Subject: Re: Upper limits of CL
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2002 04:51:41 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Joel Ray Holveck
| I'm going to take this at face value, which is different than how I read it
| the first time through.  I think you're saying that idle curiosity
| (investigation without a purpose) is bad, unless it's mixed in with a
| generous dose of researcher-style curiosity (investigation with a purpose).

  The kind of idle curiosity I refer to is the that calls up an ISP and wonders
  what it would cost to give him a 100Mbps pipe with an average load of 20Mbps,
  but has no intention of buying _anything_ -- he would just sort of like to
  know, without saying so up front, admitting that he feared he would not get
  the right answer if he did not pretend he was buying.  But I guess I would
  not believe such people existed, either, if I had not experienced them first
  hand.  Idle curiosity is the kind that you would like to invoice people for
  after wasting somebody's paid time.
  Guide to non-spammers: If you want to send me a business proposal, please be
  specific and do not put "business proposal" in the Subject header.  If it is
  urgent, do not use the word "urgent".  If you need an immediate answer, give
  me a reason, do not shout "for your immediate attention".  Thank you.