* Posts by Marcelo Rodrigues

334 posts • joined 10 Aug 2007

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Geoboffins spot hundreds of ghost dunes on Mars

Marcelo Rodrigues
Joke

Re: Someone's dangled their modifier!

"And is that a short billion or a long billion?"

Don't be silly! It's a scientific article: they used the metric billion!

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Google offers to leave robocallers hanging on the telephone

Marcelo Rodrigues
Devil

I have an algorithm for this

1) The phone rings. I pick it up. Silence on the other side (caller bot). -> Blacklist

2) The phone rings. No Id. -> The phone doesn't ring. I disabled calls without ID.

3) The phone rings. I pick it up. You try to sell me something. -> Blacklist.

4) The phone rings. I pick it up. Telemarketing. -> Black list.

5) The phone rings. I pick it up. I don't like you. -> Blacklist.

Yes, the blacklist is getting quite fat, thanks for asking.

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GitLab's move off Azure to Google cloud totally unrelated to Microsoft's GitHub acquisition. Yep

Marcelo Rodrigues
Gimp

Re: Any takers?

"I was thinking of creating a new service called "OldGitPornHub" and then putting the back end into the public domain."

Don't be a wimp! Open the front end to the public too!

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Motorola extends modular phone adventure for another year

Marcelo Rodrigues

If I'm not mistaken, is a USB 3.1 data bus. Or, at least, a data bus with USB 3.1 speeds.

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Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside

Marcelo Rodrigues
Devil

Re: Ah FUBAR

Don't forget this one:

FUBAR - Fscked Up Beyond All Reason

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Gmail is secure. Netflix is secure. Together they're a phishing threat

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Although...

"and once I went the extra mile to inform a doctor's practise in California that their patient was never going to turn up for surgery... "

I did it too! They didn't stop trying to contact the "other me"

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Sysadmin shut down the wrong server, and with it all European operations

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: until you get a colourblind appy

"I've forgotten which Linux it is and when, but on this one when you logged in as root the screen background was red with pictures of bombs on it."

Don't know about others - but Conectiva Linux did this.

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Linux 4.16 arrives, keeps melting Meltdown, preps to axe eight CPUs

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Doesn't Mikrotik run on Tile?

"The Cloud Core Router range appears to. Most of the RouterBoard products as well as the CRS line are on MIPS chips though."

Yes, the CCRs are all Tile jobs. They are using some ARM too, on some new products. If I remember correctly, they use a 3.6 kernel, in all product line.

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IT peeps, be warned: You'll soon be a museum exhibit

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: dystopia: Jeff Bezos

"Only the Chosen People will have jobs"

The jobs must flow!

Either that, or you are employing it wrong!

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Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Very true...

"IT was my backup."

You poor sod. I pitty You.

IT was my backupb too.

Here, a pint for You.

Now, where do I find the icons, on this blasted mobile site?

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Oi! Verizon leaked my fiancée's nude pix to her ex-coworker, says bloke

Marcelo Rodrigues
Trollface

Re: "discretely copied"

"discretely copied"

So they copied them a bit at a time?

Copy. Or do not Copy. There is no try.

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User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

Marcelo Rodrigues
Trollface

Re: Reminds me of a story

"My late FIL, said it was "poke" as in "should I poke that icon?". "

Never, EVER, poke an icon. It might slap You back! :D

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Marcelo Rodrigues
Devil

Re: Reminds me of a story

"

"And when pulse dialling was the norm."

And carefully placing a piece of cellophane tape on the pulse speed governor so as to get near-touch-tone speeds when dialing.

"

Don't forget the classic: dial from a locked phone, by tapping the hook in rapid succession. Quite boring way to dial, but so effective against locked dials...

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BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service

Marcelo Rodrigues
Devil

"As long as there is no plastic sheeting on the floor, it is probably going to be OK."

Mind the pavement, 10 stories bellow. If there is a plastic sheeting there....

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'Please store the internet on this floppy disk'

Marcelo Rodrigues
Trollface

Re: Brings back bad memories

"its "screenshots & arrows" all the way down. "

Nonsense! Anyone know it's elephants all the way down!

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Hacks, bribes and bugs: Uber accused of illegal snooping on rivals

Marcelo Rodrigues
Mushroom

Now, that's efficiency!

