[Haskell-cafe] Re: Endianess

Jonathan Cast jonathanccast at fastmail.fm
Wed May 14 21:32:56 EDT 2008

On 14 May 2008, at 2:13 PM, Claus Reinke wrote:

>>>>> It's not that simple with bits.  They lack consistency just  
>>>>> like the
>>>>> usual US date format and the way Germans read numbers.
>>>> So you claim that you pronounce 14 tenty-four? In German  
>>>> pronunciation
>>>> is completely uniform from 13 to 99.
>>> http://www.verein-zwanzigeins.de/
>> So I've always wondered, if you are writing down a number being  
>> dictated (slowly) by someone else, like 234, do you write the 2,  
>> then leave space and write the 4, then go back and fill in with 3?  
>> Or do you push the 4 onto the stack until the 3 arrives, and write  
>> 34 at once.
> Germans have no problems with sentences which though started at
> the beginning when observed closely and in the light of day (none of
> which adds anything to the content of the sentence in which the very
> parenthetical remark you -dear reader- are reading at this very moment
> while wondering whether the writer -dear me- is ever going to reach
> his point -if, in fact, there is a point (of which one cannot  
> always be
> entirely sure until one has stored and processed the whole construct
> from beginning to end and thought it over carefully at least once more
> because who knows, sense appears here and there, now and then,
> to this one and that one, and how are you, Mr. Wilson?
>> If the latter, does this imply that Germans have a harder time  
>> with tail recursion?
> you mean as in returning from a different context than the one
> we decended into? we'd never do such a thing, honestly!-)
> then again, Jane Austen was happy enough writing about her
> characters not being "one and twenty", so perhaps that is just a
> lost art?-)

Murthered, by the same revolutionaries who destroyed the rest of the  
world Jane Austen wrote about.


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