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From: Keith Marshall <keithmarshall-Rn4VEauK+AKRv+LV9MX5uipxlwaOVQ5f <at> public.gmane.org>
Subject: Re: Any notes/HOWTO for w64?
Newsgroups: gmane.comp.gnu.mingw.devel
Date: Saturday 10th November 2007 21:46:58 UTC (over 10 years ago)
On Saturday 10 November 2007 19:53, Earnie Boyd wrote:
> > -  Dick has also installed the PSDK, and accepted the EULA, but
> > Harry has done neither, and has never had any opportunity to
> > examine any content of the PSDK.  Dick tells Harry that "the value
> > for FOO is foo_value", and Harry writes:--
> >
> >      #define FOO  foo_value
> >
> >   in a patch, for submission to MinGW, and this can now be
> > accepted?
>
> Yes, if Dick followed the Clean Room Design with giving Harry the
> information.

The problem is that Dick's information is *not* clean.  He cannot 
determine the relationship between FOO and foo_value by any means other 
than examining, either directly or indirectly, the data as enumerated 
within the PSDK header.  In acquiring the right to examine that data, 
he has accepted a legally binding EULA, which forbids him from 
divulging that data to Harry.  In divulging it, he has violated the 
terms of that EULA, and so the data presented to Harry is contaminated.

To determine the relationship between FOO and foo_value by a valid Clean 
Room method, Dick needs to devise an experiment, whereby he can measure 
the respective property without any recourse to the source form of the 
PSDK header file whatsoever; if he cannot do that, his results must 
always be contaminated, so Harry can never legitimately accept them.

Regards,
Keith.

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