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A certain computer program creates temporary files on the computer on which it is installed. The files contain a programming error, or "bug", that, in rare cases, may cause the computer to freeze up. The temporary files are purged 90 days after the program is installed. Since no program will copy the bug to any other file, any computer containing the program that freezes more than 90 days after the program has been installed does not freeze because of this bug.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the conclusion above?

A. A computer that freezes due to the installation of the program in question produces a display that is similar to that which is displayed when computers freeze for many other reasons.
B. The code that causes the freezing will be eliminated in a future release of the program.
C. Other bugs in the programming may reveal themselves more than 90 days after the program is installed.
D. A person can copy the programming code containing the bug to other files that are purged with less frequency than the temporary files.
E. There are some computers on which the program is installed that appear to be unaffected by the programming bug.

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IMO OA is D.

Here is my reasoning

A. A computer that freezes due to the installation of the program in question produces a display that is similar to that which is displayed when computers freeze for many other reasons.
-> Out of scope. 'other reasons' is wrong. We have to concentrate on about 'this bug'
B. The code that causes the freezing will be eliminated in a future release of the program.
-> Out of scope.
C. Other bugs in the programming may reveal themselves more than 90 days after the program is installed.
-> Out of scope. 'other bugs' is wrong.
D. A person can copy the programming code containing the bug to other files that are purged with less frequency than the temporary files.
-> Correct.
A person can make same problem to other computer because this person can install this bug to other computer.
E. There are some computers on which the program is installed that appear to be unaffected by the programming bug.
-> Out of scope.
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A certain computer program creates temporary files on the computer on which it is installed. The files contain a programming error, or "bug", that, in rare cases, may cause the computer to freeze up. The temporary files are purged 90 days after the program is installed. Since no program will copy the bug to any other file, any computer containing the program that freezes more than 90 days after the program has been installed does not freeze because of this bug.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the conclusion above?

A. A computer that freezes due to the installation of the program in question produces a display that is similar to that which is displayed when computers freeze for many other reasons.
B. The code that causes the freezing will be eliminated in a future release of the program.
C. Other bugs in the programming may reveal themselves more than 90 days after the program is installed.
D. A person can copy the programming code containing the bug to other files that are purged with less frequency than the temporary files.
E. There are some computers on which the program is installed that appear to be unaffected by the programming bug.


Answer D.

Logically, the argument makes an assumption that purging temporary files is enough to remove the bug. Thus, it would be seriously weakened by a statement telling us that the bug can exist or spread to files other than the temporary files - this is exactly what D) does.

Another way to solve is USING THE ANSWERS and looking for one which suggests programs freezing after 90 days could still be because of the bug:

A. A computer that freezes due to the installation of the program in question produces a display that is similar to that which is displayed when computers freeze for many other reasons. Irrelevant - we already know the bug is the cause for many files, the question is if it is for 90 day files.
B. The code that causes the freezing will be eliminated in a future release of the program. So what? We care about what's happening now
C. Other bugs in the programming may reveal themselves more than 90 days after the program is installed. That could weaken, but "may" is pretty weak.
It doesn't give us much reason to believe this is the case

D. A person can copy the programming code containing the bug to other files that are purged with less frequency than the temporary files. Relevant -
this means the purging of temporary files may not make the bug go away - thus, it could still be the cause

E. There are some computers on which the program is installed that appear to be unaffected by the programming bug. So? we care about those who are affected, and what happens to them after 90 days.
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gmatFalcon wrote:
A certain computer program creates temporary files on the computer on which it is installed. The files contain a programming error, or "bug", that, in rare cases, may cause the computer to freeze up. The temporary files are purged 90 days after the program is installed. Since no program will copy the bug to any other file, any computer containing the program that freezes more than 90 days after the program has been installed does not freeze because of this bug.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the conclusion above?

A. A computer that freezes due to the installation of the program in question produces a display that is similar to that which is displayed when computers freeze for many other reasons.
B. The code that causes the freezing will be eliminated in a future release of the program.
C. Other bugs in the programming may reveal themselves more than 90 days after the program is installed.
D. A person can copy the programming code containing the bug to other files that are purged with less frequency than the temporary files.
E. There are some computers on which the program is installed that appear to be unaffected by the programming bug.


