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  • From: John Cowan <cowan@locke.ccil.org>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Wed, 23 Jun 1999 22:29:32 -0400 (EDT)

David Megginson scripsit:

> Actually, it was intended to be strictly relevant, although the Hulk,
> or Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde would have been better examples.  The
> question was how we determine serial identity -- if person P is
> Dr. Jekyl, Mr. Hyde, then Dr. Jekyl again, are Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde
> identical?

Yes, because they are both person P.

> If so, then if IP address 111.222.333.444 is foo.com, then 
> bar.com, then foo.com again, are foo.com and bar.com identical?

No, because more than one machine can have a given IP address
(side issue: that address is impossible) at different times.
An IP address is not an essential property of a given computer.

John Cowan					cowan@ccil.org
		e'osai ko sarji la lojban.

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