Talk:1721: Business Idea

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Fixed as of 11:35 UTC, the old comic is now named "My Business Idea" 11:32, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

Same person, just want to note the forum is a little behind. It was 11:35 according to Google, and the timestamp on the signature said 11:32. Posting this at 11:39 11:36, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
ExplainXKCD is still showing the image for 827. 14:02, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
As far as I can tell, everything's been fixed now. I removed the warning in the incomplete tag. 15:07, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

I'm pretty sure there's been a naming overlap or something because and are showing the same image 04:13, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

Randall done goofed

He accidentally named TWO comics "Business Idea". This one and comic 827 ( Because his comics are stored by name, not id, he has two "business_idea.png"s. The newer replaced the older one, but explain-xkcd has the original, probably due to the way either one is stored.

I'm honestly surprised Randall would make a mistake like this. Like shouldn't he have a list and a script that automatically checks wether a title was already used? -- 09:25, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
Or simply append/prepend the comic number to the image name, that way you can't have duplicates.

What should we do? Contact Randall? (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Check the fora. Let him know he broke 827( if he doesn't know already. I'm too lazy. 04:35, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
Store it on the wiki as a jpeg and differentiate that way. -- 04:59, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

The older comic has now been renamed as "My Business Idea", and is back up again. Zorlax the Mighty'); DROP TABLE users;-- (talk) 11:34, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

Great. I tried to fix the issue by renaming the old comic (both page and file), but it now has the old version cached and shows it on both comics' pages... --SlashMe (talk) 14:05, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

Explanation for us users from countries with different fueling systems

In Germany and many other countries, the gas pumps actually have a separate hose per fuel type, so many fans of xkcd might not be able to understand this comic. 05:18, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

Yes, because many of us use Diesel, and you should not mix diesel and petrol. But it's no problem to mix small quantities of regular into premium or vice versa. -- 09:06, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
Not just diesel and petrol - every kind of fuel sold (usually 4 per pump - petrol/diesel x premium/regular, sometimes fast diesel pump for trucks instead of diesel premium) has a separate hose and pistol in Poland. You choose the fuel by choosing the pistol. I'm guessing it's the same in a large part of Europe at least. It didn't even occur to me that it could be done differently. I honestly thought it was part of the joke - that Cueball doesn't even know that. -- 10:07, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
I'm really surprised, too. How DOES a system work where the customer can presumably switch between the kinds of gas he fills in his tank? And where is such a system installed? The States, I suppose, but where else? For international readers, this should definitely be part of the explanation. Is there a convenient weblink that shows the differences between countries' gas stations, or a weblink that shows this unique setup that Randall takes for granted here? -- 10:50, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
American here. There's a button for each type of gas. You have to hit a button before you start fueling and then that's the kind that comes out. I'm surprised that other countries use multiple-hose systems. It sounds inefficient. Diesel is still separate here, though. 23:56, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
It might be inefficient but at least you get what you pay for. ;) Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 08:08, 18 August 2016 (UTC)
The point of Elektrizitätswerk is the most important in Germany. We have very strict laws concerning precision of amount/quality of sale. 09:59, 18 August 2016 (UTC)

Beret Guy?

Is this Cueball, or Beret Guy with his hat off? Mikemk (talk) 08:22, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

Unlikely. Wasn't Beret Guy's hat stapled? -- 10:07, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
If it was Beret Guy he most likely would have had (inexplicable) success with this idea. Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 10:13, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

"Pay it forward" at Starbucks

This is actually about Starbucks, where customers - depending on the place, of course, as I've never seen it in Switzerland - are asked to pay some bucks for the next customer. You are expected to pay something "forward".

This idea originates from Italy, where you can buy a "caffè sospeso", a "suspended café". Somebody in need can walk up to the bar tender and ask for a free coffee. And yes, it disgusts me that this good idea was taken over by hipsters.-- 11:20, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

I think you may be seeing something that is not in the comic. 13:53, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
I know what you're talking about, and it usually happens with one spontaneous and kind person starting a chain reaction, not corporate encouragement. This would both go against your statement and the comic itself (as they both suggest the company intervening). -- Papayaman1000 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Fuel mixture quality

Knowing about the oil industry myself and how oil is transported... different qualities of oil are separated by having different densities, however, some mixture where the two products are touching is unavoidable.

This is relevant because the non-premium gas actually has a certain amount of premium mixed in, and that's why the octane rating is a minimum.

In other words, oil companies already account for the mixing of qualities. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)