Talk:1739: Fixing Problems

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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This one seems relatively straightforward. It points out the rabbit hole that comes from attempting to optimize and attempting to fix earlier mistakes. -- Drewthedude64 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I agree. I added my explanation as such, and as I was doing it, I noticed that this comic seems to repeat the themes shown in past ones. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I want to build a web browser from scratch so I can load web pages on my iPod quicker. Benjaminikuta (talk) 06:45, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

I put in a mention of the fixed-point combinator. It seems like that can hardly be an accidental pun since it's the essence of recursion. I forgot to put in a summary of the change. Murray (talk) 07:19, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

The interpretation of the title as pun seems far-fetched to me. Sebastian -- 14:34, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

I disagree with some points of the current explanation. Most important one: "This comic is clearly remarking upon whether or not the benefits of the mentality "If it ain't broke, break it and fix it" [...]":

1. Words like "clearly" shouldn't be used in a wiki, since they're suggesting that whoever has another point of view is an idiot. But that's not the important part.
2. Depending on time constraints for a given task "wasting my time" (as in the title text) could be the definition of a software being "broken". So fixing a problem which causes "time wasted" is not necessarily fixing something which isn't broken. The solution for inefficient software is _not_ more hardware ;) Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 07:32, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

Possibly related to 13:47, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

I'm surprised no one has mentioned[1] yet...-- 17:50, 28 September 2016 (UTC)