0649: "Static"

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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby pyroman » Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:36 am UTC

I have an ESD strap which I will generally wear when doing work on my computers or for when i want to look like know what I'm doing. People will see the strap and ask about it so i will tell them what its for most of them having no prior idea what ESD is. They think that I am so smart because of such. Little do they know I actually have no idea what I am doing.
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby Benson » Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:40 am UTC

Omegaton wrote:I'm a little confused about who's talking since it seems like the people might be switching places, but I can't tell.

I don't think so -- the girl's* word balloon is on top in the first panel, and they seem to me to be following the same orientation throughout.

He's wearing a wrist-strap, guesses he was confused, and now understands why the geek squad fired him. She's going into italics.

*(Assuming a hetero couple for simplicity's sake.)
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby msimswil » Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:40 am UTC

TheTedinator wrote:he's wearing the wrist strap thing so she won't get pregnant right?

How can you tell she's a she?

Anyway, his personality is already a most effective contraceptive.
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby pretzil » Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:48 am UTC

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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby msimswil » Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:49 am UTC

saywhatman wrote:This one is first...with perfect technique as well.


You mean the new comic thread? The timestamps suggest it's not first. And rule VI says some commentary should be added. </picky>
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby Omegaton » Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:59 am UTC

Benson wrote:
Omegaton wrote:I'm a little confused about who's talking since it seems like the people might be switching places, but I can't tell.

I don't think so -- the girl's* word balloon is on top in the first panel, and they seem to me to be following the same orientation throughout.

They flip-flop left and right, it seems. In the first two frames, the assumed female is on the left, but it looks like she's on the right in the second two frames.
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:01 am UTC

I've always been told you could get away with just keeping one hand on the case, with the power cord connected but the switch turned off. So, does that mean a condom isn't necessary if I keep one hand on her waist at all times, with a lamp on but covered? :P
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Re: "Temp" Discussion

Postby Whyareall » Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:03 am UTC

tehol wrote:if you link to comic 649 it still shows temp

wooh! messups. XD

EDIT: wooh! im up this hour. though... I guess I shouldnt be, ={

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I've wanted to do that kind of thing for ages, but I never set out to find someone. But now I found you, and I call dibs.

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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby zaf » Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:06 am UTC

Wait, you aren't all talking about those "wireless" anti-static straps are you?!

You know those are beyond useless. Its the equivalent of using the "crossing your fingers" method of birth control.
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby AislinKageno » Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:08 am UTC

rubber314chicken wrote:So did he change his RAM in the nude or what?


Don't think so - Megatokyo's got that whole shtick covered. At least his computer was protected, though!

I seriously lol'ed at this one.
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby guyy » Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:02 am UTC

I had to read this 5 or 6 times before I figured out what was going on. And I still don't get why it's funny...
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby The TJ » Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:03 am UTC

I think I know where this guy might be able to get a job as a teacher...
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby Simon17 » Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:11 am UTC

Unless you're moonwalking in wool socks or touching a Van Der Graff generator with your other hand, you don't need a wrist strap anyway. Just touch the case before you touch any part of the circuitry.

I think most people just wear them for the same reason doctors wear coats- So the idiots think you know what you're doing.
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby captain2obvious » Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:34 am UTC

Simon17 wrote:Unless you're moonwalking in wool socks or touching a Van Der Graff generator with your other hand, you don't need a wrist strap anyway. Just touch the case before you touch any part of the circuitry.

I think most people just wear them for the same reason doctors wear coats- So the idiots think you know what you're doing.

Does this also apply to condoms?
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby newman » Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:58 am UTC

pyroman wrote:I have an ESD strap which I will generally wear when doing work on my computers or for when i want to look like know what I'm doing. People will see the strap and ask about it so i will tell them what its for most of them having no prior idea what ESD is. They think that I am so smart because of such. Little do they know I actually have no idea what I am doing.


Personal experience - probably built around 100 computers (IT) over the past 15 years, never wore a wrist strap and never had a problem. Use common sense, ground yourself quickly by grabbing the case, but modern electronics are pretty resilient.

Now, once I *did* accidentally ground out a motherboard by leaving a screw behind that got stuck underneath (and made a nice little ground). After the computer rebooted randomly, I eventually figured it out - it all worked fine after fixing.

I put wrist straps/static in the same risk category as mattress tags.
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby phillipsjk » Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:04 am UTC

Simon17 wrote:Unless you're moonwalking in wool socks or touching a Van Der Graff generator with your other hand, you don't need a wrist strap anyway. Just touch the case before you touch any part of the circuitry.

