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I am an undergraduate computer science and mathematics student in New Zealand. My fields of interest are computer graphics, in particular the physics of light transport, and to some extent cryptography, as well as programming and software development in general.


Sep
22
awarded  Informed
Sep
20
comment What is the rationale behind safely removing USB media from windows PCs?
What we need is a flash drive that can physically hook itself into the USB port with little clamps and not let go (even if the user is trying to pull it out) until it's ready.
Sep
18
comment What is the rationale behind safely removing USB media from windows PCs?
I lost time (but not data) once like this. The file never made it over to the flash drive because I was in a hurry. Never happened again, though, I guess caching is not very common.
Sep
5
comment Does only GIF support animation?
@MichaelKjörling Why should I? Nobody's using it :p
Sep
5
comment Does only GIF support animation?
Has MNG ever actually been used? I have not encountered it once outside its Wikipedia page.
Aug
16
comment what is difference between Internet Explorer (64-bit) and Internet Explorer?
One is 64-bit. The other isn't.
Jul
30
comment How do we pronounce “/etc” folder?
Interesting....
Jul
28
comment What is the Asterisk program event in Windows?
So much legacy.. youtube.com/watch?v=G7YiwTpQdT8 :]
Jul
9
comment Why do some downloading files not know their own size?
@RobertFisher FTP is a rare protocol? :p
Jul
9
comment Why do some downloading files not know their own size?
@Alfo Think about a live broadcast, you don't need to know the length to watch it, and in fact you don't know the length, since you presumably don't know (nor need to know) when the broadcast ends. That's the point. Some things just don't have a length until they have actually ended.
Jul
9
comment Does heat damage computers while turned off?
@vidhu Ah, sorry :)
Jul
9
comment Does heat damage computers while turned off?
200 degrees (celsius) is highly optimistic. I'd say more like 90-100 degrees for a CPU, and 120 for a GPU (which is typically a bit more resistant to heat).
Jun
14
comment Why is my computer really slow despite of having a considerable amount of free memory?
@BlueRaja All memory optimizers do is push everything to the swap file, forcing you to page everything back in the instant you start using your computer again. So all it does is give you a warm fuzzy feeling of "aww, I use only 300MB of memory" then wait 5 minutes for your system to recover. In other words, they are disrupting the system's caching process on purpose for no reason. Don't use them.
Jun
6
comment Does a computer use more electricity when charging USB devices?
And that controller chip power is used regardless of whether a flash drive is plugged in or not, so it doesn't even factor in :)
May
19
awarded  Citizen Patrol
May
12
comment ndiswrapper, wlan0 gone
Sorry, that was rc.local, shouldn't write comments so late.
May
11
comment ndiswrapper, wlan0 gone
I should note I still get disconnected from time to time, but it's gotten very rare (every other day or so) and is always fixed by plugging out the dongle and plugging it back in, and re-entering the above commands (make it a script in init.rc). Also, if the network won't go back up, go in the Network Manager, open your wireless settings and hit "Save" without changing anything. For some reason it works after doing that.
May
7
comment Why do my OSes only recognize 3 GiB of RAM?
@JamesTheAwesomeDude I see. I knew BIOS had limits on accessible memory but I had no idea it could be so low (for instance my mobo has max 32GB). That kind of sucks.. sounds like upgrade time :)
May
6
comment Why do my OSes only recognize 3 GiB of RAM?
@JamesTheAwesomeDude Does it work if you replace the 2GB sticks with 4GB sticks, does memtest work then with more than 4GB? Maybe it's actually the RAM slots on your motherboard that are dead, not the sticks themsleves.
Apr
20
awarded  Yearling