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comment Computer doesn't use more than 4 of my 8GB of RAM…? (64-bit computer)
Are Chrome and Firefox 64-bit apps yet? I thought they were still 32-bit. Which means each can only individually use up to 4GB.
Jun
21
awarded  Yearling
Jun
21
comment Difference between pinging with and without http://
What's confusing here is that ping shouldn't be even able to resolve that as a hostname, much less send out failed ICMP packets. What OS/version are you on?
Apr
20
comment Why does emptying disk space speed up computers?
Note that SSDs CAN write to partially-filled cells, by reading the partial data and writing back with more written, but it tends to only do that when it's unavoidable. This is of course also quite slow, and usually indicates the drive is so badly-fragmented that it'll take quite a lot to make it ever write quickly again.
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
awarded  Scholar
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.
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