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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Orphis Re:Idiot (942 comments)

I've actually seen lots of bread recipes that make use of "cups".
Bread is actually sensitive to small differences. If you don't have a precise "cup" of flour or liquids, your bread can totally be different!

Of course, if you're serious about it, you're not going to look at those recipes as they aren't inherently good. Making bread requires some experience as the current temperature, ambiant humidity or flour can be different from room to room, let alone countries to countries. And still, people look at those and say that it isn't a good recipe as they didn't get the same result as you...

Cooking is about precision. I wouldn't use volume to mesure flour, just the same way I wouldn't use the time it takes to drop out of the flour box to mesure it.
"Drop flour for 3 seconds in a bowl..."

about 3 months ago
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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

Orphis Re:Requirements ? (129 comments)

Thanks for the explanation!

So it means they will be supporting only 64bit machines on 10.6, and there's probably few of them since they are likely to have upgraded to newer versions of OSX, unlike all the 32bit machines that are stuck on 10.6 and that should make the majority of 10.6 users. Am I right?

about 3 months ago
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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

Orphis Requirements ? (129 comments)

Switching to 64 bit builds means that they will have to drop OSX 10.6, right? It's about time this one is left behind!

about 3 months ago
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Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

Orphis Simple fix (238 comments)

Isn't iMessage always associated with an email address too?
Wouldn't it be easy to send an email to people when they haven't received a message after a day?
There could be a link in the email telling people how to remove their phone number from the service and receive subsequent messages directly as SMS if they switched phone.

about 7 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

Orphis Re:A firearm that depends on a battery? (1374 comments)

You should consider a sword and shield to defend yourself, they are less likely to fail. Or a small dagger eventually if your place is not big enough to swing a sword around.
If you need to fight long distance, consider a bow and arrow. According to the Predator documentary, it even works against aliens with superior technology.

about 8 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

Orphis Re:A firearm that depends on a battery? (1374 comments)

People aren't very good about checking the condition of their gun either.
Or if the safety is off.
Or if it's loaded.
Or if the kid didn't move it from the usual place when he showed it to his friends.

There's already a lot of uncertainty. You can't be sure of anything if you don't take care of it.
So no, a battery isn't an issue, it's another safety.

about 8 months ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Orphis The Guardian has it wrong (477 comments)

It isn't forbidden to read emails, it is forbidden for employers to require the employees to read them or be reachable through their personal or company phone.
Employees must be allowed to have a 11h "blackout" between two consecutive working days and 35h during weekends.
If an employee wants to read emails and do extra work, it's up to him, but it can't be imposed.

And this is an agreement just for some business types (mainly IT related), not everyone.

about 8 months ago
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If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?

Orphis My imaginary friend (353 comments)

I gave my imaginary friend a 1000 miles ride the other day.
Now, I want real people to take me wherever with those miles.

about 9 months ago
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AMD's Radeon R9 290X Launched, Faster Than GeForce GTX 780 For Roughly $100 Less

Orphis Great (157 comments)

Now we have a new AMD card that can generate more OpenGL errors per second!

Seriously, working with AMD is hard. Their OpenGL implementation never works properly and we always need workarounds to get the job done.
NVidia on the other hand has always been working better for me as a developer.

about a year ago
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Google Code Deprecates Download Service For Project Hosting

Orphis Re:So? (185 comments)

Nothing prevents you to put a link to the binaries on your website. And if you can't afford a to host a website, there are still file hosting service happy to finally get some legal files.

Also, you know, there were some malware abusing the system and downloading some files on some popular legitimate projects ( http://news.softpedia.com/news/New-TDL-Malware-Variant-Uses-Chromium-Embedded-Framework-339791.shtml ). I don't know many projects affected beside this one and I'm sure Google knows better and this move wasn't just to mess around with legitimate users and reduce the costs.

about a year and a half ago
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H-1B Cap Reached Today; Didn't Get In? Too Bad

Orphis Re:There IS a talent shortage. (512 comments)

Unfortunately, this is the sad truth: life's unfair.

about a year and a half ago
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T-Mobile Ends Contracts and Subsidies

Orphis Re:and there was much rejoicing (404 comments)

When I was traveling to the USA with my European phone (iPhone 4S with 3G) last year, I took a prepaid card at T-Mobile and it worked fine for me. The vendor told me the 3G *could* work but since they were deploying the network (at the same time they deploy LTE), I shouldn't count on it (I was in SF then).
3G worked when I exited the shop and put the new SIM card for about 20 minutes, then it fell back to Edge for 99% of my 6 weeks trip.

