XKCD strips about computer science?

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XKCD strips about computer science?

Postby hananc » Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:27 am UTC


I am the webmaster of the Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem.

Soon we will open an exhibition about computer science called CAPTCHA.

I want to acquaint the visitors of our website with XKCD.

I would like to use your help and intimate knowledge of XKCD and Computer Science to suggest appropriate strips that I will publish on our site.


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Re: XKCD strips about computer science?

Postby Xenomortis » Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:38 pm UTC

http://xkcd.com/761/ highlights the importance of selecting appropriate algorithms for the task at hand
http://xkcd.com/737/ highlights the dangers of overflow (or more generally, the dangers inherent when working in a finite field Z/nZ)
http://xkcd.com/518/ is all one needs to learn how to read flowcharts
http://xkcd.com/505/ - rocks are Turing Complete
http://xkcd.com/399/ demonstrates the pointlessness of your work

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Re: XKCD strips about computer science?

Postby phlip » Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:26 am UTC

One important thing to consider - is this museum a commercial venture? Are you hoping to get money from people coming to see your exhibit? Because xkcd is licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial licence, which means the comics are free to use... as long as you give credit to xkcd, and don't use them for commercial purposes. If you want to use the strips for a commercial project, you'll need to contact the author and get permission... which we can't really help with, because he doesn't visit the forums these days.

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Re: XKCD strips about computer science?

Postby hananc » Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:45 am UTC

Thanks for your suggestions.

@phlip - We are a non-profit organization. I want to publish the strips on our which is also published under CC and we don't intend to sell someone else's work.

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Re: XKCD strips about computer science?

Postby PM 2Ring » Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:26 am UTC

How about the Mrs Roberts series, "1337"?

And one of my favourite BHG comics, Donald Knuth.

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Re: XKCD strips about computer science?

Postby dudiobugtron » Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:30 pm UTC

Here are three specifically about designing/implementing software to tell someone is a human or not. I thought they might be relevant given the name of the exhibition:


Also don't forget to include the alt text if you want to give people the 'full comic experience'. Often the jokes in the alt text are as witty as the comics themselves.

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