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Skype Reverses Decision To Drop OS X 10.5 Support, Retires Windows Phone 7 App

Pieroxy Re:See what happens when you whine enough? (99 comments)

Yeah, free upgrades if your old hardware is supported.

That's true. They dedicated a team to porting MacOS 10.10 to Apple II but they unexpectedly all quit the company. Apple is baffled.

about two weeks ago
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UK Police Won't Comment On The Tracking of People's Phone Calls

Pieroxy Re:Well (52 comments)

isn't helping each other some form of intelligence? Given that it brought them to all those places, I'd say it is. So yes, smarter.

about two weeks ago
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UK Police Won't Comment On The Tracking of People's Phone Calls

Pieroxy Re:Well (52 comments)

Maybe if you pulled your fingers out of your ass you could actually try to do something and beat the Jews at their own game, you know, by being smarter than them. Or are you just asserting they're smarter than you? In that case, I'd say they deserve to be in these places.

/trollFeeding

about two weeks ago
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Apple and Samsung Agree To Drop Cases Outside the US

Pieroxy Re:Win For Apple (46 comments)

The iPhone 5S being the most sold phone all over the world every month since its release...

But you have to admit that apple is losing market share to Samsung, although the trend is slowing down now.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Seeks Devs To Make Linux Network Stack As Good As FreeBSD's

Pieroxy Re:This does pose the question: (195 comments)

Well, they may be self contained (which is not true because NIC drivers interact directly with the network stack for example) and small, but they are also highly untestable and undocumented.

What I see is a stack to fix and a continuous stream of drivers to write. The one shot operation is bound to be cheaper on the long term.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Seeks Devs To Make Linux Network Stack As Good As FreeBSD's

Pieroxy Re:This does pose the question: (195 comments)

Don't you think it's easier and cheaper to optimize the network stack of Linux rather than writing tons of hardware drivers for FreeBSD? Hardware which, most of the time, will be undocumented. Furthermore, when you change your servers, yay, more drivers to write...

about two weeks ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

Pieroxy Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

Yes, but beyond your email address, google doesn't know who you are. If you have a gmail account, chances are they have the last 150 IP address you accessed the internet with, which is more than enough to identify you with a proper court order.

about two weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Pieroxy Re:Nuke those terrorists (868 comments)

I forgot nukes didn't have any long-term radiation poisoning.

about three weeks ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

Pieroxy Re:no problem (342 comments)

The mammoth are extinct for more than 3.5 THOUSAND years. I seriously doubt there were any mammoth alive in the early 1800s. You're off by approximately one Jesus Christ as they went extinct in 1700 BEFORE JC.

about three weeks ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

Pieroxy Re:But what IS the point they're making? (342 comments)

While I agree that the change we witness in the climate is most likely to be blamed on industrialization, I think it's overzealous to instantly draw conclusions as to what exactly this change will do on the planet. And ecologists are the people we should blame for that. They've been claiming for decades that if we don't do anything the sea will rise by 25m in two decades.... But it's been two decades already and nothing visible has happened. In the eyes of many, they've lost most of their credibility. Especially since they advocate extreme measures that would really drain our economies and (most of them) don't even follow the first of their advice.

If you want people to believe you, you must be credible. Even more so if you want them to change. And ecologists are anything but credible. It's been the third political party over here in Europe and all politicians that were kicked out of the regular parties ended up there. Saying bullshit all day long.

There is no win in the short term unless some common voice can emerge from the brouhaha. I'm not holding my breath.

about three weeks ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

Pieroxy Re:no problem (342 comments)

Welcome, brother, grab a cowl and toss your razor in the bin on your right. Is it state the obvious Friday already, or is this just another opportunity for an argument about human impact on the climate?

Nobody is citing climate change and all the animals they cite in TFS were extinct well before humanity is supposed to have had an impact on the planet's climate. So I guess it's the former if your two choices are the only ones I've got.

But then again, I had no idea we were supposedly responsible for the extinction of mammoth.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Pieroxy Re:They need exactly 63 999 employees (272 comments)

Pedantic fail^2

64K = -209.15 degrees Celsius = -344.47 degrees Fahrenheit

This because the much loved /. editor doesn't allow the degree symbol nor the & deg; html entity which I have to write with an extra space.

about a month ago
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Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

Pieroxy Re:Does it run Linux? (125 comments)

Jusy like phones, right?

about a month ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Pieroxy Re:Too true... (424 comments)

Why don't you just autodefenestrate instead?

