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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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago
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Firefox 27 Released: TLS 1.2 Support, SPDY 3.1, SocialAPI Improvements

gigaherz Re:Yes, but have they fixed the crashes? (167 comments)

I have only had one single crash while running Firefox Aurora (the alphas) in years. Are you using any misbehaving Extension or plugin?

about 2 months ago
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First New Generic Top Level Domains Opening

gigaherz Re:Generic? (198 comments)

Intern... I18n is the process of making an application aware of different ways to display text (such as LTR vs. RTL), different number formats, different currency formats, etc. Since usually applications are designed for the formats used in the developers' culture, adding other cultures to an application means opening it up to other nations, thus the application becomes international. You are probably thinking of localization (l10n), which is the process of taking an internationalized application, and making it actually support a concrete culture (language, reading order, numeric formats, ....).

about 3 months ago
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Senator Makes NASA Complete $350 Million Testing Tower That It Will Never Use

gigaherz Translation (342 comments)

"I already promised my friends they will get the job, so IT HAS TO BE DONE."

about 3 months ago
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Reports Say Satya Nadella Is Microsoft's Next CEO

gigaherz Re:I'll vote for him (177 comments)

... the start button has been in 8.1 since it was released some months ago. I'd prefer if he brought back also the start MENU, and Aero. My computer is not a tablet, it does not need features designed for touch-screen, or removed to "improve battery life", so I will not install an OS that treats it like one.

about 3 months ago
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Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

gigaherz Re:Translation... (408 comments)

Assuming that number wasn't bullshit, that means even if just 1% of the free user base becomes paying customers, they would have doubled their paying user base.

about 3 months ago
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Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

gigaherz Re:Torrents are your friend (408 comments)

I don't endorse copyright infringement (I refuse to call it piracy), but "added malware" is only a problem if you get the files from untrusted sources, or at least without checking the comments to see if anyone complains about it. But, of course, that applies anywhere. Some seemingly legitimate websites that offer free downloads of software, include bloated adware-loaded "downloaders" that can be bigger than the file you intended to get.

about 3 months ago
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Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

gigaherz Re:This sucks (408 comments)

Firewall is not the problem, NAT is.

about 3 months ago
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Romanian Bitcoin Entrepreneur Steps In To Pay OpenBSD Shortfall

gigaherz Re:Perhaps... (209 comments)

Unless you assume the bitcoins to grow in value over time, as the general trend is, in which case keeping those bitcoins may give you a better benefit than the interest a bank may give you for keeping the real money in it.

about 3 months ago
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Intel Releases 5,000 Pages of Open-Source Haswell Documentation

gigaherz Re:Dear Nvidia... (111 comments)

Not necessarily: if all they were concerned about was hacking around model "locks", they could still release the documentation on the "public" registers, protocols, etc. and still require a special undocumented binary blob to be transferred into the gpu at boot.

about 4 months ago

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PCSX2 1.2 released

gigaherz gigaherz writes  |  about 3 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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