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Sep
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comment Is it safe to download and burn a disc image on an infected PC?
@3456 If you don't happen to be a billionaire or other person of interest who is specifically targeted by custom malware the chances of anything like this happening is non existent.
Jul
20
comment Why did the IETF specifically choose 192.168/16 to be a private IP address class?
@Frank I haven't done much with verilog or VHDL for a looong time, but I don't think your logic is true. At least the obvious (and efficient) way on how I'd implement equality in hardware doesn't care about any patterns. There are some ISAs that can only generate specific patterns for logical immediates (ARMv8 to name a really new one), but that's about it.
Jun
30
comment Can super glue be used to attach an SSD to a metal holder?
@fredsbend The amount of heat generated by the SSD controller is really negligible. I doubt you could get one to overheat even if you were putting it into a bag.
Jun
30
comment Can super glue be used to attach an SSD to a metal holder?
I've "mounted" an Intel SSD by just letting it hang from the cable without any problems for certainly over a year (or sure I wanted to fixate it with ductape but hey I'm busy). Those things weigh next to nothing and SATA adapters aren't that fragile.. the biggest problem of this method is that it encumbers the airflow more.
Jun
25
comment Dual-boot or virtual machine for Linux programmer that does some Visual Studio development?
About sharing files: I really, really, really hope you have everything you work on under source control in which case the point becomes moot. Things you still want to share between windows and Linux (because.. I don't know) just go on a NTFS partition - that can be read and written to by both OSes.
Jun
19
comment Is it safe to power on a motherboard outside of its case?
I'm not sure how helpful "touching a grounded appliance" is for people wondering about this. "Touch a radiator" may be easier to explain ;)
Jun
17
comment What is a external reliable IP address to ping to check if internet is available?
@David Isn't that true for any possible solution? Someone could create a shadow net that perfectly mirrored the existing internet in every way and form after all. In practice pinging google's DNS is extremely reliable for now and an easy to remember test. Could it stop working in the future? Sure, but again: Every solution has that problem in this case.
Apr
29
comment Why do SSDs have weird sizes?
@Patrick Ah ok. Although the same is still true today. See eg here for some pretty new drives and the effects that a larger free space has on performance. The very first drives with horrible controllers (e.g. the pre-intel time pretty much) may also had to worry about running out of write cells though, so that hasn't been a worry for a long time now (may come back though)
Apr
29
comment Why do SSDs have weird sizes?
@ADTC SSDs generally reserve between 7% and ~20% (enterprise drives) of their internal data size for wear leveling, etc., so no idea where you get the idea that that's "certainly too much space for those" considering you can very easily measure the performance and longevity benefits of having more free space. Yes the 7% free space drives just use the conversion from GiB -> GB to do so, but the others have extra chips on board. For a good primer on the whole topic search for the AnandTech articles.
Apr
29
comment Why do SSDs have weird sizes?
`but the algorithms have gotten significantly better, so you shouldn't need to do that anymore.' - wait, I either missed some really significant advance in algorithms (and not sure how that would actually work) or this is wrong. I mean how exactly are you going to do wear leveling on a 99% full drive?
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Jul
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comment Define if a pc is in LAN using Java
Maybe my networking basics are a bit rusty, but what would being in the same subnet or not have to do with having a LAN connection? Anyway if you want to check if they're in the same subnet then yes checking subnet masks is obviously the way to go.
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