Here's a crazy idea.
Imagine if instead of me sending you a program, I instead send you an instruction file that you execute and your computer compiles locally.
The same can be for video images and songs too.
The file contains instructions of where all the bits, pixels and frequencies go, creating the file locally on your PC.
>Imagine if instead of me sending you a program, I instead send you an instruction file that you execute and your computer compiles locally.
You mean Java?
>The same can be for video images and songs too.
You mean media compression?
I thought OP was making statement about copyright law and was being tongue in cheek.
Now I'm not sure if OP is the retard, or everyone else in this thread.
that's procedural generation, similar, but it can't be applied universally
.kkreiger doesn't compile the program portion itself, only the assets (sound, textures, models, etc)
there are analogs for media, such as svg images, midi music, and flash animations ("video"), where they also don't contain the actual output directly, but needs to be generated in some way before use
as for compiling a program on its own, you *could* do that, but there'd be no advantage, source code is often larger than the resulting binary