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I still see data dictionary entries with so-called, reserved for future use, 
fields.  It usually means the designer had a clever notion and then decided 
it was YAGNI for now, or ran out of time.  Maybe it is a habit like being 
a pack rat and never throwing away anything that could *possibly* be useful. 
They also document the obsolete fields.  Why?  The conversion folks get lost 

The neanderthal lives on in all of us.


From: ari@cogsci.ed.ac.uk [mailto:ari@cogsci.ed.ac.uk]

As long as Len is going on his Neanderthal nostalgia, I might mention
that when I programmed for a certain government entity, and they used
fixed record-length files (don't ask), the requirement was to allocate
so many bytes at the end of each structure one designed for a field
that had to be called FFU. For Future Use.


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