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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Pieroxy Re:LMFTFY (625 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.

2 days 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month ago
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

Pieroxy Re:The last sentence in the summary... (232 comments)

While I'm not denying reality - global warming is happening - I'm questioning the models proposed by the scientists. Let them come up with a model that doesn't completely fall apart 10 years later. So far, all models produced before 2000 have proven to *not* forecast the reality of things.

I'm not saying those guys are charlatans, but if they try to convince me that the sea level will rise by 2m in 100 years I'll laugh, and pretty hard at that. Nobody is actually able to predict anything beyond a couple of years, so 100 years is well beyond their best effort so far.

Granted the climate is an extraordinarily complex thing to model and so to predict. What exactly are going to be the consequences of the global warming is yet a thing to discover.

Now, this doesn't mean that we should do nothing about it and wait & see. But shouting all over that in XX years, YY will change by ZZ is in my view discrediting the cause for the simple reason that those claims have always proved to be just plain wrong. So far.

about 2 months ago
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Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

Pieroxy Re: battle with Android and iOS first! (132 comments)

So you've never heard of Jailbreak. Why bashing on Apple when you don't even know the first thing about it?

about a month ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

Pieroxy Re:30-46% less force is required to deform?! (304 comments)

Wait, wait, wait...

iPhone 5: 130lbs. force to deform

iPhone 6+: 90 lbs. force to deform -> 30% less force
iPhone 6: 70 lbs. force to deform -> 46% less force

A reduction in resistance to deformation of nearly one third to one half over previous models and they are supposedly "not as bendy as believed"? WTF? That's a recall class problem in my book.

Is it? So if I design a phone that can withstand 1 ton, then I am not allowed to ship any phone that withstand less than that or it's a recall? Man, come on. If the thing is too weak for regular use, it's case for a recall. If not, it's not a case for a recall. Nothing to do with "is it weaker than the latest model".

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Pieroxy Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

Please read my statement once again. I never said Apple was perfect and that nobody ever had to complain. Plus, I was talking about iOS. You know, context and all...

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Pieroxy Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

I have an iPhone 4S since october 2011. I installed iOS8 last week and everything is fine. No slowdowns that I noticed yet. Apparently, it takes 2 more seconds to boot, but I don't really care as I reboot it less than once a week.

Prior to that I had an iPhone 3GS, updated always to the latest versioon. I've never had to complain about Apple's software upgrades, except on one occasion (I don't remember but I think it was iOS4). This was quite horrible in terms of performance and an update came a couple of weeks later and fixed most of it. Another update came two month later and fixed the rest.

YMMV, but all in all, Apple's support for old hardware is miles and light-years ahead of everyone else. Bar none.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Pieroxy Re:Sanity... (504 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.

about 2 months ago
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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. (191 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.

about 2 months 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.

about 2 months 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.

about 2 months 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... (610 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.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Pieroxy Re:First world problems. (610 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?

about 2 months 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... (610 comments)

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

about 2 months ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Pieroxy Re:First world problems. (610 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.

about 2 months 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 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 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 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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