Thanks to Peter T for sending this in, and saying “I don’t know what the ‘microbeads’ are. Is this some sort of sex joke?”
Sent by Chemgal, who says “It’s often out there, but this SMBC has me stumped”
And the bonus panel:
I’d venture that the advice in the bonus panel is meant as a variation on the (ahem) traditional “Try turning it off and then on again.”
This is just the legend of Pandora’s box (or at least one particular variant of it), without any modification. How is that a joke?
Is this a real, current, debate? I’m aware of debates about gender neutral pronouns, but not of any debates over second person plural in the last few hundred years.
Does this really violate logic? And which miracle is really more impressive?
It doesn’t seem to me that sorting a list in linear time really violates logic itself. It seems plausible that a divine being might be able to do any number of things that would violate the conditions that prevent sorting in linear time. e.g. perform multiple operations or comparisons at once. Or omnisciently perceiving the distribution of the numbers and then using it to perform a bucket sort.
I’m not saying that sorting in linear time isn’t impressive. But the crowd does have a point here. Violating conservation of mass does seem more impressive.
For SMBC fans who think the bonus panel and hovertext are essential to the comic, here they are.
“All technical quibbles may be sent to my email, where they will be figuratively burned.”
With the bonus panel:
Submitted as an LOL by Peter. Winter Wallaby would also give it an Oy tag. And maybe a Geezer tag?
Sent in by ChemGal, with emphasis on the bonus panel.
Submitted by some Luddite:
(We’re just asking about the bonus panel of course)