Talk:1764: XKCDE

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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The title text reminds me of the Dust Theory in Greg Egan's _Permutation City_. 07:45, 25 November 2016 (UTC)

It reminds me of Mushroom Spawns.-- 11:52, 25 November 2016 (UTC)

Nested virtualization to three layers... -- 09:46, 25 November 2016 (UTC)

Possible pun on existing desktop environments: KDE, CDE, LXDE, XFCE,... -> XKCDE (relies on conics using only upper-case letters). --JakubNarebski (talk) 10:51, 25 November 2016 (UTC)

^ This is a more plausible explanation ([CDE: Common Desktop Environment: than "Collaborative Development Environment) mentioned in the explanation above. SabreWolfy (talk) 09:44, 26 November 2016 (UTC)

The title text is a take on poetry. It extends from the abstract tree (which is a digram and a datastructure type) to an actual tree with unpluggable roots and leafs which scatter in the wind and finally land spinning. Sebastian -- 11:00, 25 November 2016 (UTC)

Title text may bear an oncology reference, with the "root machine" being a primary tumor and the "leaf VMs" its metastases, which also (can) proliferate to form a new tumor on whatever tissue they land (even long after the primary tumor is destroyed). 13:26, 25 November 2016 (UTC)

The "" link is already broken, and this comic is new for today??? Either somebody forgot to check the link or whoever owned the domain brought it down rather abruptly. -- 18:39, 25 November 2016 (UTC)

Humans have used similar stacking arrangements in many different ways before. From Shakespeare's plays within plays, TV shows within shows, or characters within a story writing about an author writing a book. In the case of a book author, the 4th step might actually work - other authors, or fan-fiction writers might continue to tell stories about a character long after the original author is dead. A webcomic might be made satirizing a Krillin fanfic, that is referring to the character from Dragonball, a story whose main character is Goku, based on Sun Goku from the Journey to the West which is a retelling of Xuanzang's own account, Great Tang Records on the Western Regions which contains Buddist parables that describe a Master teaching a Student about the nature of Buddha a state of being exemplified by the achievements of Siddhartha Buddha who gain enlightenment after meditating on the lives of thousands of people. I think we as humans are good at stacking such virtual environments because it is a prerequisite of properly developed empathy, which requires tracing, sometimes long and elaborate, chains of relationships based on what someone else thinks another person might think of somebody else's behavior. 19:42, 25 November 2016 (UTC)

I wonder how many xkcd comics contain lowercase letters (like 's' in "VMs")... -- 19:36, 25 November 2016 (UTC)