On 4/20/06, "Martin v. Löwis" firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I thought a resource is something you can exhaust; the fork should have been named "data fork" or just "second fork".
Hmm... I don't think that the English word "resource" necessarily implies that it can be exhausted. In US businesses, people are often also referred to as resources. I've come to think of it as simply "what you need". The definition at http://www.answers.com/resource has this:
""" 1. Something that can be used for support or help: The local library is a valuable resource. 2. An available supply that can be drawn on when needed. Often used in the plural. 3. The ability to deal with a difficult or troublesome situation effectively; initiative: a person of resource. 4. Means that can be used to cope with a difficult situation. Often used in the plural: needed all my intellectual resources for the exam. 5. 1. resources The total means available for economic and political development, such as mineral wealth, labor force, and armaments. 2. resources The total means available to a company for increasing production or profit, including plant, labor, and raw material; assets. 3. Such means considered individually. """
#1 and #2 especially explain the usage we're considering.
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