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Re: Social Contract GR's Affect on sarge

Don Armstrong wrote:
> On Tue, 27 Apr 2004, Thiemo Seufer wrote:
> > It is, simply because the human brain can't handle more than 7+-2
> > items at the same time
> That's in (very) short term memory; there are computers which do
> complex algorithms with only 7 registers.

But usually not without some memory beyond that.

> > The requirement of an algorithm is to produce the same results for
> > the same input.
> So a buggy program would be data, and not a program according to your
> definition.

This depends on the nature of the bug, but is partially correct.

> That is, for anything that has an RC bug, it would have been ok for it
> to move from non-free to main according to your definition.

Invalid generalization. And if it is useless, it should neither be in
non-free nor in main anyway.

> I think your definition has a few rather fundamental flaws.

It's the definition commonly used in computer science. It doesn't have
to meet your personal expectations.


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