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MIT researchers have developed an experimental software framework called Jolt that allows applications to recover in some cases when they hang. When Jolt detects that a program is stuck in a certain kind of infinite loop, it can force it to exit the loop and continue executing.
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Awesome, like games? Photoshop? Would be extremely useful in both cases.
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Honestly if I have something lock up once or twice a month it's unusual. Maybe it is more useful on larger scale systems that do more intensive things.
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Awesome, like games? Photoshop? Would be extremely useful in both cases.
in some cases, it's not a stalled program, but rather an impatient user and a slow computer
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This was probably made for their own use on another project where the software froze and they lost a bunch of work.

For 99.9% of the world...ctrl-alt-delete works fine and if it doesn't the reset switch will take care of it.
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On my work laptop, it will be fine all day.. and then you see a news post or an email that looks really interesting, click it, lag out, program unresponsive, 10 minutes later still unresponsive

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For 99.9% of the world...ctrl-alt-delete works fine and if it doesn't the reset switch will take care of it.
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If we can make it so it prevents applications from dividing by zero, we might prevent the impending apocalypse!
    
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The inspiration for the research project came from a bug in Microsoft Word. An MIT professor was writing a document in the word processor one morning when it froze unexpectedly. Using a debugging tool, he found the loop in which the program was stuck and forced it to move on, allowing him to save his document and restart the program. He described the incident in an e-mail to his colleague, Professor Martin Rinard, who then got the idea of building an automated tool for breaking out of infinite loops.
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What if this software crashes? anti-anti-crash software?
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