Re: Social Contract GR's Affect on sarge
On Mon, 2004-04-26 at 22:31, Thiemo Seufer wrote:
> Program: Software which is intended for execution on an actually
> existing interpreter.
> Data: Software which is not ~.
You probably do have to bring in human intentions for the definition
to have a chance of being adequate. Your next task is to define
the term 'execute'. :)
I don't think that this debate will terminate because I don't think
that it is possible to come up with a definition that will decide
every case. There is a clear difference between programs and data in
many familiar computing situations; in other situations there is no
clear difference. The people that think about the former will say
that programs and data are different while the people that think
about the latter will insist that they are not really different.