|Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, July 20 2012 @ 07:24 AM EDT|
|<blockquote>From a technology perspective this is not true. A program is|
not a configuration of the computer. A program is data given as input to an
existing algorithm, often but not always the computer native instruction
Wrong. Hard disk, memory and registers together can assume only a finite number
of separate states, even in a general purpose computer. At any given point of
time, a program stored in any form on the computer is part of the possible
discrete states of the computer as a general purpose computing mechanism.
It does not require being compiled into an executable, though it certainly
reduces the number of states to consider if you don't need to take the hard disk
into account but can just look at the state of the memory image.
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