On Sun, 5 Jan 2003 08:08:08 +0900,
Tom Sawyer <transami / transami.net> wrote:
> On Saturday 04 January 2003 03:36 pm, Stefan Schmiedl wrote:
>> On Sun, 5 Jan 2003 06:19:29 +0900,
>>
>> Marcin 'Qrczak' Kowalczyk <qrczak / knm.org.pl> wrote:
>> > In Ruby it means that integers are substitutable for floats in all
>> > cases except division.
>>
>> just as you can substitute bytes for characters except
>> when using asian languages or unicode.
> 
> that's very different. and ideally we would all be using a single world-class 
> character encoding.
> 

really? you subsitute one thing for something other which
hasl *almost* the same behaviour ... except where it counts.

and ideally we'd all use machines smart enough to implement
mathematical concepts like sqrt(2) exactly, not only approximately.

s.