I think most people just wear them for the same reason doctors wear coats- So the idiots think you know what you're doing.


I've heard they can be useful for installing a $30,000 prototype board into a computer. In that case, you will want to use grounded mats as well.

But, "Geek Squad" was mentioned specifically, so that is not the case here.

Finally notices the phrase "most people ..."
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby 6453893 » Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:30 am UTC

Am I the only one that thought the RAM was wearing the condom?

I was?

Well, um,

Er,
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby Triscopic » Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:27 am UTC

This has to be one of the funniest strips yet. It took me several minutes to stop laughing; my co-workers think I've lost it.
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby Lord Duffler » Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:29 am UTC

captain2obvious wrote:
Simon17 wrote:Unless you're moonwalking in wool socks or touching a Van Der Graff generator with your other hand, you don't need a wrist strap anyway. Just touch the case before you touch any part of the circuitry.

I think most people just wear them for the same reason doctors wear coats- So the idiots think you know what you're doing.

Does this also apply to condoms?


If you're using it while installing ram, yes.
If you're using it while having sex, no.
If both, remember to attach the wrist thingy to the computer, not the partner.

Also, I thought this was a pretty good joke :)
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby Mr. Freeman » Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:59 am UTC

Wearing a condom while changing RAM does NOT explain why he was fired from geek squad. Those incompetent morons wouldn't know a static dissipative wrist strap from a SATA cable, even if you labeled them.

Good comic though. I think I'm going to go buy one of these just so I can wear it during sex.
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby scarletmanuka » Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:03 am UTC

It's a natural mistake to make. After all, they both protect you against an unwanted discharge...
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby DeltaBlast » Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:26 am UTC

This could've been a good comic if only it wasn't so unclear on who's talking where.
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby Grug » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:14 am UTC

phillipsjk wrote:
Simon17 wrote:Unless you're moonwalking in wool socks or touching a Van Der Graff generator with your other hand, you don't need a wrist strap anyway. Just touch the case before you touch any part of the circuitry.

I think most people just wear them for the same reason doctors wear coats- So the idiots think you know what you're doing.


I've heard they can be useful for installing a $30,000 prototype board into a computer. In that case, you will want to use grounded mats as well.

But, "Geek Squad" was mentioned specifically, so that is not the case here.

Finally notices the phrase "most people ..."


Agreed. Many people seem to think that ESD is an instant circuitry killer, when you are really just much more likely to cause a small arc that lifts the path off the board... which doesn't stop it working until it is bumped at a later date or vibrations/airflow eventually cause the thin sliver of conductor to break.

Going back a couple of decades in Australia, a major telecommunications company managed to significantly reduce their maintenance costs of expansion board replacements in phone systems after distributing straps to ground the engineers to the PABX. There was an estimated 80% increase in the MTBF. It would be interesting to know what sort of cost-benefit value there is in such precautions these days... pathways are smaller, so perhaps more likely to get zapped... but boards are better lacquered/coated, so perhaps less likely to path peel...
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby RandAlThor » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:19 am UTC

Erm, like others, I don't get it...

Was the joke that he wore a condom while changing ram? If so, why is the speech bubble coming from the other person?

Very confusing comic, Randall. As has been said before, if you have to explain your jokes to everyone before they become funny, perhaps you shouldn't be making jokes?
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby eviloatmeal » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:28 am UTC

I most definitely call rule 34 on anti-static wrist straps!!
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby Pen_Bird » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:31 am UTC

Cue that insipid novelty song by Sparks IIRC...

- diode cathode electrode overload
- generator oscillator
- make a circuit with me

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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby Pen_Bird » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:34 am UTC

Comic JK wrote:Ah yes, the old "make the comic occur in the dark to save drawing time" ruse. I've done that myself on occasion.


To save time over drawing stick figures?? Are we down to the milliseconds?

BTW Randall's (upright) stick figures have very good body language, but...

His stick figures of various sexual positions got XKCD listed in automatic porn blocking software. There goes the entire Chinese market, huh?
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby ThemePark » Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:02 am UTC

rubber314chicken wrote:So did he change his RAM in the nude or what?

Well, I guess there's bound to be some people who get turned on by getting ESD through their thing. And now that I've said that, Rule 34 will kick into effect.

newman wrote:I put wrist straps/static in the same risk category as mattress tags.

Mattress tags?

scarletmanuka wrote:It's a natural mistake to make. After all, they both protect you against an unwanted discharge...

