Most nerds/geeks are already fans of Randall Munroe’s webcomic XKCD. Friday’s cartoon, which describes the recent “Heartbleed” security hole in OpenSSL, shows once again that Munroe is a master of communicating technical ideas in simple terms that everyone can understand. (If you haven’t read about this security glitch, educate yourself and update your software! Security expert Bruce Schneier’s blog is a good place to start; he says, “On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11.”)
Back to XKCD: communicating science and technology is a major challenge in both research and industry, and it’s great to have a popular comic raising the bar for all of us. Thanks, Randall!