I just installed npm and node.js, and I couldn't access
npm. And I'm like "why?" and my OS is like "because /usr/local/bin is at 700 permissions" and I'm like "should it really be that way?" /usr/local is supposed to be .. the local user's bin folder? Then why does it require root access?
It is filled with GAE stuff. Maybe Google App Engine changed it, I don't know.