I'm on the ground floor...

about a month ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Pieroxy Re:Too true... (424 comments)

The judge is a human being, the law is subject to interpretation, and a trial is a time-boxed event. Those three things make your argument in court quite important. If you come forward with a very good argument and no rebuttal is done on the other side, it naturally skews the results, especially in a tech-related subject where the judge is most likely a bit lost. It's just how life is.

about a month ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Pieroxy Re:Too true... (424 comments)

You can have a lawyer for free. Granted, it's maybe not the best one because (s)he is overworked, but it's a heck of a lot better than defending yourself.

about a month ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Pieroxy Re:Too true... (424 comments)

You are so smarter than I am, I think I will spend my next month reading all your /. posts from the first to the very last. I expect my IQ to grow significantly.

about a month ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Pieroxy Re:Too true... (424 comments)

I refer to your trolling because you answered my "There was a point to go to court with this" with "So by French law, making it a title makes it a presentation as a fact?".

These two statements may be equivalent in your view, but they are not in mine.

Additionally, not all judges are tech savvy and I can see why seeing this as the second result of a Google search with the name of the restaurant may push a judge to settle this matter in a court of law. This does not set the law, it merely indicates that a judge was convinced by ONE party to investigate further.

Maybe where you live there are no stupid trials when technology comes into play. If so, please tell me where it is, I am interested. We don't live in a perfect world and France most assuredly do not lead the pack on that front. Again, I am interested in the name of your country where no mistakes are made and every trial is exactly 100% what every parties thought it would be at the beginning.

about a month ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Pieroxy Re:Too true... (424 comments)

Trolling much, eh?

As I said, she most likely lost because she was not represented. The fact that this went to trial is not all that surprising though, which was my point.

about a month ago

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A Crash Course on Data Centers

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  about a year ago

Pieroxy (222434) writes "Everyone is talking about "cloud", AWS and other hosting solutions where basically all the hardware details are hidden from you. But what if you want to manage your own hardware? What should you be aware of when visiting a datacenter? Criteo's engineering blog got an interesting introduction about datacenters, with some pointers on books and articles you should read to get started."
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Opera switches to WebKit

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Pieroxy writes "Opera Software just released a blog entry stating that they will soon ditch their own rendering engine — Presto — in favor of WebKit going further. Now, for the average web developer that didn't bother testing on Opera (desktop and/or mobile, and/or mini) it will not change anything. For web developers that bothered, well, it will make things simpler. Now, with Opera behind WebKit as well, will it get better or worse?"
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New W3C Proposal could end the CSS Prefix Madness

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Pieroxy (222434) writes "The W3C is proposing a set of new rules for CSS prefixing by Browser vendors. This would greatly mitigate the problem caused today where vendor specific prefixing is seeing its way through production sites. The problem is so bad that some vendors are now tempted to support other browsers prefixing. The article also has a link to an email from Mozilla’s Henri Sivonen that does a nice job of addressing many potential issues and shortcomings of this new proposal."
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Slashdot comment system is broken

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Pieroxy (222434) writes "Whenever one wants to click on a button such as "reply" in a comment, if in the hierarchy of this comment one comment is folded, it will unfold, moving the "reply" button out of sight. This will repeat until all parents are expanded. This has been the case for month now, and nothing seems to be done about it. It is time to promote this story so that it gets in the front page !"
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Best Lightweight CMS

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Pieroxy (222434) writes "I am preparing to develop a website for a couple of friends that are starting up their company. Most of it will be custom stuff that I'll be writing but like any website, there'll be a bunch of more or less static pages explaining stuff, as well as a need to create fragments of HTML to insert here and there. They will be creating this content. As they don't know anything about HTML, I need a simple CMS for them to start working on their content. The problem is that CMS are legion out there, in various states of decay, usability, crappiness. Do you have any first-hand experience that could give me some pointers? I am writing the whole stuff in Java so I guess a Java CMS will be easier to integrate."
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The IE Awareness Initiative

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Pieroxy (222434) writes "After the We Don't Support IE and the IE6 no more, I have setup the IE awareness initiative. It is more intrusive than the existing ones, and tries to actually give some reason to the users. Anyways, I believe having a large range of solutions will be more compelling for sites owners to jump in. We really need to adopt these initiatives and to start broadcasting the message. The amount of time and effort spent in supporting IE6 is becoming insane. So I ask the /. community: is there anything more we can do about this?"
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Is informing users enough to make IE6 disappear?

