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the Haulting question: say there was a computer program, decide whether the program finishes running or runs forever!?!?!

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1234, mind if I ask you a couple questions. I see you're a new user and want to get your thoughts on some things about OpenStudy.
sure why not?
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no program runs forever, is this about the philosopher's paradox?
for you owlfred
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i want to see you postulate possible value for a total computable function fiona!
what is your approach?
to not misspell people's nicknames is a good one
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halting_problem
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i see wikipedia has answer?
yup.maybe ├žause it's hAlting not hAUlting :)
can i see how you would approach this problem?
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I specialize in databases, so likely by turning it over to a developer
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The thing to realize is that the Halting Problem, technically undecidable, is basically theoretical not practical. It doesn't really connect well to the "real world" of computing. In reality, if a program seems to just keep running forever thats generally because it contains an infinite loop or has hung on some bad input. A recursive routine that does not contain a stopping condition will execute for quite a long time but will eventually eat up all the computer's stack space and crash, terminating the program. An infinite loop can technically run forever, provided it makes no changes to data stored in the computer's memory.

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