[OT] Debian mailinglists [was: RE: Debian or Ubuntu?]

Derek Broughton news at pointerstop.ca
Tue May 20 18:33:24 UTC 2008

Mario Vukelic wrote:

> On Tue, 2008-05-20 at 14:59 -0300, Derek Broughton wrote:
>> A web page with a drop down box and a text field would be more
>> _efficient_.
> You have obviously never seen a vi wizard work.
>> Why?  That smacks of really poor programming in the first place. 
>> Computer programming is deterministic - whenever "X" happens, then "Y"
>> (OK, not entirely true, as you can add randomness, but the whole purpose
>> of config
>> files is usually to enforce determinism).  Any deterministic system can
>> be completely modeled, and so there should, in theory, be _nothing_ that
>> a power user would want to configure that can't be done with a config
>> tool that would prevent him doing it incorrectly.
> But some configs are perfectly valid in situation A, but break your box
> or network in situation B. 

Show me one that can't be predicted in advance.  You're denying that it's

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