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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

2 days 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 2 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 2 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)

The trick for me to get used to Office 2007/2010, was to forget where things used to be, and search them where they are supposed to be. Then everything clicked into place, and now I like the UI quite a lot.

Note that I don't mean the SAME UI works for everything. That's a mistake some people seem to make. Different kinds of software are best with different interfaces.

about 2 months ago
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On the Significance of Google's New Cardboard: An Idea Worth Recycling

gigaherz Re:Focus? (42 comments)

Yes, that's the whole point of the lenses.

about 2 months ago
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German Intelligence Agency Planning To Follow Big NSA Brother On Shoestring

gigaherz Re:Good for them! (80 comments)

Now we just need someone to mention Hitler within the summary, I guess? Mentioning Hitler in the article may actually be too soon for Godwin's Law to apply to it? Where do we draw the line and make it just part of the article?

about 3 months ago
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Standards Group Adds Adaptive-Sync To DisplayPort

gigaherz Re:I didn't realise they didn't already did that. (82 comments)

The protocol used for digital signaling is internally surprisingly similar in concept to the analog equivalent. The idea of "adaptive" sync is that instead of starting a new frame after a fixed exact period, it can be "or later". There's no other technology involved other than allowing a frame to come late.

about 4 months ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

gigaherz Re:I for my part ... (469 comments)

.... makes me wonder how well can a deaf person tell tones (vibrations) through touch. I know you can't really feel high frequencies that way, but would a trained hand be able to tell between a C0 and a C#0?

about 5 months ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

gigaherz Re:I for my part ... (469 comments)

Deaf != Tone-deaf

about 5 months ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

gigaherz Re:I for my part ... (469 comments)

The thing is, you can have good ears and bad hands, and you KNOW you can't play the violin. But someone with good hands and bad ears may be playing wrong, and won't be able to tell. Because for all practical purposes, good hands mean nothing without good ears, any elite violinist should by definition have good ears.

about 5 months ago
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"Nearly Unbreakable" Encryption Scheme Inspired By Human Biology

gigaherz Re:Nearly Unbreakable (179 comments)

Somehow I feel like some ignorant idiot somewhere is going do use his lack of knowledge against them and be like "but, couldn't you just do it this other way instead?" and their scheme, although resistant to current methods, will be quite a lot weaker to the idiot's method.

about 5 months ago
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Yahoo May Build Its Own YouTube

gigaherz Good (162 comments)

Google is increasingly trying harder to get me to use my real name while browsing/commenting on YouTube, even though I have repeatedly stated that I do not want to do so. The sooner there's less abusive competition, the better.

about 5 months ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

gigaherz Re:New UI? (256 comments)

That may be an option. I will have to test it before I give up on Firefox completely, although I fear an add-on that changes so much may break things in the long run.

I did test it some months ago, when I first discovered Australis. Back then it lacked many details that made me prefer to downgrade to a more stable channel, but I will try it before I completely dismiss Firefox. If it even really happens, because as much as I dislike getting things shoved down my throat, the alternatives feel even worse. In them, there's no customization at all.

about 5 months ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

gigaherz Re:New UI? (256 comments)

I don't know why people take my comment so badly. I dislike Australis, not Firefox.

I have been using nightly builds of Firefox for years, with some short breaks when an unwanted change was being introduced. Sometimes the change was discarded, other times I decided to embrace it. I got used to the new downloads panel, for example.

Up until now, I have been able to revert all the changes they made, where I didn't want them. A big example of this is they keyhole back/forward button. I keep the Home button in between back/forward and the addressbar, so that they don't merge. In contrast, I did like the stop/refresh being combined, and I was ok with them being put into the addressbar. I use F5 to refresh anyhow.

But above all, I value customization. That's why I use Firefox, and why I choose to use it instead of Chrome or IE11. I like to see things the way I want them, and they don't usually match the designer's choice. As I said, up until now, the changes were either positive, or they did not affect me enough to reject them. Australis is something else.

With Australis, they are removing customization, in favor of a more unified UI across all devices. This has two issues, in my eyes, which are both based on one simple fact: I have a very large monitor, at 2560x1440px. And it could still be bigger. I have enough space in my screen to hold a webpage, multiple addressbars, and in those, keep all the buttons I would ever use.

I don't want an UI optimized to reduce space. I don't want an UI that looks the same in my desktop and my tablet -- they are very different devices with very different purposes. I want to put things where I like them. And they are taking that away from me.

By my principle, I want to use the closest thing I can get to the Firefox I Used To Love. So yes, PaleMoon is my top alternative so far. And don't you dare talk about chickening while posting as AC.

about 5 months ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

gigaherz Re:New UI? (256 comments)

I was using Nightly, until Australis was added. I used Aurora, until Australis was included. I used Beta, until today. Now I'm at the Release 28, and I guess I have 6 weeks left to decide what to do when I uninstall Firefox from my pc.

about 5 months ago
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Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

gigaherz I'm in Spain (280 comments)

And every single person I know who has a smartphone, or any other kind of phone capable of running Whatsapp, uses it.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

gigaherz Indie games... (669 comments)

... and EverQuest Next Landmark, and World of Warcraft. One does not simply quit WoW.

about 6 months ago
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Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

gigaherz That would be nice... (389 comments)

... if they have made Metro OPTIONAL, and they hadn't removed features from the desktop... such as the start menu.

about 6 months ago

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PCSX2 1.2 released

gigaherz gigaherz writes  |  about 6 months 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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