What is the difference between a stock-hardware and a micro-coded machine in "A Critique of Common Lisp"? started out ranty, and people got carried away in the comments, but the underlying question is a good one. It's interesting, it's relevant, and deserves an answer. Could someone please clean up the comments and give it another shot? I have an unambiguous and clear answer ready to go.
I understand rants make people not want to help. That's what the edit button is for, not the close button.