Manuals, software, programs (Re: Savannah rejects a project because it uses GPL)
Alfred M. Szmidt
ams at gnu.org
Tue Feb 14 16:07:31 UTC 2006
"Alfred M\. Szmidt" <ams at gnu.org>
> > Program ::= binary data that can be executed by a computer.
> > Source code ::= Something that can be converted to binary data
> > that can be executed by a computer (either in
> > one, or several steps)
> > Software ::= Any of these two.
> Have you actually programmed an analogue computer? You are changing
> the _hardware_ to make it do things, not software. Please, if you are
> not interested in continuing this disucssion, stop sending stupid
> remarks like these.
The consequences seem stupid because those definitions are
inconsistent with reality. It was your definition of programs as a
subset of software which led to that contradiction.
A program is binary data that is executed by a computer. An analogue
computer does not have binary data. Software is anything that can be
converted into a a program.
Since an analogue computer doesn't handle binary data, there cannot be
I don't hold much hope of reasonable discussion with you, but
highlighting your absurdity is worthwhile.
It isn't I who resort to name calling and insults here.
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