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Alaric B. Snell scripsit:

> I'm concerned that people think it's normal for protocols, languages, and so 
> on to be used for things they were never designed for.
> Because it will only be by luck or by hacks that it will be as good as those 
> tasks as things that were *designed* for them.

Call it luck or hacks if you will, but generalized solutions consistently
have specialized ones for lunch.  Wolves were designed for the boreal forest;
we were designed for the African savanna.  Who's winning in Canada and
even Siberia today?

Similarly, who uses special-purpose word processors any more?  Generalized
computers with appropriate software have destroyed them, and typewriters too,
a result *nobody* foresaw when computers were first designed.

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