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Librarians: The Google Before Google

gigaherz Re:Duh. (85 comments)

It doesn't need to be. It's still a history lesson. Not many young people would know that in the past you'd actually call a library to ask them questions. Heck, I'm 30 and I would have never considered calling them!

yesterday
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Microsoft Introduces .NET Core

gigaherz Re:why would I write to that? (187 comments)

At which point I think I trust Microsoft not to sue me more than Oracle.

about two weeks ago
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Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

gigaherz Re:HDD endurance? (125 comments)

HDDs usually die from mechanical failure rather than the magnetic surface wearing out. I'm not aware of the surface wearing out being something to worry about, since all the headers do is spin around the magnetic poles on the material. But the headers can scratch the surface causing bad sectors, the stepper motors can die, etc. In some cases it's possible to recover critical information by placing the platters on a non-damaged disk, although opening a modern HDD has to be done inside very clean rooms so that no dust gets inside the disk.

about two weeks ago
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Gangnam Style Surpasses YouTube's 32-bit View Counter

gigaherz Re:Rick-Roll (164 comments)

The link's path is /freePS3.php -- anyone clicking that DESERVES to be fancy pivot charted.

about three weeks ago
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The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

gigaherz Not Uber (257 comments)

I may be taking public transport, or share a car with people, but NEVER using a service provided by that company.

about three weeks ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

gigaherz Re:What about long-term data integrity? (438 comments)

Under common usage patterns, you can expect up to 25 years life for first-gen SLC, 15 years for first-gen MLC, 10 years for current-gen MLC, 5 years for current-gen TLC. MTBF is lower due to defective cells and such, but that's also true for HDDs.

about a month ago
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Molecular Clusters That Can Retain Charge Could Revolutionize Computer Memory

gigaherz Re:"Blah, blah, blah... (36 comments)

As many as research teams in need of more funding.

about a month ago
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Molecular Clusters That Can Retain Charge Could Revolutionize Computer Memory

gigaherz Re:Evolution not revolution (36 comments)

A sufficiently fast evolution can easily be called a revolution. The industrial revolution was actually just an evolution of industry, yet everyone does know it as a revolution. Why? Because it happened really fast.

The title does say it *could* revolutionize. It may just be a small improvement, or fail completely, but it could be a revolution if it suddenly brings fast, cheap, high-density memory in a scale much greater than Flash memory is able to provide.

about a month ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

gigaherz Re:FOSS names (270 comments)

The sillier the name the lower the chances someone will abuse that name for commercial reasons. Saves a lot of money on trademarks.

about 3 months ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

gigaherz Re:So what's Metro? (545 comments)

In that case I was remembering wrong. I was under the impression XP didn't accelerate GDI drawing, but I guess I was mistaken.

about 3 months ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

gigaherz Re:So what's Metro? (545 comments)

The only hardware-accelerated operations of the GDI are color filling, blitting, alpha-blending, and stretching (with or without alpha). Everything related to drawing shapes (polygons, curves, ...), text, and any UI operation using alternate merging operators (such as XOR, anything but copy and blend), is done in the CPU. It is still partially hardware-accelerated since Windows 7 and up support drawing directly into GPU memory, where Vista had to synchronize the RAM copy with the VRAM copy.

If anything feels snappier in older OSes, it would be because before XP, Microsoft still supported old hardware blitters, such as what was used by DirectDraw. Support for hardware blitting was lost with the switch away from the Win9X architecture and embracing NT. I may be remembering wrong on this, but I believe XP was missing the faster blitting, but didn't support the same level of hardware-acceleration as newer versions of Windows, so in theory, it should have been the least snappy of all...

