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awarded  Quorum
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comment How are r— directory permissions supposed to work on Linux?
I was actively a unix user and developer back in the 80's. I wasn't trying to tell the complete story about what is true today so much as put it in historical context, and expose my amusement that the same conundrum that I faced when first learning unix can both be asked today, and answered by substantially the same explanation I got from local gurus in about 1983. The more things change, the more they remain the same....
Sep
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answered How are r— directory permissions supposed to work on Linux?
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awarded  Famous Question
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awarded  Tumbleweed
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comment 50 workstations, 1 .bat file on a network server, will it work?
Note that the task scheduler has a feature to vary the start times of a scheduled job, precisely so that 50 machines don't go off perfectly synchronized. It's in Win7 but not in Win2K; I don't know when it was introduced. If your setup causes you trouble, that is one possible way to mitigate it.
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awarded  Yearling
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comment Problem running 32 bit app in Win7 x64
+1 Regardless of the assumptions about the original problem, this answer makes a point worth noting, and may explain a pending issue I have with a .NET application after moving everything from 32-bit XP to 64-bit Win7 recently....
Oct
6
comment Why does x86 represent 32bit when x64 represents 64bit?
IMHO, "x86" does not mean (and never has meant) just any generic 32-bit architecture. Daniel's answer below gives the history. There are lots of other 32-bit processors that are both contemporaneous to (or older than) the 80386, and quite a few are still alive and well in the market today. The 68000 family (used in the original Macintosh) is much older than the 8086, for instance. The PowerPC's claim to fame when new was strong emulation support for both x86 and 68K. The ARM is 32-bit, more modern, and quite common as well.
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comment How do you test your porn filter
I like this idea... it both proves the filter is in place and that it is current. I'd still like to see an industry agreed URL that will always be blocked, combined with a real page explaining that you shouldn't have been able to see it.
Jul
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revised What infomation can be had about a USB device that I don't have drivers for?
Added some detail about device classes
Jul
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comment What infomation can be had about a USB device that I don't have drivers for?
Class FF is "vendor defined", meaning that only a driver matching the VID/PID pair will work. You'll have to chase down that vendor, and it sounds like you did. :-)
Jul
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answered What infomation can be had about a USB device that I don't have drivers for?
Jul
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comment cmd.exe: how to start a background process, run some things, stop background process
+1 for the dark side...
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awarded  Beta
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revised How should I convert a physical drive to a VHD for use with VirtualPC?
added 801 characters in body