Subject: Re: struggling with READ-CHAR and LOOP (accumulating digits)
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: 31 Oct 2000 11:17:18 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <8tm9nu$a98lj$>
Erik Naggum  <> wrote:
| Well, what can I say?  Character sets and encoding is one of my
| specialties, and I distrust the programming population's ability to
| think clearly about the meaning of "character" as opposed to "byte",
| with good reason, I might add: Few fundamental areas of computer
| science have been screwed worse than the most basic: The meaning of
| our information.

The you'll probably want to stay away from "sci.crypt" for a while
if you value your blood pressure. There've been a bunch of idiots
over there saying things like, "The term `octet' is silly -- a byte
is *8* bits, period!", and completely denying any relevance of the
long tradition of machines with other than 8-bit bytes. [As an quondam
PDP-8 & PDP-10 hacker myself, I found this *particularly* galling...]


Rob Warnock, 31-2-510
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