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Apr
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comment How accurate is `md5sum`?
"Does a verified MD5 mean that EVERY bit is exactly the same." Note that this is impossible, thanks to the Pigeonhole Principle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigeonhole_principle
Mar
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comment What key does the symbol “⇧” represent?
The historical reason for shift to be indicated by an arrow is the design of old typewriters. The levers would have two letters on each, and the shift button would literally shift them so the capital letter would hit instead of lowercase. I've never seen Caps Lock as a down arrow, but considering once upon a time it literally locked the shift button down, it makes a little sense.
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answered Will there ever be faster CD and DVD discs and writers?
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answered Why am I seeing ads on websites including Wikipedia?
Apr
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comment What does the MySQL “max_allowed_packet” setting actually control?
Great answer. I guess this is as close as I'm getting to a real answer. (I'm still pretty sure this isn't referring to IP packets. It doesn't mention IP anywhere, and I believe 65535 bytes is typically the real-world limit for even fragmented IP packets.)
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comment What does the MySQL “max_allowed_packet” setting actually control?
That doesn't really answer my question. What's a packet in this context? Is it actually an IP packet? Isn't there a better way than a simple byte limit to catch malformed data?
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comment How can I gently explain to non-techie friends they are the victim of a hoax?
@Kevin Snopes itself says "don't trust one source": snopes.com/lost/false.asp -- They've got some purposely wrong articles in the Lost Legends category, like Mr. Ed wasn't a horse: snopes.com/lost/mistered.asp