Subject: Re: Difference between LISP and C++
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 01 Nov 2002 13:28:31 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Erik Naggum
| Apparently, the British have some problems with enthusiasts, which
| may account for the massive lack of British hackers to begin with.

* Tim Bradshaw
[ rebuttal ]
| I think the lack of British hackers is for other reasons.

  Sorry for the overly general phrasing, but I meant the enthusiastic among
  the hackers, not the enthusiastic in all generality.  I even believe the
  British invented the word "hobby", which has no natural equivalent in any
  other language and is frequently misunderstood as something to do to
  refrain from boring yourself do death while time passes, as opposed to an
  active interest.  The higher prevalence of "hacker" to mean malice could
  mean that British would use "computer hobbyist" and have no need for a
  new term for the enthusiastic computer user.

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

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