Answer D.

Logically, the argument makes an assumption that purging temporary files is enough to remove the bug. Thus, it would be seriously weakened by a statement telling us that the bug can exist or spread to files other than the temporary files - this is exactly what D) does.

Another way to solve is USING THE ANSWERS and looking for one which suggests programs freezing after 90 days could still be because of the bug:

A. A computer that freezes due to the installation of the program in question produces a display that is similar to that which is displayed when computers freeze for many other reasons. Irrelevant - we already know the bug is the cause for many files, the question is if it is for 90 day files.
B. The code that causes the freezing will be eliminated in a future release of the program. So what? We care about what's happening now
C. Other bugs in the programming may reveal themselves more than 90 days after the program is installed. That could weaken, but "may" is pretty weak.
It doesn't give us much reason to believe this is the case

D. A person can copy the programming code containing the bug to other files that are purged with less frequency than the temporary files. Relevant -
this means the purging of temporary files may not make the bug go away - thus, it could still be the cause

E. There are some computers on which the program is installed that appear to be unaffected by the programming bug. So? we care about those who are affected, and what happens to them after 90 days.

Thanks for explanation.


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gmatFalcon wrote:
A certain computer program creates temporary files on the computer on which it is installed. The files contain a programming error, or "bug", that, in rare cases, may cause the computer to freeze up. The temporary files are purged 90 days after the program is installed. Since no program will copy the bug to any other file, any computer containing the program that freezes more than 90 days after the program has been installed does not freeze because of this bug.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the conclusion above?

A. A computer that freezes due to the installation of the program in question produces a display that is similar to that which is displayed when computers freeze for many other reasons.
B. The code that causes the freezing will be eliminated in a future release of the program.
C. Other bugs in the programming may reveal themselves more than 90 days after the program is installed.
D. A person can copy the programming code containing the bug to other files that are purged with less frequency than the temporary files.
E. There are some computers on which the program is installed that appear to be unaffected by the programming bug.


Hi ,
The answer is D

We have to weaken the conclusion that the freeze of the computer in question was not because of the bug .
Only D is the possible answer .

A is irrelevant.
B is out of scope as we are talking about it now .
C We are not concerned about other bugs.
D correct this leaves the possibility that bug still might affect the system
E Irrelevant
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the difficulty level of this question is not at 700. My opinion.
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A certain computer program creates temporary files on the computer on which it is installed. The files contain a programming error, or "bug", that, in rare cases, may cause the computer to freeze up. The temporary files are purged 90 days after the program is installed. Since no program will copy the bug to any other file, any computer containing the program that freezes more than 90 days after the program has been installed does not freeze because of this bug.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the conclusion above?

A. A computer that freezes due to the installation of the program in question produces a display that is similar to that which is displayed when computers freeze for many other reasons.
B. The code that causes the freezing will be eliminated in a future release of the program.
C. Other bugs in the programming may reveal themselves more than 90 days after the program is installed.
D. A person can copy the programming code containing the bug to other files that are purged with less frequency than the temporary files.
E. There are some computers on which the program is installed that appear to be unaffected by the programming bug.

Hi,

The conclusion of the argument is that any computer containing the program that freezes more than 90 days after the program has been installed does not freeze because of this bug.

Basically it concludes that the bug isn't responsible for the freeze if computer freezes more than 90 days after the installation of prog.
Premise:-
1.The temp files containing the bug are purged (removed) after 90 days.
2.No other prog can copy the bug to any other file

To weaken the conclusion we must find an answer that holds the bug culprit of freezing the system.
Let's go through the answer choices.

A is wrong because we aren't interested in the similarity of the effects of the freeze bcz of the bug and the other reasons. OUT OF SCOPE.
B OUT OF SCOPE again.
C OUT OF SCOPE because we are interested in knowing that somehow the specific BUG that is talked about in the argument causes the freeze.
The effects of other bugs are OOS as long as their are not linked with the BUG that is discussed.

D. is the answer because it holds the bug responsible for freeze.

E. Out of scope
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