As mentioned in the blog post, no comics next week, they’ll return Monday 7th November.
Oh, and if you want the maths:
Actually, that’s not entirely true. I have a 6 digit PIN. I live in the US. I have been warned that if I get the chance to travel, though, I’ll have to change it to 4 digits; many countries only have 4.
Most people I know have four-digit pins, and they are in the USA.
In North America mostly it’s 4-digit pins, but it mostly depends on the bank you use. I have a 4 digit pin like most people in Canada, but there are a couple banks that use 6 digits for certain account types.
Youre an outlier, Shelby. You don’t matter. Sad face.
I have a 7 digit pin, I’m from Canada.
Canada sucks.. Sorry to inform you
Additionally, I bet lots of people use dates which will be in the range 1xxx-20xx, or patters in the very low or very high numbers (1111, 9999, 1122). Still, wouldn’t be surprised to find out you’re right.
Actually in several countries (including mine) you don’t get a choice in your pin its just assigned randomly to avoid people using easy to guess pins
but you can always change it though
Dam now I have to change it again.
Not only did you guess my pin, but also my cats date of birth. Now I have to get a new cat.
You cat was born in 1932?
Schrödingers cat 😉
Your cat was born in 1932?
the cat was born on june 2nd ’93
What sort of date system is m/y/d? That makes even the american system seem normal.
Yes, yes and yes, it was born in 1932….
Your old cat was pretty rank, anyway. Seriously, who keeps a dead cat for over 60 years?
Your cat was born in 1932, who would guess that!
idiots, it was born the 6th month, 1932, 2nd day
It was born in the future!
i dont care what any of you say i choose to belive that the cat is from the future, FUTURE CAT he came back in time to set right what once went wrong and to loaf around,
As Zev says above, you presuppose uniform distribution.
Other popular PINS seem to be patterns on the keypad (5555 or 0000) or a birth year (19xx (or potentially 20xx, but lets suppress that thought)) – http://www.cioinsight.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/iPhone-PIN-Codes-10-Most-Common-402679/ has a list (I make no claims as to the veracity, but it’s certainly a plausible list)
Still, the sentiment and overall comic, I like 🙂
You should have rounded down, now you’ll never get my monies!!!
this is complete bs
I went for a boat ride and when we were way out in the water, I had to go potty. What are the odds of that happening?
In your case ?
1 in 5
My PIN consists of those exact numbers, just not in that order. FML
Not only did you guess my pin and the age of my cat in 5000 dog years from now but also you referenced a sexual position and my age in two years.
it was great meeting you today luke
You are also presupposing that everybody has one PIN. Some have none, I have 3 if you count my voice mail. Why they call it a PIN and not a password I have no idea.
Personal Identification Number you spanner.
That’s awesome! The most popular pin is 2321
In Australia we have some banks that allow up to 8 digits for a pin. Most people only use 4 though as that is the default you get when the card is provided
I changed my PIN to the time my favourite show used to air before it was cancelled, then the channel it was on was cancelled too.
Ha! Wrong, mines 3378! I win
Actually, you wouldn’t round 6931.1 to 6932, it would just be 6931.
Not quite. At 6931 persons the probability of a match would be just less than 50% (49.95% or so). As we’re looking for the number where the probability of a match exceeds 50% we need to round up.
One digit off… creepy
big suprize yup
Who the flink uses 6932 it carries no mnemonic value. 3697 would be better due to the pattern of increasing by 3 then dropping back to the mid ordinate subprime denominator of the tens column.
Where’s the “Like” button for individual comments?
Could be digits in a phone number too… doesn’t need to have a mnemonic value
Could be an equation type thing, for arguments sake lets use |x| and do 6-9=|3|x2=6 just repeating 693269326932, also pins don’t have to hold numerical value as there are letters attributed to each number, when I use my pin I recite JENN everytime
people can also have the same pin
you guessed all the right number in my pin but out of order =P
I wonder what the actual count of people is for those that were completely freaked out by this comic.
This page has been viewed 358,000 times to date, so, if the 1 in 10000 assumption is correct, the expectation number for freakouts is about 36.
Ha! You’re wrong, it’s actually 2178. Fools.
The chances of someones pin being 6932 is 20 to the 5004 power. The chances of you getting someones card that is magnetically linked to this pin is 560 to the 500000 power. And the chances of them not cancelling the card before you get a chance to use it are 2 to the second power. You figure it out from there.
my pin is 5623
Omg that is my bank pin for my american bank savings account and my name is john henginton from portland,or. Proof!
Wait disregard last message..haha joke not my pin i trust ppl on internet will not misuse information. Thanks
I have a 11 digit pin in the us HA!
This pin is not mine. Now you have only 9999 possibilities more to guess it 🙂
holy fuck thats my pin