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Re: firmware is just data. we need to decide our rules for data.

On Thu, 2004-04-15 at 14:17, Nathanael Nerode wrote:
>   As far as I can tell, [modificaion] almost never happens in the case of
> executable code, where there's always some reason or desire to make a tweak.
> (For *extremely* short snippets, maybe, but probably only ones short enough
> to contain no originality.)  It never happens with documentation, which can
> always be improved.  It rarely if ever happens with essays.  It certainly
> never happens with non-fiction writing.  According to most of what I've
> read by fiction writers, it doesn't happen much with fiction writing
> either.  It might happen with oddities like checksums under rare
> circumstances, I suppose.

Translations into other languages are a form of modification; so are
many format conversions, and even simple operations like character set
transcodes probably might be, too. Such things could happen to any
document (fiction or non-fiction, essay or program documentation) during
its lifetime.
Joe Wreschnig <piman@debian.org>

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