Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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This comics is a comment on the difficulty of installing wikipedia:OpenBSD,which is taken to ridiculosly(and amusingly) extreme levels,where Cueball and Megan somehow literally end up in deep water over their installation of OpenBSD.
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As a project wears on, standards for success slip lower and lower.
- [Woman looking at man working on the computer.]
- Man: Okay, I should be able to dual-boot BSD soon.
- [Man on the floor fiddling with the open tower in front of him.]
- Man: I'll be happy if I can get the system working like it was when I started.
- [Man standing in front of the computer which now has a laptop plugged into the tower.]
- Man: Well the desktop's a lost cause, but I think I can fix the problems the laptop's developed.
- [Man and woman swimming in the sea, island and beach seen in the distance.]
- Man: If we're lucky, the sharks will stay away until we reach shallow water.
- Woman: If we make it back alive, you're never upgrading anything again.
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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. 184.108.40.206 18:45, 14 January 2014 (UTC)
What's incomplete about this explanation? It seems pretty thorough to me. 220.127.116.11Evan
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.18.104.22.168 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. 22.214.171.124 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). 126.96.36.199 14:00, 8 March 2015 (UTC)
- Read the title text. 188.8.131.52 22:31, 29 July 2015 (UTC)
What are the odds of sharks actually attacking them? 184.108.40.206 17:43, 8 November 2017 (UTC)
- we do not have enough data to form even a cogent guess. Most importantly, where are they?