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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Pieroxy Re:Sanity... (472 comments)

Of course the court could just order you to turn over your password.

Isn't there some self-incrimiation thingy that makes this impractical? Like, the court cannot ask you to incriminate yourself.

I'm not American, so I forgot the details.

yesterday
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Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

Pieroxy Re:Is this technically impossible - no. (190 comments)

He makes a fair point. The data stored at Apple does not generate revenue for Apple, at the contrary of Google - where your emails are scanned for content to target ads at your eyeballs.

Now, jumping from that to "We cannot do it even if we wanted to" is quite a leap forward. I'm not sure I trust that part of the statement.

3 days ago
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Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

Pieroxy Re:$100 (50 comments)

This is a no-contract phone, no strings attached. I subscribed to a contract after having bought the phone.

3 days ago
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Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

Pieroxy Re:$100 (50 comments)

I just bought €50 phones for my kids. Android 4.4. There are plenty around where I am, so I don't really know what the fuss is all about.

4 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Pieroxy Re:I've been on data roaming since last Monday... (608 comments)

Hey, since you're talking about contract, can you point us to it so we can see if:

- The users expectations is on par with what the user agreed to
- If there is a failure of the accepted usage contract.

Thanks.

4 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Pieroxy Re:First world problems. (608 comments)

Are you being obtuse on purpose? Probably... but I'll feed your nice troll one last time, by helping you compare a bag of crap with the latest album from U2, so that you will see that your comparison was overly excessive.

Probably more than 99% of the world population doesn't like a bag of crap. So the chance of pleasing someone by leaving one in their front porch is about less than 1%. Can you guess if the percentage of people that don't like the latest album from U2 is higher of lower than that?

4 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Pieroxy Re:I've been on data roaming since last Monday... (608 comments)

You have roaming charges and let iTunes download everything automatically? And somehow it is Apple's fault?

4 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Pieroxy Re:First world problems. (608 comments)

In your view, the fact that people were given for free a piece of music is something they should rightfully complain about? Without us making fun of them?

Strange view you have there.

4 days ago
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Google To Refund $19M In In-App Purchases Made By Kids

Pieroxy Re:Insane (88 comments)

I don't know about Android, but on iOS, you can be mislead to click on an in-app purchase, but then the very familiar dialog pops out and you KNOW you're about to spend money. No, my kids at least cannot be fooled by that. I've seen them ask me if they could do it, so no, they are not that easily fooled.

about two weeks ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Pieroxy When I was 15... (231 comments)

How did it go ?

about two weeks ago
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Google To Refund $19M In In-App Purchases Made By Kids

Pieroxy Re:Insane (88 comments)

There's also something called trust. Children are not idiots (at least most of them.) Instead of giving the phone to your kids hoping they won't find the purchase button, tell them exactly where it is, what it does and that they are very specifically NOT allowed to tap on it. And that you'll receive an automatic email if they do (which is true at least for Apple) so that they can't hide it.

Worked for me - early versions of iOS had the same issue. Never had to complain. Additionnally, I respect my kids a little more now that I know I can trust them for this as well. And respect goes both ways.

about two weeks ago
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New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

Pieroxy Re:Won't help (161 comments)

Most big, professional websites already look fine. They're responsible, and update, and everything.
But there are a lot of crappy sites I'd still like to able to visit. They won't be using the new tag.

So? Do you really think they'll drop the IMG tag in our lifetime?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

Pieroxy Re:As much as I hate Apple (187 comments)

I said: Apple still has the best selling smartphone

You respond as if I had said "Apple has the best smartphone"

Are you still learning to read or are you trolling on purpose?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

Pieroxy Re:As much as I hate Apple (187 comments)

Well, in all honesty, Apple still has the best selling smartphone, undisputed. Granted, the 127 different models Samsung produces are selling more, but Apple makes three phones in the top 6, just like Samsung. The iPhone 5c is the #1.

http://news.yahoo.com/apple-sa...

about three weeks ago
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Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

Pieroxy Re:srcset attribute (94 comments)

You cannot change the source of an image in CSS. SRC is an html attribute that cannot be overriden. What you can do in CSS is change a background image, but not the primary image. While they render approximately the same, there are a few differences that make background images unsuitable for some purposes, SEO being one of them.

As for serving different content for different user agents, good luck maintaining your database of screen size and densities per UA string, not mentionning that Apple does server the same UA whatever the model of iPhone you have (which can include different sizes and densities).

about three weeks ago
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Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

Pieroxy Re:srcset attribute (94 comments)

This allow to change the img source according to media queries, which is not possible using CSS and/or the img tag.

about three weeks ago
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HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

Pieroxy Re: Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (137 comments)

My point, really. Why do you respond to my post as if you didn't agree?

about three weeks ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Pieroxy Re:The US slides back to the caves (528 comments)

Because of the size of the population (which exceeds that of all Europe)

It always surprise me how americans see the world: in their head.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...

Europe: population is 742 millions
USA: population is 352 millions

Yes, there are people outside the USA, and MUCH MUCH more than inside. And you still don't know it and display your ignorance right out there for everyone to see... Nice job, really.

about three weeks ago
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HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

Pieroxy Re: Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (137 comments)

Different people, different cultures. Maybe it's offensive for some (you) and not for others (australians) ?

It's offensive, because that's how it's used in some parts of the world.

would be a much more appropriate conslusion to your post.

about three weeks 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 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  |  about 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 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  |  about 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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