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Generally a good idea, but there is a limit to that strategy. I worked on a product that was internationalized, and we discovered that the SMTP server wouldn't talk to it any more. Some strings should not be translated to the user language...
About twenty years ago I was assigned some maintenance on part of a system. The code needed to read and write fixed-format files to communicate with a third-party system. Someone had gone through to a lot of trouble to make this positions and lengths of the field configurable -- "See? You just change the config, to don't need to recompile... " I can hear him say.
Except no one _ever_ needed to move or resize the columns. My first task was to _add_ two new columns. And _adding_ columns to the convoluted configuration process was a PITA!
(Aside: that third-party product wasn't Y2K-complaint and was replaced anyway.)
By the time I had left the company I had completely redone that subsystem to make it flexible in a completely different way.
I inherited a few guns this weekend from my dad (passed away last year), One was an old Stevens double-barel break-action shotgun (circa 1960's) that he inherited from his brother, another was a 7-shot .22 revolver circa 1965, but the gem (probably of interest to the brits on here) was a Webley Mk "V" revolver with a 6-inch barrel, also inherited from his brother).
This is the rarest of all the Webley revolvers in terms of production numbers (3700-4000 produced), which makes the following fairly disheartening.
The rifling has been removed, and the barrel threaded for a choke, so it could shoot 45 shot ammo with moon clips. The gun was used as a varmint pistol. As a collector's item, it's worth nothing more than to serve as a curiosity, and it would probably bring more money as scrap metal. As a self-defense pistol, there are far better .410 pistols available that would make bigger holes in bad guys. Since the rifling was removed from the barrel, I can't even return it to original condition (even if the parts were readily available). What a crying shame...
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010 - You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010 - When you pry the gun from my cold dead hands, be careful - the barrel will be very hot. - JSOP, 2013
Did you ever hear about 'pinfire' cartridges, I have old rusty revolver lying around with strange notches at the side, I think it must be a 'Lefaucheux': Lefaucheux M1858 - Wikipedia[^]
No idea what it's worth ...
While I can agree that when something becomes vintage or antique, it's sad to find that it has been altered.
Yet, one must also recognize that it was once new, and at that point it was just a tool for doing a job.
I can imagine a future when someone finds an old Mustang in a garage in Texas and is shocked to discover that the original engine was replaced and the hood has a huge hole in it with a freakin' blower sticking through it.
... I can't get used to the random layout feature. Who knows how often I have set back the layout option from fixed to fluid just today. What will I get when I post this message?
Relaxed or tight spacing? Will it suddently open all threads or only show the captions? 50 posts per page or maybe less? Who knows. Years ago I reported getting seemingly random settings at about every second click, but that was when not logged in. Now I have this even when I'm logged in.
I can assure you, this is not a joke. That's a very real bug which occurs on different computers (at work and at home) and logging out or clearing the cookies (and everything else that you can clear in a browser) has not helped.
Ok, I'm going to post it now. let's see what settings I get ...
Edit: It went well! All settings as I want them! Or I just won the CP settings lottery.
Edit^2: Did not last long. After editing I got only 10 posts per page. let's spin the wheel again...
Absolutely nothing. Just looking at your response changed my settings to thread view and tight spacing. Sometimes the settings stay for hours and then they change with every click. I have found no pattern yet.
I can confirm your observations. No doubt that it happens, although I suspect you may exaggerate the frequency with which it happen.... Irritating, but as a programmer, I'm sure it's a feature, not a bug...
Anything that is unrelated to elephants is irrelephant Anonymous - The problem with quotes on the internet is that you can never tell if they're genuine Winston Churchill, 1944 - I'd just like a chance to prove that money can't make me happy. Me, all the time