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[Comic for Sunday, June 19, 2005]

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Fooker: There. I've tweaked the code and added a few optimizations. Now we just wait for the results...
Scott: That could take a while. That's some very intense computations on a very large volume of data.

Fooker: No sweat. I hacked SETI@Home a while back, so I just uploaded the code and data to their network. Now all those distributed machines are doing our work, at least for a little while...
Scott: If you are not The One, I will still be humbled by your presence...

Sharon: Well, while we're waiting, maybe you can explain something. If this process looks at all of usenet, what about recent posts? Won't those change the results?

Scott: Not necessarily, but I understand your reasoning. Our experiences, however, show that new posts only serve to clarify the results, just as more data in a high resolution image yields a sharper picture.

Scott: Perhaps the analogy to the "Bible Code" was not entirely accurate, as the Bible is a static document while usenet is always evolving...
Patty: Here's one, since we're playing twenty questions...

Patty: What's stopping Fooker and Sharon from rigging the code so they'll be a perfect match on your tests?
Sharon: Since neither of us wants to be "The One", I'd be more concerned about the opposite...

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