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Comment Re:Sounds like (Score 1) 140

It's a matter of jurisdiction. The current identification most people carry (Carteira de Identidade, CI) is issued by the state-level Publicy Security Office. Two things here prevent using this data for voting: first, the data collected for issuing these ids are technically property of the PSO, and can only be used for forensic reasons. Second, this is state-level, while elections are organized at a federal level.

The federal government is starting to introduce a new document, the Documento de Identidade, DI. This will actually be the first federal level identification document in Brazil, and should replace all other documents people carry right now (state-issued id, voters id, cpf). This is currently in trial in a few states, and it will be at least 10 years or so before people are required to carry them, however.

Comment Re:Turn down the volume (Score 1) 405

I'd be too paranoid if I didn't hear anything like that as anything (car/cycle/scooter) could come up to me too sudden.

I don't know. I've developed a much greater awareness of my environment since I've started using noise isolating earphones.

Now, I listen to music quiet enough to still hear most street noise, if somewhat muffled, but the reduced aural perception forced me to use my other senses more effectively. You know how they say to always look at both sides before crossing a street? Now I actually do that.

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Submission Brazil migrates voting machines to Linux

democracyhaha writes: Brazilian voting machines migrated to Linux operating system, informs Giuseppe Dutra Janino, secretary of technology for Brazil's Superior Electoral Court. The new machines are ready for deployment, and citizens will use them to choose their majors and aldermen in this year's elections in October 5th. G1 News has an article where Janino says Linux will be replacing VirtuOS and Windows CE as the operating system in the voting machines designed by engineer Carlos Rocha from OMNITECH, and licensed for manufacturing to Diebold-Procomp.

According to Janino, this change will bring three benefits. "The first is saving money", he says, "the government will no longer have to pay licensing fees for the proprietary operating systems". He acknowledges the need and costs to redevelop all software for the new operating system, but says "this cost will be offset gradually, as we save on licensing fees". He goes on, saying the second benefit "is transparency of the process. Before we couldn't show the operating system source code to entities like the Bar Association and political parties". Every 180 days the current source code for the software is sent for inspection to all interested parties and organizations, including all political parties and legal entities, before being digitally signed and installed on the machines. The third benefit, says Janino, "is security. Linux is robust and widely recognized as secure".

Voting machines have been used in all ballots in Brazil since 1998, and no fraud has been proved so far.

Microsoft To Announce Jerry Seinfeld Ads Cancelled 587

An anonymous reader writes "Valleywag says the Jerry Seinfeld ads are over — In a phone call, Frank Shaw confirms that Microsoft is not going on with Seinfeld, and echoes his underlings' spin that the move was planned. There is the 'potential to do other things' with Seinfeld, which Shaw says is still 'possible.' He adds: 'People would have been happier if everyone loved the ads, but this was not unexpected.'"

New Grads Shun IT Jobs As "Boring" 752

whencanistop writes "Despite good job prospects, graduates think that a job in IT would be boring. Is this because of the fact that Bill Gates has made the whole industry look nerdy? Surely with so many (especially young) people being 'web first' with not just their buying habits, but now in terms of what they do in their spare time, we'd expect more of them to want to get a career in it?"

De Icaza Pleads For Mono/.Net Cooperation 262

suka writes "In a recent interview with the online edition of an Austrian newspaper, Mono project-lead Miguel de Icaza pleads for cooperation between Mono and Microsoft's .Net: 'I think that the deal should include a technical Mono/.NET collaboration, and even go as far as Microsoft recommending Mono for all of their developers looking at migration'. The whole interview has some other interesting bits, like de Icaza's thoughts on open sourced Java and information about upcoming versions of Mono."