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Comment Re:Beneficial to Be Difficult (Score 1) 613 613

I should be able to submit my 1040 electronically for free, from the IRS.gov website. Instead, I have to go to a 3rd party, where my income levels dictate I have to pay

That's how it's been in Canada for many years (the process is called NETFILE, and it's free.)

Do you seriously have to pay a third party just to submit your return? Wow.

Comment Re:c++ is 'write-only' code (Score 2, Insightful) 752 752

What C++ has always lacked, and PHP, Java and others do not, is a bundle of standard libraries that let you do things like process XML, talk to databases, and make templating EASY.

I agree with you, but there's one small thing I don't get.

Faced with this piece of information, someone thought the logical thing to do was to, er, write an entirely new language?

What? Your logic is circular. PHP did not have standard libraries for XML (etc.) until after it existed, obviously.

PHP was invented as a lightweight server-side preprocessor as an alternative to CGI, not as a general-purpose systems-engineering low-level compiled language.

(I don't disagree with your gist that PHP is not well suited to many of the jobs it's used for today, but I wanted to clarify the history.)

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Comment Re:Won't Switch From Safari Yet (Score 1) 197 197

much better than Safari since you can _reattach_ tabs back into the main window

Unless I am misunderstanding you, this is possible in Safari (though potentially inelegant). Tabs can be dragged to, from and between any two tabbed windows. If you have only a single document window, though (i.e. one or no tabs showing, depending on your prefs setting), you must first induce the display of a new tab before being able to drag the principal document.

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