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(something) does not compute

cliché One cannot comprehend something; something does not make sense. An imitative reference to robots, computers, and artificial intelligence in pop culture and science fiction. It's clear that the concept of prioritizing people's welfare over the economy just does not compute for this government. I've been trying to wrap my head around these instructions, but they just do not compute! I'm sorry, are you saying I should have fun on my day off? Well, that certainly does not compute after all these 80-hour work weeks!
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compute (something) at (some amount)

To determine the total to be a particular amount. Unfortunately, I computed the amount you owe at more than $1,000.
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compute something at something

to calculate the total of something to be a certain figure. I compute the total at nearly three thousand dollars. The tax department computed the penalty at an enormous amount.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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VST has an exclusive focus on virtualizing the compute domain of the enterprise data center, enabling the dynamic partitioning of a switch into multiple logical application switches.
Once the transition is made from the traditional hard-wired application silos to the virtualized infrastructure model, compute resources can be reallocated with unparalleled agility and fairness.
Under this method, a taxpayer computes its uncollectible amount by multiplying its yearend accounts receivable balance by the ratio of the total bad debts of accounts receivable sustained during the current year and five preceding tax years (adjusted for recoveries of bad debts during the same period) to the sum of the accounts receivable earned (i.e., the total sales resulting in accounts receivable) during the same six-year period.
Under this formula, a taxpayer computes its experience by multiplying its year-end accounts receivable balance by the ratio of total bad debts sustained during the current year and the five preceding tax years (less recoveries of bad debts during the same period) over the sum of the accounts receivable balance at year-end for the same six-year period.
As with the AMT credit, an S corporation computes its regular tax liability and TMT.
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