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Re: bug report

From: o1bigtenor
Subject: Re: bug report
Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2021 12:43:52 -0500

On Sat, Sep 11, 2021 at 12:19 PM Ole Tange <ole@tange.dk> wrote:
On Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 4:09 PM o1bigtenor <o1bigtenor@gmail.com> wrote:
> When using programs that use GNU Parallel to process data for publication
> please cite as described in 'parallel --citation'.
> The problem is clearly written out in the above.
> Why is a lecture on citing forced at any use of the software?

That is a fair question if you do not know the history.

Please read https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/parallel/2013-11/msg00006.html

I started using parallel after my saving a plain text file that I wrote of a date previous 
to the copy being saved to. 

That meant that I had lost about 75 hours of work. 

Went looking for linux open source software so that I could save copies of this 
file in multiple places easily and at the same time. 

It took some experimenting because docs like man pages are written by and for 
 those that do know what they're doing and those that know nothing - - - - well 
- - life can be quite interesting. I am NOT a programmer - - - I use software tools - 
- - - at least to date but that is going to also have to change as I'm finding a need 
in certain areas so now its time to add one more skill into my arsenal. 

When I first figured this all out - - - some maybe 12 or 13 months ago - - - there 
was no such notice - - - - - I do read docs!!! So the software was subsequently 
updated and this last time I used 'parallel' as a command there now was a demand. 
Except this demand has about as much to do with my use case as an air conditioning 
salesman in Spitzbergen Norway in February. 

> The best fix would be to remove the 'ancillary text' from the use altogether! - - - there is very little need to provide a moral cop function in software. Honest people will remain honest and would do what you want without the badgering and those that aren't - - - well they would ignore your 'rant' anyway.

This was tested. It did not work: Honest people simply forgot or didn't know. 

So you chose to demand a change. 
IMO you would be getting more traction if you had 'asked' and not demanded 
a response -  - -especially when the implication was left that without my response 
like 'this' my use was fraudulent - - - -  yet my use case has absolutely nothing 
to do with anything academic - - - zip nada empty set!

There is another fix, though: Pay me a normal monthly salary, and the
notice is gone.

Hmmmmmm - - - - and why would I as an individual be solely responsible 
for your salary?

(I spent the time looking through the rather 'interesting' list of 
alternatives except there didn't seem to be anything that really was intended 
for my use case. Given the responses that I've received from this 'bug report' 
I'm starting to think that its time to write a script to do what I need without the 
use of 'parallel' which would then satisfy your needs perfectly and still enable 
me to get my work done.) 


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