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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

matthiasvegh Re:Not getting enough volume for headphones... (502 comments)

Yes. Get one with an inbuilt headphone amplifier. The Asus Xonar DG and its PCI-E sibling are dirt cheap, and yet provide a great headphone amp. Give them a try!

about 4 months ago
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Why Software Builds Fail

matthiasvegh Re:It's usually a computer problem (279 comments)

Don't get me wrong, I use C++ both at the workplace and for hobby projects and love it, the point I'm trying to make is that the types of errors encountered during developing in C++ are very different to those encountered in say Java. So the comparison that C++ errors are easier to fix seems to be apples to oranges.

about 4 months ago
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Why Software Builds Fail

matthiasvegh Re:It's usually a computer problem (279 comments)

Oh coding error? Well thats helpful. Misplace a semicolon in a non-trivial meta-program or dsl in C++, and just watch the errors that the compiler spits back at you. None of which, will have anything to do with semicolons. I suppose this is why the C++ errors are considered to be easy to fix. Mistype a word, and you get 15000 lines of errors. I suppose it's easy to fix all those errors too. Yes, but figuring out what exactly the coding error was is kind of the point.

about 4 months ago
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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

matthiasvegh Tmux (136 comments)

I discovered tmux (terminal multiplexer) a while back, and is a very potent replacement for screen, it supports splitting windows, having multiple sessions, sharing windows between sessions, customizable status bars etc. Try it out!

about 7 months ago
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It's 2013, and Windows Activation Is Still Frustrating

matthiasvegh Dreamspark etc. (435 comments)

As a university student, my uni grants access to MS products like Windows, Visual Studio etc. It really was a matter of entering a serial and that was all that had to be done. I take it off the shelf windows activates more obtusely?

about a year and a half ago
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Philippine Cybercrime Law Put On Indefinite Hold

matthiasvegh Re:I can't join the free speech religion. (70 comments)

If a government (or any other body) can disable sites/remove content at will for _any_ justification without due process, the same can be done for content that was not originally covered by the law. i.e.: political site, shut it down because it had porn on it. (regardless of whether or not there actually was any on the site). The problem with bans against subsets of speech is not that the actual subsets are considered to be valuable, but because the vagueness of what is considered pornographic means lawyers can just slap it on to anything.

about a year and a half ago
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IronKey Releases Windows 8 Certified Bootable Flash Drive

matthiasvegh Re:A 'Downgrade' USB Stick? (66 comments)

What generally causes problems with the replacement of the motherboard beneath the operating system is generally the storage drivers. CPU you cant swap no problem, same goes for memory, video card, but the motherboard is tricky in that (generally speaking) it also is responsible for the communication with the hard drives, and behaves in a certain way depending on its make etc. If you can, install the appropriate drivers for the new motherboard before switching, and you'll be fine.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Declutters, Speeds Up iTunes With Major Upgrade

matthiasvegh Re:To much selling me shit. (295 comments)

Google Music is a serious contester I'll grant you, but because iTunes' only realistic lossless support is ALAC, which Google music for some reason doesn't support (even though there are FOSS decoders for it), I can't yet make the transition. I do hope ALAC support will be introduced down the line though.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Releases Windows Server 2012

matthiasvegh What exactly does it do? (249 comments)

So what exactly does it do that similarly equipped Linux machines/vps' can't do that justify the cost? I mean granted, it seems headless installation seems to finally work, but still..

more than 2 years ago
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Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Extent

matthiasvegh Quasi-monotonic functions (398 comments)

If arctic sea level is a quasi-monotonically decreasing function, then isn't every point in time (after a certain threshold, and when the level changes) a record low?

more than 2 years ago
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Ubisoft Claims PC Piracy Rate of 93-95%

matthiasvegh DRM worked out then.. (464 comments)

So remind us Ubisoft, why exactly did you create that horrible DRM?

more than 2 years ago
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Boy collapses after four-day Call of Duty Xbox marathon

matthiasvegh Results? (1 comments)

Fine, he didn't go out or anything, and fine, he got into hospital for it, but what results did he achieve?

more than 2 years ago
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App Developer: Android Designed For Piracy

matthiasvegh Re:The jerk probably wants to eat and raise a fami (596 comments)

/.-s comment system not helping me here: The developers at COMPANY aren't getting money because they're greedy or anything, it's because they're programming whatever COMPANY produces _instead_ of what they'd like.

more than 2 years ago
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App Developer: Android Designed For Piracy

matthiasvegh Re:The jerk probably wants to eat and raise a fami (596 comments)

If they are coding for recognition, to build up a resume etc., then they hopefully enter the industry later on, after which it's not their problem if and when the product actually gets sold / pirated / ignored. If however, one is in the business for the money (not intended as an insult, we do have to make a living after all), then why don't they do programming as what could be called, a "day-job" at some large-ish company. The developers at aren't getting money because they're greedy or anything, it's because they're programming whatever produces _instead_ of what they'd like. After which, they can go home, and work on the Linux kernel or something..

more than 2 years ago
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App Developer: Android Designed For Piracy

matthiasvegh Re:The jerk probably wants to eat and raise a fami (596 comments)

I don't see _why_ all work should be compensated, is the notion of someone developing software for fun --instead of say, watching TV-- really that far-fetched?

more than 2 years ago
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Will Speed Limits Inhibit Autonomous Car Adoption?

matthiasvegh Re:Lessons from the Autobahn (650 comments)

Considering how driving on a given side of the road isn't exactly global, could you use inner/outer instead of left/right please? Thank you.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 15 Coming With Souped-Up, Faster Debugger

matthiasvegh Re:So in normal development (125 comments)

Well it seems to me that the version numbers increase at the speed of the factorial, so: 15.0 is 3.68024 which is about right too.

more than 2 years ago
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Fedora Introduces Offline Updates

matthiasvegh Re:Wrong area of focus. (287 comments)

Do that, and 4 months later, -one- of the many successfully applied updates will screw things up, and you'll have to figure out which update exactly was the culprit. Don't get me wrong, it's a fine strategy, it's just one of the reasons I dread reboots..

more than 2 years ago
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Rare 'Annular Solar Eclipse' Tonight

matthiasvegh Re:Make a pinhole viewer. (116 comments)

I was a child when my father did this for me and him, but we basically made 3d glasses, with negative film (the things used before digital cameras..) instead of red-cyan film. Worked great!

more than 2 years ago

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