0387: "Advanced Technology"

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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby Triggerhappy938 » Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:24 am UTC

I would just like to say I just got back from a bar, and I can say from personal experience that this is the worst pickup line EVER!
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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby adjective » Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:33 am UTC

I demand a male version of this.

Much more of a factory when their parts are involved.

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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby pirogo » Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:39 am UTC

Does nobody else get a "couple" vibe from this?
I imagine her presenting a (fairly visible already, modulo stickfigureness) production in progress
to the marvelling cofactor - to me, that would be a plausible way to interpret the postures.
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"Factory"

Postby Zarkonnen » Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:48 am UTC

Hmm. It would be more precise to say that women implement a prototype pattern...

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Postby rwald » Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:51 am UTC

Zarkonnen wrote:Hmm. It would be more precise to say that women implement a prototype pattern...

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Postby Green9090 » Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:26 am UTC

rwald wrote:
Zarkonnen wrote:Hmm. It would be more precise to say that women implement a prototype pattern...

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You homoncu-lie!


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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby slobrummer » Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:31 am UTC

Can't quote as I'm on my phone, but to whoever asked about nudity/stick figure pr0n, I'd say my thought was that she's at least naked.

I've surely pondered the awesomeness of the female usually curled up next to one; a unique concoction of cuteness, sexiness, beauty, the ability to bear children, and finally that maternal love.

also, rule 34 applies to porn, and your mind has to run a bit to land on porn for this comic, though as people have said it could lead there as cheesy pickup line.

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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby ConMan » Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:38 am UTC

Even as a single geek, I still think this comic is late - it should have been put out a week and a half earlier so people could have used it on Valentine's Day cards.

Then again, maybe that's why I'm single.
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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby crazdgamer » Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:09 pm UTC

Help I'm trapped in a person factory.

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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby Yla » Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:09 pm UTC

A lot of people made comments about how this is likely stick-figure-porn, and I confess that was also my very first impression.
But now, it looks for me like she is well pregnant, and he is examining her belly, maybe putting an ear on it, or trying to sense the little guy kicking.
And then, he, being a nerd, is only able to think of and come up with this line.

Edit: @crazdgamer: rofl
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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby therocket » Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:36 pm UTC

theintegral wrote:I'm just trying to picture a pregnant stick person. How would that work?


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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby marcyt » Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:39 pm UTC

I love that!! :lol:

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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby zenten » Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:58 pm UTC

She's not self replicating exactly though, she needs one component to begin the process.

That said, sexual von Neumann machines are nothing to scoff at.

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Postby K.Raven » Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:02 pm UTC

@ therocket: hah, at first when i read it i thought he was asking her when she was going to die... then upon closer inspection, and the correct wordage, i showed it to everyone in my office. good job!

this comic is one of the best, i actually had a guy say something like this to me once.
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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby dhpe » Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:06 pm UTC

zenten wrote:She's not self replicating exactly though, she needs one component to begin the process.


A while ago in Slashdot it was said that some British researchers had turned female bone marrow into sperm, effectively allowing self-replication.

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Postby joeframbach » Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:09 pm UTC

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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby zenten » Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:20 pm UTC

dhpe wrote:
zenten wrote:She's not self replicating exactly though, she needs one component to begin the process.


A while ago in Slashdot it was said that some British researchers had turned female bone marrow into sperm, effectively allowing self-replication.


Bah, that requires external intervention though.

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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby Judas Maccabeus » Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:25 pm UTC

zenten wrote:
dhpe wrote:
zenten wrote:She's not self replicating exactly though, she needs one component to begin the process.


A while ago in Slashdot it was said that some British researchers had turned female bone marrow into sperm, effectively allowing self-replication.


Bah, that requires external intervention though.


Well, we can't just allow replication at will, or otherwise we'd end up with a "grey goo" (well, pink goo) situation. Humans already multiply enough as it is.
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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby LarrySDonald » Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:35 pm UTC

Not if one or more of the researchers are female and capable of doing it to themselves. It'd be a bit tricky I guess, the purists might demand she also know how to produce the equipment but then all self reproduction requires outside supplies, it's only a matter of how low-level the outside supplies need to be. In humans, a supply of food and water is needed (food certainly a non-trivial part). It just adds several more. Even for pure-grade self replication a team of females capable of reproducing all equipment and then all of themselves (including teaching the next generation how to do it again) would qualify. THX-1138 here we come..

Or just leave it to the bacteria. It's cool research though.

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Postby woktiny » Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:44 pm UTC

If you consider the perspective that coupled male/female pairs are "one" on the way a violin and it's bow are, then suddenly we become self-replicating ... sorta.

also, for all of you wondering about stickpr0n, a comic

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Postby lowbart » Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:44 pm UTC

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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby Wade M » Fri Feb 22, 2008 3:13 pm UTC

Am I the only one who sees this as a bit sexist? Associating the Female with her reproductive organs. Pregnancy is a wonderful wonderful thing, but to say that's all the person is seen as?

