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Re: Inconsistencies in our approach

On Thu, Aug 07, 2003 at 04:12:24PM -0500, John Goerzen wrote:

> That's an overly-expansive view of software.  You would include anything
> that is digital in that description -- audio CDs, DVD movies, off-air TV
> signals, books on disk, etc.

The 'soft' in software implies a sense that it is possible to modify it
while it is loaded and ready to use, and that it is transient and likely
to no longer be ready to use if, say, the power is lost.

You don't generally load the contents of an audio CD in before use, but
when you do, it becomes software.

Generally software is loaded from a durable, persistent storage medium,
into a 'soft', transient (but directly usable) state.


Nick Phillips -- nwp@lemon-computing.com
Someone whom you reject today, will reject you tomorrow.

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