Talk:2556: Turing Complete

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This is a reference to the new FORCEDENTRY exploit analysis by Google's project zero: The exploit runs a full (turing-complete) VM within a PDF decompression algorithm. 22:37, 17 December 2021 (UTC)

I don't think "attack by a nation-state" is referring to Turing's WWII work. I think it means a modern nation-state is using FORCEDENTRY to attack you via some unexpected device. Barmar (talk) 23:56, 17 December 2021 (UTC)

I think it actually is a reference to national security agencies being able to get into your phone and get all your private data and so on 01:00, 18 December 2021 (UTC)Bumpf

The explanation should probably also mention that was published just two days before this comic. Frank 11:09, 18 December 2021 (UTC)

I added in a much needed A Bunch Of Rocks reference. I mean, it's a possibly broken Turing Machine (because the operator is 'only human' and occasionally makes mistakes in his process. But, by definition, anything capable of simulating (many!) things that are themselves considered Turing Complete is thus by itself Turing Complete as it carries out (or could carry out) all the tasks that are successfully (or potentially) carried out by them 'on their own'. It's a metaphysical (metaphilosophical? metasomethingorother...) issue, of course. ;) 00:29, 19 December 2021 (UTC)