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Comment: Re:Glad to be American ... (Score 1) 117

by tibit (#48046117) Attached to: UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

In Ohio, the stickers are printed on label printers, on a "secure" stock. Nothing special here - the driver licenses and state IDs are printed on off-the-shelf laminator printers, again using "secure" stock. I wouldn't be surprised if the "secure" stock were made in China and just offered for sale by some local company that has Ohio gov't contract. Printing of anything in China is really cheap, and access to high-tech printing technologies is rather easy.

Comment: Re:Idiot (Score 1) 842

by tibit (#48038221) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

In the US, this is not a practical issue. You go to a store and get a measuring cup. I haven't really had a need to know exactly how many ml is in such a cup... It also doesn't matter that other "cup" definitions exist out there. When you cook, you go by the measuring cup you get from the store. When you are a manufacturer of such cups, you should know what you're doing. Easy.

Comment: Re:Idiot (Score 1) 842

by tibit (#48038129) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Measuring by weight has one significant benefit: you have much less washing up to do. No measuring cups/spoons to wash. When I mix ingredients, the mixing bowl sits on a wiiboard repurposed to be a high-capacity kitchen scale that reads down to 0.1g and has accuracy down to 1g over 100kg. When I try out a recipe for the first time, I simply note the weight of each ingredient as measured by volume, and use the weights from that point onwards. BTW, the readout I prefer is in lbs/oz, not grams :)

Comment: Re:Ahh yes (Score 1) 164

by tibit (#48037943) Attached to: Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

Only some very awkward C++ would not eliminate this. I have lots and lots of C++ code where buffer overflows and dangling pointers are statically provable not to exist, and it's very obvious by inspection that it can't but be so. All it takes is proper libraries and proper approach. Yes, I see way too much C++ code written like it was Pascal-with-objects. Sigh.

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