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Comment: The before and after pics (Score 1) 101

by dafradu (#48201211) Attached to: Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs
250GB EVO running for a year now, i never noticed slowdows using it as my daily SO drive. I guess its because the frequently accessed files aren't affected by this bug, i would have to run a complete drive read test to find out.

I did a test with a tool in one of the links and got the same results as other people.
See how the graph goes down as age of files increases.

After running the tool to update the firmware and "optimize" the drive the graph is very different.

Now i have to check again in a couple of months. I could run a full defrag and get the same result since all files would've been moved.

Comment: How Brazil handled it (Score 1) 401

by dafradu (#47467273) Attached to: Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer
In Brazil we had a new set of rules in this regard issued by ANATEL (like the FCC). They made it so your can cancel your service through the internet or choosing a menu item on the call center, no need to talk to a human.
They also have to call you back if you get cut off, you can request and get the recordings using the internet, special packages must apply to new and old costumers etc.

Comment: Re: I don't get it. (Score 1) 69

by dafradu (#47377259) Attached to: Cybercrooks May Have Stolen Billions Using Brazilian "Boletos"
I don't think i made myself clear in that case.
Why would you go to a store, get a boleto, go to the bank to pay it, get back to the store with the paid boleto and take your goods?
That means you have means to pay the good right there, be it cash or debit/credit. So you just pay it right there at the store.
The store could issue a boleto in the other case i described, where they let you pay a fraction of the total price each month for some % each month.

Comment: Re: I don't get it. (Score 5, Informative) 69

by dafradu (#47377223) Attached to: Cybercrooks May Have Stolen Billions Using Brazilian "Boletos"
Not exactly. You can go to a store and they will give you credit to buy something that costs X paying X/12 a month. They give you something like a boleto for each month and you take your good home. If you don't pay your boletos your credit is ruined, you'll only be able to do that once, no other store will give you credit because they always check with credit institutions like SERASA. Oh, and its a baaaaad idea to miss your payments, they charge ridiculous amounts for any day you miss. Your total due can double easily.

Boletos come in the mail so you can pay most of your bills here, we call those boletos too. Utilities, cable, internet, credit card, any kind of insurance etc. They all can send you boletos to pay online or at your bank. Its common for old people to take a bunch of them to the bank on payday and ask the teller to pay them all. Me? I do it all online. My phone can scan the barcode with its camera, so its really easy to pay the bills.

Boleto is a thing in Brazil because a lot of people get paid in cash. A lot of people don't have bank accounts or credit cards. "Informal workers" are still a big part of the working force in Brazil even in this days.

Comment: Re:But I thought it was already dead? (Score 1) 71

by dafradu (#47351741) Attached to: Google Kills Orkut To Focus On YouTube, Blogger and Google+
No! Brazilians don't use Orkut anymore, for a long time. Young kids probably never heard of it. They just say "I'll put that on face - i saw it in your face" etc. That or "whats", for WhatsApp. Yeah, i don't know why but they like to make things shorter.. kids, you know. Cheers from Brazil!

Comment: Re:Bad translation is bad (Score 1) 97

by dafradu (#46518977) Attached to: Brazil Blocks Foreign Mobile Phones
This are the kind of phones this system will block: http://tecnologia.uol.com.br/a...

Noname Iphone look-a-like that runs android
Knockoff Motorola Ferrari that runs some java based OS
Same with a SonyEricsson Walkman
An Galaxy S3 copy with a Nokia battery
There is also the Hiphones, Sqmy, Sonia, PolyStation and so many others...

Comment: Re:Bad translation is bad (Score 1) 97

by dafradu (#46518883) Attached to: Brazil Blocks Foreign Mobile Phones
Manufactures don't wait until phones hit the market to get their products approved, its done much earlier. Haven't you heard about the amazon controller that leaked from the very same Anatel? http://www.theverge.com/2014/3...

Also, the most important information that the story doesn't say. The system will work together with international partners (FCC etc), so it doesn't matter where it was certified, it will work here. Source: http://idgnow.com.br/blog/circ...

Comment: Based on OpenSource (Score 1) 165

by dafradu (#45131549) Attached to: Brazil Announces Secure Email To Counter US Spying
The system is already in use in about 20% of the government agencies and will be mandatory by the end of 2014. It is based on http://www.tine20.com/en/, and will save some millions on software licenses. Currently Brazil has a mix of IBM and Microsoft servers and president Rouseff herself uses Outlook to check her email . Not very smart to give out this information to the public, right? :) What i don't get is that they plan to offer this service to the public and it will be managed by the Postal Service! Am i the only one that sees no relation with the service provided by the postal service and email services?

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.