Subject: Re: Harlequin vs. Allegro
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1998/06/27
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Zeno the Anonymous Poster
| You say that you hammered on my Microsoft affiliation so that I would
| express the sentiments I did.

  no, that's not what I said, and that's not what I did.  I'm beginning to
  realize it's a fucking waste of time to write anything to you at all, but
  please, in the interest of understanding what I _have_ said, realize the
  difference between observing an unexpected result that could not have
  happened without a specific antecedent which had its own purpose and
  causes, and an action intended to cause the exact same result.  just
  because you see the result doesn't mean it had to come from the set of
  causes your failing brain imagines.  this is _extremely_ elementary.

  please also refrain from rewriting what other people say and making
  stupid summaries of what you fail so utterly to understand.  it may be
  entertainment to you, just as it is _expected_ of people who have to
  defend their very core beliefs, but can't and won't, always find cause to
  laugh or find themselves "entertained", but that doesn't mean it wasn't
  an attempt to reach a working brain at least somewhat open for new views
  (which failed, with the 98% expected probability, which you went on to
  prove, for reasons I do not understand -- usually people pull themselves
  together and try real hard to be in the select crowd that "gets" an idea
  in the face of such statistics -- perhaps the ideas were just to much for
  your brain to handle all at once and you _had_ to assume it wasn't real).

| I would have to think extremely hard, and have the help of some mushrooms
| to understand that managers are buying Microsoft products because there
| will be no life on planet earth in a short few years.

  excuse me?  whoever _wrote_ this insane bullshit but _yourself_?  does
  your brain work, not by thinking, integrating, and analyzing ideas, but
  by juxtaposing random sentences and declaring yourself "entertained" by
  results like the above?  does your brain run Visual Basic?

| Yes, you certainly do have the most open, inquisitive mind I have ever
| encountered.  Not set in your ways, you're not--oh, no.

  thank you for the final proof of the upper limit to your capabilities.
  it saves me a lot of time and effort to know that I would have been
  dealing with someone whose ability to accept information and ideas
  contrary to his tacit assumptions is _exactly_ zero.
-- is about my spam protection scheme and how
  to guarantee that you reach me.  in brief: if you reply to a news article
  of mine, be sure to include an In-Reply-To or References header with the
  message-ID of that message in it.  otherwise, you need to read that page.