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80 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 02 November 2007 06:57AM

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Comment author: celeriac 02 November 2007 03:51:45PM 4 points [-]

When I design a toaster oven, I don't design one part that tries to get electricity to the coils and a second part that tries to prevent electricity from getting to the coils.

Er, yes you do. There is a latch to hold the contact closed, there is a thermostatic switch to dislodge the latch. It is such with many designed control mechanisms.