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# The ability to access information via computer is a

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The ability to access information via computer is a tremendous resource for visually impaired people. Only a limited amount of printed information is accessible in braille, large type, or audiotape. But a person with the right hardware and software can access a large quantity of information from libraries and museums around the world, and can have the computer read the information aloud, display it in large type, or produce a braille version. Thus, visually impaired people can now access information from computers more easily than they can from most traditional sources.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

A) A computerized speech synthesizer is often less expensive than a complete library of audiotapes.

B) Relatively easy-to-use computer systems that can read information aloud, display it in large type, or produce a braille version of it are widely available.

C) Many visually impaired people prefer traditional sources of information to computers that can read information aloud, display it in large type, or produce a braille version of it.

E) The rate at which printed information is converted into formats easily accessible to visually impaired people will increase.

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29 Sep 2009, 07:03
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This Q is from Franklin's Super-Fly Critical Reasoning Question Thread
narrowed down to A & B
but will choose A in the exam

Note : even i do not know the Answer

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I would go with B.

If relatively easy-to-use computer systems that can read information aloud, display it in large type, or produce a braille version of it are widely available, then visually impaired people can now access information from computers more easily than they can from most traditional sources.

First, we are concerned with the availability of easy-to-use computer systems, price of the system will be taken into consideration after wards when multiple such systems are available to choose from.

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29 Sep 2009, 17:52
B ..

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29 Sep 2009, 18:24
thanku for the explanations getmba

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12 Nov 2009, 07:43
well.. I would still go wtih A

I was using the same logic but going the other way round..

If it is costing less even before it is widely available, then it would could be easily made widely available.. who knows.. at even lesser prices..

The argument only regards this as a recommended system and not an already established method, so it may be inherent that the systems are not currently available widely..

and finally negating the options..
negating B) What if the systems are not widely available - they could be made so..
negating A) what if the cost of the system setup is greater than the over all cost of the traditional forms of libraries. Then it would be obvious that we would follow the traditional methods.

The defence rests !!

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getmba wrote:
I would go with B.

If relatively easy-to-use computer systems that can read information aloud, display it in large type, or produce a braille version of it are widely available, then visually impaired people can now access information from computers more easily than they can from most traditional sources.

First, we are concerned with the availability of easy-to-use computer systems, price of the system will be taken into consideration after wards when multiple such systems are available to choose from.

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12 Nov 2009, 08:36
I believe it is B.

The passage states that traditional sources for the impaired are limited. Combine this with the wide availability of computers (choice B), and the author's argument that visually impaired people can access information more easily with computer systems is strengthened.
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12 Nov 2009, 12:10
I went with B, too.

A just seems too narrow to me.

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"B". The passage also specifies that "limited" information is available on audio-tapes. A is out.

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23 Dec 2010, 09:25
There is a logical connection between the conclusion and the assumption at B:
"visually impaired people can now access information from computers more easily" because "relatively easy-to-use computer systems ... are widely available".

hence, B does stregthen.

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23 Dec 2010, 15:50
I preferred B.

"A." is an extra information.

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25 Dec 2010, 02:18
Stimulus says the functionalities of the computer systems are helpful to the visually impaired. Answer choice B says they are readily available. So that makes useful information easily available to visually impaired. Since nothing is mentioned about cost, choice A is out of scope.

B is my pick.
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27 Dec 2010, 19:44
I pick B. Computerized speech synthesizer in A is not discussed in the stimulus.

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04 Apr 2011, 16:12
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16 Jun 2011, 02:54
its a plain B here.
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16 Jun 2011, 18:40
B for me as well.

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17 Jun 2011, 22:11
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Re: Impaired people   [#permalink] 17 Jun 2011, 22:11

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