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Comment: Re:Gray-market Nintendo smuggling (Score 1) 111

by esperto (#48788527) Attached to: Nintendo Puts Business In Brazil On Hiatus
This is the real reason, they (as others before them) close shop here because the offical cannot compete with smugglers and people buying offshore. They probably won't lose one single sale, as it will be promptly replaced by gray market produce, and at a cheaper price, great deal for the consumer, except there is no warranty, but would be no different than before as consumer right here are a far cry from what is practiced in the US.
I don't by most of my electronics locally and so does anyone else, for example, iphone sales represent, IIRC, 0.4% of the phone market here, but I would say about a third of people I know owns one, none purchased here.

Comment: Re: I can understand (Score 2) 111

by esperto (#48788461) Attached to: Nintendo Puts Business In Brazil On Hiatus
mod the parent up (sadly I have no more points)

It is sad but true, we pay huge amounts of taxes (almost 35% of GDP this year) and have no quality in government services.
This bureaucracy infects even the private organizations, that suppose to be more nimble than the publlic sector but are just as bad, because no one trusts their employees (rightly so, unfortunetly).
And politicians don't want to change anything, because they get wealthy in the chaos, big companies also (only those can navigate the paperwork and "grease" the wheels), and the people either don't know or don't care... it's depressing.

Comment: Re:Science (Score 1) 85

by esperto (#48590601) Attached to: Deflating Claims That ESA Craft Has Spotted Dark Matter
Actually, from what I recall, dark matter, and dark energy, are just place holders for stuff that generate effects that we can measure but yet do not have an explanation for, we have a few hypotesis, some more likely than others, but no proof for any of those yet.
Basically we KNOW that our models are incomplete and that are stuff out there causing galaxies to rotate at a different speed than it supposed to be just by visible matter and that are other stuff making shit fly appart faster, but we don't have an actual clue of what they are.

Comment: Re:#notallgeekyguys (Score 1) 1198

by esperto (#47114245) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
I would mod parent up if it weren't a 5 already, it said pretty much everything. I've watched the video and can relate to his situation, going through university "untouched", but quite differently, I'm not an entititled, narcisistic, delusional psicopath who thinks he didn't get laid because women are hyppocrites (which they are, but aren't we all...), that's my fault, and only mine. Blaming others for your problems is easy.

Comment: Re:1 in 7 (Score 1) 116

by esperto (#46833311) Attached to: WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users
This kind of software spreads by peer pressure, groups choose what they use and it can be very different from other groups, and when I say groups it can be from family members, to a whole social movement.
Here in Brazil the great majority uses now Whatsapp, until a few years ago the ubiquitous messaging app was MSN Messenger, and when MS decided to merge it with skype people simply left in droves.
You not knowing anyone that uses is a simple case of being in a different "bubble" as others, it is very common, and I think the messaging app (or phone OS, or desktop OS, etc) choice is highly influence by small number of individuals. I think the software choice is kind like a system with multiple stable points, everyone chooses one thing until some individual, or small group of individuals, changes its choice and the system flips very rapidly to another stable point.

Comment: Amarok (Score 1) 87

by esperto (#46819753) Attached to: Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player
I don't know what he has against Amarok, he could have the same funcionality (or at least very close to) if he had writen some plugins for Amarok.
Actually it would be better, because lots of other people could use it without the need to change players.
The one thing I miss for Amarok is a good Android remote control with a widget, there is one at the Play store but it is old as hell and doesn't have a widget and the source code is not published.

Comment: Re:Not sure about the recovery test (Score 5, Informative) 125

by esperto (#46794155) Attached to: SpaceX Launches Load to ISS, Successfully Tests Falcon 9 Over Water
" You didn't expect them to stand upright in the water like a buoy did you?" Actually I would, when the booster from the shuttle land on water (here is a video at first it goes horizontal but a few seconds later they go back straight up, because it is basically an empty cannister with some quite heavy engines on the bottom. IIRC before they start tugging the booster divers have to attach some hoses to pump water into the booster and make them go horizontal.

Comment: Brazilian rates (Score 2) 386

by esperto (#46721615) Attached to: UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country
It is sad as a brazilian to see that we are less than 3% of global population and yet we are responsable for 11% of all murders worldwide (eleven-fucking-percent!!), and I would gess that this number may well be higher because there are a lot of people that just go missing and either there is no one to report it or the police just don't give a damn. We may not be as beligerant as the US or Russia, but we are very agressive against ourselves. And this is only for murders, don't even count violent death in traffic, which would probably double the amount of deaths. :(

Comment: Re:TAX THEM! (Score 1) 342

by esperto (#46686757) Attached to: Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading
I'd go further, every time I see some HFT news I think that the best way to discorage would be a hyperbolic cotangent tax, and adjust the weights on the fly. So if you trade in miliseconds you pay like 30% of the total value of the shares, if you do in 1 second it would be like 10%, 1 minute 1%, and so on. if people start abusing again, adjust the weights further.

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun