[R] The "--slave" option
Patrick (Malone Quantitative)
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Wed Sep 18 20:57:32 CEST 2019
For what it's worth, this is an ongoing conversation in computer
science and engineering. And has been so for decades.
Not R, but related to this it's only in the past few months that a
fork of the photo-manipulation software GIMP (slur for handicapped)
renames it (GLIMPSE).
Note, I am not saying this isn't a battle worth fighting.
On Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 1:52 PM Benjamin Lang <benjamin.lang using crg.eu> wrote:
> Dear R project,
> I have a very simple question:
> How, in late 2019, is there an option called "--slave" to "make R run as
> quietly as possible"?
> Let me reiterate that it is 2019, i.e. "The Future", rather than 1970 when
> R was presumably developed, based on its atrocious syntax, documentation
> and usability (I think I only need to say "NaN", "NULL", and "NA").
> This is a disgrace and it should have been addressed one or two decades
> ago. Why not just "--quiet"?
> Please do not mention "backwards compatibility". For the historically
> inclined, it does not make much of a difference whether the term evokes the
> Roman, Greek, American or modern kind of slavery for you: it is as
> disgusting as it gets.
> Thank you,
> Benjamin Lang, PhD
> Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow (MSCA-IF)
> Gene Function and Evolution (Dr. Gian Tartaglia)
> Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona, Spain
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