strangest systems I've sent email from

Toby Thain toby at
Wed May 11 18:54:00 CDT 2016

On 2016-05-11 7:43 PM, Liam Proven wrote:
> ...
> If we'd had 4 decades of effort aimed at fast Lisp Machines, I think
> we'd have them.

Compiled Lisp, even on generic hardware, is fast. Fast enough, in fact, 
that it obviated Symbolics. (More in Richard P. Gabriel's history of 
Lucid.) See also: The newly open sourced Chez Scheme.

The myths around garbage collection are also thick, but gc doesn't 
impede efficiency except under conditions of insufficient headroom (long 
documented by research old and new).


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