(Disclaimer: I'll freely admit that I'm interested in a language few people care about...I myself have a love/hate relationship with it. It's called Rebol, and was designed by the architect of the AmigaOS. Karmically, the company that has spent well over a decade designing it is a mirror of the Amiga contrast: technologically prescient, but chained to a community/integration vision that is a pile of fail. I digress...)
My issue is regarding this question that was closed by fairly anonymous moderators (as far as profile contact info goes)...calling it "not a real question":
Let me speak as one of the O(100) people who know this obscure language reasonably well. And I'll also go on record as saying this RebolTutorial fellow who posted it is neither a native English speaker, nor generally particularly lucid in his SO queries. But to those knowing the language, this PARTICULAR question is quite clear. (As a study in contrast, you could throw a dart at questions he's asked and likely hit one I'd myself call "not a real question".)
(UPDATE: Since I speak the language, let me rephrase what he said to make it clearer to those who do not...)
In the past, I've successfully used the read function to take a URL (or file specification) and load that information into a series data type. On small files it has always worked fine. But I'm trying to download quite a large file... the ISO of an Ubuntu disk image:
base-url: http://mirror.bytemark.co.uk/ubuntu-releases/lucid/ filename: %ubuntu-10.04-desktop-i386.iso buffer: read/binary rejoin [base-url filename]
When I try this it fails because of an out of memory error. Does anyone have sample code for how I might download such a large file, perhaps in chunks that do not require loading the whole ISO into memory at once?
I'm rather convinced that those closing this question have no clue about the language. So it would be like me going in and closing a question about perl or php, simply because I feel (as I do) that the languages are too unimaginably crappy to even exist. Yet I don't push that viewpoint, I just ignore those tags because they're not for me - "for the sort of person who likes that sort of thing, that's the sort of thing that sort of person would like..."
My leaning is to say I'm quite confident these "closers" couldn't write "Hello World" in Rebol. So should there be a CAPTCHA for certain tags...basic certification just to prove that you have the remotest qualification to deem something "a question" or "not a question"? Or are obscure languages doomed by the whim of people who don't know them?