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Comment Two perfectly good solutions (Score 2) 456

The summary gives two good answers to its own question:

1. Use non-proprietary, open, universal protocols. There's a reason why SMTP works so well -- nobody owns it, everybody supports it. Unfortunately this provides no path for some entrepreneur to take over the Internet and become the next trillionaire, so nobody's going to put much work into making it into an easy one-click app. You may have to do some work yourself, both deploying and promoting your chosen solution.

2. Install seven apps. This seems to be the solution that most people prefer. If you need to be babysat by corporate nannies, then eat what you're served and enjoy it.

Comment Anyone here work in advertising? (Score 1) 110

By the way, if anyone here is in marketing or advertising...kill yourself. Thank you. Just planting seeds, planting seeds is all I'm doing. No joke here, really. Seriously, kill yourself, you have no rationalisation for what you do, you are Satan's little helpers. Kill yourself, kill yourself, kill yourself now. Now, back to the show. Seriously, I know the marketing people: 'There's gonna be a joke comin' up.' There's no fuckin' joke. Suck a tail pipe, hang yourself...borrow a pistol from an NRA buddy, do something...rid the world of your evil fuckin' presence. —Bill Hicks

Comment The requirements will be as long as the code (Score 1) 338

I took a Software Engineering class where we covered formal specifications. For even a simple piece of code, the formal specifications were longer than the code to cover all of the boundary conditions. It was faster and simpler just to write code. Using code snippets in not new. We call those libraries. I've used those all my life. My code specifies which libraries to use and how to tie those together. Also, random code written by other people are frequently crap. Who is going to vet the quality of the code? I am not scared by this at all.

Comment Re:Crackdown - WRONG (Score 1) 104

And to head off the "any noun can be verbed!" and "language evolves, get over it!" guys ...

If you're comfortable with "crackdowned" and "crackdowning" then by all means, feel free to use "crackdown" as a verb. But if you find yourself saying "cracked down" or "cracking down" then you must admit that the verb is two separate words: "crack down."

See also: shutdown, backup, standby, etc.

Comment Re: Left and further left (Score 1) 341

He issues the Emancipation Proclamation, whereby all slaves in Union territories had to be freed.

That's a common misunderstanding of the Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln had no authority to free slaves in Union territories. Instead he used his wartime powers as commander of the armed forces to take possession of rebel properties (slaves) and dispose of them appropriately (set them free).

As states came under Union control, those slaves ... had to be freed.

That is correct.

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