583: CNR

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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Can't and shouldn't.
Title text: Can't and shouldn't.


In this comic, "could not reproduce" is a double entendre. Because the reported bug is that speech recognition failed on a young child's voice, the programming team attempt to reproduce (biologically) in order to have a child to use as a test subject to understand and fix the bug, starting by reproducing it (the bug). However the attempt fails, as shown by the negative pregnancy test, and therefore the bug report is closed with the reason being "could not reproduce": they could not reproduce the bug because they could not reproduce biologically.

This reason also shows up in comic 937: TornadoGuard.

The title-text "Can't and shouldn't" qualifies the bug report, meaning that the programmers cannot and should not reproduce given their unacceptable motive as well as poor child-rearing skills (demonstrated in comic 674: Natural Parenting).


[Megan is sitting at a computer.]
Speech2Text Commander
Bug #167801
Speech recognition fails on young child voices.
Megan: Hmm.
[The view enlarges to show a man sitting at another desk.]
Megan: Hey, can you do me without a condom? We need a young child for something.
Cueball: Okay.
[A pregnancy test is displayed. The label indicates not pregnant.]
[The woman is at the computer again.]
Bug #167801
Status: Closed
Reason: Could not reproduce.

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It's kind of silly that they'd need to make a new kid. There are plenty of them for free in any given shopping mall on any day!

(No, I do not condone abducting children, even for science.)Pennpenn (talk) 03:57, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

@Pennpenn: For $847.63 you can buy a child in the supermarket. Or could, in 1989. The Simpsons already did it! (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)