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To: wperry@---------.--- (-. -. -----)
Date: 1/30/2003 9:59:00 PM
I am glad to say that I understand almost this whole post and actually agree with most of it. W. E. Perry scripsit: > There are means other than http by which an > equivalent entity body might be conveyed--not just to me but to a host of > recipients, interested for their own idiosyncratic reasons: email, instant > messaging, diskettes delivered by sneakernet all deliver bits processable by > software into a domain [...] Bits shorn of their metadata are indistinguishable from patterned noise. > The internetwork architecture must assure that the bits survive the > journey intact, but it also indicates why the assumptions should not: If you do not know the encoding or format of bits, then you have no method other than cryptanalysis for determining their content. > To process whatever of use might be available in the bits I receive, > I must first instantiate a data structure particularly suited to my > own processing. It would be as foolish for me to assume that the bits I > receive are noticeably related to the form in which I must instantiate > data for my own use as it would be for the creator and publisher of > those bits to assume that I should follow the, to me, accidental form > of their format or presentation in my independent instantiation of my > own data. True and fundamental, in fact so fundamental that most people believe it false. > The server offers a selection of various presentations of particular > data, but from that we must not infer some platonic form of which > those choices are the instance manifestations. Why "must not"? Platonism is as reasonable a worldview as any other, if you don't try to chop off the heads of non-Platonists while you're at it. -- First known example of political correctness: John Cowan "After Nurhachi had united all the other http://www.reutershealth.com Jurchen tribes under the leadership of the http://www.ccil.org/~cowan Manchus, his successor Abahai (1592-1643) jcowan@r... issued an order that the name Jurchen should --S. Robert Ramsey, be banned, and from then on, they were all _The Languages of China_ to be called Manchus."