Really bad advice

This is the Hacker News post where Drew Houston presented Dropbox for the first time.

The reception was mostly poor. One guy, though, stands out for making a statement so naive as to be disingenuous.

For a Linux user, you can already build such a system yourself quite trivially by getting an ftp account, mounting it locally with curlftpfs, and then using svn or cvs on the mounted filesystem. From Windows or Mac, this FTP account could be accessed through built-in software.

Seriously? Who the hell wants to do all that? That’s on par with the people who say GHC compiler error messages aren’t confusing or that man pages are easily readable. I can never tell if they’re being sarcastic or just stupid.

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