Talk:387: Advanced Technology

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"OOH! Von Neumann and Harvard machines! My favorite subject! How did you know?" - Lcarsos
[...because you just told me, moderator!] Greyson (talk) 18:53, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

It seems to me that Cueball is examining Megan's abdomen (where her uterus, the "factory" itself, is contained), rather than her crotch as stated by the Explain XKCD description. It's not just the logic, but also the shape of Cueball's head (which may just be an artifact of the drawing process). Does anyone agree, or is it probably just me? JET73L (talk) 17:14, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

It's there in the official transcript. 15:08, 11 February 2013 (UTC)
Still seems kind of, i don't know, incorrect. The crotch is the factory door, not the factory. 18:18, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

Hmmm, self-replicating Von Neumann machines are more like parthenogenic aphids (asexual or "clones") rather than human sexual reproduction... Meg would not be able to copy herself. Apart from that, I like this cartoon as it does point out how fantastic reproduction really is. Oh, and Cueball 'should' be looking at her abdomen rather than her crotch methinks Squirreltape (talk) 16:13, 13 February 2014 (UTC)

Would this behaviour constitute as sexual harassment? (talk) 03:40, 5 February 2024 (UTC)

If you did it to random individuals, with no prior context. But situationally, though I wouldn't want to speak on behalf of this particular partnership, I wouldn't at all leap to assuming it was an unwanted gesture.
We only really get Randall's POV of his/Cueball's relationship with the respective 'Megan', but hard to imagine we'd be amongst the first to even get hints to the contrary, this way. (Of all the couples one might know, hardly our prime concern. Trust to those who'd know better. If you need to, keep your eye on 'iffy' relationships amongst those you actually know from more than electronic pen-and-ink, where you can perhaps make a more positive difference if necessary.)
Good to know you're aware of such possible problems, in society, but a bit of a leap of imagination to leap to an unbiden defence of someone's unknown feelings. (In a possibly entirely fictional episode, at that.) 10:22, 5 February 2024 (UTC)