As to the % of applications using GDI, I'd make it more like >95%, and I'm being conservative. The only application I know for certain uses Direct2D or Direct3D for the interface drawing would be Visual Studio 2010 or newer. And XUL-based applications such as Firefox, where d2d/d3d is supported and available. As far as I know even Java applications which custom-draw the GUI end up doing so with GDI functions.

about 3 months ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

gigaherz Re:So what's Metro? (545 comments)

Yes. WinRT is where COM meets Silverlight. It's a .NET-like API based on something that looks quite a lot like COM, but isn't exactly COM (IIRC), and uses a GUI toolkit based around the XAML language, like Silverlight. And like Silverlight, applications run in a walled garden, unlike proper WPF programs which also use the XAML language. Note that XAML has different dialects, and you can't do exactly the same in them. Sadly.

about 3 months ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

gigaherz Re:So what's Metro? (545 comments)

Modern UI apps use the WinRT libraries to draw hardware-accelerated GUIs, using a dialect of the XAML language already present in the WPF and Silverlight libs. Standard desktop apps use the old win32 windowing system so they miss that hardware-acceleration -- unless they are made in .NET with WPF or Silverlight, in which case they will draw using Direct3D9 even in XP.

about 3 months ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

gigaherz Re:my list is not long (545 comments)

They made a new start menu, for desktop users. Modern-ui apps will show windowed, for desktop users. The charms bar will be gone in desktop installs. No idea about hot corners, but the rest are all things that have been confirmed in the leaks ;P

about 3 months ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

gigaherz Re:Bring back windows XP. (545 comments)

XP was complete bloat by 2001's standards. Windows 7 was made lighter than Vista, after people complained about Vista the same way people complained about XP.

The only reason XP doesn't feel bloated right now, is because it's 13 years old and 10 years obsolete -- since it can't do a lot of things OSes are expected to do (not by you obviously). The biggest mistake Microsoft made wasn't Vista's expectation of a decent computer, nor windows 8's oversimplification. It was letting people grow used to XP for way too long.

about 3 months ago
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MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

gigaherz Re:no price? (88 comments)

It's a MIPS board. I have been waiting for this for SO long that I'd consider anything with less than 4 digits. And probably decide not to get it if it turns out to be > $200. I don't apply for the free ones since I just want to toy around with it, not do some specific project with it. ;P

about 4 months ago
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Japan To Launch a Military Space Force In 2019

gigaherz Re:Yes. YES YES YES. (150 comments)

Hmm do you expect to survive less than 20 years into the future? Because there's plans to establish moon bases before then.

about 5 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

gigaherz Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (346 comments)

Both my desktop computer AND my laptop have one thing in common: neither of them is a tablet. And Windows 8 as is is ONLY oriented towards tablets.

A lightweight OS oriented in low power usage and touch-based controls, which just happens to still maintain some sort of classic experience because they couldn't be arsed to remove it the way they removed other perfectly functional features, is not the OS I want to use.

Windows 9 may or may not be good enough to get into my computers. We'll see.

about 5 months ago
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Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

gigaherz Re:She didnt relapse, it came back (126 comments)

IIRC, there's proof that the cells can purposefully activate or deactivate certain genes, and those activations become more permanent in the offspring. So animals DO have some level of "purposeful" evolution over their lives, not just over thousands of generations and natural selection.

about 5 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

gigaherz Re: One switch to rule them all? (681 comments)

Hmm... maybe that is the difference: I don't rely on muscle memory. I rely on structural memory. I learn things by understanding why those things are done that way.

about 6 months ago

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PCSX2 1.2 released

gigaherz gigaherz writes  |  about a year ago

gigaherz (2653757) writes "The PCSX2 team has just released version 1.2 of the PlayStation 2 emulator:

It has been a year and a half since our first major release and as promised we decided PCSX2 has progressed enough for yet another stable release. Needless to say, we have been continuing our hard work since then to further improve the emulator, adding new features and fixing more bugs.

As I'm sure many of you have been following the SVN revisions and have noticed the changes we have made in this time and many of you even assisted in finding problems for us to fix, so a big thank you to all those who helped out!

One big change in this release is the integration of the wide screen patches made by the community for the community numbering nearly 1200 games patched to support proper 16:9 aspect ratio. A huge thanks to everyone who has contributed for this and keep up the great job. :)

More details in the news post."
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