910: Permanence

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This hostname is going in dozens of remote config files. Changing a kid's name is comparatively easy!
Title text: This hostname is going in dozens of remote config files. Changing a kid's name is comparatively easy!


Cueball thinks it is easier to change a person's name than to change the hostname of a server because of the number of changes that would need to be made. However, it seems that Cueball has never had to wait in line at the Social Security Administration office or at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Those two name change processes make finding and changing dozens of hostfiles look like a piece of cake.

In the comic, Cueball references "epidural" which is a process used during childbirth/labor that blocks both pain and sensation (by continuously injecting drugs directly into the spinal canal), which Megan refers to as "drugs".


[A large panel the combined width of the four panels below it.]
[A blue Linux terminal installer screen with a grey box that is labeled "[!]CONFIGURE THE NETWORK" in red. Below, in black, it reads "Please enter the hostname for the system." Below is an empty blue entry box with a cursor and dashed underscore, and below this it says "<GO BACK>".]
[Cueball sits at his computer, Megan stands behind him.]
Megan: You've been staring at that screen a while.
Cueball: Picking a good server name is important.
[Megan stares at him.]
[She continues to stare.]
[Cueball pushes his chair back, puts one elbow on the back of the chair and points with his other hand at the screen.]
Megan: And yet you settled on "Caroline" for our daughter in like 15 seconds.
Cueball: But this is a server!
Besides, I had to—you were trying to name her "epidural."
Megan: Those were good drugs.

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I would marry a girl called epidural. Davidy²²[talk] 01:40, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

Server or not, I know myself the feeling of wanting a super-duper high-school-level name. At least I have a system of naming my computers, gaming devices, and (future?) servers.Greyson (talk) 17:49, 13 February 2014 (UTC)

I usually use some kind of encoded date (related to when the computer was acquired or setup) in the name, probably prefixed by something signify the model or vendor of the computer. Permanency of relevance is guaranteed and it is easier than try to think what the name will means years from now. Arifsaha (talk) 20:13, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

This appears to be the Debian installer. It's also missing the "<Continue>" button. 02:38, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

Use a name that reminds you which computer it is. In a network this can be very important. It should be descriptive but not silly or generic. Trust me on this. Jakee308 (talk) 03:21, 15 June 2015 (UTC)

I've still called my servers planet names. Even 'Pluto', my build server, works just fine without Pluto being a real planet. - 23:06, 23 October 2015 (UTC)

Epidural anesthetics don't make one feel or act "drugged" in the sense of stoned. They can cause hypotension (low blood pressure), which can cause lightheadedness, but that would rarely produce a similar effect to, say, marijuana or LSD. Other side effects can include nausea, backache, and headache (http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Epidural-anaesthesia/Pages/Sideeffects.aspx), none of which would make one want to name one's baby after their cause. -- Npsych (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
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