There isn't much left to accuse them of. Bravo! Must be some kind of world record...

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Los Angeles police tell drivers not to trust navigation apps as wildfires engulf area

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Waze grwat except when yiu get shot

"Besides the homemade speed bumps inserted to help gangs escape police, a black sedan - even if driven by a tourist - will get shot up on the off chance it is a rival gang coming to visit."

To the benefit of You, not Brazilians, that are not used to our state of affairs:

The car WILL be shot upon. With AR15, AK-47, M-16 and whatnot. If you are really unlucky (more unlucky than this?), one or two HE grenades too.

The .50 they save for the police armored vehicles. And no, I am not kidding.

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Looking through walls, now easier than ever

Marcelo Rodrigues
Trollface

Re: Shielding - attention getting

"Perhaps something loaded up with corner reflectors would be a better idea."

Not round ones: it would drown the entire world in lawsuits from Apple! :P

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the failest mobe of all?

Marcelo Rodrigues
Devil

Re: Apps not platform

"If you TouchWiz, wash your hands afterwards..."

Before too! In these days, You never know...

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Can't wait for 5G? Don't then, Gigabit LTE will be around for ages

Marcelo Rodrigues
Trollface

"Easy cheap way to do what?"

It

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Don't shame idiots about their idiotically weak passwords

Marcelo Rodrigues
Trollface

Re: Frequent changing of strong passwords

"See "beef flavour crisps" for this in action - no real beef in them and generally tastes nothing like beef actually "

Almost, but not quite, entirely unlike beef? The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation would be proud!

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Comet 67-P farted just as Rosetta probe flew through the gas plume

Marcelo Rodrigues
Megaphone

Re: Scientists are stupid

"Don't be a fool! Of course they know this! But they want to keep all the Spice to themselves and not share. So they can live longer and see the future, and the rest of us can't!"

Utterly unacceptable! The Spice must flow!

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Mad scientist zaps himself to determine the power of electric eel shocks

Marcelo Rodrigues
Devil

Re: Shock in watts?

"Mine runs at 0.8J. I'd rate it about 6 on the psychological damage scale, or "not doing that again, even for beer"."

Here, a pint for you!

BZZZZT!

Attaboy.

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User thanked IT department for fast new server, but it had never left its box

Marcelo Rodrigues
Devil

Re: Praise or accusations of work not done?

"I often cite it as a "problem between the keyboard and the chair"... which they don't really appreciate..."

In Brazil we call this "BIOS" (Bicho Ignorante Operando o Sistema) - Something like "Ignorant Animal Using the System". :D

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Australia releases MH370 sea floor data but search is still off

Marcelo Rodrigues

The mind boggles

To look at a so vast already searched area, and to think it is so small next to the rest. Watching the video, and thinking that the plane could be just 50 meters to the left from one of these searched corridors...

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NASA boffins on Pluto: We see skies of BLUE and... RED water ice

Marcelo Rodrigues
Boffin

Re: All blue

"I would have thought all skies would be blue if they were any colour at all? Isn't it just that the light refracts as it changes medium and that blue light scatters more? Regardless of atmosphere contents?"

The sky of Venus is orange.

Take a look at the Venera 11

http://mentallandscape.com/C_CatalogVenus.htm

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AI vans are real – but they'll make us suck at driving, warn boffins

Marcelo Rodrigues
Happy

Re: Automate the signals

"Can anyone explain why cyclists, the slowest traffic on the road, are allowed pole position at traffic lights rather than being relegated to the rear where they belong?"

Because it is the easiest way to prevent an accident. They are slower, so the second gained by putting them on the front make it easier/safer to take a left (or right). Come to think of it, will probably be easier on the traffic too - as there will be no retention, while the cyclist negotiate the turn with the incoming traffic.

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

Marcelo Rodrigues
Devil

"How the heck did you manage do that _quietly_?"

He only grunted, while hammering away.

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EU pegs quota for 'homegrown' content on Netflix at 30 per cent

Marcelo Rodrigues
FAIL

This will all end in tears...

We had something like this in Brazil, in the eighties if I'm not mistaken.

