0722: "Computer Problems"

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0722: "Computer Problems"

Postby CobaltMouse » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:07 am UTC

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Alt-text: This is how I explain computer problems to my friend Catherine. my friend Catherine usually seems happier than me.

My cheese was burnt.

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0722: "Computer Problems"

Postby Daedalus733 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:11 am UTC

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Title text: This is how I explain computer problems to my friend Catherine. my friend Catherine usually seems happier than me.

my friend Catherine never helps me with my computer.
Also, aw man, I was still messing around with the April fools stuff when I accidentally got to it.

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby CAGE » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:12 am UTC

Didn't find it all that funny.

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby Persona » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:14 am UTC

I knew I wasn't the only one who recased my monitor in metal

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby CobaltMouse » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:14 am UTC

But it's behavior fitting with the syntactic faculties! That's inherently funny due to absurdity!

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby wallacoloo » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:15 am UTC

That's the problem with humans having this so-called "higher-level intelligence". We try to control everything, but we're never satisfied by it. Cats don't seem to care much about anything. They don't have much control over any technology, but most of them seem pretty satisfied with life.

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby Comic JK » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:15 am UTC

What motivates me is changing the pattern of lights on _other_ peoples' metal boxes. If it were just mine, I'd stick to crayons.
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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby Persona » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:15 am UTC

CAGE wrote:Didn't find it all that funny.


Try pressing more buttons.

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby Dynokate » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:17 am UTC

Oh. Suddenly my life feels small and meaningless. Should I push more buttons?

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby Paladin65536 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:19 am UTC

Ha ha ha, this sums up every computer problem I've ever had, as well as my every attempt to fix them all at once! :D

Except I don't have a cat, so I have to take my problems to friends\family\random passerbys, but other then that... :P

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby Aileran » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:21 am UTC

I never really thought about it that way, but I've dwindled away the last 20 years of my life playing a big game of Lite-Bright... Oh god....

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby RJFerret » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:21 am UTC

Ums, use a mouse! (The cat might like that too...)

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby Pir8Bob » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:22 am UTC

Whether or not this has a deeper meaning, I think it's hilarious. (I didn't think of it having deeper meaning at all.) (It's getting to be late...) I loved it. I want this in print.

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby Omegaton » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:22 am UTC

It's xkcd for people that need Simple English Wikipedia, haha.
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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby Jourdy289 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:23 am UTC

I got a crack from this one, with the little lights in the right pattern.
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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby Comic JK » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:24 am UTC

What motivates me is changing the pattern of lights on other peoples' metal boxes.

If it were just mine, I'd stick to crayons.
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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby ZeroSkulleton » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:26 am UTC

Good as usual. I find it pretty amusing when he looks at thinks through a different perspective (this can also be found in that one comic where the guy talks about a flash video, and ends with him saying "I AM GOD").

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby The Scyphozoa » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:30 am UTC

"my friend Catherine usually seems happier than I," Randall.

Dynokate wrote:Oh. Suddenly my life feels small and meaningless. Should I push more buttons?

Great. Sounds like this is going right up there with "more cowbell" and "additional pylons".
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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby alchemistique » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:41 am UTC

I cannot stop laughing. I thought this was god damn hilarious. Reminds me of my poor mother trying to navigate Facebook.

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby richdun » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:43 am UTC

Of course I create an account to post on a grammar bug report.

The Scyphozoa wrote:"my friend Catherine usually seems happier than I," Randall.


You can use either "than I" or "than me," depending on your preference. Some find "than I" to be more correct because the omitted verb "am" completes the thought, while others stick to "rules" about prepositions and objective case pronouns. As with most "rules" concerning grammar, neither are wrong, and both are right. Ugh.

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby woktiny » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:49 am UTC

This is how I explain my job to family, friends, and even most of my co-workers.

Have I become jaded?

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby monkeyman8 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:57 am UTC

I giggled maniacally, I'm not quite sure why.

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby Vorpals » Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:00 am UTC

This is the best XKCD comic in a while, and I hope this makes it to print.

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby thanksbastards » Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:05 am UTC

certain comics get funnier every time I re read them, this is defiantly one of them.

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby baltakatei » Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:06 am UTC

Pir8Bob wrote:Whether or not this has a deeper meaning, I think it's hilarious. (I didn't think of it having deeper meaning at all.) (It's getting to be late...) I loved it. I want this in print.


Seconded. The comic can be understood by every english-reading person who has seen a computer. Plus, it appeals to the non-technical folks' sense of superiority. I would fully support a red t-shirt with this comic.

