Talk:349: Success

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There is nothing in the comic about project management. The only point is that we start out assuming total success, then just hope we don't actually end up in a worse position, then that there is at least one working computer on the premises, and finally just by hoping to survive. The is purely a comment, taken to extremes, on the most likely result of an interaction with man and machine. As the 'incomplete' tag indicates, the BSD upgrade is just used as an example. The comic is not attempting to advocate for better project planning, no matter what anybody may think. 108.162.219.223 18:45, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

What's incomplete about this explanation? It seems pretty thorough to me. 199.27.128.136Evan

I find it funny that Megan says: "If we make it back alive, you're never upgrading anything again", implying that he would be allowed to if he dies, somehow.141.101.64.41 16:16, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

It does not imply he would be allowed to if he dies. This is just how that phrase is commonly worded. The trope generally follows the form: "If we make it out of here alive, ________ never/ever again." -- Flewk (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
I think that's an example of denying the antecedent. 108.162.212.227 17:43, 8 November 2017 (UTC)

Just wanted to point out that it doesn't say OpenBSD in the comic (which is implied in the explanation), just BSD, and if it did reference OpenBSD then another part of the explanation would be wrong (comic #518 mentions FreeBSD). 188.114.99.41 14:00, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

Read the title text. 108.162.210.187 22:31, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

What are the odds of sharks actually attacking them? 108.162.212.227 17:43, 8 November 2017 (UTC)

we do not have enough data to form even a cogent guess. Most importantly, where are they?
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