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Posted Friday, December 18, 2009 3:43 PM
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Posted Saturday, January 2, 2010 8:09 AM
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I haven't belly-laughed at a comic strip for a long time. Thanks for this one!
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Posted Saturday, January 2, 2010 8:54 AM


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This one is pretty good, especially now.






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Posted Wednesday, January 6, 2010 7:11 AM


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I like the strip, but I thought the final frame, though funny, could have been less cliche. As we've all seen, in movies when a computer gets stuck in an infinite loopback (or similar) condition, it tends to blow up, melt down, or fail catastrophically in some other fashion.

As those of us in the real world know, runaway or loopback conditions aren't nearly so dramatic, though they can be as devastating.

As I read the final frame, an alternate ending occured to me. Instead of the robot burning up, he could freeze, head cocked to the side and start saying continuously, "Stack Overflow, Reboot required."

And the girl (whose name I can't remember) could say, "Yeah, the economy's like that too."

Just a thought.
Love the strip,
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Posted Wednesday, January 6, 2010 8:23 AM
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"Burnout" is the governing word here. You have to remember that Derek is a robot as well as a computer. The flames were kindled when small gears in and around his neck swivelled back and forth at such high speed that their lubricated bearings vaporized from the friction.
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Posted Wednesday, January 6, 2010 8:42 AM


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Given the set A which is a set of all sets that do not contain themselves as proper subsets, is set A in set A?

The infinite loop usually does not cause a burn out. It just causes unresponsiveness. Like when you call a government office.


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Posted Wednesday, January 6, 2010 10:26 AM


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Posted Wednesday, January 6, 2010 10:38 AM
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[quote]Charles Kincaid (1/6/2010)
Given the set A which is a set of all sets that do not contain themselves as proper subsets, is set A in set A?

Believe it or not, there's a workaround to this problem!! Bertrand Russell, who dreamed up the paradox, tried to fix it by arranging sets in a heirarchy of "types". Later (by the time I studied math), this was simplified to a two-type heirarchy as follows:

A class is a collection of things. A set is a class that's a member of some class. This resolves the Russell paradox because the collection of all sets which are not members of themselves is a class but not a set.
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Posted Friday, January 22, 2010 9:36 AM
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Still funny... and this is like my fifth reading over the past few weeks :P
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