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They're also missing out on the transition costs, which can be extremely substantial.

There are programs written in the late 70's that are running on hardware built in the early 70's that have been touched only to make them Y2K compliant (and some not even then). These programs do everything from keep the lights on to issue Treasury bonds to determine whether a nuclear-tipped missile should launch or not. I don't know about you, but I'd rather not "upgrade" a nuclear-weapons computer when it's been working just fine for 30+ years. But, maybe I'm just paranoid. Maybe, you can keep track of every change made between version 3.4 and version 27.8 and calculate how each will affect every one of the million lines of code written in a language that was deprecated when I was still in diapers.

And, maybe we just didn't need Detroit.

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In reply to Re^2: Solaris, Perl 5.8 and use 5.005 by dragonchild
in thread Solaris, Perl 5.8 and use 5.005 by ZlR

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