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Dec
20
comment Reversing scroll direction across Synergy connection
Very nice! I no longer use Scroll Reverser (since OSX and Xfce both support natural scrolling now, and Windows has WizMouse) but this is definitely useful for people who do.
Dec
20
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Dec
20
accepted Reversing scroll direction across Synergy connection
Dec
6
comment What is the little twist in this floppy ribbon cable for?
@hobbs Thanks for clearing up my misunderstanding. I should have consulted an actual pinout before I commented. :)
Dec
2
comment How is PNG lossless given that it has a compression parameter?
@AndréNeves That's a bit surprising. I wonder if there was some cache line issue or something.
Nov
29
comment How is PNG lossless given that it has a compression parameter?
@Nolonar Generally no; if anything a higher compression level usually decreases decompression time because there's less data for it to have to read and process. The longer compression time is due to doing a more thorough job of finding patterns to compress (oversimplifying).
Sep
21
comment Do text based browsers reduce network traffic?
@prateek61 All the major websites use it; it's actually a technique borrowed from video games. :) In fact, many web developers even call it "CSS sprites" or similar (at Amazon it is referred to as "spriting" but I don't know how common that variation is).
Aug
10
comment How to add all titles to queue in Handbrake on OS X
I don't get why this was downvoted - of all the answers here, this is the only one that actually helped me.
Jul
8
comment Swap partition size on a 64 GB RAM computer for memory-intensive work
Instead of relying on swap explicitly, if you know the size of your working set up front, or are willing to do a bit more low-level memory management, consider using mmap to allocate your working-set pages. Then your amount of swap will be exactly the amount you need for your process.
Jun
30
comment Can super glue be used to attach an SSD to a metal holder?
I've mounted SSDs using ordinary scotch tape with no problem.
Jun
15
comment Does Windows 8 still implement POSIX?
@rjt Ah, that's unfortunate.
May
18
comment Does the Lenovo recovery partition include the product key?
I have that same model. There should be a sticker under the battery with the product key printed on it.
Dec
24
comment What are the benefits of using a proxy?
+1 for the mention of connection sharing - back in the days before NAT, this was how you shared a single public IP address.
Nov
19
awarded  Revival
Sep
14
comment Why is hibernation still used?
and thanks to SSDs, hibernation makes even MORE sense now. OSX uses a per-process hibernation model for a lot of stuff, and they justify it with SSDs not being the future but the present.
Jul
24
comment What is the exact use of a MAC address?
+1 for actually answering the question in a way that people who don't already know the answer can understand.
May
26
comment How to create a file which is named like a command line argument?
Obligatory comic: beesbuzz.biz/d/20110224.php
May
11
comment Does it make sense converting a file to a higher audio bitrate?
@ClaytonStanley That's nonsense. FLAC in 24-bit will produce the exact same signal as WAV in 24-bit. And what do you mean by "the 24-bit master" that isn't captured in a 24-bit WAV file? And then taking the next step to comparing it with "the original performance" has nothing to do with this discussion.
May
11
comment Does it make sense converting a file to a higher audio bitrate?
@claytonstanley FLAC is lossless - if you convert a .wav to .flac and then convert that .flac back to .wav you get the same audio information out. Lossy CODECs use perceptual modelling to determine which aspects of the signal can be thrown out (noise, extremely high or low frequencies, etc.), but FLAC is lossless (like .png for images) in that it uses algorithms to reconstruct the original signal exactly.
May
10
comment Does it make sense converting a file to a higher audio bitrate?
Bitrate and sample rate are orthogonal, though. Also, most DACs already do perform a low-pass filter on the output so as to smooth the digital stairsteps out.