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==============================  CFJ 2195  ==============================

    The computer by which I am sending this email is a nomic.


Caller:                                 ehird

Judge:                                  ais523
Judgement:                              FALSE



Called by ehird:                        25 Sep 2008 19:05:13 GMT
Assigned to ais523:                     28 Sep 2008 22:14:32 GMT
Judged FALSE by ais523:                 28 Sep 2008 22:19:25 GMT


Caller's Arguments:

It is an OS X system with a root account that is accessable.


Gratuitous Arguments by G.:

root's judgement generally (though not specifically) goes against
CFJ 1879 for computers in general.  In particular, for computers in
general, persons having "membership" or "playing" or being "bound by
the rules" and thus "deregistering" is not particularly mappable to
"having an account" or anything comparable, and thus was sufficient
in CFJ 1879 to find that an entity wasn't a nomic.

It may be that Normish as a special computer has special-purpose
scripts which make rules-binding somehow meaningful but that would
not apply to computers in general.


Judge ais523's Arguments:

FALSE, for technical reasons. It may well be that there is a nomic on
that computer, though.

The relevant parts of Rule 2200 say:
      A nomic ruleset is a set of explicit rules that provides means
      for itself to be altered arbitrarily, including changes to those
      rules that govern rule changes. Not all rule changes need be
      possible in one step; an arbitrarily complex combination of
      actions (possibly including intermediate rule changes) can be
      required, so long as any rule change is theoretically achievable
      in finite time.

      A nomic is the single entity defined by a nomic ruleset as a
      whole.  Each nomic ruleset defines exactly one nomic, and each
      nomic is defined by exactly one nomic ruleset.

The point is that tusho's computer is not "defined by a nomic ruleset".
There are quite likely several subsets of files on that computer which
are nomic rulesets (for instance, if there is an accessible root
account, the set of all files form a nomic ruleset by that definition),
but it seems unreasonable to think of a computer as "defined" by the
files on it. (Note that Normish is a nomic, however; Normish the nomic
is not normish the virtual machine, though.)