Subject: Re: Char ordering.
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Sat, 09 Mar 2002 17:24:32 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Jacek Generowicz
| I find this a strange statement to make.  It's almost self
| contradictory.  When typing in lots of (pseudo-)repetitive data, a typo
| is exactly the sort of mistake that is very likely to be made, and is
| exactly the reason why I naturally look to a more algorithmic solution
| in such cases.

  Just because you would have typed it in by hand does not mean that other
  people would.  I have already explained how this was produced.  Go learn
  something from it instead of being a snotty thankless punk who find
  faults that are not there.

| > Alas, like any source code, it is subject to the failings of our
| > fingers. Then again, he might have done this on purpose for educational
| > purposes, to see if you were a student looking for homework assistance
| This possibility had crossed my mind . . .

  Is that why you typed "a-z" instead of "a-e" in your problem spec?  You
  know, most of the world uses QWERTY keybaords.  Some of us have seen how
  some backward European cultures have to use other keyboard layouts with
  gratuitous key movements, and realize that on an AZERTY keyboard, Z and E
  are pretty close, while nobody in their right mind would have made this
  typo on a QWERTY keyboard.  Perhaps you should learn something from the
  fact that I silently ignored the obvious typo you made, even taking into
  account your probably deviant keyboard?

| . . . and I am not sure how to interpret the offense Erik appears to
| have taken at my mention of the, err . . . anomalous line.

  Your mention of it would be fine.  Sneering at it is not.  Let's have
  another example of how you deal with other people's simple mistakes:

| > You can always right a function or macro around his idea
| I'd have difficulty righting one, but I might just manage to write
| one :-)

  You cannot help yourself, can you?  Here are two words that are often
  used when responding to people like you in real life: FUCK OFF!

  In a fight against something, the fight has value, victory has none.
  In a fight for something, the fight is a loss, victory merely relief.