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Pieroxy (222434) writes "For all of you that have designed a web page with a slightly elaborate design, you are all aware of the pain that it is to make it work on IE vs the other browsers in a consistent way. The fact that are there so many IE6 out there (10% to 20% depending on your website) is a major pain for web developers that care. It is actually holding the web back. The ie6 no more was created a few month ago, and now the IE awareness initiative takes a shot at enlightening users about IE. Will you, slashdot readers, be considerig using one of these initiatives for you home or corporate website? Is there anything more we can do? Is there anyone willing to ban IE anyways? Short of this, is there a way out of this nightmare other than just sitting tight and waiting for IE6 to go away?"
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iPhone Could Be Banned in Europe

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Pieroxy writes "After numerous reports of iPhones exploding in Europe, the authorities have warned Apple that they could just ban the phone from the European market. While this sounds a little far fetched for a handful of "explosion" reports, the message is clear. What is more pitiful about this whole story is that most if not all of the explosions cases are clearly fakes. How could an iPhone explode enough to break its glass plate, but not enough to actually damage the screen? (Yes, some people claimed an explosion while they still had a functional device)"
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Apple vs Google: Who will control the iPhone?

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Pieroxy writes "Theiphoneblog carries a nice article on the reason Apple rejected the Google Voice application even though it doesn't violate any terms and services. The article goes in depth over the issue of controlling the hardware (Apple) vs controlling the software (Google & Apple so far) and how Apple doesn't want Google to take over a critical part of its phone. Just like Google is going into the OS business to make sure it gets never cut out, Apple is also building a huge datacenter to — they guess — take over some online cloud computing business of their own and be less dependent on Google for these services."
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Best Storage For Digital Content ?

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Pieroxy (222434) writes "I am planning a worldwide backpack trip, including some third world countries, and I am of course bringing my digital camera along with me. The trip I plan is going to last for more than a year and I plan on taking several dozens of GB of digital pictures. The question is: Where will I store all those digital pictures? Several options comes to mind, such as a portable HDD (too fragile and heavy), online storage (connection too bad in most countries), bunch of SD cards (expensive...), burning CDs/DVDs (how? and too fragile anyways). Apart from using SD cards and FedEx with someone home that can do a proper backup — which is also expensive, — I can't come up with a good solution... Does anyone in the SlashDot crowd has any idea over this matter?"
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Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Pieroxy (222434) writes "I hear way too often the regular rebutal : "Copyright infringement is not stealing, because you don't deprive the copyright owner of his property". And I always wonder if it is really true... After all, everything that the copyright grants its owner is just control over the distribution of the specific piece of art. By downloading illegally the song, you deprive the owner of his property: Control to forbid you to do so. In this light, I am really wondering: Is copyright infringement really not stealing after all? I understand that stealing in the strictest sense of the world apply to material goods, but if you had to transpose it to immaterial goods, would it be just what piracy is? And no, I'm not on the RIAA's side ;-)"
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Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Pieroxy writes "Besides technical aspects such as bitrate, capacity and backward compatibility with regular DVD players, the way both technologies are presented in the retail stores is a critical factor of how successful they will be. Projectorcentral.com has a nice article on the subject. From the article:

We have visited over a dozen retail stores in the past month, including big chain stores like Best Buy, Fry's Electronics, Ultimate Electronics, Sears, and Tweeter. And with rare exceptions, the story is similar from store to store. Blu-ray is being featured as the premium solution, and HD-DVD is being downplayed as the cheaper and lower performance alternative.

Does HD-DVD even stand a chance if the regular salesman spends its time convincing consumers that it is lower resolutions, has lower titles available, is worse than Blu-Ray?"
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Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Pieroxy writes "Besides technical aspects such as bitrate, capacity and backward compatibility with regular DVD players, the way both technologies are presented in the retail stores is a critical factor of how successful they will be. Projectorcentral.com has a nice article pointing out these facts. From the article:

We have visited over a dozen retail stores in the past month, including big chain stores like Best Buy, Fry's Electronics, Ultimate Electronics, Sears, and Tweeter. And with rare exceptions, the story is similar from store to store. Blu-ray is being featured as the premium solution, and HD-DVD is being downplayed as the cheaper and lower performance alternative.

Does HD-DVD even stand a chance if the regular salesman spends its time convincing consumers that it is lower resolutions, has lower titles available, is worse than Blu-Ray?"

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