Dear Mr. Computer/IT maintenance guy...

Discussion in 'Computers, Hardware, and Operating Systems' started by KL7AJ, Mar 20, 2018.

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  1. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I believe the term is "deprecated" not "defecated"

    We now return you to our regularly scheduled program.
  2. KD8DEY

    KD8DEY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I dunno, Some problems can make you just wanna deficate...
  3. N2SUB

    N2SUB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Have you ever heard of a dump file?

    Computers defecate quite often.
  4. AD5MB

    AD5MB Ham Member QRZ Page

    That explains why people say "Aw, deprecate" when things go pear-shaped.
  5. AC0GT

    AC0GT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Context is important as either can apply. As in...

    This deprecated printer driver just defecated gibberish onto a ream of paper before I realized what was going on. Now I have to update the drivers, fill the printer, and empty the recycle bin. Hopefully before the boss sees all that wasted paper.

    Oh, and I LOL'd at the post. :D
  6. KA9JLM

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    It really stinks if there is bugs in it.
  7. N4AAB

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    Actually, Deprecated has a meaning that should show the web site/computer world that 'no longer in use' or 'obsolete' is a better way of saying it.

    I encountered the first term some years ago about how an earlier C programming language was deprecated. What they meant was 'no longer in use' by them. Same for HTML 1, its now HTML 5. I don't know who first used the term deprecated, but its silly to use it in this context.
  8. KG7WGX

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    I encountered it when I worked with compiler upgrades. Features are deprecated—rather than immediately removed—in order to provide backward compatibility, and give programmers who have used the feature time to bring their code into compliance with the new standard. So there is kind of a nuance to it which makes it "not quite dead, yet" rather than "won't work".

    Yes, if the feature has been removed, it would be better to describe it as obsolete or "no longer supported" than describe it as deprecated.
  9. KT1F

    KT1F Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes, that's exactly it. In programming, deprecated usually means an API call or something that still works now but will probably be removed in a later version.
  10. KL3HY

    KL3HY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I work with a guy who's been a Windows system administrator for about 10 years. Unfortunately he loves to use the word "depreciated" when what he means is "deprecated". It would probably be more fun if he mistakenly said "defecated" all the time though.

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