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  1. Jan 2019
    1. “I see. You’ve been starting at AAAAAAA... and working up to ZZZZZZZZ....” “Exactly — though we use a special alphabet of our own. Modifying the electromatic typewriters to deal with this is, of course, trivial. A rather more interesting problem is that of devising suitable circuits to eliminate ridiculous combinations. For example, no letter must occur more than three times in succession.” “Three? Surely you mean two.” “Three is correct: I am afraid it would take too long to explain why, even if you understood our language.”

      Andrew Oakley actually wrote a Javascript program to do exactly what the monk was asking Dr. Wagner on the day that Arthur C. Clarke died (March 19, 2008). The site of course has a disclaimer if you decide to run the program to completion: "USE OF THIS PROGRAM IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. I WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY LIABILITY FOR THE CONSEQUENCES SHOULD YOU ALLOW THIS PROGRAM TO RUN TO COMPLETION." See: http://www.aoakley.com/articles/2008-03-19.php