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NRO
'DISPATCHING DRONE TO TARGET COORDINATES.' 'Wait, crap, wrong button. Oh jeez.'
Title text: 'DISPATCHING DRONE TO TARGET COORDINATES.' 'Wait, crap, wrong button. Oh jeez.'

Explanation

Where's Waldo (known in the British original as Where's Wally) is a children's puzzle book in which you have to locate 'Waldo', a character with a distinctive striped shirt and hat, in a picture consisting of a crowd of hundreds of such characters. He usually is quite hard to find, which makes it slightly challenging. Cueball and his friend are using satellite imaging to find Waldo, by holding the book up to the sky and viewing it on the computer, presumably using some advanced image processing software to identify Waldo among the crowd. This would require a very advanced camera, as resolutions are usually much lower than would be necessary to resolve the characters in a Where's Waldo book. But since Cueball works at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), he probably has access to some powerful satellites and image processing software. The humor in this being, while he could be using that power for much more important things, he's instead trying to solve a simple game.

The title text is implying that Cueball has accidentally launched a drone at the co-ordinates, which would be where he and his friend are standing.

A What If (what-if.xkcd.com) examining the use of the Hubble Telescope for the purpose of examining the earth can be found here: what-if.xkcd.com/32/

Transcript

Cueball and a friend are in a remote area. The friend is holding a Where's Waldo? book towards the sky.

Laptop: [Target located]
Cueball: Got him. Left edge, two inches down.

The National Reconnaissance Office has an unusual approach to Where's Waldo.



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