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Number of Computers
They try to pad their numbers in the annual reports by counting Galileo's redundant systems as multiple computers, but they're falling behind badly either way.
Title text: They try to pad their numbers in the annual reports by counting Galileo's redundant systems as multiple computers, but they're falling behind badly either way.

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In this comic is a graph of all computers in the world, on a log scale. On the right side of the page, another line appears; a line representing all computers destroyed by NASA by throwing them into Jupiter. The computers in reference are those which were thrown into Jupiter so that before their destruction, they could beam back data to earth about Jupiter. Obviously destroying computers is not their intention; however, the caption states that NASA is trying to destroy all computers by doing so, and failing horribly, given they have destroyed three computers out of >10 billion.

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[A graph is shown, with the x-axis representing time and the y-axis indicating computer count. There is a line that starts slowly, then rockets up exponentially, eventually reaching the right edge of the graph at ~10 billion, labeled 'Number of Computers created.' On the right, another line appears, this one barely sloping upwards at all, capping out at 4, labeled 'Number of Computers destroyed by hurtling them into Jupiter.'

Caption: NASA needs to pick up the pace if they ever want to finish the job.

Title text: They try to pad their numbers in the annual reports by counting Galileo's redundant systems as multiple computers, but they're falling behind badly either way.



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