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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Pieroxy Re:I'm a special snowflake apparently. (157 comments)

I know, but you don't need flash (or Java for that matter) to detect fonts in a browser. And the browser doesn't "send" a list of fonts, you have to have dynamic code to list the fonts on the client side.

yesterday
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Pieroxy Re:I'm a special snowflake apparently. (157 comments)

I, for one, find it nice that I can use all the very nice fonts available on ALL iOS devices without a 100kB payload to my users. Specially for mobile devices where 100kB payload can take quite a while, depending on the network conditions.

Other platforms will default to other fonts, chosen by me as well.

2 days ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Pieroxy Re:I'm a special snowflake apparently. (157 comments)

NoScript will be disabled on the websites you want to do something with. Those will be able to track you.

2 days ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Pieroxy Re:I'm a special snowflake apparently. (157 comments)

Who cares? Whatever your default font is, it doesn't have the same widths of most other fonts, so they can be extracted.

2 days ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Pieroxy Re:I'm a special snowflake apparently. (157 comments)

What are you talking about? Browsers don't send installed fonts list to anybody!

The detection occurs when in CSS you specify font-family: XYZ. This is going to be displayed in the default font, unless the font XYZ is installed. By analyzing the width of the element you specified the font for (or drawing it into a canvas element) you can distinguish the cases where the font is installed from the case where the default font is used instead.

Hard to circumvent...

2 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

Pieroxy Re:"Could", (380 comments)

And I predict that warmer climate will generate more evaporation from the ocean and thus more clouds. The ocean levels will go down by that measure. More rains. So, in order to save desert regions, I encourage people to emit as much CO2 as they can.

You see? I can too make out-of-my-ass predictions on the climate, and end up with a random advice. The problem with your nice theory is that it's been repeatedly challenged by many models and observations. Expect me to divide by x (x>1) my way of life for a hypothetical outcome that may or may not come? Hardly.

3 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

Pieroxy Re:The problem with human beings (380 comments)

There is no evidence (still standing at least) that link CO2 emissions (produced by burning fossil fuel) to the global warming. There is no evidence that CO2 emissions will have or did have any meaningful impact on the planet climate. If anything, the planet is getting greener because all those trees love all that CO2.

Furthermore, there is no evidence that the global warming is going to be harmful in any way for humans. But most of all, there is no shred of evidence that humanity can do anything to stop or act on the global warming.

So before shouting out loud that we are "turning this planet into a hellhole", let's stop for a minute and think about it. Because in every scenarii studied so far, most lead to an economic disaster, but none to a better climate.

3 days ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

Pieroxy Re:Ok, let's hear all the stories how Seagate suck (219 comments)

It's not deskstar but deathstar I was told...

As an anecdote, my first HDD to ever fry was a 8GB deskstar. I lost everything. Now I have backups and raid. Many failures later (at least 3) I've yet to lose a single bit I deemed important.

4 days ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

Pieroxy Re:Choices. (416 comments)

These people have made fools of all who applauded them in the past

No they haven't. People applauded him because he was brilliant onstage giving physics lectures, not because they thought his sex life was exemplary. Nobody is perfect, and I'm sure we most of us have secrets that we wouldn't want anyone to know about. His were just worse. His physics lectures are still as good as they were yesterday.

5 days ago
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Stealthy Linux Trojan May Have Infected Victims For Years

Pieroxy Re: kinda makes you wonder (129 comments)

A government, like any other entity, has a tendency to grow and expand its powers and perimeter. The problem is that the government also makes the laws, which makes it the worst and most dangerous of all entities, because if it doesn't have the absolute powers it's pretty damn close.

about a week ago
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Stealthy Linux Trojan May Have Infected Victims For Years

Pieroxy Re:Liar (129 comments)

Let's say you remove the executable flag on the GZIP binary, but leave me with read access to said binary. You think I won't be able to run GZIP on your box with a guest account and a writable home directory? (let's assume I can't bring in some other binary of my own, I just have access to your system)

about a week ago
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Stealthy Linux Trojan May Have Infected Victims For Years

Pieroxy Re:Liar (129 comments)

The original answer was to a post that claimed to have a filesystem "non-executable", which pretty much means nothing. Also, a socket does not reside on a file system (at least not a regular one). At last, a shell with UID=0 *can* be executed by at least one user. The original claim was for a "non-executable" filesystem.

The claim that was answered to implied that you can store any binary (say, gzip) on a "non-executable" filesystem and that would prevent users from ever running it. Which is moronic.

Context people, context.

about a week ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Pieroxy Re:LMFTFY (652 comments)

Hopefully, it won't run out. Prices will raise as we get to more complex-to-extract fossil fuels, leading the way for another type of energy production to emerge.

about three weeks ago
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Apple A8X IPad Air 2 Processor Packs Triple-Core CPU, Hefty Graphics Punch

Pieroxy Re:Let's shit all over the customers (130 comments)

I have upgraded my 4S to 8.1 and really, while it is a little slower here and there, it's perfectly useable. Why do you say it's at its death door? Mine runs just fine and I plan to use it for another year at least.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Pieroxy The very near future (370 comments)

Let me guess, you're not an Apple user?

about 2 months ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Pieroxy Apple nolonger cares for minority users. (370 comments)

Their focus group isn't working professional any longer, its fashion sensible teens and facebookers.

I have plenty of coworkers on MacBook Airs and they look happy about it. Furthermore, all those people work in IT. My wife is a MacBook Air user and she looks happy as well. She's a teacher and does everything on Mac.

You *wish* for Apple to cater only to hipsters because it fits your distorted view of Apple, but really, it's not the case.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Pieroxy Don't be afraid of Apple (370 comments)

Are you high? Your world most certainly doesn't look like mine. My Wife is a MacBook Air user and let me tell you: I've never seen a laptop that good from a hardware standpoint. By a pretty wide margin. Light, strong, extra thin with an entire day battery life. The software she doesn't care all that much about. She basically needs MSOffice and the rest is bonus.

I'm a linux user, my kids Windows users. There is stuff for everyone. And nobody is afraid to leave anything.

Nice troll though.

about 2 months ago

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A Crash Course on Data Centers

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  about a year and a half 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 2 years 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 8 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 8 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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