On Sun, 31 Jul 2005, Dave O Connor wrote:
> > Ahh, but now you assume that this will cause problems for the recipient.
> > And you assume the recipient would not have downloaded the file otherwise.
> > In this time and age where more and more have unmetered broadband
>> This is a terrible argument. You're saying that it's okay to waste
> resources because we have the ability to?
I am saying that human time is a much more valuable ressource than
internet traffic. Optimize for human time - not machine time or internet
traffic. Human time is a scarce ressource - internet traffic is not.
> > Even mail to a modem user will often not be a problem if the modem user
> > expects the large email.
>> Yes, but the thing is that a lot fo the time they don't. It's not an
> opt-in file transfer. Surely you can see how this is bad?
Only if you assume the modem recipient would not have downloaded the file
> > I am sure that I will not agree with those lucky people that have not had
> > to support novice users.
>> I've had to support novice users for several years. In fact, I've had
> to support extremely non-novice engineers that were adamant that we
> send out 12MB software patches as attachments to customers, for the
> simple reason that they were a muppet.
If your customers had mail servers and non-metered internet access then I
can see you could have saved human time by sending out these patches by
email - preferably at night. Then you would not waste any human time where
the human has to wait for the download by FTP.
> I never cease to be surprised at people's complacency at extreme
> resource wastage, and willingness to give in to people who are unwilling
> to do things properly.
I could not agree more. If just the developers could see how much valuable
human time they waste by not making email work properly as a file transfer
mechanism. It is cheaper to buy a larger internet connection than to have
people agree on a transfer mechanism and teach people that mechanism.
Free software gives you the freedom to:
* F orward copies to anyone
* R un the program
* E xamine the source code
* E nhance the source code
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