Every movie on the cinema (cinema? theatre? movies? This is really confusing for me.) should come after a short Brazilian one. The idea was the same: promote content.

The real result was shitty short movies, made to get the grant and fill the space.

I remember one, particularly bad, that followed a homeless. For 15 minutes. Did nothing, showed nothing. Said nothing.

Then, in the nineties, this law got thrown out. Five years later the Brazilian content was way better.

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Uber's self-driving cars can't handle bike lanes, forcing drivers to kill autonomous mode

Marcelo Rodrigues

"Methinks you're exaggerating a bit with your anecdote. Going 50 mph your car travels 30 feet in .40 seconds. No human has reflexes fast enough to react to the surprise of seeing people in their way and steering to swerve around them."

I re read the comment. He didn't say he stopped - he didn't say he even swerved! I understood it as one of those "oh, shit! wew! *wipes face*" moments.

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Bluetooth: Remember us? Internet of Things before it was a Thing?

Marcelo Rodrigues
Happy

Re: Better interference handling?

"Does this mean I can finally listen to music on bluetooth headphones without being forced to keep my phone in a breast pocket? Even having my phone as far away as my hip is enough to cause a frustrating number of interruptions."

This is due to bad project. I had a Nokia BH-214 headset. It was my first, and by far the better. About 8 meters of effective range, not a single drop, and as hard as a 3310.

When it died a watery death, I bought a Philips. An SHB6110/10. My $DEITY, what a piece of crap. Awful reception, awful mic. The sound was ok, but...

Then I got a Sony. A MW600. It is very good. Decent range, good sound, no dropouts... But the clip used to fix it is quite fragile, and broke.

Second Sony. This time an SBH20. It is good. No dropouts, decent sound. The mic is meh.

So. The tech is sound. It is even reliable. But we do find bad implementations, even from big names.

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NASA spunks $127m on SSL-powered robot to refuel satellites in space

Marcelo Rodrigues

"Matching orbits and docking are both pretty fuel intensive..."

A robotic refueler would have the luxury of endurance. Use a low delta V, take your time, and save on fuel.

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BAE Systems' autonomous research aircraft flies itself to Scotland

Marcelo Rodrigues
Trollface

Re: And when a kid

"It switches to the backup eye, and fires a frickin' big laser back at the kid."

With a shark on its head!

No, wait...

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Airbus flies new plane for the first time

Marcelo Rodrigues

"Didn't AF447 (an A330) crash due to a stall which was the result of one of the pilots misinterpreting data and so holding the stick back too long? By your logic, the plane shouldn't have allowed this to happen.

Sure, I believe the data was incorrect because of a frozen pitot, but therefore you cannot say these "accidents could not happen on an Airbus".."

Yes, the pilots did that. But the computer only allowed it because it was operating under "alternate law".

The flight computer of the airbus can operate under two configurations: "normal law" and "alternate law".

The "normal law" mode is the one we are used to read about: the computer is always second guessing the pilot, and doing its best to keep the plane and the humans safe and comfortable.

The "alternate law" kicks in when (if) the computer decides it cannot fly the airplane in a safe way. The clogging of two pitot tubes in that plane did that. Under "alternate law" the pilot can do whatever he wants. The computer plays Pontius Pilate, and "washes its hands".

When in "alternate law" there is an alarm/warning in the cockpit (don't remember what is, but it exists).

Due to poor training, the pilot AND co-pilot didn't realize they were under "alternate law". So they didn't believe the stall alarm, since it would be impossible to happen. They kept increasing pitch, without increasing engine power. The rest we know.

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BOFH: The Hypochondriac Boss and the non-random sample

Marcelo Rodrigues
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Culling the herd...

"Send out an email warning users never to click on a link embedded within an email, with an embedded link saying "Click here for more information..." and then sack everyone who does."

Priceless! LOLing* here! :D

* Yes, I took "LOL" and made it into a verb. I am low enough to do this. :D

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UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: What are people doing that needs fibre?

"Aside from them I can't think of much else the average household needs 1Gbps for."

I think the problem is that the increase in speed isn't linear. We don't have technologies with max speed of 10Mbps, 20Mbps, 30Mbps, and so on.

Yes, there is xDSL - but we are trying to get away from bad cooper wires. So, what do we have, speed wise?