And scarletmanuka wins the thread. +50 Internets for you.
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby aeris92 » Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:30 am UTC

I really didn't find this comic as funny as most of you guise - probably cause I'm not old enough to be immature yet [just kiddinglol].

Anyway, I think I should have been wearing one of those when my friend asked me to fix his graphics card [the wrists strap, not the condom]. I touched his box and ended up frying the card completely.. oops.
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby Whispering » Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:34 am UTC

Poor person had to work for Geek Squad.
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby thret » Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:03 pm UTC

Who the hell has sex in the dark?
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nothing can go wrong on a project ...

Postby jc » Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:13 pm UTC

So if I don't want to screw up my software project, I should wear one of those wrist things? Or does it makes more sense that I should wear a condom? I don't quite follow the reasoning here ...

Maybe I should wear both, just to be sure. I wonder if there's anything else I should wear.
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby chanakrogue » Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:23 pm UTC

A jetpack!

I don't get the comic either. :(
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby wiserd911 » Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:08 pm UTC

scarletmanuka wrote:It's a natural mistake to make. After all, they both protect you against an unwanted discharge...
And scarletmanuka wins the thread. +50 Internets for you.


Amen. The title text is rightfully yours.
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby nirvana_grace » Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:36 pm UTC

"I wear 2 wrist straps in normal life. When I go to swap-out some RAM, I take one off and feel like a wild man." 8)
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby dennisw » Wed Oct 14, 2009 2:46 pm UTC

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Wait...what? You get motion sickness during sex?
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby Asbestos2 » Wed Oct 14, 2009 3:03 pm UTC

Wait, I guess I'm dumb.

What makes everyone say that he was wearing a condom while changing RAM? Does it say that anywhere? All we know is that we was wearing an anti-static wrist thing when having sex.

Seems to me like this just implies that he thinks anti-static wrist straps are the be-all-and-end-all of protection. NOT that he somehow got the wrist straps and condoms backwards. I don't see how that's implied.

But I guess everyone else has worked out something that I haven't.
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby chanakrogue » Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:17 pm UTC

Asbestos2 wrote:Wait, I guess I'm dumb.

What makes everyone say that he was wearing a condom while changing RAM? Does it say that anywhere? All we know is that we was wearing an anti-static wrist thing when having sex.

Seems to me like this just implies that he thinks anti-static wrist straps are the be-all-and-end-all of protection. NOT that he somehow got the wrist straps and condoms backwards. I don't see how that's implied.

But I guess everyone else has worked out something that I haven't.


I cannot put it better myself. This is probably the first joke/comic I have come across that seems funny at first but is actually pretty stupid. It gets less funny if you stop to think about it for a minute.

I guess the real joke is: How a guy who can't tell the difference between a condom and an anti-static strip got laid ... Therein lies the exaggeration and the humor. Yup, that's it. And, I am standing by my theory!
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby You, sir, name? » Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:49 pm UTC

Simon17 wrote:Unless you're moonwalking in wool socks or touching a Van Der Graff generator with your other hand, you don't need a wrist strap anyway. Just touch the case before you touch any part of the circuitry.


Wear a T-shirt, and put the case on the side as you poke around in it. That way, you'll most always be in contact with the case whenever your arms are inside the computer. You get a pretty comfortable arm rest too.
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Re: "Static" Discussion

Postby QuestionablyLegalManeuver » Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:58 pm UTC

chanakrogue wrote:
Asbestos2 wrote:Wait, I guess I'm dumb.

What makes everyone say that he was wearing a condom while changing RAM? Does it say that anywhere? All we know is that we was wearing an anti-static wrist thing when having sex.

Seems to me like this just implies that he thinks anti-static wrist straps are the be-all-and-end-all of protection. NOT that he somehow got the wrist straps and condoms backwards. I don't see how that's implied.

But I guess everyone else has worked out something that I haven't.


I cannot put it better myself. This is probably the first joke/comic I have come across that seems funny at first but is actually pretty stupid. It gets less funny if you stop to think about it for a minute.

I guess the real joke is: How a guy who can't tell the difference between a condom and an anti-static strip got laid ... Therein lies the exaggeration and the humor. Yup, that's it. And, I am standing by my theory!


I thought this myself. The comic was actually funnier in the build-up than in the punch line. Although I will say that I understood the concept of him having worn a condom to change his RAM.

Maybe we should have comics about people using anti-static wriststraps in other situations that would require protection. That's where the humor lay for me.
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