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Re: [ontolog-forum] Please thread the discussion

To: Randall R Schulz <rschulz@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "[ontolog-forum] " <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Barker, Sean (UK)" <Sean.Barker@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2007 14:28:08 -0600
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>On Thursday 08 November 2007 07:52, Barker, Sean (UK) wrote:
>>  This mail is publicly posted to a distribution list as part of a
>>  process of public discussion, any automatically generated statements
>>  to the contrary non-withstanding. It is the opinion of the author,
>>  and does not represent an official company view.
>What is all this??    (01)

It is making it utterly clear that Sean is the 
signer of the email rather than his employer, 
BEA. This is probably because libel laws in the 
UK are far more dangerous to corporations than 
they are in the US.    (02)

Pat    (03)

>>  Sean Barker
>>  Bristol, UK
>>  > -----Original Message-----
>>  > On Behalf Of John F. Sowa
>>  > Subject: Re: [ontolog-forum] Please thread the discussion
>>  ...
>>  > Following is the original justification for this proposed law:
>>  >
>>  >   
>>  > http://www-ksl.stanford.edu/email-archives/srkb.messages/24.html
>>  extract from above:
>>  "3. DARPA developed Ada as the standard for systems programming.
>>     Result:  C (a language that violated nearly every one of the
>>  design goals for Ada) became the standard for system programming."
>>  My impression was that Ada was Pascal++, but that C was really
>>  FORTRAN 75 (i.e. Fortran NOT updated by a committee, cf "A camel is a
>>  horse designed by a committee"). The jaundiced view is that C took
>>  off because it allowed you to program without thinking, and to get
>>  round the constraints which good practice imposes.
>There is virtually nothing in common between FORTRAN and C. As to
>your "jaundiced view," little could be further from the truth. C is a
>challenging language to program in owing to its very low-level
>formalisms, its deliberate refusal to abstract away many of the
>characteristics of the hardware targeted by its code generator and its
>silent acceptance of many programs that are non-portable and / or
>flatly incorrect.
>The "jaundiced" characterization of C is that it's a portable assembly
>>  ...
>Randall Schulz
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