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Mazen on May 28, 2022

Interpretation of rule one please?

Hi The first rule states: "No computer transmitted the virus to more than two other computers on the network." According to a couple of experts' posts this rule is being interpreted as the infected computer could have transmitted the virus to 0, 1, or 2 computers max. I understand why in a vacuum this rule could be interpreted as transmitting the virus to 0, 1, or 2 max. However, I reason that we can make an additional inference from the transmission to 0 computers: Is it accurate to infer that it "must be true" that if the computer transmitted the virus to zero computers, then this computer was the last computer in the sequence? My reasoning is based on combining the first rule quoted above with the rule that is imbedded in the text of the game which is: "Each computer received the virus exactly once." Furthermore, can't we make one additional inference from the combining of the two rules above with the second rule that S must infect exactly one other computer: S cannot be the last one in the sequence of infected computers, since S must infect exactly one additional computer? Thank you Mazen

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Emil-Kunkin on June 1, 2022

Hi Mazen,

S indeed cannot be an end of the chain as you pointed out! However, I think there could be more than one end of the chain of computers. So, just because a computer transmitted to zero other computers does not mean that no other computers also did not transmit.

Mazen on June 1, 2022

Thank you