Anyone who says "Sure, it's obviously broken and we have A Better Way, but we can't fix it now because we have a dozen users" deserves a swift kick in the head.
When I get my time machine, the second thing I will do is to apply this principle to Unix development circa 1975, only a few Moore's Law doublings after the invention of the C programming language. I mean, seriously--predeclarations, type punning, null-terminated strings?
The amount of time wasted by stupid choices in a successful technology increases by an order of magnitude every eighteen months.
I can't prove it, but I do have a heavy set of boots lined up to make my point.