0742: "Campfire"

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0742: "Campfire"

Postby rwald » Wed May 19, 2010 3:53 am UTC

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Title text: 100 years later, this story remains terrifying--not because it's the local network block, but because the killer is still on IPv4.

Even scarier is if the killer's IP address is 127.0.0.1.

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"Campfire" Discussion

Postby Seeker160 » Wed May 19, 2010 3:55 am UTC

Wow first try to start a thread in here i prolly won't be first but it is my birthday so might as well try.

Merg'd. Edit'd. Happy Birthday.
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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby mszegedy » Wed May 19, 2010 3:55 am UTC

He comic didn't make me laugh much, but the title text did indeed make for a horrifying story that seems hilarious at this angle.

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby rwald » Wed May 19, 2010 3:55 am UTC

Sorry... :-(

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby Josephine » Wed May 19, 2010 3:58 am UTC

hehe, I love it. xkcd still has a few gems now and then.
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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby KTLin » Wed May 19, 2010 3:59 am UTC

Got a mental chuckle at the very least. Never was a fan of campfire horror stories myself..

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby Tath » Wed May 19, 2010 4:05 am UTC

Love it.

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby squareroot » Wed May 19, 2010 4:07 am UTC

This is the kind of stuff most people crave from Randall.

Two thumbs up! :-)
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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby Glass Fractal » Wed May 19, 2010 4:08 am UTC

I'm guessing that 192.168/16 is the IP for a local network or something? (a la, "coming from inside the house")

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby glasnt » Wed May 19, 2010 4:14 am UTC

I don't like that camp, their stories are scary :<

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby J the Ninja » Wed May 19, 2010 4:14 am UTC

Glass Fractal wrote:I'm guessing that 192.168/16 is the IP for a local network or something? (a la, "coming from inside the house")


Yes.


Also, awesome comic. More than makes up for Monday's crap.
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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby slavik262E » Wed May 19, 2010 4:15 am UTC

Glass Fractal wrote:I'm guessing that 192.168/16 is the IP for a local network or something? (a la, "coming from inside the house")


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rwald wrote:Even scarier is if the killer's IP address is 127.0.0.1.


As soon as I saw IP, I thought that this would be the punchline.

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby AdmiralJustin » Wed May 19, 2010 4:18 am UTC

Glass Fractal wrote:I'm guessing that 192.168/16 is the IP for a local network or something? (a la, "coming from inside the house")


Pretty much.

According to RFC 1918 -- Address Allocation for Private Internets:

10/8
172.16/12
192.168/16

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby Eternal Density » Wed May 19, 2010 4:26 am UTC

This isn't especially funny beyond "this is a campfire story that only people who know about how IP addresses work would be scared by" but at least I got it, unlike Monday's one.
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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby unus vox » Wed May 19, 2010 4:28 am UTC

Eternal Density wrote:This isn't especially funny beyond "this is a campfire story that only people who know about how IP addresses work would be scared by"


I'm not sure Randall was shooting for a realistic commentary on the tech savvy of your average campfire-goer.
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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby myrcutio » Wed May 19, 2010 4:31 am UTC

In the next episode of XKCD: a vicious axemurdering root assaults your homeserver with killall scripts!

Love the lighting around the campfire, alot of nice artwork this last week or so.
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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby riddler » Wed May 19, 2010 4:32 am UTC

In 100 years, the kids are huddled around the multi-LED unit, not because fire is outlawed, but because we've devolved to the point that no one remembers how to make it.

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby dantman » Wed May 19, 2010 4:58 am UTC

*drool* I want that one on a T-Shirt... That just beat my "There are 10 types of people in the world. / Those that understand binary, and those that don't." T-Shirt.

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby FCN » Wed May 19, 2010 5:07 am UTC

Reminds me of the chat transcript/story going around awhile ago of a stupid hacker kid who
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deleted his own hard drive
because the guy he was chatting with and trying to attack told him that his IP address was 127.0.0.1.
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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby lsdigit » Wed May 19, 2010 5:21 am UTC

dantman wrote:*drool* I want that one on a T-Shirt... That just beat my "There are 10 types of people in the world. / Those that understand binary, and those that don't." T-Shirt.



actually i want one of your t-shirts...binary is much funnier than IPv4
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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby Quicksilver » Wed May 19, 2010 5:40 am UTC

hang on, can you trace a local network IP? tracing something usually refers to the IP address relative to the internet, not a local area connection. Meaning the result of a trace should give her her own IP.

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby XbHW_TestEngr » Wed May 19, 2010 6:15 am UTC

Ah, yes ... have to remember that we are dealing with youngsters.

Back in the day, when touch-tone phones were new, caller ID was not automatic. You had to enter a special code (*86?) to find out where the call came from. Then, to find out the call came from your home was really scary. (Watch some really old movies ... 70's era.)

Now, in the cool techy world, we dive in and find out the threat is coming via our own router that we left on the default settings (gasp!).

LOVE the IPv4 comment. (Then again, Randall can do no wrong as I feel connected to the author ....) :D
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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby nico » Wed May 19, 2010 6:19 am UTC

Is the kid on the right wearing a cape?

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby phillipsjk » Wed May 19, 2010 6:28 am UTC

riddler wrote:In 100 years, the kids are huddled around the multi-LED unit, not because fire is outlawed, but because we've devolved to the point that no one remembers how to make it.


Causing fire may be easier than you think: http://www.xkcd.com/651/

Quicksilver wrote:hang on, can you trace a local network IP? tracing something usually refers to the IP address relative to the internet, not a local area connection. Meaning the result of a trace should give her her own IP.


