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WYSIWYG, pronounced, "whizz-ee-whig", is an acronym that stands for "What you see is what you get". In regards to computers, it refers to text editors in which the user can see exactly what will be published as he is typing it.
The comic compares various types of editors. A WYSIWYG editor displays the edited document in its final, typically printed, form. The next type, WYSIN(not)WYG, is similar to an HTML source editor, where you enter raw HTML code and are (in a different view) presented with the rendered appearance of the page.
The WYSITUTWYG ("... is totally unrelated to ...") editor apparently takes your input and proceeds to ignore it entirely, instead displaying totally unrelated words.
Finally, the WYSIHYD ("... is how you die") "editor" is not an editor at all, but a terrible, terrible pun on the multiple meanings of the word "get": If you see "eaten by wolves", you will get ... eaten by wolves.
The text editor used in this very wiki's page editor is of the "not what you get" variety.
The title text takes the joke one step further. It is a fictitious command to the highly extensible Emacs text editor. A well-known comment about Emacs is that "it is a pretty good operating system, all it lacks is a good editor". In fact, Emacs is a runtime environment for the Lisp programming language; the main application present in that environment is the editor. Emacs operates in various "modes", which are customizations for specific purposes, like editing plain text, e-mail, source code in any of hundreds of languages, operating heavy machinery, etc. Placing Emacs into "Machine of Death" mode would turn it into a WYSIHYD editor (or maybe it would just kill the user?). "M-x" is Emacs-way of saying "hold down meta key, press x, release meta key", and meta is normally mapped to Alt key. Don't know why xkcd uses "m-x" instead of "M-x". And no, that particular mode does not exist at least on Emacs 23.2.1.
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