TO clear up what is Illegal about the languages. Matrix Equipment (specifically cyberdecks are illegal, highly illegal in fact). Programs are illegal, to quote Shadowtech, pg 104:
Category CD: Class D Matrix Technology This includes all unregistered cyberdecks and Matrix program software. Special licenses are available to legitimate, registered security and law-enforcement agencies.
Possession of this stuff gets you 8,000Y and 2 yrs.
So I classified the languages and libraries as matrix programming software. I mentioned that permits can be acquired for languages and libraries.
I am glad you liked the post.
Another thing came to me as I was writing the post. A library file would really make a great Shadowrun, OR payment for a decker.
Hey, maybe there is something there. Its forming, its forming....
The only reason I can think of why at least some Matrix programs would be illegal would be paranoia(sp?). Ah, yes, of course. That explains it.
More seriously, there must be SOME programs that are legal. Otherwise people wouldn't be able to initiate data base searches, or download music or video, or even be able to connect to the matrix without a permit. And if there are some programs that are legal, reasonably, some programming tools must be lethal.
An analogy: There are literally hundreds of various lethal chemicals out there, and many more illegal ones. Now, a goodly portion of these (especially the illegal ones), can be made with a home chemistry kit. A classic example would be amphetimines. However, possession, and even use of, the kit is not illegal. Making amphetimines is.
-- Robert Watkins bob@******.cs.ntu.edu.au ************ It wouldn't be luck if you could get out of life alive. ***********
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