Subject: Re: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Encyclopedia
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 19:53:21 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Ed L Cashin <>
| Something you said on Monday in the context of the value of information
| seemed to use the obvious reality of the medium as a way to refute the
| supposedly ephemeral nature of information:

  Could you explain _how_ you got from this to the "value of the medium"
  conclusion"?  I have not talked about the value of information, by the
  way, nor has it been a context in this discussion.  All I have argued is
  that the idea of software being "intangible" is bogus, because software
  is as real as anything else we trade.  Now we see people talking about
  the value of information, the uselessness of laws to protect the value of
  information since it can be copied to easily, and even quantum physics
  and "energy vs information" mumbo-jumbo.  It is frankly pretty amazing.
  It is a fairly simple philosophical question, with a non-trivial answer,
  but all these weird consequences and presuppositions make it impossible
  to discuss it from an interesting angle.

  Norway is now run by a priest from the fundamentalist Christian People's
  Party, the fifth largest party representing one eighth of the electorate.
  Carrying a Swiss Army pocket knife in Oslo, Norway, is a criminal offense.