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Mannis Corporation's archival records are stored in an obsolete format that is accessible only by its current computer system; thus they are inaccessible when that system is not functioning properly. In order to avoid the possibility of losing access to their archival records in the case of computer malfunction. Mannis plans to replace its current computer system with a new system that stores records in a format that is accessible to several different systems.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most helpful in evaluating the effectiveness of the plan as a means of retaining access to the archival records?


(A) Will the new computer system require fewer operators than the current system requires?

(B) Has Mannis Corporation always stored its archival records in a computerized format?

(C) Will the new computer system that Mannis plans ensure greater security for the records stored than does Mannis' current system?

(D) Will Mannis' current collection of archival records be readily transferable to the new computer system?

(E) Will the new computer system be able to perform many more tasks than the current system is able to perform?

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Originally posted by ykaiim on 12 Apr 2010, 10:28.
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A Will the new computer system require fewer operators than the current system requires?
>> Except the accessability, other things are not discussed in passage and so not necessary.
B Has Mannis Corporation always stored its archival records in a computerized format?
>> This contradicts with statement "archival records are stored in an obsolete format that is accessible only by its current computer system"
C Will the new computer system that Mannis plans ensure greater security for the records stored than does Mannis' current system?
>> Security is not discussed in the passage
D Will Mannis' current collection of archival records be readily transferable to the new computer system?
>> Yes. This will evaluate the effectiveness of the plan. Because of the archival records are not readily transfarrable, then possibility of losing access to their archival records in the case of computer malfunction will continue until the new system is available.
E Will the new computer system be able to perform many more tasks than the current system is able to perform?
>> Except the accessability, other things are not discussed in passage and so not necessary.

My answer is D.
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my pick is (D)

Mannis Corporation's archival records are stored in an obsolete format that is accessible only by its current computer system; thus they are inaccessible when that system is not functioning properly. In order to avoid the possibility of losing access to their archival records in the case of computer malfunction. Mannis plans to replace its current computer system with a new system that stores records in a format that is accessible to several different systems.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most helpful in evaluating the effectiveness of the plan as a means of retaining access to the archival records?

A Will the new computer system require fewer operators than the current system requires?
B Has Mannis Corporation always stored its archival records in a computerized format?
C Will the new computer system that Mannis plans ensure greater security for the records stored than does Mannis' current system?
D Will Mannis' current collection of archival records be readily transferable to the new computer system?
E Will the new computer system be able to perform many more tasks than the current system is able to perform?
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I feel it's C

B is tempting but even if the company doesn't store the new data in a computer format then the problem of the old system is not solved



I fell for the same trap.But if you negate Answer choice D, the argument does fall apart.

The obsolete format IS NOT TRANSFERABLE to a new system, therefore, the proposed plan will not work.
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carcass wrote:
I feel it's C

B is tempting but even if the company doesn't store the new data in a computer format then the problem of the old system is not solved



I fell for the same trap.But if you negate Answer choice D, the argument does fall apart.

The obsolete format IS NOT TRANSFERABLE to a new system, therefore, the proposed plan will not work.


wait a second dude the argument fall apart is something different from evaluate the argument. Because the first one is the strategy used in assumption question.

Here we have to evaluate the argment so we have to strenght and weaken the argument conclusion at the same time. be careful

Conclusion: Mannis plans to replace its current computer system with a new system that stores records in a format that is accessible to several different systems.

If the new PCs are a mega mainframe Matrix -like ok we have to do that as oon as possible. But if we know that we do not have the possibility to have a new server farm what are we weakening ?? for sure we still have the problem of data loss.......
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My Bad. You are correct.

Nevertheless, the transferability issue can strengthen or weaken. For example, The data CANNOT be transferred to new systems>>>Argument is weakened. On the other hand, the data CAN be transferred >>> Argument is strengthened.

My point earlier was that the transferability of the data is a possible assumption, which can either strengthen or weaken the argument.

