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Mar
17
comment Why doesn't /etc/fstab use XML or JSON?
@ArtB why do you think changing the delimiter would change the complexity of parsing the file?
Oct
2
comment Using Git as off-line alternative for Dropbox
@mondjunge if you've never tested the restore feature then you're also operating without backup IMO.
Aug
27
comment Are there any games which can train people to learn terminal commands?
@acolyte try this then: google.com/search?q=gamification
Aug
26
comment Are there any games which can train people to learn terminal commands?
If you want a crash course, "How to Get a GUI Back After I Accidentally Fubared the Config Files So Badly Only the Shell Will Load" is always a winner. Be warned that if you lose the game possible penalties include buying a greybearded friend a case of his beverage of choice or reinstalling the OS.
Jun
24
comment Is there any program for writing a book?
I'm being pedantic but: TeX, like with programming languages, is What You ... Wrote. It doesn't come with a Do What I Meant command to read your mind and fix bugs in your markup.
Apr
9
comment How to recover root user
@green7 maybe; I don't know enough implementation details to say. Using a second OS to rewrite user credential files is a approach that will work with (almost?) any OS.
Apr
8
comment How to recover root user
@green7 worst case you can fix these sorts of problems by booting an alternate OS and using a recovery/penetration tool to overwrite the existing accounts/permissions with new ones.
Feb
25
comment Is it possible to make a file that has full permissions for everybody but is impossible to delete?
God, root, what is difference? ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=19981111 As a practical matter, a file that even root couldn't delete afterwards would be a malware authors dream.
Jan
5
comment Does the system suffer in performance because of full-disk encryption?
The 9.10 testing was done on a netbook; and the painful performance hit shown probably should be laid on the atom CPU because a prior test ran with 9.04 on a Phenom 9500 had a much lower level of performance degradation. Beginning with the Core i# series processors Intel added hardware AES support directly to the CPU; AMD did the same starting with BullDozer. I suspect CPU power has more to do with the speedup than enhancements in the OS itself; and that current atom based systems would still be hobbled badly. phoronix.com/…
Dec
17
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Dec
17
comment Does the removal of i386 from the kernel mean Ubuntu is dropping 32 bit support?
Linus's commit message when he merged the 386 removal patch was "I'm not sentimental. Good riddance.", so I'm skeptical about the sentimentality claim. git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/torvalds/…
Dec
17
comment Does the removal of i386 from the kernel mean Ubuntu is dropping 32 bit support?
x87 is the non-SIMD (mostly MMX/SSE; but AMD did create their own variants for parts of it) floating point extensions to the x86 architecture. The name comes from the fact that prior to the 486DX all Intel systems needed a separate co-processor chip to do floating point in hardware (the lower cost 486SX which launched after the 486DX was the last x86 chip design Intel sold without an ondie hardware FPU); the chips for it were the 8087, 80287, 80387, and 80487.
Oct
4
comment What are the available browsers for 128 MB of RAM PC?
Would it be less painful to remote from your VMs to your main system and access a full featured browser there; or would the remoting software be too resource intensive as well?
Sep
14
comment I need minimalistic Ubuntu OS for Internet cafe PC
Have you considered starting with a very lightweight distro and then just adding firefox/chrome instead? It might be simpler to maintain than a full featured distro with lots of stuff disabled.
Aug
16
comment How do I legally make an open-source version of a closed-source game?
@SmallMan does Free Heros include the original HOMM artwork, etc in its distribution; or only use identical naming/paths so users can swap them in after installation?
May
11
comment What are the benefits of sudo over su?
The "think before you leap" logic is as naive as thinking users will stop to think when shown a dialog box that says "Do you really want to install TrashTheComputer.Virus: Yes/no?" will reduce malware infection rates.
May
9
comment Why is Unity 2D being discontinued?
Has Canonical stated their intent to integrate the Fedora implementation into Ubuntu?
Mar
15
awarded  Supporter
Jan
11
comment Why is there no Recycle Bin?
@Rinzwind Just sent ~500MB to the Win7 Recycle Bin, freespace wasn't changed until I emptied it. I vaguely recall a feature where windows would automatically clear the recyclebin if space was needed for new files. The reporting you're seeing could reflect that behavior. Not sure if it was removed in Win7 or just that MSes assumptions about what would be least confusing changed.
Nov
29
awarded  Autobiographer