Re: [sl4] Complete drivel on this list: was: I am a Singularitian who does not believe in the Singularity.

From: Charles Hixson (
Date: Tue Oct 13 2009 - 15:09:36 MDT

I'd actually make the argument that any computer with an OS that's been
up for more than 5 years has been successfully executing an infinite
loop for that period of time. This is not a problem, this is a design
state. The loop is called (sometimes) the main loop, or the
read-eval-execute loop.

Infinite loops are only a problem if you don't want to maintain homeostasis.

John K Clark wrote:
> On Tue, 13 Oct 2009 "Mu In Taiwan" <> said:
> "JC, please provide samples of real world computers or computer programs
> that have been trapped in an infinite loop for more than say, 5 years."
> I would like to issue a challenge to all those who disagree with me,
> except for "Mu In Taiwan" for reasons that will become obvious. Read the
> above quotation and try to make the case that the remark isn't as
> incredibly mind numbingly stupid as it sounds. Come on, Mu In Taiwan
> thinks I'm wrong just as you do, so stick up for the man, try to put
> some polish on that turd and reveal it's inner brilliance! It would be
> most amusing to see you try.
> John K Clark

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