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Re: Bug#354831: ITP: bfc -- Brainfuck compiler

On 3/1/06, Steve Greenland <steveg@moregruel.net> wrote:
> On 01-Mar-06, 13:05 (CST), Tim Olsen <tolsen718@gmail.com> wrote:
> > It's "An Eight-Instruction Turing-Complete Programming Language."
> Yeah, I know. That doesn't make it "useful"[1].

"Useful" is a matter of opinion.  A programming language with the
minimum number of instructions necessary to be turing-complete and
have I/O may be more than a toy for some people.  Who knows, maybe you
could prove theoretical stuff more easily with it.

> And given the reaction to porn-get and bitchx and
> whatever-the-stripping-cpu-monitor-was-called , I tend to assume[2] that
> the true intent of such an ITP is to instigate yet another 500 post
> flame war between the "but what about the children" crew and the "you
> can't censor me!" crew. It's all just so damn tiresome.

I think we can give the packager the benefit of the doubt given that
he maintains an archive of brainf*ck tools.


> Steve
> [1] Not that I think "useful" is a necessary requirement, and brainfuck
> is a neat toy. I personally have no objection to the ITP.
> [2] Countering that is that the package is named "bfc" rather than
> "brainfuck", so maybe I'm being unfair, and it's not a deliberate
> attempt to rile people.
> --
> Steve Greenland
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