XKCD: the limits of anti-static wrist-strap protection

Today's XKCD webcomic examines the limits of protection offered by the talismanic anti-static wrist strap that RAM companies send you with your purchase.

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  1. Oh they do work if you use them properly, but so does leaning on the edge of the case with your bare forearms.

  2. In my life static straps and condoms have been almost mutually exclusive. By the time I needed the latter I no longer needed the former.

    BTW that is one of the funniest XKCD cartoons ever, for me, anyway.

    He doesn’t say, but where do you clip the lead on? Is it possible she would complain?

  3. Of course, with a properly set-up TENS unit, you can do the exact opposite, and it’s much more fun.

  4. That’s … appalling. On the positive side, it doesn’t have any of the terrible artwork that’s par for the course with XKCD. On the negative, well, have you noticed how the two people talking change position half way through the strip? Or is that just more carelessness on the part of the creator…

  5. have you noticed how the two people talking change position half way through the strip?

    Uh, y’know, some people actually move around in bed.

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