Basically 10Mbps, 100Mbps, 1Gbps, 10Gbps... It doesn't matter if the speed sold equals to the maximum - we have these speed jumps (at physical level) to work with.

10Mbps is a joke.

100Mbps is good enough - but will not hold out much longer.

1Gbps is great now, and will hold out a lot longer than 100Mbps.

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AI gives porn peddlers a helping hand

Marcelo Rodrigues
Trollface

Re: No use to me

"I love that one where the plumber rings the doorbell, then actually fixes the fucking boiler and goes away again..."

Who were doing it with the poor boiler?

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Can you hold down the power button

"Especially given turning it off would more likely involve the Windows start menu/button than anything else and the button would actually only be used to start it..."

You'd be surprised. The number of people I talked to that don't understand the difference between "reboot the machine" and "reset the machine"...

Seriously. You would say "now to complete the upgrade reboot the machine", just to find out the user went on and pressed the reset button...

EDIT:

Something may be lost in translation here. I'm brazilian, so portuguese speaking. We say "reiniciar", what would be something like "restart". The action of "reset" the machine (to press the reset button) is "resetar". Yes, it is an anglicism - a bastardized english word.

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NHS IT bod sends test email to 850k users – and then responses are sent 'reply all'

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Disable Reply to All

"It's the sort of situation that requires ritual humiliation."

Upvoted just for this. :D

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Radio glitch as Schiaparelli lander probe splits from ExoMars mothership

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: They had a machine that goes PING.

"They had a machine that goes PING. "

Yes! It means your probe is alive!

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More movie and TV binge-streaming sites join UK banned list

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Fix content availability and usability, and "piracy" will mostly disappear

"Maybe they do not want to see the film at the cinema."

I don't. The "cinema experience" is so awful (as You properly said), that I gave up on it. Now I only watch what I remember to watch six months later - when It becomes available.

Their loss, no mine..

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Good luck securing 'things' when users assume 'stuff just works'

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Physical handshaking

"I think the AVM FritzBox has something like a "physical handshaking" process. You can buy (could, at least) USB WLAN sticks to go with the access point. To configure them for your network, you would plug them into the FritzBox. This would load the SSID and authentication information onto it (supposedly, I don't own their stuff). This sounds like a no-fuss process, very accessible, very simple. Unfortunately not so easy to do this with a phone or 'slab. Especially if some companies insist on having a very strange connector, the design of which they also change, rendering equipment useless."

NFC comes to mind. Easy, cheap, extremely short range (almost contact only, if you want), and good enough to home routers and such.

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Cisco president: One 'hiccup' and 'boom' – AWS is 'gone'

Marcelo Rodrigues
Happy

Re: Really good financial model

"Then, oops, financials aren't so good, our profits aren't as high as we expected, pay us double for our product which you totally rely on or lose it at the end of the month ... please."

Yes, it is a risk. Funny thing is, to the company I work for, AWS prices could increase 4 times - and would still be a good deal.

Obviously this is not true to everyone. But for us...

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'Please label things so I can tell the difference between a mouse and a microphone'

Marcelo Rodrigues
Pint

Re: Engineers!

"Spoken instruction to class:

Me: Do [some task] then press any key

Inevitable User: Where's the "Any" key?"

I had a Samsung DVD player that had an "anykey" in the remote. I kid You not: it really had a key named "anykey".

Here one remote with such a thing: it is the top left square button.

http://lofi-gaming.org.uk/blog/uploaded_images/IMAGE_081-764964.jpg

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End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

Marcelo Rodrigues

What you're recommending won't be very effective or useful:

I am not recommending: this is how Internet works here in Brazil. I have 15Mb/s down and 2Mb/s up at home. It is extremely rare to see it goes down more than 30% of the sold speed.

1. ISPs do not offer real Quality of Service guarantees because punters don't want to pay for it. Your recommendation would dramatically raise rates.

Wrong. QoS is just a guarantee. I can sell QoS of 80% nominal speed. If it is on the contract is valid. What would be extremely costly would be to guarantee 100% of the speed, with a SLA of 99,99%. What we have if 80% of the nominal speed, during at least 60% of the time. A far cry from 100%% with 99,99%.

