Originally posted by J.W.
Personally, from a theoretical standpoint, I think the "all software reduces to a single number" argument is interesting in the abstract, but simply does not work in the real world. Just my 2 cents -- J.W.
the "real world" can be changed quite easily given the will to do it.
cave dude in a flash of creativity come up with 2+2=4 and revolutionizes the method of calculating how many fish to catch each day for the tribe -- applies for a "intelectual property"
pattent and becomes the only fish monger allowed to count his fish.
his brother takes two bones and starts beating on a log and singing this horrible uggggh song.
then schleps down to the patent office for the protection of his "intelectual property".
now he and only he "owns" music and no one else is allowed to sing
Their sister (the smart one) invents some pictures that represent ideas and invents writing.
then goes to get a patent so no one can use her pictures or extrapolate on them so she can market the idea.
the father notices a stalk of grain that is a little different and patents his new like form (wheat) and no one can eat it or grow it without paying him.
that "real world" is a recipe for people that want to live in caves forever.
or use "unix" forever as the cae may be.