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Comment: Re:Idiot (Score 1) 942

by Orphis (#48034721) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

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..."

Comment: Simple fix (Score 1) 238

by Orphis (#47024237) Attached to: Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

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.

Comment: Re:A firearm that depends on a battery? (Score 5, Funny) 1374

by Orphis (#46890981) Attached to: "Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

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.

Comment: Re:A firearm that depends on a battery? (Score 4, Insightful) 1374

by Orphis (#46890343) Attached to: "Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

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.

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 ( 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.

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.

"I prefer rogues to imbeciles, because they sometimes take a rest." -- Alexandre Dumas (fils)