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Comment: Re:Physical currency has inherent value (Score 1) 142

by Pieroxy (#48632447) Attached to: Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

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.

Comment: Re:I'm a special snowflake apparently. (Score 1) 159

by Pieroxy (#48603811) Attached to: How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

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.

Comment: Re:I'm a special snowflake apparently. (Score 4, Informative) 159

by Pieroxy (#48599069) Attached to: How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

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...

Comment: Re:"Could", (Score 1) 390

by Pieroxy (#48593079) Attached to: The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

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.

Comment: Re:The problem with human beings (Score 0) 390

by Pieroxy (#48593051) Attached to: The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

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.

Comment: Re:Choices. (Score 5, Insightful) 416

by Pieroxy (#48576973) Attached to: MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

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.

Comment: Re: kinda makes you wonder (Score 2) 129

by Pieroxy (#48559353) Attached to: Stealthy Linux Trojan May Have Infected Victims For Years

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.

Comment: Re:Liar (Score 1) 129

by Pieroxy (#48559301) Attached to: Stealthy Linux Trojan May Have Infected Victims For Years

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)

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