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Comment: The Guardian has it wrong (Score 5, Informative) 477

by Orphis (#46713905) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

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.

Comment: Great (Score 1) 157

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.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 2) 185

by Orphis (#43806673) Attached to: Google Code Deprecates Download Service For Project Hosting

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 ( ). 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.

Comment: Re:and there was much rejoicing (Score 2) 404

by Orphis (#43286277) Attached to: T-Mobile Ends Contracts and Subsidies

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.

Comment: Re:Mac Mini is flagrantly unsuitable as a server (Score 1) 367

by Orphis (#43053271) Attached to: Among Servers, Apple's Mac Mini Quietly Gains Ground

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!

Comment: AMD X2 6000+ & GeForce 580 here! (Score 2) 159

by Orphis (#42839781) Attached to: Can Legacy Dual-Core CPUs Drive Modern Graphics Cards?

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).

Comment: Re:Blanket Ban (Score 1) 242

by Orphis (#42225161) Attached to: FCC Chief Urges FAA To Ease Airplane Electronics Ban

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?

Comment: Re:Heck no (Score 1) 553

by Orphis (#42138209) Attached to: New Humble Bundle Is Windows Only, DRM Games

1. conscious of one's failings
2. unpretentious; lowly "a humble cottage" "my humble opinion"
3. deferential or servile

So how is letting your pay what you want not humble? If they were pretentious, they would sell it for at least $50, they would deserve it. But no, it's up to you.

Somehow, I think that the people who deserve the title "humble" the least are all the people complaining about this operation.
Being humble is accepting what you're given and not asking more. And you're all whining about every little detail, trashing a company on the verge of the bankruptcy (with lots of jobs at stage) and totally ignoring the charities the Humble Bundle have supported for quite some time. Humble? No. Quite selfish, indeed.

"The chain which can be yanked is not the eternal chain." -- G. Fitch