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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

bickerdyke Re:Size of a cup (788 comments)

Weren't "words with multiple meanings" like "mile" exactly what crashed that Mars lander? so you probably want to avoid them - just to eliminate a potential source of confusion. No matter if you can handle them in your everyday kitchen, where the worst consequence could be 14ml to much milk when mixing up canadian with us cups.

9 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

bickerdyke Re:Size of a cup (788 comments)

Half-trolling.

But also pointing ouit that measuring with the "object cup" is perfectly useable in some situations. e.g. if a recipe would be given in a completly arbitrary and even unknown unit, you could replace the given unit with "cup". "liter" or "shotglass" or "any old container you happen to have at hand" and still reproduce the intended taste. If it used fractional values, you'd usually still get a good approximation. (everyone can see when a cylindrical container is roughly filled halfways)

And also non trolling would be my point that no one could argue that most definitly "my cup full of water is a cup full of water". At least if you don't want to go semantic hell.

11 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

bickerdyke Re:Size of a cup (788 comments)

Well, to avoid ambiguity, when referring to the exact measurement, you could use 237ml instead.

11 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

bickerdyke Re:Idiot (788 comments)

Basically, no, the kitchen is exactly the place I want metric measurement - it is if anything the best example around a house of where you need accurate scientific style measurement.

Not always. It's the one place where you're fine with vague measurements. Like a pinch of salt, a handfull of lettuce or a chili. Take two of them if thats your style. When you're using natural ingredients, you'll always have size variations.

But I agree with you that measuring non-fluids by volume is moronic. And the above of course only applies when preparing foods in common household quantities. 1 pinch of salt per serving is perfect at home, but a bit complicated when you're preparing pasta sauce for the whole summer camp.

11 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

bickerdyke Re:Size of a cup (788 comments)

Where did you get a ridiculous idea like that? 1/2 cup is by definition exactly half of 1 cup. There can be no possible other definition.

I can see when my coffee cup is full and I could fill it with water to get 1 cup. But it has no markings to determine when it's half (or quater) full. So when using a cup for measurement, only full cups will measure precisely.

And it also scales better. If I have a recipe where everything is measured in cups, I might just use a smaller cup (tea cup instead of coffee cup) to prepare a smaller cake.

12 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

bickerdyke Re:Simple answer (788 comments)

More comprehensible?

You can't even tell from the weather report if it's going to be freezing or not!

0: Freezing
20: Comfortable
30: Summer
100: Boiling
200: Baking.

All you need to know about degrees Celsius.

Oh and one more thing: Above 2500 degrees, you can usually just replace the units with Kelvin, as the difference is becoming neglectable.

12 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

bickerdyke Re:Well, speaking from the film noir seats, (788 comments)

I'm fine with 90 - 60 - 90, too.

Which definitly HAS that ring that your... what would you be calling it? does.

12 hours ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

bickerdyke Re:Fristy Pawst! (445 comments)

Which is a very poor metric as it leaves out price.

Swiss incomes are much higer than here, but that all gets eaten up when you have to pay swiss prices.

yesterday
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

bickerdyke Re:Fristy Pawst! (445 comments)

So the US is responsible for the fuck ups of every country we've ever had contact with for the rest of time?

Of course not! But the US has a pretty impressive track record...

yesterday
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

bickerdyke Re:Fox News? (451 comments)

Oh and how they care! But they care for controversity. A panel discussion with all participants agreeing would sink the ratings.

"Fair and balanced" is not a reminder that you have to hear multiple viewpoints, but an excuse to pit them up agains each other for maximum drama.

2 days ago
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At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

bickerdyke Re:gold star card (241 comments)

Another intresting fact: My (europa based) rewards card was sent by international mail from Seattle. But is not accepted in the united states.

2 days ago
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At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

bickerdyke Re:Yeah So? (241 comments)

Never have been asked for my name in any other coffeeshop than starbucks.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

bickerdyke Re:123456 (191 comments)

Why not go all the way and change it to 00000000? Was good enough for the US nukes....

about a week ago
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Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

bickerdyke Re:They Don't Need G+ To Track You Anymore (137 comments)

something else, but not unrelated. Even if you don't use 2-factor auth, giving a phone number is a 2nd way of communications for restoring your password. And it is not connected to a 2nd maila ccount that may also be compromised.

about a week ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

bickerdyke Re:"Affluent and accomplished" is not the criterio (178 comments)

People.

The reason is people.

They put their bar and siting room and tennis court in their leaflets, but you buy your membership because of who is sitting, drinking and playing there. And the information they have.

about two weeks ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

bickerdyke Re:Oh my (178 comments)

As Moist von Lipwick already knew, this is the essence of a really good scam. Nothing lets someone leave all sense and care behind as the prospect of fleecing someone else.

about two weeks ago
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Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

bickerdyke Re:Lucky them (159 comments)

I'm calling the Walkman to the stand to support your point.

(Intresting enough, over here "xeroxing" and "kleenex" never reached such a generic status)

about two weeks ago

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Telecommunications data retention unconstitutional

bickerdyke bickerdyke writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bickerdyke (670000) writes "The highest german court ruled this morning that the advance retention of telecommunications data is unconstitutional. Collected data has to be deleted immedeatly.

Comming into effect January 2009, telephone and internet providers had to store information about each and every telephone, internet or email connection for 6 months. 35,000 people sued against that law at the Bundesverfassungsgericht

Article in german: http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Karlsruhe-kippt-Vorratsdatenspeicherung-2-Update-943695.html
Press release: http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/pressemitteilungen/bvg10-008.html"

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