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Ilya Zakharevich
February 11, 2000 12:26
Re: use octets; and "escaping the piranha's"
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Martyn Pearce writes:
> | I never suggested that backwards compatibility be sacrificed. I suggest
> | that the code should eventually be fixed. MajorDomo is one of those tools
> | that hasn't been touched in years (unless I'm wrong here), and NEEDS
> | some clean up.
> Hm, I'm missing some logic here:
> 1)	MajorDomo you've heard of and are familiar with.  Therefore, I
> deduce, you are using it.  Thus, it is useful.

A normal case of bait-and-switch.  It is advertised (maybe not by
authors, but by the third parties) as useful.  It *looks* useful when
you start using it.  The moment you understand which pit you got into
[I"M NOT A MAJORDOMO USER, this is all hearsay] you invested so much
time trying to fix things that it makes switching to other solutions
very painful.

Same with Perl.  It is advertised as a programming language, while it
is not [I assume you know what "I" mean by a programming language ;-].
But it takes an enormous investment of time to reach the language
agility to understand that this advertisement was false.  Toning down
the pitch of the advertisement campaign could have avoided a lot of
frustration of Perl users with needs for more than scripting...

> 2)	It hasn't been touched in years (you think).  I deduce that it
> is is operating within acceptable bounds.

Remember the last year story of a (named) physic department chosing
Macs for the department network?  "All the competitors are offering
fixes for their OSes.  These OSes should be broken."  [quoting from memory]


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