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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Pieroxy Re:Only for the first year (570 comments)

Changing for Apple has the benefit of letting you use MS Office. Believe it or not, this is the main point I've seen raised over switching from Windows to Linux. For a reason.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Pieroxy Re:Only for the first year (570 comments)

True. And it's not that people prefer MSO over OpenOffice, it's just that they need to be able to interact with people using Office. And opening a Word document on OpenOffice usually ends up like a big mess. Same for Powerpoint or Excel. Interchangeability is just a mess right now.

about a week ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

Pieroxy Re:Looks like it's over (490 comments)

It is over. They launched an assault on both sites at once, killed all the terrorists and saved all the hostages. Two cops lightly injured, one more seriously. Given the circumstances, I'd say it's a pretty good job.

about three weeks ago
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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

Pieroxy Re:No... (598 comments)

I used to agree with you about thinness until I got an iPad Air into my hands... It really makes a difference on how you feel the device. Same thing for the iPhone 6 and 6Plus. I thought "Gimme more battery instead of a thinner phone", but how good does the thinner (and lighter) phone feels in your hands? Well, it does make a great difference.

Note: I don't own any.

about three weeks ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

Pieroxy Re:sounds logical. (560 comments)

That's assuming the global warming is mostly due to the CO2 levels which is all but a certainty right now. I've read that the correlation isn't really up to speed these last years.

about a month ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

Pieroxy Re: noooo (560 comments)

Okay, so let's say I'm sceptic and not a denier. After a quick Google search, I stumbled on these two links:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/201...
http://wattsupwiththat.com/201...

Both are clearly claiming there is no global warming since 1997. Reading it quickly doesn't provide any clue as to whether they are bullshit or not - or at least it would require me to dig into the problem, but I don't have that amount of free time right now.

Do you have any indication about what's wrong with these assertions?

about a month ago
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NSA Says They Have VPNs In a 'Vulcan Death Grip'

Pieroxy Re: What IP address ranges are in the US? (234 comments)

When they gather every data across all VPNs, they will still be able to analyse a tiny fraction of it all. What they want is the capability to decrypt anything, but then they'll only listen to what is on the topic of the day, because too much data is too much. So a targeted attack might be as good in many scenarios.

about a month ago
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Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

Pieroxy Re:Physical currency has inherent value (144 comments)

There is about a ton of gold in every cubic mile of sea water

Not quite. According to wikipedia there is about 10-30g/km3. One cubic mile being 4.2km3, I can extrapolate and see that there is only 42-126g of gold every cubic mile of sea water. That's about a tenth of a kilogram, or 10000 times less than what you claimed.

about a month ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Pieroxy Re:I'm a special snowflake apparently. (160 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.

about a month and a half ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Pieroxy Re:I'm a special snowflake apparently. (160 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.

about a month and a half ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Pieroxy Re:I'm a special snowflake apparently. (160 comments)

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

about a month and a half ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Pieroxy Re:I'm a special snowflake apparently. (160 comments)

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

about a month and a half 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 (401 comments)

There is evidence.

Then give me a link to one !

about a month and a half ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Pieroxy Re:I'm a special snowflake apparently. (160 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...

about a month and a half 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 (401 comments)

Thanks. Not a native English writer.

about a month and a half ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

Pieroxy Re:"Could", (401 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.

about a month and a half 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 (401 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.

about a month and a half 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.

about a month and a half 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.

about a month and a half ago

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A Crash Course on Data Centers

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  about 2 years 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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