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Query about proposed slight change to FIX and FIXR functions
- To: Moon at MIT-AI
- Subject: Query about proposed slight change to FIX and FIXR functions
- From: George J. Carrette <GJC at MIT-MC>
- Date: Thu, 12 Mar 81 20:39:00 GMT
- Cc: INFO-LISPM at MIT-MC, BUG-LISP at MIT-AI, RWG at MIT-AI
- Original-date: 12 March 1981 15:39-EST
A general comment. I have seen the following catch-phrase in many
lisp and Lispm notes:
Date: 11 MAR 1981 1758-EST
From: Moon at MIT-AI (David A. Moon)
... exists in Maclisp and its functionality
may be dictated by the way particular pdp-10 instructions work.
Frankly it bothers me, and although I feel funny addressing it to
people who are more expert than myself in such things as the pdp-10,
I think I must address it as an issue of intellectual honesty.
(0) many pdp-10 arithmetic instructions are usefull, even if they
are "simple" and don't have "error checking."
(1) the phrase "may be dictated" considerably weakens the statement.
(2) Because of "1" the reader may be tempted to see an attempt
at arguing against the "FIX" function via the effective technique
of "guilt by association" with Maclisp.
In other words, can't we just let Maclisp RIP?
I realize I say this at the risk of creating yet another catch-phrase
based on "guilt by association" with GJC.