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· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · March
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Sam Destroys the Internets · Check out Sam Ruby’s lat­est... but on­ly in a browser. His use of <plaintext>, which turns out to be an ob­so­lete HTML tag (I’d nev­er seen it, and I’ve been do­ing this shit since 1994), has ex­plod­ed Blog­lines (no big­gie, Blog­lines is ba­si­cal­ly un­main­tained these days) and de­mol­ished Plan­etA­pache (scroll down a bit). Plan­etJa­va has silent da­ta loss, and del.i­cio.us is barf­ing angle-brackets. It’s on­ly a mat­ter of hours be­fore the Web Im­plodes, Wall Street Crash­es, and mobs of loot­ers take apart down­town Topeka, Kansas. Stock up on dried food­s. [Up­date: Lau­ren points out that <plaintext> is de­fined, but dep­re­cat­ed, in the HTML RFC from 1995. How many more scary for­got­ten tags are lurk­ing in the code­base, I won­der?] [Up­date: You might want to go back to Sam’s post and read the com­ments, which are in­struc­tive and en­ter­tain­ing.]
 
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