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Instead of insisting that modern OS design carry forward an old and archaic standard set of digits describing the type of file, show users visual information about the file type/associations in way that is meaningful to them.
That's an issue of he UI, not how the attribute is atached to the file. Processors still prefer 'digits' to dancing icons. Its up to the O/S to map one to the other consistently and in a manner the user will still understand.
Impossible. The "extension" isn't a separate field. The file name field was repurposed into a combined file name/file type field. As long as users have access to the whole field, there will be problems.
Extensions should be eliminated, and a separate file type field, uneditable by the user except by special program (like the date fields, ownership/permission flags, and backup status indicator) should be created.
Best of all, you can get them at the dollar store.
You should go everywhere accompanied by a young, nubile swimsuit model in a revealing costume.
No matter how many cameras there are, any cameras directed by a male surveillance team won't be looking at you....
Yeah, yer right, why would the Air Force and Navy need weather satellites.
For target practice?
All the conic-section fuels are unstable.
Except for the circle of course.
Now! Now! Let's not go off on a tangent.
Having sex with a spy is on my bucket list.
"Never mind why. Just clip this lapel mic to your blouse."