Subject: Re: Theory #51 (superior(?) programming languages)
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1997/01/22
Newsgroups: comp.arch,comp.lang.lisp,comp.lang.scheme
Message-ID: <>

* Robert Harley
| In the ring "modulo 2^n, where n is the number of bits in the type",
| according to Mssrs Kernighan and Ritchie.  If you assumed a different
| ring (such as Z) that's tough.  You should read the language spec
| before pontificating in error.

you gotta love this kind of response.  it's the language specification that
is in error.  just as it is in error in many other ways.  division between
two signed integers can yield either floor or ceiling depending on what the
CPU architecture supports.  chars are signed or unsigned according to what
the "hardware" thinks is faster.  etc.  the _language_ C is underspecified.
no matter how well they write their specification, C remains underspecified.

C is _designed_ to be "fast but unreliable".  _that_ is the problem.

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