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I am true and a liar,
You can’t touch me,
But you do use me,
I work when off or on,
Which most rely upon,
Without me, there would be,
no processes to see.

What am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ I will add a hint if anybody asks for one. No cheap tricks here. $\endgroup$ – cbronson May 25 '16 at 18:15
  • $\begingroup$ If you can put a (hidden) hint in the title, you can get rid of the generic & bland "this is a riddle" title and possibly get a cooler title. :) $\endgroup$ – Anton May 25 '16 at 18:19
  • $\begingroup$ Anton - Good idea! But now that you pointed that out it may give it away lol $\endgroup$ – cbronson May 25 '16 at 18:21
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You are a:

Binary value/flag

I am true and a liar,

True and false (1/0)

You can’t touch me,

You cannot touch electronic data

But you do use me, I work when off or on,

Binary values are used as both true and false

Which most rely upon, Without me, there would be, no processes to see.

0's and 1's (binary values) are used as machine code to run all computer software.

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  • $\begingroup$ You got it! Hopefully it wasn't too easy :) $\endgroup$ – cbronson May 25 '16 at 18:38
  • $\begingroup$ I hadn't refreshed and didn't realize that Reti had this, partially - oops. $\endgroup$ – Khale_Kitha May 25 '16 at 18:39
  • $\begingroup$ You can go ahead and move the mark to Reti's since he apparently had it while I was typing this. I don't care. $\endgroup$ – Khale_Kitha May 25 '16 at 18:41
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You are a

transistor switch.

I am true and a liar

Binary has two states, which as boolean are true and false.

You can’t touch me

Not a convincing answer, but the swithes we use for computers are too small for us to practically touch.

But you do use me

Computers rely on them and we use those every day.

I work when off or on

No matter its state, it contributes to something.

Which most rely upon

Same comment from above how we use computers for everything.

Without me, there would be, no processes to see.

Another unconvincing answer. Without them, computers wouldn't work and no programs/processes would run. However, we could always substitute them for something else.

Title hint

If the title includes a hint on its own, it could be referring to binary, which is the computer language. Kind of. Boy, this answer started off well and took a dive.

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  • $\begingroup$ You got the answer but it's not the answer you wrote. $\endgroup$ – cbronson May 25 '16 at 18:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Reti43 I have a hunch it is the first clue he is referring to $\endgroup$ – Gordon Allocman May 25 '16 at 18:34
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I think it is:

Light

I am true and a liar,

Acts as both a particle and a wave

You can’t touch me, But you do use me,

Can't touch it, but need it to see

I work when off or on,

Not sure

Which most rely upon,

Everyone but the blind need light to get through the day

Without me, there would be, no processes to see.

Without light, we could not see anything

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  • $\begingroup$ Good guess! But not quite it. The answer will fit all of the lines of the riddle. Like you mentioned, light doesn't work when off. ;) $\endgroup$ – cbronson May 25 '16 at 18:19

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