[plt-scheme] Re: eq and hashing

From: Joe Marshall (jrm at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Tue Jun 3 10:12:17 EDT 2003

> > From: "Jerzy Karczmarczuk" <karczma at info.unicaen.fr>
> >
> >>I have a philosophical question, Gentlemen.
> >>Why do you call such programs "malicious"?
> > You were the first to use the word `malicious' in your
> > message  <Pine.LNX.4.50L.0305301045050.23168-100000 at duch.mimuw.edu.pl
> From: "Jerzy Karczmarczuk" <karczma at info.unicaen.fr>
> No. You must confuse me with somebody else.

I apologize.  I did indeed have you confused with someone else.

> > From: "Jerzy Karczmarczuk" <karczma at info.unicaen.fr>
> >>Of course the *resource* protection is necessary in all cases, including
> >>correct programs, but this is a job for Civil Lawyers and Commerce
> >>not for the Crime Prevention Departments...

> Joe Marshall wrote:
> > If I have a `runaway' program consuming all my processor time and
> > the *last* person I want to talk to is a lawyer.

> Please, don't pretend that you don't understand what I meant, this is
> silly. If you insist I might explain without baroque analogies, but
> it would be boring for all people who know what is software engineering.

I have to admit that I don't understand what you meant.

In the context of computation, I've always understood `resource' to mean
a concrete capacity supplied by the environment such as processing power,
temporary storage, and communication channels.  I assumed that you were
jesting and using the word `resource' to mean `natural resource', and thus
invoking lawyers and the Chamber of Commerce.  The analogy is amusing,
and the notion of computer process control via tort litigation is even more

But if you were not making a jest, then I am at a complete loss as to what
you are talking about.

Feel free to email me directly if you don't wish to bore the people on this
list who are more acquainted with software engineering than I am.

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