2nd world is (was) the Communist bloc.
I remember the same thing with Java--reqs demanding five years of Java three years after it first came out.
Well, crap, now I have to post in order to undo a moderation mistake.
ObTopic: Sure we could have zillion-mpg cars. Instead of conventional creature comforts, you get new forms of in-car entertainment, like being able to tell what brand of coffee the body panels used to surround.
Netvibes has been a nice drop-in replacement for me.
...mailman-announce is using it.
You're too late. We've been doing that since Carly Fiorina tanked Lucent and HP.
Unappealing, yes (I'm in the throes of it now), but good for job security.
Definitely. Add to that "Quality is Free" by Crosby, and "Peopleware" by DeMarco and Lister.
"3.0L, direct-injected 305bhp V-6, Mini-ATX form factor"
If it works, don't fix it.
In the real world, the risk of unnecessarily perturbing working systems is often higher than the risk of those systems breaking on their own. (Think about the longevity of Netware 3.12.)
Not just kids. Some people have managed to go for decades as cowboys, hacking crap together that barely works but doing it fast enough and visibly enough and in the critical path often enough that they always look like heroes. The worst is when they start believing their own bullshit and stop acknowledging that any other way exists. See also: Asshole Driven Development.
"We need things to cost less"
Take a look at the prices of consumer goods from 50 years ago. Stuff was *expensive*. Example: A friend of mine showed me an ad from a discount store in 1960 advertising basic two-slice toasters for $8.88. That's a little over $70 in today's dollars. The day he showed me that, you could buy a basic two-slice toaster from Target for $7.99. That's a little under $8.00 in today's dollars.
The only things that really need to cost less are health care, housing and education, the costs of which have risen faster than the CPI for decades.
People talk about "gifted" kids as if they're simply a normal kid turned up to eleven. Our school system has a pretty good program for those kids (and they're also good at filtering out the normal kids who have whip-cracking tiger parents). Where they completely vapor-lock is when they're presented with a kid who's gifted in some areas, but normal or even below normal in others. My daughter is in the gifted class but also has an IEP. You'd think her teachers were trying to accommodate a silicon-based methane-breathing life form. It's not that they're not willing to try, it's that there's no pigeonhole already there, so they don't know what to do, and they have to make it up as they go along, all the while dealing with the entrenched bureaucracy.
Or "bald" is a hair color, or "off" is a TV channel.
It also matters why he's backing it up. If it's primarily for disaster recovery, you would use a different strategy from what you'd use to deal with accidental deletion. Snapshots a almost always sufficient for the latter.