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Comment Re:EBCDIC (Score 4, Insightful) 605

For some of us, it's today... I have two processes where the data arrives as EBCDIC plus binary data, and the files are constructed to emulate a 200-byte tape record. I got to learn all about how COBOL represented numbers in various fields to get these running in 1991 and 2000, and still have to remember them when the people source the data need help remembering how it works.

They keep saying they want to sunset the applications that generate the EBCDIC data, but, in 15 years of saying that, they have yet to create a viable alternative.

Comment Not much value if systems aren't built here too (Score 1) 381

Let's see... New factory to build displays in the US, but all the phone and computer manufacturing is where the existing factories are in SE Asia... Not very economically smart.

Apple doesn't build computers here, so why would they source screens here, ship them to China, then bring back the finished product? Or is Foxconn also planning an assembly plant here, where the display-less iPhones are assembled here?

Comment Sometimes, web pages should NOT be reloaded (Score 1) 766

I do development where I need to look at the source code of a page, to make sure that certain elements are present. The attitude that caching the page for even a fraction of a second is "bad" has made it very difficult to do this anymore - If I ask for the source, the browser claims the page is "expired", and demands to reload it. That changes what I'm looking for, making the request invalid.

Even trying to save the page locally requires that it be reloaded. It's become nearly impossible to check a page's actual content.

Comment "Legitimate" URL Shortening in email is stupid (Score 4, Interesting) 116

We have most URL shortening services blocked on our email system. It's a policy that has been in place for years - in email, it does not matter how long or ugly the URL is, it should be fully there.

If a service has a way to view the destination without actually going there, we MIGHT let it through. But even that policy needs review. Maybe we just need to crank up the SpamAssassin score by 10.0 for each one found...

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