Sorry About That

Gizmodo lists eight “Regrettable Tech Inventions” and their inventors’ apologies for them, including Sir Tim Berners-Lee‘s apology for the double-slash in web addresses — “Really, if you think about it, it doesn’t need the //. I could have designed it not to have the //” — and Robert Propst, designer of the first cubicle, expressing regret for the “monolithic insanity” he helped create. [%comments]


The list is pathetic. If something is that bad, just don't use it. People love to hate things. So many people says Windows is awful, but who is buying it then?

Kirilius

Rodolfo Araújo,

Sometimes the choise you have is very limited or you don't have a choice at all. For example I hate cubicles but they are so omnipresent in North America that virtually every office I have seen has cublicles. As an employee what chaice do I have? Work in cubicles or don't work at all. Great choice!
In this case someone else (the empployers) made the choice for me.

Also do you have a choice of NOT typing the double slash in front of www.freakonomics.com? I am sure you can choose not to type it but then you'll see an error message instead. The choice is yours!

VA

You can type just something.com in almost all modern browsers, it automatically adds on both the http: and the //

Rick

You can actually skip the ".com" as well - just type "cnn" or "apple" and the browser will add the http:// and the .com.

j

Tim Berners-Lee made the comment in jest; he was playing on something fellow computing legend said Ken Thompson said. Ken was once asked what he would do differently if he were redesigning the UNIX system. His reply: "I'd spell creat with an e."

Hackers, nerds, and my other brethren understood the hilarity of comment.

nullpunkte

There are URLs where it would be imperative to use the http:// (or ftp:// or any other protocol prefix), e.g. when you have to pass passwords directly in the format http://username:password@domain.com/blah ... there was an excellent /. discussion on this matter but I can't seem to find it now.

That said, the double slashes were not a good decision. :)