Talk:2278: Scientific Briefing

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Reference to COVID-19? 20:42, 9 March 2020 (UTC)

Seems closer to global warming to me. LegionMammal978 (talk) 21:01, 9 March 2020 (UTC)
Given the title text, it could plausibly be about either of those, or just about anything else (ocean acidification, deforestation, wireless spectrum congestion...) --NotaBene (talk) 21:25, 9 March 2020 (UTC)
Or at least, like, half of them. -- KarMann (talk) 21:29, 9 March 2020 (UTC)
I read it as an analysis of actionable analytics...
ProphetZarquon (talk) 22:10, 9 March 2020 (UTC)
Not half of them, the other way around. Half of topics can be described by same graphs. This group of topics include global climate change, ocean acidification, deforestation, wireless spectrum congestion, IPv4 address exhaustion, COVID-19 and many others. -- Hkmaly (talk) 23:22, 9 March 2020 (UTC)
Well, yeah, still half of them, right? 14:22, 10 March 2020 (UTC)

I've heard that President Trump feels that the coronavirus will "blow over." -- (talk) 22:22, 9 March 2020‎ (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

So how about going to the winchester, have a nice cold pint and wait for that? --Lupo (talk) 08:04, 10 March 2020 (UTC)
Because I don't know where the tornado dropped the kegs. The roof is fine, and only two counties off. 16:35, 10 March 2020 (UTC)

Randall really missed a chance to talk about things going "from bad to worse." JohnHawkinson (talk) 23:20, 9 March 2020 (UTC)

No no it's about rising extremism wait no no no it's fresh water demand as a percentage of supply wait no no its Niagra falls going through a straw -- (talk) 00:59, 10 March 2020 (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

"or perhaps Things Which Need Explaining." - I'm not sure the book, or any of the things described therein aren't bad yet but are getting worse and will be bad if nobody does anything: though maybe my copy is slowly going critical and I've just never noticed... -- 07:33, 10 March 2020 (UTC)

I meant it in the sense that maybe the quantity of Things Which Need Explaining is increasing faster than Things Are Being Explained. --NotaBene (talk) 13:05, 10 March 2020 (UTC)

This is basically a comic about The Tragedy of the Commons. 08:31, 10 March 2020 (UTC)

It's obviously a graph of how much expert advice is being ignored on serious issues. 14:53, 10 March 2020 (UTC)

I agree. I also think that there are two kinds of "bad" in this comic, the first being the future value in the graph (whatever that might be) and the second being the apathy towards preventing that future bad value. I think the second one is what Megan refers to in the last panel, when she states it already has become bad. Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 15:28, 10 March 2020 (UTC)
I think the graph specifically represents that second kind of bad; namely that our responses to actionable information are moving farther from good toward bad.
ProphetZarquon (talk) 19:00, 10 March 2020 (UTC)
Exactly. I thought I said that earlier... I see: I wasn't specific.
ProphetZarquon (talk) 19:00, 10 March 2020 (UTC)
I guess I didn't know the meaning of "actionable analytics" in your earlier post! Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 03:44, 11 March 2020 (UTC)
It sounds like meaningless buzzwords from middle management. --Lupo (talk) 07:28, 11 March 2020 (UTC)

Probably the messiest explanation I've read in a long time... 10:26, 11 March 2020 (UTC)

You are free to help and improve it. --Lupo (talk) 10:36, 11 March 2020 (UTC)

I'm surprised Y2K hasn't been mentioned. A good example of when we did actually stop a big problem, but a lot of people think it was never a problem to begin with.

Since when is explainxkcd a platform for urging explainxkcd readers to begin political action themselves and post links to it here?? I thought explainxkcd was for explaining xkcd. The entire (current version) first paragraph, while presumably well-intentioned, ought to be deleted entirely because it clearly does not belong here. Where are the explainxkcd regulars, and why has this been left that way for so long? 01:31, 12 March 2020 (UTC)