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Old 05-19-2006, 03:41 AM   #46
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I did understand your instructions as two different means to get to the same end. Thus:

Originally Posted by Simon Bridge
... Start at the South Pole.
Okay: 1 mi north - 1 mi east - 1 mi south takes me from the pole along the sides of a triangle back to the pole. I can't go east at all from the pole, just north (the poles being the only two places with only a single point on the compass to go to ). So this can't be the place, since I'd be 1 mi away from the pole where I started -- stipulated I could follow your second instruction to go east...

Originally Posted by Simon Bridge
... You can also start anywhere on a circle about 2km from the north pole (south-rotating pole). Oh - you cannot use a compass there either. But go north from anywhere on that circle and the next instruction will take you right around the pole.
Huh? Go north -> I'd reach the pole / go east - impossible, you can only go south, so where to now...

Originally Posted by Simon Bridge
... (... and penguins have been released into the arctic as early as 1935. I understand the national zoo in Norway has penguins in captivity. Also the Awk is sometimes called the "arctic penguin".)
Okayokay, I meant natural habitat...

Originally Posted by Simon Bridge
... A half-mile south of the equator?? You would surely end up on the same parralell, but a mile from where you started.
Yes, those were your instructions. Go there either along three sides of a square or directly along the fourth, both will bring you to the same corner of the square...

Originally Posted by Simon Bridge
... It would, indeed, satisfy the conditions of the first remark.
I do get the feeling, that here is some misunderstanding, but I can't make out where.

Penguins FYE:

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Old 05-20-2006, 05:09 PM   #47
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1) What is a regular file on a Linux system? What sorts of regular files can exist and what values can the bytes within each have?

ELF binary file (the counterpart of the windows .dll) | second part of the question i don't follow.
The second part is a tad mysterious. I think the questioner needs to go through the course-notes more carefully. (Or the course super needs to construct assignment questions more caefully.) I take it you intend the "ELF binary" to be an example of a regular file.


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