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Email is still widely used, but POP is not. Text editors are still widely used but ed is not.

Maybe, but SMTP and IMAP are still widely used. It seems reasonable for a computer science student to implement these protocols.

You'd expect a CS student to at least know what SMTP and IMAP are, even if they don't know how they work.

Just as you'd expect a CS student to know what Emacs is, even if they've never used it.

Relying on gmail horrifies me, because it's a classic political enclosure pattern.

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