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Sep
1
awarded  Popular Question
Aug
20
awarded  Yearling
Aug
7
comment When is swap memory useful? Why do we need to set it to twice the amount of RAM?
@Keltari: 25% loss of your primary storage (or worse!) hurts, not just for the user having less storage, but also for the drive having less free space to do load balancing.
Aug
6
comment When is swap memory useful? Why do we need to set it to twice the amount of RAM?
@Keltari: It does hurt! If your primary storage is an SSD and you have 32GB RAM, which is /not/ unreasonable on a high end machine, then wasting 64GB of space because you're blindly following 1999-era advice is problematic.
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
30
comment Can super glue be used to attach an SSD to a metal holder?
@CaptainCodeman: A falling block of silicon and attached cables inside a running computer could go wrong. Simple example, imagine if the cable got in the way of a fan!
Jun
10
awarded  Enlightened
Jun
10
awarded  Nice Answer
May
15
comment Does any mouse really have 11 buttons?
@AthomSfere: This mouse specifically is designed for MMOs, I believe, where that many bindings would be useful. Certainly there are other scenarios where 12 common actions exist, though.
Apr
29
awarded  Caucus
Apr
1
comment Is it really possible for most enthusiasts to hack people's Wi-Fi networks?
@SopalajodeArrierez: Muscle memory will likely make the longer one significantly easier to type for the standard use case of a wifi key, which is generally typed in rarely. If you input it often then the second will become more efficient, but it won't start that way.
Feb
24
comment How to share CPU or RAM?
@Piskvor: Entirely plausible, and even if you're wrong it's certainly on the same order of magnitude, so wouldn't be significantly worse in the worst case. I suppose it's probably just cheaper to have more local physical storage!
Feb
24
comment How to share CPU or RAM?
@Piskvor: But as anyone can tell you, disk-based swap is a pretty massive performance hit!
Feb
19
comment Paranoid Parent: “WiFi safe for baby?”
@TheTerribleSwiftTomato: My preferred counterargument to wifi/cellular/et cetera radiation causing cancer is to point to the cancer rates and point out that there is not even a casual relationship between the rise of wireless connectivity and cancer rates. Nobody can explain the raise in cancer rates because there is no raise in cancer rates, despite wifi and cellular radiation going from not even having been invented to being inescapable. Were there even the tiniest danger, we're certainly putting ourselves through a large scale enough test to see it!
Feb
4
awarded  windows-xp
Jan
31
awarded  Good Answer
Dec
30
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
18
comment How much more RAM does Windows 7 use than Windows XP?
@trikly: It's a well known phenomenon that people do not always ask the questions they actually want the answer to. Which OS uses the most RAM is the wrong question under the constraints given, because answering it gives you no useful information. The question that's useful to answer is which one is more performant given some quantity of RAM.
Nov
11
comment How much more RAM does Windows 7 use than Windows XP?
@trlkly: Yes, it is, because asking whether XP or 7 uses more RAM on a machine with a modern quantity of RAM is asking the wrong question.
Oct
24
revised Is Maxthon just plain old internet explorer under the hood?
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