I traveled on the east and west coast and only had 3G another time, at the top of my hotel in Manhattan at night, just after Sandy. Since most of the towers were down (because of the hurricane) that was a quite good surprise and I could Skype my family to tell them I was OK.
Then, when I left, my iPhone told me I was connected to AT&T 5G. Never understood why, but it was fun to see (should have taken a screenshot!).

For a 50$ plan with unlimited voice, text and data (of which 500MB of data high speed then low speeds) that was quite nice. Should they get a better high speed coverage, it would be definitely the best you can get when traveling in the USA.

about a year and a half ago
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State Rep. Says Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2

Orphis Next? People who have plants! (976 comments)

Plants emit CO2 at night, let's have a tax on people who have plants too!

about 2 years ago
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Among Servers, Apple's Mac Mini Quietly Gains Ground

Orphis Re:Mac Mini is flagrantly unsuitable as a server (367 comments)

The only possible reason I can think of why someone would want to run an OSX server is if they were going to be remote-accessing it to run Xcode for iOS development. What else can you do on OSX that you can't do on Windows or Linux?

Beside iOS and OSX development, I don't see clear advantages of using a Mini as a server when you already have a good Linux setup and provisioning for other services.
At my company, we use them to run continuous integration for iOS and OSX software. We've got like 10 of them for this purpose and they work quite well. I think the oldest one even out-survived the oldest Linux server used for CI. We don't need all the fancy server features for them (ECC, redundant power, serial console, hardware RAID). If one dies, well, we shut it down and replace it with another. They are inexpensive, and just build servers anyway, not critical for the company.

They're not always easy to work with though, we had them in a DC, but our remote hands wouldn't touch them. Since we couldn't find any IPMI or KVM suited for them either, we decided to move them in a secured room in our office. We never needed to do anything of them anyway, but it's still handy to have them close by.
If anybody has a solution for remote KVM or IPMI on a Mini, that'd be great!

about 2 years ago
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Can Legacy Dual-Core CPUs Drive Modern Graphics Cards?

Orphis AMD X2 6000+ & GeForce 580 here! (159 comments)

Seems quite silly to have such an old CPU (dual core 3GHz) with a (back then) top of the line GPU but it's working great! Note that I'm also using 6GB of ram at 800Mhz dual channel (1+1 + 2+2 GB).
I am able to play LOTS (if not all?) games with high / very high graphic detail since then. There are a few options that are tightly coupled with the CPU sometimes and I avoid these, but the rest works great at 1920*1200 (24" screen), even with new games.

My next upgrade will probably be a CPU upgrade, probably with the new Intel Haswell this time when it's released, but I'm not expecting a big boost in games, mostly a faster system overall (dual core is still a bit limited when you have so many programs launched in the background).

about 2 years ago
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Software That Flagged HBO.com For Piracy Will Power U.S. 'Six Strikes' System

Orphis What if... (292 comments)

What if, in addition to the flagging software, they also had another software that answered to DMCA takedowns with a "No, it's not illegitimate".
Would it create an infinite loop of takedowns and restores?

about 2 years ago
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French ISP Blocking Web Ads By Default

Orphis Re:VPN (317 comments)

Users don't need a VPN, just a different DNS server.
Or just go to the management interface and disable the *feature* if they don't want it.

about 2 years ago
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FCC Chief Urges FAA To Ease Airplane Electronics Ban

Orphis Re:Blanket Ban (242 comments)

It's up to the customs and airport security to check there's no illegal device boarding the plane.
And by illegal, I mean that don't comply with regulations on safety, radio signal power or frequency.

They do it all the time for toys that are unsafe for children, why couldn't they do it for adult gadgets too?

about 2 years ago
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FCC Chief Urges FAA To Ease Airplane Electronics Ban

Orphis Re:"During takeoff and landing" (242 comments)

I vote for banning hard cover books too. I think they hurt far more than a kindle when thrown at you.

about 2 years ago

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