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  The Last Question -- Isaac Asimov
The last question was asked for the first time, half in jest, on May 21, 2061, at a time when humanity first stepped into the light.
Even AC existed only for the sake of the one last question that it had never answered from the time a half-drunken computer ten trillion years before had asked the question of a computer that was to AC far less than was a man to Man.
All other questions had been answered, and until this last question was answered also, AC might not release his consciousness.
www.multivax.com /last_question.html   (3537 words)

  The Observer - Side Trax - April 5, 2002
Question #3: Was the swearing from the gentleman in the last question justified?
Question #12: Imagine that the man who did not have success with the woman in the previous questions was celebrating his birthday.
Question #17: The previous question appears to actually be a statement with a question mark at the end.
www.cwru.edu /orgs/observer/entertainment/Arts06.html   (512 words)

 Asking Questions During a Job Interview - Make a Lasting Impression
Questions ranged from how he had dealt with difficult customers to his management style; he even gave specific examples of how he had handled issues in the past.
It seemed to Seth more like a formality in contrast to the difficult questions he had already answered; yet this question could have been one of his most powerful allies in landing this position.
This final, standard question is often asked of applicants by both HR and hiring managers.
www.ocjobsite.com /job-articles/interview-questions.asp   (948 words)

 Online Survey Generator
I have an initial welcome question and then three sets of questions (each with N questions) -- I would like so that the order in which each of the question sets that get displayed is random.
Make sure you enable a Page Break after the last question in the question set to the "Thank You " question or else your "Thank You" question will also be included in the randomization and might not be in the End.
If you added the questions into the randomizer in ascending order then it's location is automatically set to be before the first question it randomizes.
www.questionpro.com /tutorial/15.html   (681 words)

 The Big Crunch
Lupov notes that the energy will only last until the sun runs down, and he notes that the sun will run down because "entropy has to increase to a maximum." Entropy is defined as chaos, or disorder, therefore if the entropy of the universe reaches a maximum, the chaos of the universe reaches a maximum.
In the case of “The Last Question,” the technology, and more specifically, Multivac, did the worrying for the “humans.” The society of “The Last Question” varies from the “typical” suburban society of “The Heat Death of the Universe,” because the society of “The Last Question” is not defined by our current view of a society.
Disorder in “The Last Question” is only discussed in terms of the entropy of the Universe, where as in “The Heat Death of the Universe” Pamela Zoline relates disorder directly to Sarah Boyle’s life, therefore indirectly to the entropy of the Universe.
www.acsu.buffalo.edu /~ckussius/crunch.htm   (1234 words)

 Texas A&M-Commerce - eCollege Tutorials   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Question pools can be used to randomize questions in exams to prevent cheating in online courses.
Question pools can be setup in either Respondus or on eCollege, this tutorial will cover how to create question pools using Respondus 3.5.
Enter the number of the last question in the pool where it says Enter the number of the LAST question to be used in the set.
www.tamu-commerce.edu /itde/ecollegetutorials/exams/questionPools/questionPools.html   (279 words)

 The Last Question - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Last Question is a short story by science fiction author Isaac Asimov.
As the characters in the story recognize, the question is equivalent to: "Can the second law of thermodynamics be reversed?" In each case the computer finds itself unable to reply due to "insufficient data for a meaningful answer".
In the last scenes, the god-like descendants of humanity watch the universe finally approach the state of heat death and ask the Cosmic AC, Multivac's descendant, the question one last time.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_Last_Question   (449 words)

 Scoop: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 2 August 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Hon TREVOR MALLARD (Minister of Education): No. As I told the House last week, the costing is based on 70 percent of all full-time students and 13 percent of part-time students paying their fees through a student loan, and up to 50 percent of full-time students drawing down living costs.
So, if she tried to avoid answering the question by saying that the radio station was a Hindi-speaking station and therefore had nothing to do with Islam, that is absolutely wrong.
That question is a mile wide of the wicket, and it is a waste of the House’s time.
www.scoop.co.nz /stories/PA0508/S00063.htm   (9102 words)

In answer to the first question: It is, unfortunately, very easy to find a professional who will label a child of any age as having ADHD, with no more evidence than the fact that her energy is overwhelming to the adults around her.
The boy in the second question, who presumably had difficulty sitting still and concentrating when his parents were going through a divorce, is not a likely candidate for the ADHD diagnosis.
As for the last question, many 3-year-olds talk nonstop and balk at taking turns or sharing anything, including the "podium." Of course, it is up to us to patiently and gradually communicate our expectation that they will learn to take turns, but there is no value in punishing or labeling them for just being 3-year-olds.
www.scholastic.com /schoolage/experts/school/6_8_addadhd.htm   (529 words)