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby diotimajsh » Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:08 am UTC

ZeroSkulleton wrote:Good as usual. I find it pretty amusing when he looks at thinks through a different perspective (this can also be found in that one comic where the guy talks about a flash video, and ends with him saying "I AM GOD").
That was exactly what I thought. It's something I've tried to do throughout my life, though of course it hasn't been about the precise same things Randall's comics have been about.
(It's 676: Abstraction, for anyone who wants a refresher of the "I am a god" comic.)


thanksbastards wrote:certain comics get funnier every time I re read them, this is defiantly one of them.
Aha, I shouldn't make fun of typos/spelling... but that's a great one. As though the comic fights back, or gets funnier in a very proud and resistant manner!
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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby merseyless » Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:09 am UTC

the situation for your average windows user :D :

"You know this metal rectangle full of little lights running windows?"
"Yeah."
"I spend most of my life pressing buttons to make the pattern of lights change however it feels like changing"
"Sounds good."
"But today, the pattern of lights is more wrong than usual!"
"Oh God! Try pressing more buttons!"
"It's not helping!"
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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby MSTK » Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:14 am UTC

merseyless wrote:the situation for your average windows user :D :

"You know this metal rectangle full of little lights running windows?"
"Yeah."
"I spend most of my life pressing buttons to make the pattern of lights change however it feels like changing"
"Sounds good."
"But today, the pattern of lights is more wrong than usual!"
"Oh God! Try pressing more buttons!"
"It's not helping!"


I honestly thought we had moved on past windows jokes as an internet society. I guess I was wrong =/

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby kogle » Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:36 am UTC

I really like this comic. As a CS student it's very difficult to explain to anyone (apart from other CS students or techies) what it is I really do.
This comic represents the highest level of detail I'm usually able to use when describing my field.

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby Rat » Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:13 am UTC

Pir8Bob wrote:Whether or not this has a deeper meaning, I think it's hilarious. (I didn't think of it having deeper meaning at all.) (It's getting to be late...) I loved it. I want this in print.


randall's a furry.

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby phillipsjk » Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:13 am UTC

I loved this comic. The conversation seemed nonsensical right up to the punch line, then it all fell into place.

The phase "... pressing buttons to make the pattern of lights change however I want." Is surprisingly descriptive, though slightly inaccurate. When he said "metal rectangle full of little lights," I assumed he was talking about the main box and not the monitor (because those are normally plastic). While I can make the front-panel lights light up when I want, it is usually just a side-effect of whatever I am doing.

Ok, now we need a "Liberal-Arts major" to give their impression. I think my analysis was a little too technical: it is just a webcomic after all :)
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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby guyy » Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:42 am UTC

MSTK wrote:I honestly thought we had moved on past windows jokes as an internet society. I guess I was wrong =/


The number of years it takes for the Internet to move past anything is way, way over 9000.

As for the comic, it's not really surprising that we spend so much time staring at boxes full of patternized electric charges. After all, that's what we are. Except humans aren't usually box-shaped.

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby Rocciamax » Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:50 am UTC

Even better.

I usually take a brief look at the light patterns, mumble "hm shtt this ain't no good", hit some keys (my boss staring blankly at me, slightly worried - but he doesn't know what for!), change a bit the lights, swear a lot, shout some acronyms in a cell phone, hit some more keys, and then relax, sit back and say "Cool, now it may do."

The boss have no clue about the good-ness or bad-ness of the light patterns before and after my strain, but i actually get paid! This is such a crazy world.

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby ogicu8abruok » Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:27 am UTC

this could be one of my all-time favorite strips

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby Pesto » Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:48 am UTC

guyy wrote:
MSTK wrote:I honestly thought we had moved on past windows jokes as an internet society. I guess I was wrong =/


The number of years it takes for the Internet to move past anything is way, way over 9000.

What?! Nine thousand?

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby insom » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:43 am UTC

When confronted with something funny I usually smile inwards, or at moments even outwards. This one actually had me burst out in laughter and I'm contemplating putting it on my corridor door...
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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby rawli » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:49 am UTC

I think there's a stylistic reference to HHG2G in there aswell.
http://www.clivebanks.co.uk/THHGTTG/THHGTTGradio12.htm
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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby Technical Ben » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:05 am UTC

Someone has to post a link to Lolcats.

My attempt at Lolcating the strip.

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby MrGuy » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:06 am UTC

Maybe if the way in which I push these buttons is witty enough someone will love me.

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Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Postby mattme » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:08 am UTC

CAGE wrote:Didn't find it all that funny.

The pioneers of computer science were almost all women (eg. Shannon) and the field continues to female-dominated - more girls than boys study it at university and household names like Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Twitter invariably elect female CEOs. In Hollywood witty and intelligent female geeks fix the problems of their ignorant (but sexually attractive) male friends who are pathetically useless with computers. Insultingly, when consumer electronics are marketed to men, they condescendingly appeal to stereotypes - adverts show men using the devices to repair cars, plan fitness regimes and watch porn. Shamefully, all-female design departments occasionally produce 'male' models of the devices - no different in functionality but appearing in metallic colours and phallic in shape.

In the comic, a guy patronises a girl to talk about his computer, the converse of the cultural stereotype.
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