Re: ASCII (Was: Carbon-based evolution vs. silicon-based)

Anders Sandberg (
Wed, 25 Jun 1997 12:42:04 +0200 (MET DST)

On Tue, 24 Jun 1997, Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:

> Even though I have the software, I will not open this attachment
> for safety reasons, and those without it cannot. If your message
> is important, I suggest that you put in the standard form of plain
> ASCII text, or else it will be igored.

I agree with that. I have to sort through huge amounts of information
every day, and unless it seems to be very interesting or important I
will not spend the time decoding it, especially if it involves (as in
this case) of saving the file, uudecoding it, transferring it to
another computer and viewing it there.

ASCII is limited. But that is also an advantage: it is clean,
everyone can read it (even on a toaster running CP/M) and it forces
us to concentrate on contents.

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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