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Augar: The Day of The Answer

Image: Colin Kinner [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

The Augar review gets lots right but its calls for efficiencies could be damaging

Fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams will know that Deep Thought was a supernatural computer, programmed to calculate the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything. When two programmers, Lunkwill and Fook, proposed the ultimate question to Deep Thought, it decided it would “have to think about it”.

After seven and a half million years, the descendants of Lunkwill and Fook presided over The Day of The Answer. Deep Thought came up with a result of 42. It is fair to say the crowd was disappointed. However, Deep Thought did not know the question, so it commissioned the Earth to calculate it.

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