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[ProgSoc] software and food recipes
As a pastry chef, something just occurred to me. software is like
recipes. The recipe is the source. The food is the precompiled binary.
(OK - the analogy doesn't quite fit since u don't have reproductive
technology for prepared food). The idea of copyrighting a recipe seems
ludicrous to me (then again, copyrighting of info in general does
too...), but even if a recipe book is copyrighted, one can still freely
copy 10%/1 chapter of it, which (for me) usually is most of the useful
recipes in the book.
Most chefs I know are happy to give their recipes to someone who asks.
People then might play with the recipe to make something better, or
different. People are free to `reverse engineer' something they have
tasted in a restaurant.
Recipes get better by people passing them around, scrutinising them,
adding things, trying different flavour combinations.
So does software.
He who laughs last thinks slowest.
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