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james@workhorse:~$ traceroute dusty
traceroute to dusty.inet (192.168.26.69), 30 hops max, 40 byte packets
 1  router (192.168.131.1)  1.277 ms  1.421 ms  1.345 ms
 2  dusty (192.168.26.69)  2.573 ms  1.817 ms  1.758 ms
james@workhorse:~$


I actually ran that from a fourth machine ;)
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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby dantman » Wed May 19, 2010 6:47 am UTC

lsdigit wrote:
dantman wrote:*drool* I want that one on a T-Shirt... That just beat my "There are 10 types of people in the world. / Those that understand binary, and those that don't." T-Shirt.



actually i want one of your t-shirts...binary is much funnier than IPv4


My aunt bought it, don't know specifically where... I think this one is about right, you might want to search around for one that looks better, the joke is on T-Shirts in widely varying colors, fonts, styles, and some changes to the wording as well...

Which reminds me, she wanted a list of T-Shirt's I'd like, ^_^ time to make sure this one is on the list.

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby Plasma Man » Wed May 19, 2010 7:38 am UTC

Excellent. Good art and it made me laugh, I'm happier for having read it.
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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby Zorglub » Wed May 19, 2010 7:58 am UTC

To get the joke I had to have a look at the map of the internet.

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby tagno25 » Wed May 19, 2010 8:05 am UTC

Zorglub wrote:To get the joke I had to have a look at the map of the internet.

That map is out of date. There are only between 20 and 2 green squares left, depending on where you look.

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby RebeccaRGB » Wed May 19, 2010 8:21 am UTC

tagno25 wrote:
Zorglub wrote:To get the joke I had to have a look at the map of the internet.

That map is out of date. There are only between 20 and 2 green squares left, depending on where you look.

Who do you have to talk to to get a whole square like Apple, Xerox, IBM, etc. did? (Eyes 7.x.x.x lustfully.)
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Fry: Destroyed? Then where are we now?
Al Gore: I don't know. But I can darn well tell you where we're not—the universe!

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby dwm » Wed May 19, 2010 8:35 am UTC

So, when's xkcd.com getting a AAAA DNS record?

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby tagno25 » Wed May 19, 2010 8:48 am UTC

RebeccaRGB wrote:
tagno25 wrote:
Zorglub wrote:To get the joke I had to have a look at the map of the internet.

That map is out of date. There are only between 20 and 2 green squares left, depending on where you look.

Who do you have to talk to to get a whole square like Apple, Xerox, IBM, etc. did? (Eyes 7.x.x.x lustfully.)

Your local RIR. 7.0.0.0/8 has been controlled by the DoD since 1997-11-24.

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby BioTube » Wed May 19, 2010 11:53 am UTC

Am I the only one who thinks IPv6 will falter? The problem it tried to solve was long since handled with more transparent means.
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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby jeff@orca.lu » Wed May 19, 2010 12:00 pm UTC

HAHAHAHAHA^^
I was too lazy to read through the entire thread so someone might already have said this, but anyway:

Did she use a GUI in Visual Basic to find the IP Address? xD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkDD03yeLnU

This was funny :D
Also, when IPv6 is completely implemented, will there sill be some IPv4 addresses? My guess is you could still use them because all routers and other hard-/soft-ware will be backwards-compatible *to infinity*... and beyond... or so... :P

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby extrablue » Wed May 19, 2010 12:29 pm UTC

Great Art Randal!

It occurred to me with this comic and Friday's that XKCD is coming the closet to filling the void that's been in my heart since 1995. Intellectual argument, flexible usage of paneling, experimentation with art. Almost Waterson!

I feel like that's the best compliment I can give to a comic.

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby MaXer » Wed May 19, 2010 12:30 pm UTC

Ah, my first GOOMHR moment. (I choose to pronounce it Gomer, as in Homer with a G, because I like to be able to say stuff, RGOOMH doesn't work as nicely)

I have an exam on network security next week that I just started studying for today. I have no particular interest in networks and feel as dumb as a door knob on the area, so I was very pleased to get both jokes. Must be a sign that I will pass the exam.

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby grigory.j » Wed May 19, 2010 12:52 pm UTC

That was a good one :)

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby xepher » Wed May 19, 2010 1:04 pm UTC

rwald wrote:Even scarier is if the killer's IP address is 127.0.0.1.

So... I googled it, and its apparently a loopback address. I'm not totally sure what that means, but from what I garnered, it apparently means that you yourself would be the killer a la twilight zone? Or is the killer just clever?

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby Sebastian » Wed May 19, 2010 1:06 pm UTC

Moin Moin

FCN wrote:Reminds me of the chat transcript/story going around awhile ago of a stupid hacker kid who
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deleted his own hard drive
because the guy he was chatting with and trying to attack told him that his IP address was 127.0.0.1.


That was my first thought too.
By the way the text in your link seems shortened.
The original is in German an can be found here : http://www.stophiphop.com/modules/news/ ... toryid=184
(I recommend reading the original to anyone who knows German)
Unfortunately the spelling of the guy so messed up, that the google fails translating it, but still it has some funny passages : Translated Version

My second thought was :
The killer must have hacked the wlan or he used a computer in the 192.168 net as proxy for his communication to scare the poor guy to death
3th though :
Why do you have to trace an IP in your local area network ?

Still one of the funniest comics for the last months.

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby happyhamsterchan » Wed May 19, 2010 2:57 pm UTC

Now THIS is XKCD! Just like back in the good ol' days of "sudo make me a sandwich" THIS is the true nerdiness we've all come to expect from xkcd. BTW I thought it was hilarious.

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Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Postby bigbri9 » Wed May 19, 2010 3:36 pm UTC

As a huge fan of both campfires and xkcd, I had to register to declare my love for this comic. What are my chances of being able to order a frame worthy print of this one?

Thanks Randall!


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