 Starlight Fading: Book Reviews and More - The Last Question by Isaac Asimov
That's the question that binds the scenes of Isaac Asimov's short story together as it follows humans throughout trillions of years of progress.
The characters are well-drawn and believable during the course of their short appearances, but it's the question and its eventual answer that draw readers into the story.
"The Last Question" was Asimov's favorite among the short stories he wrote, and is generally agreed to be one of the best science fiction short stories ever written.
starlightfading.net /book_reviews/sci-fi/the_last_question_by_isaac_asimov.html   (395 words)

 Patriots for Bush - detractors need not apply: The last question
Kerry: I believe the president made a huge mistake, a catastrophic mistake, not to live up to his own standard, which was build a true global coalition, give the inspectors time to finish their job and go through the U.N. process to its end.
Gibson chooses a question which is designed to put Bush on the defensive, hopefully having to answer for mistakes, and allowing Kerry the last word criticizing President Bush, making a striking final impression.
To ask it at the end is clearly an attempt to leave a final impression that the President was on the defensive, having to answer for his shortcoming, and that Kerry was on the offensive, attacking Bush for his mistakes.
www.suite101.com /discussion.cfm/investing/108964/1014585   (925 words)

 365 tomorrows » The Last Question
Many are general surveys, where the BlogBot is positioned in a public space and repeats the same question to a given number of pedestrians.
When the question was posed to the fiction BlogBot, it nearly crashed, but its adaptive software saved it by processing the question as an incomplete answer rather than an inquiry.
Each repetition was classified as a follow-up question, and in accordance with its programming, nothing could be converted to text until a final answer had been given.
www.365tomorrows.com /07/31/the-last-question   (438 words)

 WWW.surveyz.com Full Service Marketing Research, Online Survey Software... Easy to use Online Survey Builder with ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
I have an initial welcome question and then three sets of questions (each with N questions) -- I would like to randomize the order in which each of the question sets gets displayed.
Note, the order of the questions within each Question Set must be in order.
If you added the questions into the randomizer in ascending order then it's location is auomatically set to be before the first question it randomizes.
www.surveyz.com /tutorial/15.html   (725 words)

 Last Question Is Obstruction for Fitzgerald, Rove
The lingering question, sources close to the case said, is whether Fitzgerald will add obstruction of justice to the list of charges that he has already drafted against Rove.
Rove did not disclose the communications when he was questioned by FBI investigators in 2003 and during his subsequent grand jury appearances, sources familiar with his testimony said.
Rove's answer to those questions was succinct and consistent with answers he gave to similar questions during previous testimonies over the past two years: he said he forgot and at the time had turned his attention to more important White House matters such as Bush's re-election campaign, sources knowledgeable about his testimony said.
www.truthout.org /docs_2006/050706Z.shtml   (1346 words)

 The Last Question
On a $5 bet, two drunken technicians ask the computer whether the sun's eventual death can be avoided or, for that matter, whether the universe must inevitably die.
Two members of the Galactic Council, each hundreds of years old, debate the urgent question of finding new galactic energy sources, and wonder if the universe itself is running down.
At last, the AC discovers the solution, even though there is no longer anyone to give the answer.
hammer.prohosting.com /~jp7/question.htm   (708 words)

 The Real Answer to 'The Last Question:'
Yet in each vingette, the computer cannot answer the question, "Can universe's tendency toward disorder and chaos be reversed?" All the computers are unable to answer this "Last Question" concerning entropy.
Finally, after ten trillion years all that exists is Man's last mind and AC, the crowning results of trillions of years of computer "evolution." All else had ended, the result of entropy.
Even AC existed only for the sake of the one last question that it had never answered...And it came to pass that AC learned how to reverse the direction of entropy.
www.theuniversityconcourse.com /IV,2,11-18-1998/Kovach.htm   (1968 words)

 Mambo - A PHP & MySQL Content Management System
For general questions on Mambo that don't fit in any of the specific forum areas.
This forum is for questions on upgrading between different Mambo versions.
For problems or questions relating to the WYSIWYG Editors that can be used in Mambo.
forum.mamboserver.com   (595 words)