What do you think?
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Ok man I'm trying to really understand the argument at end and playing hard

Few facts: evaluate the argument strenght and weaken the argument at the same time. Strenght do not destroy the conclusion as weel as weaken.

Now if I can't transfer the data we assume that we do not need to transfer them and our PCs work fine; but this sort of inference in my opinion go completely against the argument that we know saying that computer now or tomorrow or next century will fail.

now look at this question what is your choice

Quote:
With less than 20 per cent market share, Cherico Airline has been steadily losing ground to other
competing airlines. However, the recent addition of the Dreamliner aircraft to its fleet might just
turn the tide for Cherico. The Dreamliner claims 15 per cent more fuel efficiency than competing
similar aircrafts and cheaper maintenance costs. With the induction of these planes, Cherico will
get a competitive advantage over its more aggressive rivals, which will be saddled with older
aircrafts and get deliveries of their own Dreamliners only in 2014.

Which of the following would it be most useful to determine in order to evaluate the argument?

(A) Whether it is possible for Cherico to cut costs even more by reducing the number of
stewards in the air plane

(B) Whether it is possible for Cherico to improve the Dreamliner’s fuel efficiency even further by
restricting the amount of luggage passengers can carry

(C) Whether Cherico can increase its revenues by charging for the meals it serves in its aircrafts

(D) Whether the Dreamliner’s maintenance costs will be substantially lower than those of
Cherico’s rivals’ aircrafts

(E) Whether it will be possible for Cherico’s rivals to somehow get deliveries of their own
Dreamliners expedited


I'm assuming, in addition, that our question is official material and the answer is D
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Ok man I'm trying to really understand the argument at end and playing hard

Few facts: evaluate the argument strenght and weaken the argument at the same time. Strenght do not destroy the conclusion as weel as weaken.

Now if I can't transfer the data we assume that we do not need to transfer them and our PCs work fine; but this sort of inference in my opinion go completely against the argument that we know saying that computer now or tomorrow or next century will fail.

now look at this question what is your choice

Quote:
With less than 20 per cent market share, Cherico Airline has been steadily losing ground to other
competing airlines. However, the recent addition of the Dreamliner aircraft to its fleet might just
turn the tide for Cherico. The Dreamliner claims 15 per cent more fuel efficiency than competing
similar aircrafts and cheaper maintenance costs. With the induction of these planes, Cherico will
get a competitive advantage over its more aggressive rivals, which will be saddled with older
aircrafts and get deliveries of their own Dreamliners only in 2014.

Which of the following would it be most useful to determine in order to evaluate the argument?

(A) Whether it is possible for Cherico to cut costs even more by reducing the number of
stewards in the air plane

(B) Whether it is possible for Cherico to improve the Dreamliner’s fuel efficiency even further by
restricting the amount of luggage passengers can carry

(C) Whether Cherico can increase its revenues by charging for the meals it serves in its aircrafts

(D) Whether the Dreamliner’s maintenance costs will be substantially lower than those of
Cherico’s rivals’ aircrafts

(E) Whether it will be possible for Cherico’s rivals to somehow get deliveries of their own
Dreamliners expedited


I'm assuming, in addition, that our question is official material and the answer is D


Ok. I will go with C as the answer to the question you listed *crossing my fingers*

Let me know If I am right.

So back to the original question.

The issue ,IMO, is that the antiquated archive format is only on 1 system, SO if that systems fails, the company is screwed and will no longer have access to the data.

To hedge against such an event, they will place the information on a new system that can be accessed by multiple terminals. So if one terminal fails, the data can be accessed from another terminal.

STOP!!!

We are assuming that the antiquated format CAN be transferred to the new system, which CAN be accessed by multiple terminals.

What if the data cannot be transferred? If such is the case, then the proposal makes no sense, and should not move forward.

But

What if the data CAN be transferred? If such is the case, the proposal does make sense, and should move forward.


Bottom line, the transferability of the antiquated format is a deal breaker..

What are your thoughts?
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