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Comment Re:What it will be used for... (Score 3, Insightful) 178

I really can't see how GPS (or galileo) (or odometer checking) could be more usefull than taxing the gas/diesel, since both systems could be cheated, but you cannot drive without gas.

And there is another point of taxing gas (versus km driven): it estimulates people to buy more economic mileage cars.

So, why change a system that (a) works and (b) it's fair to a system that can be cheated and it's not so fair?

Comment Re:Oh Irony, delicious irony (Score 1) 375

The last time Brazil had inflation bigger than 6%/year was 20 years ago. So no, it's not 'sometimes'. It happened, not anymore. About the auction: most of the countries pre-rate the interrest rates - mainly because this impacts the inflation. And I don't really know the portuguese case in point. I think you're confusing 2 posters here.

Comment Re:Oh Irony, delicious irony (Score 1) 375

The interest rates in the national markets have low or no relation with the chance of default.
USA pays 1-1.5% of interest rates, and yet is one of the countries with more debt/gdp (plus, there is the political situation that almost lead to a short default)
Brazil pays 10-15% of interest rates, and have well less debt/gdp and never defaulted.

Why? Conflict of interest. Who works at the central bank will eventually get off the government. And this guy will need a job - at some bank or financial organization. Why should he(she) piss off the same institutions that will provide him(her) a job in the future?

Comment I know I will get modded down but... (Score 0) 419

The true is that Ubuntu and Canonical are doing a great job. Unity is not there yet, but will be. Mir is starting, and I would bet that will be good in 2 years.

I loved linux back in '90s (slackware at the time). But after sometime I found that the fanatical community would never do a system intended for non-geeks. For this reason, I stoped using linux in the 2000s. But ubuntu changed that mentality. They have a system that have auto-updates, a good management pack system and a simple and beauty visual. I get things done in the office without going to source code. That's all I require from a computer. And Ubuntu, right now, is the ONLY linux (for desktop) that provide this.

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