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Re: Question About GNU General Public License

From: telford
Subject: Re: Question About GNU General Public License
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2004 00:46:21 -0000

Rui Miguel Seabra <> wrote:

> Yes. Mind, the realm of ideas, where the subject can be shared without
> any loss of the emitter. If you transmit an idea you don't loose it. You
> still have it, and the receivers now have it _too_ (neutral-win)

> If you give your video card to someone else, you lost your video card
> (loose-win).

> It's a very clear distinction, at least to me. Do you have a problem
> with that? In mind the most common transactions are neutral-win. You
> didn't loose an idea (neutral) I won by learning something.

So by your measurement a bacterial disease is software because you can
give it to someone else while still having it yourself. On the other hand,
a joke must be hardware because when you tell the joke to someone else
you aren't going to laugh like when someone tells it to you. Hmmm, a
secret doesn't classify at all by your system because once you tell the
secret to even one person, it isn't secret anymore...

        - Tel

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