From: Mikael Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Oct 13 2009 - 08:45:34 MDT
Thought this link might be relevant in this thread of heated feelings.
2009/10/13 Randall Randall <email@example.com>
> On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 05:47:15AM +0100, Mu In Taiwan wrote:
> > your reply to me: "What Turing proved is that in general there is no way
> > prove that any
> > given algorithm will halt."
> > your immediately subsequent reply to Robin: "what Turing proved is that
> > general the only way to know what a random program will do is to watch it
> > for eternity and see."
> > These claims are inconsistent ("any given" != "random", "prove" !=
> > watch for eternity and see").
> These claims are inconsistent if you assume John is using the usual
> meaning of "in general" as a substitute for "typically". If you take
> it completely literally, it's not inconsistent.
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