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Critical Sense Detector
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This machine is subject to breakdowns during periods of critical need.

A special circuit in the machine called a 'critical detector' senses the operator's emotional state in terms of how desperate he or she is to use the machine. The 'critical detector' then creates a malfunction proportional to the desperation of the operator. Threatening the machine with violence only aggrevates the situation. Likewise, attempts. to use another machine may cause it to also malfunction. They belong to the same union. Keep cool and say nice things to the machine, because nothing else seems to work.....

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