The hacker gets the computer to stop blowing up the world by telling it to play tic-tac-toe so the computer will realize that there is no winner in a nuclear war.
Rob T Firefly
David Lightman: [On the computer] Hello, are you still playing the game?
Joshua: Of course. I should reach Defcon 1 and release my missiles in 28 hours. Would you like to see some projected kill ratios?
David Lightman: Sixty-nine percent of the housing destroyed. Seventy-two million people dead. [Types into computer] Is this a game or is it real?
Joshua: What's the difference?
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