Talk:1710: Walking Into Things

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'TFI a UFE? 04:58, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

I was wondering about this as well and googled it before i noticed that it's just the letters L and I that are not properly spaced. So UFE translates to "LIFE"... --- 11:33, 22 July 2016 (UTC)
Leam to kem (learn to kern) 15:45, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

Frame 1: Cueball mentions three groups. I think he implies the study only has 3 groups. Is the control group "looking at the sky"? 05:37, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

There is no control group in the first panel. It's a controlled (or monitored) trial, with three different outcomes. The control group mentioned by Megan is all mankind except Cueball.--Dgbrt (talk) 07:33, 22 July 2016 (UTC)
I read that as sometimes Cueball doesn't do any of the three things while walking, and yet still walks into things. 15:47, 22 July 2016 (UTC)
The "control group" is a baseline for comparison, so it's a sample of trials which have "average" values of the experiment's variables. Since the trials are describing whether Cueball is more likely to walk into something when he's looking at one of three things, the control group would be a random sample of all of Cueball's walking. Megan's comment about the control group is a way of saying that if you consider all of Cueball's walking, whether he's looking at one of those three things or not, his "rate" of walking into things is surprisingly high.--CapnCurry (talk) 22:34, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Perhaps Randall meant "discovering new things" by "walking into things". I walk into more things when I don't have a phone with me.-- 19:48, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

Does the word "rate" have a specific meaning in the context of controlled trials? If so, the explanation needs a summary of that meaning and a description of what the "rate of the control group" means in that context. Dansiman (talk) 21:17, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

No, "the rate for the control group" just refers to the rate at which Cueball walks into things in general, versus the rate at which he walks into things while A) Staring at the sky, B) Reading a book, or C) Looking at his phone. "Rate" has no special or unusual meaning in this phrase.

Unrelated: Survey question: How much time do you spend looking at your phone? circa 2076: "What is a phone?" cc2026: "My phone says 72%." cc2016: "Not much; Sometimes I just use my tablet." cc2006: "I guess I do text a lot." cc1976: "Looking at it? Do you have a video phone or something?" cc1876: "What is a phone?" 10:37, 27 July 2016 (UTC)

The clouds are drawn to look like icons of clouds, not actual clouds. This has some kind of cosmic significance. i suspect it means that the characters exist inside a virtual landscape. 05:20, 29 July 2016 (UTC)leon