Am I reading this wrong???

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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby aleflamedyud » Fri Feb 22, 2008 3:18 pm UTC

The alt-text was funny, but the comic itself only provided a minute's laugh.

Come on, Randall. We all know you know your way around females. You can stop bragging now.
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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby Pesto » Fri Feb 22, 2008 3:21 pm UTC

Wade M wrote:Am I reading this wrong???

Yes.

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Postby Benitosimies » Fri Feb 22, 2008 3:26 pm UTC

Wade M wrote:Am I the only one who sees this as a bit sexist? Associating the Female with her reproductive organs. Pregnancy is a wonderful wonderful thing, but to say that's all the person is seen as?

Am I reading this wrong???

Peace,
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It's only one part of a larger examination. I'm sure they had more conversation than that but that is the piece we are seeing.
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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby LumenPlacidum » Fri Feb 22, 2008 3:29 pm UTC

I recall being told by a biology professor at some point that an ovum can be made to start splitting through the application of a small electric discharge. Of course, if that were true, then by necessity, the DNA of the child would have to be that of the mother (I can't remember the haploid/diploid argument against this, sorry). That would make the female body into a von Neumann machine, with the inputs of food and electricity.

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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby oasisob1 » Fri Feb 22, 2008 3:34 pm UTC

So much for girls sucking at math.

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Postby sunami » Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:07 pm UTC

Pesto wrote:
Wade M wrote:Am I reading this wrong???

Yes.
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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby jglarson » Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:15 pm UTC

I can't help but think this is being presented as a hint.

Anything you want to 'fess up to, Randall?

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Postby GodShapedBullet » Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:37 pm UTC

Wade M wrote:Am I the only one who sees this as a bit sexist? Associating the Female with her reproductive organs. Pregnancy is a wonderful wonderful thing, but to say that's all the person is seen as?

Am I reading this wrong???

Peace,
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Associating a female with her reproductive organs is not the same as associating a female with only her reproductive organs. There's no reason not to be proud of your body's ability to grow a human.

If I were to read any sexism into this comic (not that I am that offended or anything), I would read it as slightly anti-male. We haven't perfected asexual reproduction yet and if I recall from 7th grade health class, males are needed for baby making.

Furthermore, when I think of reproducing myself, I don't think of making a collection of body parts that looks like me. I think of making an individual that acts like me, thinks like me and has my predispositions and habits. Because that's what I identify with. To that end, I think "making more of me" isn't done mainly with my reproductive organs. It is done with my fabulous brain and fabulous ability to communicate.

Humans reproduce with sex. People reproduce by raising their kids.

P.S. I generally comment on these boards with the assumption that Randall Munroe isn't going to read it and so I am usually quite open about the comics I didn't like so much. But if my assumption is incorrect, Randall Munroe I think your comics are very good and sorry for being so critical and nitpicky. Hope you don't get really depressed about it. Keep up the good work?

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Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:02 pm UTC

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Postby jimic79 » Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:29 pm UTC

I agree with those above. This is definitely the first one in a while that caught me by surprise and actually had me laugh out loud. I guess, for once, i can actually say: "LOL!" and mean it!
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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby zahlman » Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:45 pm UTC

theintegral wrote:I'm just trying to picture a pregnant stick person. How would that work?


You don't see it. This is the abstract factory pattern.

Zarkonnen wrote:Hmm. It would be more precise to say that women implement a prototype pattern...

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Postby kerohazel » Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:47 pm UTC

CatProximity wrote:Dude, this is creepy considering how many dreams I've been having about pregnancy recently.

I find it seriously disconcerting that sex makes babies, and I want it to stop.


I hope for your sake you mean the pregnancy part, not the sex. :P

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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby Stereo » Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:48 pm UTC

zenten wrote:She's not self replicating exactly though, she needs one component to begin the process.

That said, sexual von Neumann machines are nothing to scoff at.

I would guess the von Neumann machine reference pertains to more than just a single person - the machine in question would be the sum of all compatible humans who perform acts which contribute to the creation of new parts of the machine.


Of course, that might mean I'm broken :oops:



& it makes the constructor something like People::People(People);
If I don't misremember the syntax.
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Postby bluenullity » Fri Feb 22, 2008 6:38 pm UTC

Oh jeez. Once a comic goes "pregnant" its all down hill from there.

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Postby Kni7es » Fri Feb 22, 2008 7:29 pm UTC

M.qrius wrote:
'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:So are they naked or what? Stick figure pr0n?

It's still a von Neumann machine, even when they have clothes on.


Maybe they're just always naked in xkcd comics, we just never knew about it until now.

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Postby Darcey » Fri Feb 22, 2008 7:55 pm UTC

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Holy crap I have been remembered!

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Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Postby Alienonland » Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:00 pm UTC

Unfortunately, the term of the union contracts are one month and the labor strikes are always bloody when the factory isn't doing much business.


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