2. Requiring network capacity to support the 60-80% usage mark for all users would require a huge amount of unused capacity sitting around, so there's a really idiotic amount of waste incurred that no ISP can afford to provide.

But they can. They just don't want to. Time and again I see this in the real world. When the ISPs needed to provide only 20% of the nominal speed there was one that would do only this - and barely (its name was OI). There was another one that would give me ALWAYS 100% of the plan. Sure, the guarantee was only 20% - but I ALWAYS got 100%. Did a download of 160GiB (took me days), and the router's MRTG was a flat line - at 100%% speed.

3. ISPs cannot and will not offer QoS guarantees for other ISPs, i.e. they can't ensure that some other ISP won't introduce packet loss that makes your connection suffer.

They don't have to. They have to guarantee the band until its borders routers.

4. Service levels really don't just depend on local loop utilization. Given all the various L4 connections make between systems, it's certainly very difficult to ensure some sort of uniform performance guarantee with only one component of many in the end-to-end connectivity that exists with the Internet.

No one said that. The ISP only responds for its own network. Anything different would be insane.

Network capacity planning is complex, but exponentially so when you have so many individual ISPs all interconnected to provide "Internet" services. Trying to regulate a minimum performance level with such random, aggregated connections is virtually impossible, since no single person understands all of the connectivity end-to-end.

The regulation applies only inside the ISPs borders. No one is talking about anything beyond that.

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Marcelo Rodrigues

Well, the "up to" is just garbage. I mean, I can sell an "up to 100Mb" to You, and deliver just 2Mb. It is "up to". Not good enough.

To me, the reasonable course is advertise a "no less than". Sure, go ahead an print the "up to", i don't care. How about "up to 100Mb, and no less than 10Mb"? It is fair, allows the ISP to sell what it wants to sell, and informs the consumer.

Here in Brazil, the law says the ISP have to deliver at least 80% of the sold speed, during no less than x% of the time (forgot how much, I think it's 60% of the time). It's another way to do this.

But I think the "no less than" is better. You can sell how little "no less than" You want, but cannot go bellow it.

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Paint your wagon (with electric circuits) but leave my crotch alone

Marcelo Rodrigues

Where in hell are You?

In summers I (routinely) face temperatures of more than 38 Celsius degrees, with more than 80% air humidity. Never had a mobile resetting or turning off. And I use them on the left front pocket of my jeans!

Corrosion killed one though. And one Nokia had the screen replaced, under warranty. It got all white with the heat.

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Five-storey Blue Screen Of Death spotted in Thailand

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

"Christ Marcelo! Sounds like your government is even worse than mine!

Perhaps somewhat perversely, your post actually made me feel slightly less pessimistic. So thanks for that."

Tell me about. Things are "less worse" now. Only 10% this entire year - and only because of crazy spendings of Dilma Roussef's government. Yeah, this year we will close with "just" about 200 billion Reais in the red. With each US dollar equal to about 3,23 Reais... about 62 billion dollar in the red.

And she wonders why we are getting her out...

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Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

In the "good old times" of hyperinflation here, in Brazil, we got "only" 60% each month.

Yes, I wrote it right. Sixty (six times ten) percent each month. It went this way for about... 18 months, I think. Then it got better: about 20% (two times ten) percent each month. For about... dunno. Ten years?

I'm from 1973. Until now, I have seen:

Cruzeiro (may 1970)

Cruzado (february 1986). One cruzado = one thousand cruzeiros.

Cruzado novo (january 1989). One cruzado novo = one thousand cruzados.

Cruzeiro (march 1990). One cruzeiro = one cruzado novo (no change in value)

Cruzeiro real (august 1993). One cruzeiro real = one thousand cruzeiros.

Real (july 1994). One real = 2750 cruzeiros reais.

Funny, huh?

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FAA's 'drone smash risk to aircraft' is plane crazy

Marcelo Rodrigues

"Resin? Hah! If people can carefully use acid to decap an integrated circuit, they can defeat an epoxy block."

Although that's true, You are missing the point. If someone is determined enough to go to this lengths to brake the law... it would make no difference what is allowed or not.

I believe the transponder idea is a good one. If someone tries to overcome it, I doubt very much the same person would respect whatever regulations were put in place.

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