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These arguments are all far too complex | 756 comments | Create New Account
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These arguments are all far too complex
Authored by: wharris on Friday, July 20 2012 @ 08:09 AM EDT
This argument is already addressed in the original article. If you claim that
installing a new program is configuring a computer because memory is in a
different state, then typing this comment is configuring a computer because
memory is in a different state.

The key issue is that a computer's memory can hold any combination of
instructions and/or data. There is no magic slot marked "Put program
here", save only that somehow or other the computer needs to know where the
program is stored in order to execute it.

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These arguments are all far too complex
Authored by: PolR on Friday, July 20 2012 @ 10:20 AM EDT
I don't see why this make my point wrong. Algorithms including the instruction
cycle take their inputs from memory. And the memory state changes billions of
times per second so this cannot be thought of as the configuration of a machine.
This is a moving part. You don't make a new machine when the moving parts move.
You operate the machine.

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These arguments are all far too complex
Authored by: ftcsm on Friday, July 20 2012 @ 12:18 PM EDT
Is it true? Than if i re-slice a slice of bread in two and put
the now two half bread slices in the same space for a sliced
bread in a toaster, the toaster is now a different machine? It
was designed to have 2 slices of bread, I used 3 slices (or
even 4 or more if I redo the process).

It makes no sense at all.

Flavio

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