Good idea. I've been too stuck on details, I think.I'm going to stay out of this. But there are definition issues. Clear debate requires that every use the same terms with exactly the same meaning. Can we agree on meanings?
I understand what everyone is saying about the difference between machine code and assembly language, but let's do all stick to the standard terminology and agree that assembly is not a higher level language and in fact is disallowed from BEING a high level language by definition and common usage of the phrase.
The original question as about the speed difference between assembly language (~ machine code) vs high level languages. Are there still open questions about that?