That's called obfuscation and because it reduces transparency, it is bad for security.It is evolutionary. Each group may have their own specialized terminology.
The issue isn't what the definition of firmware is, the issue is exactly what firmware are they modifying/updating?additional posts appeared and provided links to descriptions of what "firmware" means in the Linux community
I can tell that you have obviously never had a security clearance or training for it, and this thread is not about a 2nd grader's diary.James knows that his NSA and military security training should be applied appropriately in the context of the perceived threats, risks, etc. NSA-level security is not appropriate to protect the secrets in a 2nd grader's diary, for example.