 Male Bears Probability
Of the three possible outcomes (mf, fm, mm) only the last where both bears are male is favorable.
Try to answer the question before looking into the solution.
The sequence of three question is supposed to lead one on to wondering what difference does it make to specify that the white bear is male.
www.cut-the-knot.org /bears.shtml   (317 words)

 Instructor's Introduction to Blackboard 5   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Keep adding questions until you have uploaded the desired amount of questions into the question pool.
Choose the question pool from which to pull the random block of questions.
Since this quiz has 5 questions the total point value for the quiz is 50.
www.edtech.vt.edu /blackboard/questionpools.html   (827 words)

 R2 Unbreakable Point of Sale: The Last Question
The sun will last ten billion years and maybe the dwarfs will last two hundred billion for all the good they are.
Man's last mind paused before fusion, looking over a space that included nothing but the dregs of one last dark star and nothing besides but incredibly thin matter, agitated randomly by the tag ends of heat wearing out, asymptotically, to the absolute zero.
Even AC existed only for the sake of the one last question that it had never answered from the time a half-drunken computer [technician] ten trillion years before had asked the question of a computer that was to AC far less than was a man to Man.
ydesign.blogspot.com /2006/07/last-question.html   (3799 words)

 - Question 3 (another version of the last question)
If this was a question on an exam, I'd go with D. Passwords can be changed and the situation can be sorted out, but the damage done while the other two users have the first user's credentials is the key issue here.
Authorization was affected as well because the user account in question was still only able to do what that account is authorized to do.
When it all comes down, the guy who's going to have the most trouble is the one trying to hold any one of the of the three in question accountable for anything that transpired.
www.techexams.net /forums/viewtopic.php?t=12319   (1566 words)

 The "Answer the Last Question and Ask Another" thread. - HFBoards
The "Answer the Last Question and Ask Another" thread.
The thread "The "Answer the Last Question and Ask Another" thread." has not received any replies for 3 months.
Answer the last question and then ask a another question for the next user to answer.
hfboards.com /showthread.php?t=97090   (163 words)

 The Last Question by Isaac Asimov
The evolution of pure machine intelligence (as opposed to robot "men") became a recurring theme in science fiction, growing in strength over the decades until it became a central concern of much of the literature in the 1980s, especially among the cyberpunks.
But in the 1950s John W. Campbell was not interested in metaphysical stories that suggested a machine's superiority to a human, so Asimov published this innovative, uncharacteristic work (1956) in a minor market, Science Fiction Quarterly.
As late as 1990 he claimed "The Last Question" was his favorite of all his own stories.
ebbs.english.vt.edu /exper/kcramer/anth/Question.html   (316 words)

 “The Last Question,” by Isaac Asimov (8 Ways to Sunday)
Asimov believed “The Last Question” to be the best short story he ever wrote.
The last question was asked for the first time, half in jest, on May 21, 2061, at a time when humanity first stepped into the light.
The question came about as a result of a five-dollar bet over highballs, and it happened this way…
www.adammessinger.com /2006/02/09/the-last-question   (550 words)

 Important Question   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: 'What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was some kind of joke.
I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank.
Before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.
www.rogerknapp.com /inspire/question.htm   (123 words)

 Final Question
This is the last question I will be doing because I don't have time and I stopped caring.
I will maintain the old scores, so those still apply, but since this is the last one, I'm giving all of my prizes away.
The winners from the old scores will get a prize and the people who get the highest scores on this question will also get a prize.
www.andrew.cmu.edu /user/dvh/question.html   (135 words)

 : Okay, what was with the last question on quiz #4?
We weren't given any questions like that in our notes, nor were we given a question like that in the text (that I'm aware of).
There are two main criterions for the questions on the exams/tests: they should be doable with the theory covered in the course and should be of reasonable difficulty.
I found some valid answers just by looking at the question a different way, but i had no way to prove my answers, and my TA said that I had to show some form of process used to determine the answers, when i pretty much used nothing short of guess-and-check.
home.cc.umanitoba.ca /cgi-bin/discus/board-auth.cgi?file=/7/101.html   (574 words)

Re: Re: Question about Active Directory and last time user has logged on 2007-08-31
Re: Question about Active Directory and last time user has logged on 2007-08-30
RE: Question about Active Directory and last time user has logged on 2007-08-31
www.securityfocus.com /archive/105   (146 words)

 Aunt Stephanie's Blog : Last Question( For Class) #9
This is the last week for my blog class.
I have a question for all of you.
Please answer this question and then agree or disagree with one of you cousins answers.
nlcommunities.com /communities/66015.aspx   (65 words)

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