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According to a prediction published in 1980, computers integrated into home appliances would revolutionize the way homes were networked. These integrated computers would allow appliances in different rooms to communicate with each other, thereby making home environments more efficient.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly indicates that the logic of the prediction above is flawed?

(a)In order to facilitate repairs of individual appliances, each integrated computer could be turned on and off without affecting the functioning of the entire network.

(b) If the proposed plan were put into practice, homeowners would save time because they wouldn't have to walk back and forth between different rooms to check on the status of different appliances.

(c) It cannot be taken for granted that available technology should always be put to use in the home.

(d) Most homeowners would find the programming and maintenance of integrated computers a complicated and time-consuming task that would take away from the time available for other household chores.

(e) Because some appliances would have to be redesigned to accommodate the new computers, new parts for these appliances would have to be engineered.

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According to a prediction published in 1980, computers integrated into home appliances would revolutionize the way homes were networked. These integrated computers would allow appliances in different rooms to communicate with each other, thereby making home environments more efficient.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly indicates that the logic of the prediction above is flawed?


Argument : - communicate with each other -- making home environments more efficient

(A) In order to facilitate repairs of individual appliances, each integrated computer could be turned on and off without affecting the functioning of the entire network. Strengthen

(B) If the proposed plan were put into practice, homeowners would save time because they wouldn't have to walk back and forth between different rooms to check on the status of different appliances. Strengthen

(C) It cannot be taken for granted that available technology should always be put to use in the home. Irrelevant

(D) Most homeowners would find the programming and maintenance of integrated computers a complicated and time-consuming task that would take away from the time available for other household chores. Time wastage <> Efficiency -flaw

(E) Because some appliances would have to be redesigned to accommodate the new computers, new parts for these appliances would have to be engineered. no impact on (home environments more efficient) - nor bothers homeowner -- Irrelevant
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there is a trap that confuses test takers in the passage.
The question stem asks about " logic of the prediction "; nevertheless, the word "prediction" in the phrase "According to a prediction published in 1980" is not the main conclusion of the argument. "thereby" indicates the main conclusion.

What is "prediction" that the question stem is asking? All "computers integrated.... environments more efficient" is the prediction.
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