: That's not to say that the majority of the population in 1984 isn't kept under control by the media, it's just a less prominent theme.
Not Michael Jackson. He means Mick Jagger.
Not to mention that if you don't specify a CPU time limit, and you get an (apparently) infinitely running process you have no way of determining a winner short of solving the halting problem -- which may be a little too much effort if you're just looking to have a kids' programming competition.
Could you explain to me how this is a Catch 22 situation? To me it just looks like a difficult moral choice.
Just don't send the scientists, or we'll get a wonderful Ayn-Randist theme park at the bottom of the ocean
Like punning, programming is a play on words.