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0350: "Network"

Postby suso » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:00 am UTC

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LINK: http://xkcd.com/350/

Title text: Viruses so far have been really disappointing on the 'disable the internet' front, and time is running out. When Linux/Mac win in a decade or so the game will be over.

All I want to know is where to get a screen that size. :shock:
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby athelas » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:01 am UTC

I want the gigantic monitor.

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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby Sartorius » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:02 am UTC

This sort of sounded like a Mac commercial to me for some reason.

I want a gigantic monitor too.
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby muteKi » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:03 am UTC

Hm. That was fast.


Oh, my virus scan software actually had something to catch and quarantine today while I was shining light on the dark corners of the web.
I swear, Randall must read my head for some of these comic ideas.
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby MythGuyDK » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:03 am UTC

Giant Monitor FTW.
Exactly!

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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby deja » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:03 am UTC

awesome, but to the alt text, virus's arnt impossible to make for mac (dunno about linux), they are just VERY uncommon, since the vast majority uses windows... So, if macs win in the future, virus makers will just go after them instead.
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby krazylegz » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:05 am UTC

Maybe I can do with with a bunch of VMs...otherwise, the power requirements would be way too high for an aquarium.

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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby Shale » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:06 am UTC

I can't be the only one who saw the title and expected an "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" joke.

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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby thethirdmoose » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:07 am UTC

muteKi wrote:Hm. That was fast.


Oh, my virus scan software actually had something to catch and quarantine today while I was shining light on the dark corners of the web.
I swear, Randall must read my head for some of these comic ideas.


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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby Herrgray » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:07 am UTC

Fun idea, but I'm way tired of the Windows/Mac/Linux virus debate. Kudos for actually writing a strip on the subject that I didn't get annoyed with.

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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby suso » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:10 am UTC

Viruses so far have been really disappointing on the 'disable the internet' front, and time is running out. When Linux/Mac win in a decade or so the game will be over.


You know, in 10 years I think all sysadmins will have lost their sanity and will just shut off the internet. That will be the viruses winning.


This strip makes me want to tell everyone about my large synergy setup I have at work. I have 4 monitors on my desk and a laptop, then we have 4 large 37" LCD TVs on the wall for doing network monitoring. All these monitors are hooked up via synergy for a continuous desktop via 1 keyboard and mouse. Its 5 computers total, 3 Linux and 2 windows. The Linux machine that is running 2 of the monitors on the wall even has two seperate X sessions running so that I can switch the virtual desktops at different speeds.

It may not be the biggest synergy setup in the world, but it may be close.
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby Ren » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:12 am UTC

Cue: Windows/Mac/Linux flame wars.

This is a fantastic comic, though. "Who's a good virus? You are!" Viruses are the new kitties, clearly.
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby hellmitre » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:12 am UTC

Uh... not to be a Nazi, but it's 'amongst them', not 'between them.' Between means two. Amongst is any number.

But I laughed.
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby suso » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:13 am UTC

Shale wrote:I can't be the only one who saw the title and expected an "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" joke.



Heh, cool. You're not alone. Great movie.
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby aerojad » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:16 am UTC

It's good to see that Windows boxes will have their uses after the age of the Penguin begins.
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby gtkarber » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:18 am UTC

hellmitre wrote:Uh... not to be a Nazi, but it's 'amongst them', not 'between them.' Between means two. Amongst is any number.


If you wanna tell the little stick guy that, you're gonna have to draw yourself first.

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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby hendusoone » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:20 am UTC

So, he has at least 20 virtual Windows machines running. What sort of physical hardware is handling these? I hope it's not all on one physical machine... that would have to be one beast of a computer!

Or maybe they are all running on a single computer? It would probably be slow enough to allow an observer to actually watch the viruses spread around. I'll have to play around sometime and see just how many virtual machines I can get going at once, and how much it bogs down.
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby bsoric » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:22 am UTC

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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby Lumpy » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:23 am UTC

This is the funniest XKCD comic since I first read through the archives.

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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby Tuuli » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:29 am UTC

The big vid screen of networked consoles, the colours of the comps, and the discussion of virus's taking over the net, people standing in front of it. This screamed ReBoot: Daemon Rising. Please someone else see that? If it was accidental, it's my favourite strip ever. If it was purposeful, it's my favourite strip ever. I think you get the picture. XKCD and ReBoot can only combine to make a beautiful child, loved by everyone.

