Destabilize the Internet

vbraga Re:Forcing old world views on the new world? (124 comments)

Is it not completely possible that one intelligent man, $300 laptop, and an internet connection be just as "deadly" as any country's electronic warfare unit?

A large organization such a national electronic warfare unit is able to perform more target attacks: obtaining information about the target systems using other means such as human intelligence, coordinating a large team with multiple specialists (an exploit guy, a SCADA engineer, ...), being able to use again human intelligence to infiltrate the target, like bribing a guy to run a software from a USB drive or something like that.

While a single individual might be able to pull a highly targeted attack, it is considerably easier to a large organization to have the necessary budget to hire different specialists, coordinate with other agencies to leverage their resources, and so on.

about a year and a half ago



How easy it is to set up untraceable companies

vbraga vbraga writes  |  about 2 years ago

vbraga (228124) writes "The Economist shows how easy it is to set up an untreaceable company in OECD countries. From the article: "Posing as consultants, the authors asked 3,700 incorporation agents in 182 countries to form companies for them. Overall, 48% of the agents who replied failed to ask for proper identification; almost half of these did not want any documents at all. ". Additional discussion at hackernews."
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China Building Gigantic Structures In the Middle o

vbraga vbraga writes  |  more than 2 years ago

vbraga (228124) writes "New photos have appeared in Google Maps showing unidentified titanic structures in the middle of the Chinese desert. The first one is an intricate network of what appears to be huge metallic stripes. It'(TM)s located in Dunhuang, Jiuquan, Gansu, north of the Shule River, which crosses the Tibetan Plateau to the west into the Kumtag Desert. It covers an area approximately one mile long by more than 3,000 feet wide. The tracks are perfectly executed, and they seem to be designed to be seen from orbit."
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German Foreign Office going back to Windows

vbraga vbraga writes  |  more than 3 years ago

vbraga (228124) writes "The German government has confirmed that the German Foreign Office is to switch back to Windows desktop systems. The Foreign Office started migrating its servers to Linux in 2001 and since 2005 has also used open source software such as Firefox, Thunderbird and OpenOffice on its desktop systems. The government's response to the SPD's question states that, although open source has demonstrated its worth, particularly on servers, the cost of adapting and extending it, for example in writing printer and scanner drivers, and of training, have proved greater than anticipated. The extent to which the potential savings trumpeted in 2007 have proved realisable has, according to the government, been limited – though it declines to give any actual figures. Users have, it claims, also complained of missing functionality, a lack of usability and poor interoperability."
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A Lego replica of the Antikythera Mechanism

vbraga vbraga writes  |  more than 3 years ago

vbraga (228124) writes "The Antikythera Mechanism: is the oldest known scientific computer, built in Greece at around 100 BCE. Lost for 2000 years, it was recovered from a shipwreck in 1901. But not until a century later was its purpose understood: an astronomical clock that determines the positions of celestial bodies with extraordinary precision. In 2010, a fully-functional replica out of Lego was built."
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G.E. Venture Will Share Jet Technology With China

vbraga vbraga writes  |  more than 3 years ago

vbraga (228124) writes "This week, during the visit of the Chinese president, Hu Jintao, to the United States, G.E. plans to sign a joint-venture agreement in commercial aviation that shows the tricky risk-and-reward calculations American corporations must increasingly make in their pursuit of lucrative markets in China. G.E., in the partnership with a state-owned Chinese company, will be sharing its most sophisticated airplane electronics, including some of the same technology used in Boeing’s new state-of-the-art 787 Dreamliner."
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Free form linguistic input in Mathematica 8

vbraga vbraga writes  |  more than 3 years ago

vbraga (228124) writes "With the release of Mathematica 8 it now allows, just like the Wolfram|Alpha engine, input in a free form English instead of the Mathematica syntax. The results are impressive. From the blog post:

With the release of Mathematica 8 today, the single most dramatic change is that you don’t have to communicate with Mathematica in the Mathematica language any more: you can just use free-form English instead."

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Nissan Land Glider is green and leans

vbraga vbraga writes  |  more than 4 years ago

vbraga (228124) writes "The Nissan Land Glider concept is a tiny electric vehicle that features a computer controlled steering system that leans the car into the turns. The pilot driver is seated centrally in the cabin with space for a single passenger directly behind in the narrow cabin. At least, it looks like that's where the passenger would sit. Although the photos clearly show a driver's four-point harness, none of the pictures show a rear seat belt."
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American LaFrance blames IBM for bankruptcy

vbraga vbraga writes  |  more than 6 years ago

vbraga writes "Emergency vehicle maker American LaFrance (ALF) has claimed that a bungled implementation of IBM software contributed to the demise of its business.

The firm voluntarily filed for bankruptcy protection in the US district court of Delaware in Wilmington yesterday, in which it said that the installation of a new ERP system had caused significant disruptions to production, and given execs a massive $100m debt headache.

More at The Register."

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