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Update Notes
v3.0.2: Hey, if anyone still using this app is headed to the beach, can you stop at 4th and River St and grab the sunscreen from my car? Trunk should be unlocked. Thanks!
Title text: v3.0.2: Hey, if anyone still using this app is headed to the beach, can you stop at 4th and River St and grab the sunscreen from my car? Trunk should be unlocked. Thanks!


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Update notes or release notes are notes (or documents) released when software has been updated, to inform the user of any important changes to the software.

In this comic, Randall and his friend are using release notes of their apps as a form of chat service, instead of actual software change information. He says this is possible because the two apps are no longer being maintained, so theoretically, there are not many people using the app who would read the update / change notes.

This "chat service" would not be in real time, so presumably, Randall and his friend would have to be constantly checking each other's apps to see if there are updates.

On the "stars" app, the last "actual" notes says "Introduced bugs and degraded performance". This is a typical change, but not a change that a software developer would want to inform a user.

The comic also refers to a meteor shower occurring in August, most likely the Perseid meteor shower.

The title text says that Randall, who is at the beach, has left his sunscreen in his car, but that the trunk is unlocked, for whoever is still reading the updates for this app. This may invite the attention of thieves, who are now informed that Randall's trunk is unlocked. However they may not know what city Randall lives in, and conversely readers of the release notes could be anywhere in the world so most are probably not in a position to physically make contact with Randall's car.

This comic could also be poking fun at the non-descriptive updates many popular apps post in the "What's new" or change log. One example of this would be the Uber app stating "We update the app as often as possible" as a "new" feature every update. Apple recently changed AppStore guidelines[1] to require clear descriptions of new features and product changes, effectively putting an end to the problem Randall is highlighting.


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[There are two panels that show smartphone-esque screens with two different apps with different update notes, showing a conversation between two people. New updates are added to the top, so to follow the conversation flow one would start from the bottom and alternate between the second app and the first one.]
[The first app's icon is an "A" symbol.]
Version 3.0.1
June 22, 2018
Update Notes:
I'm actually off work Monday so that's perfect.
Oh, that sounds fun! What night?
Are you around this weekend? We're heading to the beach.
Hey Mike, you there?
[The second app's icon consists of three stars.]
Version 7.0
June 22, 2018
Update Notes:
It peaks August 12-13th.
Sorry, no, going to a wedding. But do you want to camp out for the meteor shower in August?
Yeah, what's up?
Introduced bugs and degraded performance
[Caption below the panels:]
My friend and I both have apps we've stopped maintaining, so we just use the updates to chat.

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Discussion 16:42, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

I feel like this might be aimed at Google Hangouts. We started using it for our business several years ago, and every year it gets HARDER to use. 16:43, 22 June 2018 (UTC) SiliconWolf

I wonder if this was inspired by recent allegations about Paul Manafort using "foldering" for under-the-radar communication. 18:21, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

Thank goodness they have lots of battery, because if they were low I wouldn't be able to concentrate on the comic. 02:20, 23 June 2018 (UTC)


"Trunk should be unlocked" is a software development reference.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trunk_(software) -- (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I'm not so sure. That is an entirely different sense of the word Trunk (car trunk vs tree trunk), and it doesn't have any real connection to the topic of the comic. It's most likely just a coincidence. HisHighestMinion (talk) 20:52, 22 June 2018 (UTC)
On the contrary, if the trunk is unlocked, whoever picks up his sunscreen is able to reply on the app notes. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

This makes me think of bad git commit names. As if they're updating the app and not bothering to actually describe what the update is, the modern git complaint.(Similar to https://xkcd.com/1296/). 00:18, 23 June 2018 (UTC)

Haaaaaaaaaaaands Zmatt (talk) 10:35, 25 June 2018 (UTC)

A stands for Apple while the 3 stars stand for Samsung. Samsung means "3 stars" in Korean. Just a bit of fun fact. -- Otterman (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)