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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby EvanED » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:29 am UTC

I'm a Windows fanboy, but I really enjoyed this one.

When Linux/Mac win in a decade or so the game will be over.

That said, methinks you underestimate the nativity/stupidity of the average user.

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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby Tenth Speed Writer » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:29 am UTC

You know...

Come 2009, we need to assemble a team to begin work on the ultimate warhol worm.

It'll fire off January 1st, 2010.

It'll infect not only home networks, but somehow through means untold, adapt itself to any file type and transfer itself through any available wireless connection. We will crash bank networks, home computers, and government offices alike.

It will then proceed to post every single sequence of numbers resembling a credit card, as well as any pertinent information, on a single page; it will be, effectively, the last site known to man.

Banks will have to shut down to prevent further loss of funds. The economic upset could well bring the downfall of the capitalist society we delude ourself into believing is the true path to happiness.


And the world will finally come to rest. The dinosaurs will summon their meteor.



Might be fun. Anyone in? : )
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby Okita » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:30 am UTC

I would totally want an aquarium of viruses.

Even if it doesn't make sense.
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby 1337geek » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:31 am UTC

It's very rare for a comic (or book or movie or anything) to actually make me LOL (usually I LQTM). But I laughed out loud at the final panel. Good work, Randall; applause from my direction.
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby darkpsycho » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:33 am UTC

I totally want one of those! Any ideas on implementing something that cool?

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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby Krofh » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:36 am UTC

Viruses so far have been really disappointing on the 'disable the internet' front, and time is running out.

Is this a challenge?

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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby Tenth Speed Writer » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:38 am UTC

Krofh wrote:
Viruses so far have been really disappointing on the 'disable the internet' front, and time is running out.

Is this a challenge?


I do believe so.
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby seanm028 » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:38 am UTC

EvanED wrote:That said, methinks you underestimate the nativity/stupidity of the average user.

Perhaps you meant naïveté?

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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby voodooKobra » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:39 am UTC

"Normal people have aquariums." was the point where my sides busted.
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby EvanED » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:43 am UTC

seanm028 wrote:
EvanED wrote:That said, methinks you underestimate the nativity/stupidity of the average user.

Perhaps you meant naïveté?

I fully admit to not knowing how to spell. ;-)

And occasionally being really stupid.

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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby heXiuM » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:49 am UTC

So when's the poster coming out?
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby aerojad » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:56 am UTC

bsoric wrote:Once Macs and Linux take over, virus writers will just switch to XSS worms and the like. It's already begun.

you speak heresy.
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby Pseudo-G » Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:00 am UTC

I DEFINITELY gotta get me one-a those!

*researches the possibility of making it*
*realizes how much work it would take*
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby Steve the Pocket » Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:03 am UTC

I read this strip and I was like, "Who the heck comes up with stuff like this? Honestly!" I need to know more bored hackers, I think. Between this and the upside-down-ternet, I've come to conclude that they're more entertaining than I ever imagined.
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby cephalopod9 » Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:14 am UTC

Tenth Speed Writer wrote:You know...

Come 2009, we need to assemble a team to begin work on the ultimate warhol worm.

It'll fire off January 1st, 2010.

Will you call it y2k X?

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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby aleflamedyud » Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:20 am UTC

Well ILOVEU is just cute. It's that simple.
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby Ethereal » Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:27 am UTC

Very good one.
"You know, normal people just have aquariums." lol!
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Tenth Speed Writer wrote:You know...
Come 2009, we need to assemble a team to begin work on the ultimate warhol worm.

Careful there, "ultimate beings" don't really like to take orders from the creators.
And if I'm correct, it's going to follow the movie "Live free or die hard" and rig your delete button to make your computer literally explode.
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby top1214 » Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:31 am UTC

You're a kitty virus!

Proximity works with everything.

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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby Azrael001 » Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:41 am UTC

Okita wrote:I would totally want an aquarium of viruses.

Even if it doesn't make sense.


I want one too.
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Re: "Network" Discussion

Postby ssladler » Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:50 am UTC

Can you make them fight?


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