Re: Social Contract GR's Affect on sarge
@ 26/04/2004 17:54 : wrote Thiemo Seufer :
Program: Software which is intended for execution on an actually
Data: Software which is not ~.
You are a real bad boy :-) So, I will give some food for the brain:
Mozilla actually gets a PNG, SVG, from the Web and executes the
instructions there (put some pixel of this color here, draw a line from
point A to point B).
"$ cat file.txt" gets a text file and executes the ASCII/UTF/LATIN/etc
words there as instructions "send letter A to the terminal", "send
letter S to the terminal", "send letter S to the terminal", send letter
H", and so on.
Every data is *interpreted* in some by some piece of the software you
run. Even if it's only to display it in some form you can recognize.
This e-mail text, p.ex., is being transformed from text (UTF?) to font
glyphs, to drawings in the screen in front of me by a combination of
Mozilla and Windows 98 software. Every single char in it is
*interpreted* so it can be drawn on the screen.