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Overconservatism in extensions
- To: Common-Lisp at SU-AI
- Subject: Overconservatism in extensions
- From: Alan Bawden <ALAN at MIT-MC>
- Date: Sat, 16 Oct 1982 07:01:00 -0000
Date: 15 October 1982 1513-EDT (Friday)
From: The Great Quux at CMU-10A
Sender: Guy.Steele at CMU-10A
Perhaps we need a predicate GARBAGEP that takes a string. For example,
(GARBAGEP "I think GCD should accept complex numbers...") => T.
NO! This is not a garbage string! GCD should certainly work on complex
integers. It is completely consistent to extend GCD in this manner, and I
certainly expected that we would. It's not even hard.
Or is there some more subtle joke here that I don't understand? You'll
pardon my confusion, but it seems equally plausible that this is a joke
that I don't appreciate, or that Steele didn't think too hard about an
example of a braindamaged idea.