Subject: Re: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Encyclopedia
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 14:50:32 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Pierre R. Mai
| If that seems like too much trouble to go to for the encyclopedia in
| question (which it may well might be), then I would suggest that the term
| is not suitable for inclusion in their encyclopedia, and should hence be
| dropped.

  Considering the large number of computer-releated entries in this volume,
  a lot more than I have found in any other encyclopedia of comparable size
  (I went ahead and bought it :), they have made a significant effort to
  fill the need of third-millennium collegiate users.  I think this bodes
  well for an updated entry in a future edition, and I frankly do not quite
  understand the depressingly defeatist attitude of those who think there
  is no use -- a long journey starts with the first step, and if we can get
  at least one modern reference work get it right, maybe others will follow
  in the years to come.

  Norway is now run by a priest from the fundamentalist Christian People's
  Party, the fifth largest party representing one eighth of the electorate.
  The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.   -- Richard Hamming