Talk:2553: Incident Report

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It seems that "juggling pins" is also a common term for them. Many websites selling them call them pins. Wikipedia says they "sometimes are referred to as pins or batons by non-jugglers". Presumably the technician writing the IR is not a juggler. Barmar (talk) 23:00, 10 December 2021 (UTC)

I'm going to assume that 12/10/2021 is the flawed American date system? Kev (talk) 23:01, 10 December 2021 (UTC)

You have read The Leaky Establishment. Dave Langford always claims he did not smuggle nuclear material out, but will admit to a filing cabinet. Arachrah (talk) 23:09, 10 December 2021 (UTC)

strictly regulated control rooms which would prevent the simultaneous presence of fireworks, juggling and birthday celebrations - I would hope that in control room of nuclear power plants, fireworks, juggling and birthday celebrations can't be present AT ALL, not just simultaneously ... -- Hkmaly (talk) 23:15, 10 December 2021 (UTC)

You might think that, but I'm basing my edits on that documentary of modern American life entitled "The Simpsons" Kev (talk) 11:23, 11 December 2021 (UTC)
As an operator at a nuclear power plant I can tell you that birthday cake is not infrequently present in the control room. But yeah, juggling would be quite discouraged, and security would not be happy if you tried to bring fireworks into the Protected Area. Also, for the record, I have never heard the fuel rods called "pins" (though that may be regional), and while the description of fuel rods here isn't *technically* false I think that "control rods" are what the writer was attempting to describe. (The design of the fuel rods does of course effect neutron flux et al, but they are not positionable or anything like that so to say that they "control reaction speed" is rather misleading.) -- 12:23, 11 December 2021 (UTC)
I take your point and greater knowledge and so have more precisely linked to the wikipedia page from which I gained such knowledge Kev (talk) 20:16, 11 December 2021 (UTC)

It's perhaps worth noting that the comic was posted within hours of Amazon in real life releasing an incident report for a major outage of one of their server locations which affected many of their services, perhaps explaining how an Amazon delivery worker accidentally delivered fireworks to the wrong location. 02:36, 11 December 2021 (UTC)

It's never specified to be a birthday cake, but I don't know how to put that in the explanation. 03:05, 11 December 2021 (UTC)Bumpf

  • The third paragraph says "a birthday cake intended for Technician B". -- 04:55, 11 December 2021 (UTC)

Noting that Randall is not above drilling down even to decimals (or subunits) of seconds as needed. Relarivistic Baseball and Vlass Half Empty come immediately to mind. But I'm not sure if he's gone down the Xeno's Paradox route of starting off fairly long-scale and as the finale approaches cutting down the gap between each itemisation and the next to finer and finer distictions. Wouldn't be surprised if he did, but I'd have to search for it. 03:45, 11 December 2021 (UTC)

I don't think that "false minute-level precision" is correct here. In fact, the next more precise-looking times might actually be false precision: go to to see what I mean. I don't know how to express the changing precision indications, however . . . . 11:32, 11 December 2021 (UTC)

I suppose Seconds From Disaster is just the kind of show this would end up on... IByte (talk) 15:21, 11 December 2021 (UTC)

(1) Although anonymous, it appears that we know it's Technician B's birthday which is quite personally identifiable and (2) I want more follow up about the kittens, for public safety. We could be looking at a new animal martial arts franchise but I can't decide if that's the best case or worst. 15:50, 11 December 2021 (UTC) Robert Carnegie [email protected]

...they've possibly already got a more direct competition. (See also other examples for the generally furry, if not feline, if you prefer. ;) ) 16:55, 11 December 2021 (UTC)

Is there an xkcd fanfic site where the story continues? I sure would love to read what happens at the microsecond level. How detailed will the story get? Femtosecond maybe? Ah such suspense! Ralfoide (talk) 18:18, 11 December 2021 (UTC)

Heisenberg might have something to say about getting too precise. Barmar (talk) 13:55, 12 December 2021 (UTC)
Schrödinger's opinion on this might be anything. Has anyone checked yet? 16:46, 12 December 2021 (UTC)

If the end result was any injury that required medical attention or a reactor SCRAM there would be an incident report. A SCRAM would be more likely to have accurate timestamps from the logs. So it is possible that the incident report is for a fairly minor result. 14:41, 12 December 2021 (UTC)

Was this inspired by the pretty serious Log4Shell (cve-2021-44228) that came out exactly that day (2021/12/10)? Can assure you many incident reports were written that day 10:18, 13 December 2021 (UTC)

who decided to put some of their unreobtainable time into that incomplete tag? also, thank you to whoever did that (talk) 12:05, 13 December 2021 (UTC)

Astonishingly, incident 9603120071 wasn't previously mentioned on Onofre Nuclear Generating Station's Wikipedia page. It is now! 16:11, 13 December 2021 (UTC)