Subject: Re: Difference between LISP and C++ From: Erik Naggum <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 01 Nov 2002 13:28:31 +0000 Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp Message-ID: <email@example.com> * 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 Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder. Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.