There are two ways to look at this webcomic.
- If you are like me, it is a horrific description of somebody taking a perfectly serviceable space probe* that was about to be refurbished into doing more science, and instead wrecking it in a childish display of nihilism.
- If you are like the average xkcd commenter on this thread, it is a pretty cool idea.
I know, I know: the whole thing is a shout-out to the 1990s fantasy movie Hackers. Which simply did not age very well, did it? – The damn thing’s old enough to vote by now. Hell, it had Angelina Jolie playing a teenager. Yeah, you’re old – and so am I.
*My wife pointed out that there’s a heck of a lot of assuming going on there in ‘perfectly serviceable space probe,’ and then went on to catalog all the things that could have gone, and probably did go wrong with it since 1997. So I invoked assume-the-cow-is-a-sphere and she conceded that in that case my umbrage was justified.
We have interesting first-morning-coffee discussions.