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Comment Re:You are most likely to get shot by a stray bull (Score 1) 93

Brazilian here, have lived in Rio, in Boston, and now in Belo Horizonte:
- You CAN drink tap water in Rio, that wont kill you.
- Stray bullets or carjacking are a more likely cause of trouble.
- No, Zika wouldnt be a concern durign winter.

And the beach...
I wouldnt go to Rio. You shouldnt.

Comment Re:'Faceglory' (Score 1) 293 would hardly be sin free for portuguese speakers.
Besides, these so called "evangelicals" are mercenaries, and many priests have gathered HUGE fortunes in the name of the lord.
They are very good at sucking money from their audience. It will probably net far more then facebook.

Comment Still alive in Brazil (Score 1) 205

Brazilians still enjoy the availability of telegrams through ECT - Empresa de Correios e Telegrafos ECT - National and International Telegrams.
There is a LARGE list of countries that would receive telegrams. It may be posted the old fashined way, at the post office, or by modern tools like internet or phone.
Brazilian state controlled ECT (T stands for Telegraphs) sends and receives telegrams nationally and internationally (to and from India?).
Some places in Brazil do not have electricity, and telegram is also considered a legal correspondence. Probably the only possible one.
In rural areas you myst stop by the post office once every few days to collect your mail, and telegrams.

Comment Re:France is a large country? (Score 1) 178

This one has 110k cattle head count, 697km of asfalt (~420 Mi.) and over 252k hectares (~620k acres)
Fazenda Piratininga

While Brazil is smaller than Australia,more then (Australian population?) 23 million people live in rural areas without a phone line, or any mesure of decent public services (like water).
20 billion does not come close to solving anything, our problem is much larger.

Comment SEC Filings says all about teh risks (Score 2) 445

From the SEC S1 filing dates Feb-2012 (copy and paste): Risks Related to Our Business and Industry:
- users increasingly engage with competing products;
- we fail to introduce new and improved products or if we introduce new products or services that are not favorably received;
- we are unable to successfully balance our efforts to provide a compelling user experience with the decisions we make with respect to the frequency, prominence, and size of ads and other commercial content that we display;
- we are unable to continue to develop products for mobile devices that users find engaging, that work with a variety of mobile operating systems and networks, and that achieve a high level of market acceptance;
- there are changes in user sentiment about the quality or usefulness of our products or concerns related to privacy and sharing, safety, security, or other factors;
- we are unable to manage and prioritize information to ensure users are presented with content that is interesting, useful, and relevant to them;
- there are adverse changes in our products that are mandated by legislation, regulatory authorities, or litigation, including settlements or consent decrees;
- technical or other problems prevent us from delivering our products in a rapid and reliable manner or otherwise affect the user experience;

Whoever exercised due diligence did not buy, yet...

Comment Brazil broke Mercks patent on AIDS drugs (2007) (Score 1) 556

It should always happen when cost for R&D is payed for. Brazil broke Mercks patent on AIDS retroviral drugs. Merck had offered to sell the drug for $1.10 per pill, down from $1.57, while Brazil was seeking to purchase the drug at 65 cents a pill, the same price Thailand pays. Brazil provides free AIDS drugs to anyone who needs them and manufactures generic versions of several drugs that were in production before Brazil enacted an intellectual property law in 1997 to join the WTO.

SolarPHP 1.0 Released 125

HvitRavn writes "SolarPHP 1.0 stable was released by Paul M. Jones today. SolarPHP is an application framework and library, and is a serious contender alongside Zend Framework, Symphony, and similar frameworks. SolarPHP has in the recent years been the cause of heated debate in the PHP community due to provocative benchmark results posted on Paul M. Jones' blog."

Dinosaur Feather Color Discovered 219

anzha writes "Do you remember being a kid and told we'd never know what colors the dinosaurs were? For at least some, that's no longer true. Scientists working in the UK and China have closely examined the fossils of multiple theropods and actually found the colors and patterns that were present in the fossilized proto-feathers. So far, the answer is orange, black and white in banded and other patterns. The work also thoroughly thrashes the idea that fossils might not be feathers, but collagen fibers instead. If this holds up, Birds Are Dinosaurs. Period. And colorful!"
Media (Apple)

BluWiki Seeks iPodHash Author, Hopes for Help From EFF 77

Sam Odio, who runs the BluWiki mentioned the other day as host of the iPodHash project, has posted a followup on the legal tussle in which Apple has engaged the iPodHash project for attempting to reverse-engineer the hash used to encrypt the iTunesDB in recent iPods. He writes in that post: "I've received a flood of emails from interested individuals who want to help. Most importantly, I was contacted by Fred von Lohmann from the EFF. They're currently evaluating whether they will represent us against any potential Apple litigation. This would be great, because it will enable BluWiki to continue to host the project while working with EFF to address Apple's concerns. However, before the EFF commits to representing us against Apple, they want to speak to the author of the [iPodHash] project. I'm posting this public plea hoping that the author, or someone who knows the author, might read it." Update: 11/23 04:25 GMT by T : Due to a shortage of brain cells, I flipped the actors here as this post was originally rendered: To be clear, Sam Odio of BluWiki is seeking the person behind the iPodHash project, not the other way around. Mea culpa.

Lawyers Would Rather Fly Than Download PGP 426

An anonymous reader writes "The NYTimes is running a front-page story about lawyers for suspects in terrorism-related cases fearing government monitoring of privileged conversations. But instead of talking about the technological solutions, the lawyers fly halfway across the world to meet with their clients. In fact, nowhere in the article is encryption even mentioned. Is it possible that lawyers don't even know about PGP?" The New Yorker has a detailed piece centering on the Oregon terrorism case discussed by the Times.

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