[linux-elitists] Testify at NTIA hearings about DMCA!
Sun Nov 26 17:47:52 PST 2000
on Sun, Nov 26, 2000 at 04:56:39PM -0800, Mr . Bad (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
> >>>>> "k" == kmself <email@example.com> writes:
> k> A ''computer program'' is a set of statements or
> k> instructions to be used directly or indirectly in a computer in
> k> order to bring about a certain result.
> k> DVD-as-data would tend not to map to such instructions. Ergo:
> k> it's data.
> I'd say not true. The term "directly or indirectly" obviously is a nod
> to interpreted languages. They are not "directly" run by the CPU, but
> that does not make them any less "programs."
The instructions in an interpreted program are eventually translated to
commands run by the processor. There will be a correspondence, however
indirect. Data, however, resides only in memory, it isn't acted on
Again, this distinction can be a fine one, but I think there is in
general a pretty clear line between what is acting and what is being
Karsten M. Self <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.netcom.com/~kmself
Evangelist, Zelerate, Inc. http://www.zelerate.org
What part of "Gestalt" don't you understand? There is no K5 cabal
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