What is wrong with you people? Can't you see this was a difficult decision. He even says; "Making the decision ... was extremely difficult."
See?! Not just difficult, but *extremely* difficult. All that money his company saves for simply ignoring the contracts with their long standing customers... sure, that is a abhorrent behaviour generally, but not if its difficult decision or even extremely difficult decision.
I mean, put yourself in his shoes for a minute. Can you image having to receive questions and comments? Do you know how difficult it is to listen? He's promised to make sure that he isn't even going to cease responding...
"As a programmer, I had to cringe at your use of the word "Incompetence"."
As a programmer, I disagree. This is out and out bad design.
Comments should be linked to a unique internal ID for a page/report/story, regardless of the URL - the URL is an end user concern, not a programmatical identifier. When the URL changes for a page/report/story, the comments, linked via a unique, internal ID, move with the page.
To use a URL in system as a unique ID for a page/report/story, when URLs are a flexible/changable system, is pure bad design.
Sorry about all the slashes/lines/clarifications... ;)
I have this in a system I use (but didn't design). Instead of incremental arbitrary database ID's, some nugget decided to use the concept of "page ID's" - page ID's are strings, and are effectively names and identifiers for the users. Everything is linked to each other via page ID's. When page ID's change - EVERYTHING that links to it has to be updated. It's very, very naive database design.
To be fair tho - because the "Lords" are now awarded as honoury positions, and since they are non-electable and therefore, not desirable as position of ambitious power driven politicians, the Lords actually represents more balanced and sensible view points than the Common's, but they aren't controlled by party political agenda.
I think everybody in Europe, has for generations, fought long and hard for freedoms of speech, without the presence of an "official regulator". Maybe, when that desire is ubiquitous in the psyche of a culture, it's not as necessary to have it regulated as it is for the Americans...
Anti-Mike understands the term "artificial scarcity". That's because Anti-Mike is being deliberately stupid, so he can laugh at the efforts you go into debunking his stupidity. It's called Trolling. Learn not to feed them.