Erik Naggum wrote:
> * Charles Lin
> | If one had to choose a single type for everything, a string is a pretty
> | good choice. Why not a number? How would you represent a string with a
> | number?
> excuse me? what you call a "string" already _is_ a number. computers
> don't have characters. display devices and printers do.
Programming language related topics should then be discussed in the
context of number theory, or...? If so, sci.math.* should host this
ever ongoing, and rapidly deteriorating thread of discussion.
> one of the first lessons of computer science _should_ have been internal
> and external representation are so wildly different concepts that they
> cannot even be confused, except, of course, by people who are fully aware
> of the difference, but proceed to attempt to obliterate it.
> I'm no longer young enough to know everything.
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