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Comment: Mod parent up. (Score 3, Insightful) 1154

by bircho (#41264653) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?

I know Slashdot hive mind thinks M$ is evil (i think it too), but even Microsoft knows it's not about the OS, it's about developer tools (developers, developers, developers).

Unix API is nice. Sockets? include sys/socket.h plus a couple of other headers and you are fine. Graphics? include opengl/gl*.h. But how about other things? Playing sound? Choose between OSS, ALSA, JACK or dozens of sound servers. KDE x GNOME war? Both lost.

I love linux, but it's truly is a PITA using and programming for it's desktop environment.

Comment: Exact same problem here. (Score 1) 619

by bircho (#36377468) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?

I got a address and EVERYDAY i receive at least one e-mail by mistake. People type as xyz, and there you go...

I tried filter, warn people, flag as spam, but there's no sure way to catch it all. I at least try to have fun. So far i've got:
- Pics from a married man to his male lover.
- US$370 transfer from Paypal (i didn't take the money, by the way).
- Dozens of resumes.
- E-mail from a girl to his teacher who would do ANYTHING to don't fail his course.
- Got my e-mail banned from Facebook because someone signed up with my email and messed up (Solved later).
- Deleted 100+ e-mail accounts that used my email as secondary email for password recovery.

Change your e-mail or live with it.

Comment: Re:Anonymity is forbidden in Brazil (Score 3, Interesting) 484

by bircho (#31982196) Attached to: In Brazil, Google Fined For Content of Anonymous Posting
IAAB (I am a Brazilian). Sure, anonimous posting is forbidden by Constitution. So is interest rates greater than 12%/year. It's more complicated than that. I think judges have a problem understanding how internet works and are trying to not lose power (like when a judge tried to block all of youtube because Cicarelli's sex video: ). I feel sorry for Google.

Comment: I'm a brazilian and i work at elections. (Score 1) 101

by bircho (#29935539) Attached to: Contest To Hack Brazilian Voting Machines
Paper ballot is far from perfect. I think we are better this way. People will not hack a voting machine to win, just buy votes. It's easier. Brazil is a very big country and counting votes was always problematic. Now we have a official result in the same day. Elections for legislative branch was a problem too. People wrote the name or a nickname of a candidate, or just swear. A monkey (or another animal from a zoo, can't remember) was elected years ago as a prostest. Buying votes is harder too. They just took people who cant read and gave a paper already marked.

It seems intuitively obvious to me, which means that it might be wrong. -- Chris Torek