Comic 1221 - Barbaric Backwater

11th Aug 2015, 9:00 PM
Barbaric Backwater
Average Rating: 5 (24 votes)
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jamie59 11th Aug 2015, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

Bridge the gap? Just what do you think you can do Doctor? Electricity don't work that way.
Centcomm 11th Aug 2015, 9:37 PM edit delete reply

Thats why shes not using electricity :D
Fairportfan 11th Aug 2015, 10:17 PM edit delete reply

Looks as if SOMETHING worked "that way".
anonymous coward 11th Aug 2015, 11:20 PM edit delete reply
I can only guess she's using the Force, there's no other reason I can think of that pressing a hand up to the screen would even make sense.
Tokyo Rose 12th Aug 2015, 12:40 AM edit delete reply

Think harder. ;)

Dr. Silver as a Jedi? OMG no, she might CHIP A NAIL
anonymous coward 12th Aug 2015, 1:12 AM edit delete reply
It could still work for Silver if she's a force witch: Those are the ones who don't go jumping around swinging laser swords. I could totally see her spreading her fingers and zapping Luke with magic lightning, although I don't know how good she'd be at trying to tempt him to the dark side of the force.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 5:08 AM edit delete reply

Funny story time.

as you may or may not know Several characters in Datachasers were played and created by other people Doctor Silver was created by a dear friend ( who had little to no actual tech background - "I push the button does it work?" ) was a common thing.

in any case she faked it really well. One time the group Marcus , Silver and a few NPCs and 2 other players were at a "hotel" is a place called "ferris town" its up in Canada near the border of Antarctica proper s it got very cold.

and She was freezing and the place had no central AC or heat but it did have fireplaces in the rooms ( with wood of course ) So instead of usijng the funny sticks with chemicals on it - she whips out her MK 3 laser pistol and fires. trying to set the wood on fire.. she flubbed the dice on the power setting and wound up firing the pistol at max power. the resultent critical on the fire place blew a hole though the wall and into the next room where a pair of NPCs were sleeping .. BOY were they surprised.

Mind you she also had a plasma welder and a small pen torch in her tool kit.

Much laughter was had by the players while Slver stood there and turned red as a beet.
sigpig 12th Aug 2015, 7:02 AM edit delete reply

Being a Canadian, I can assure you that Canada is nowhere near Antarctica... lol
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 7:21 AM edit delete reply

Just like Dr Demark is a mutant with empathic abilities - Maybe Dr Silver is a mutant with kinetic abilities, right?
Either that, or she can use her barrier shields remotely, to do fancy things.

This could be a thing, right?
anonymous coward 12th Aug 2015, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
Not yet anyway: We haven't started our Lebensraum campaign moving down through all those backwards dictatorships south of us to Tierra Del Fuego. Give us a few centuries, right now we're waiting for America's civil governance to get bad enough most of the people in it would welcome us as their new overlords.
Kitty 12th Aug 2015, 5:39 PM edit delete reply
*Insert "I welcome our new overlords" joke here*
DanD 3rd Jan 2019, 8:58 PM edit delete reply
Any time now.
Stormwind13 12th Aug 2015, 11:46 AM edit delete reply

Arctic, CentComm. Antarctica is the BOTTOM of the world. :-)
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 2:01 PM edit delete reply

am i mixng crap up again .. >_< NORTH ITS NORTH! Alaska then?
Lukkai 12th Aug 2015, 5:19 PM edit delete reply

Alaska can be pretty cold.
Speedy Marsh 27th Mar 2017, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
sigpig, Maybe there'll be some serious continental drifting between now and then. South America will get whipped around, as North America takes the corner.
That one guy 12th Aug 2015, 2:44 PM edit delete reply
You may be putting too much store in the physical contact. The physical contact may just be a concentration habit, like the way people frequently look upward when trying to remember something.

One non-Force answer is nanobots. If she can direct them to physically find the interior of the data connection out, there's quite possibly enough physical space for them to follow it. Not that I can see a good way for them to bridge the gap as it'd seem like they wouldn't have the materials for that in the first place.

The next one would be identifying the appropriate data line and sending a specific/known strong signal through it that would be detectable by some of her external drones (think a more advanced version of what your phone tech will do putting something on a phone line so he can go back to the box and be sure which is yours). The drones then may have some degree of building material-penetrating radar and I suppose might be able to use some sort of "magnetic tweezers"-type tractor beam approach to levitate and move the connector a bit (that or just blow holes through the walls and get there physically).
highlander55 12th Aug 2015, 4:00 PM edit delete reply

Probably just as simple as re-routing for the connection thru another line.

* (edit) Sort of like what Data did to the Borg ship. Sleep command was only a sub routine and not considered a risk.
plymayer 11th Aug 2015, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

Snazzy trick if she pulls it off.
Centcomm 11th Aug 2015, 9:38 PM edit delete reply

Oh yes .. :D it will be very frustrating for her opponent
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 7:23 AM edit delete reply

Kinda like when a fist comes out of your monitor and punches you in the face.
It's all fun and games until that happens, or the monitor teabags you.

That's when you decide you've had enough and kill the computer. >_<
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 9:04 AM edit delete reply

Oh god the mental image! Brain bleach please!
Pirtnac 12th Aug 2015, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
"What happened?!" -Someone
"The override, sir. They've overridden it." -Noctis
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 1:36 PM edit delete reply

TeeDee "Damn, I wish I could do that!"
The Old Scribe 11th Aug 2015, 9:12 PM edit delete reply

Doc's got a psychic bond goin' with the code traffic, either that or she's augmented her meatware with some hardware in the cranial region. Be one with the wiring, Doc. Be one with the wiring.
Centcomm 11th Aug 2015, 9:37 PM edit delete reply

Yep shes got a little trick that will be obvious in the next few pages :D
Eldoran 12th Aug 2015, 4:50 AM edit delete reply
Perhaps something akin to the psi-node Galina got, but technopathy based.

This IS a universe that has telepathic aliens and robots... So "related" superpowers would be plausible to exist.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 6:19 AM edit delete reply

Yep we have carefully laid all the ground work out as best as possible to make everything believable

one of the key rules to any story is to STAY consistent with your own universe if we introduce a concept or subject and always handle that the same way all the time it becomes a rule..

Just like Star Trek and warp drive.. or time travel. or even Star wars and the force.
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 7:24 AM edit delete reply

YEah, and Dr Demark was a mutant with empathic abilities, so it's not that far fetched if Dr Silver is a mutie with tele-kinetic abilities too.
That one guy 12th Aug 2015, 2:48 PM edit delete reply
Don't think she's supposed to be a mutant, but she did have severe tech patching to the brain as a child due to an injury (as per her cast page). So some non-standard enhancements for a human are already a given.
Deoxy 12th Aug 2015, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
Star Trek is never a good standard for consistency of any kind. Even the warp drive, the closest thing I know of to consistent, has had several major "it does whatever we need it to do at any given moment" moments, and I'd be shocked if I'm not missing some, since I'm not REMOTELY a Trekkie and haven't seen all the episodes of ANY series (not even the original one) and hardly any at all of the latest ones (less than 5 of DS9, for instance).
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 9:05 AM edit delete reply

True that.. but they do TRY to stay consistent on how things work in there universe admittedly they also fail a lot!
Haegan2005 11th Aug 2015, 9:33 PM edit delete reply

Centcomm 11th Aug 2015, 9:37 PM edit delete reply

Indeed :D
velvetsanity 11th Aug 2015, 10:55 PM edit delete reply

Looks like magic to me... :P
anonymous coward 11th Aug 2015, 11:22 PM edit delete reply
Or maybe it's money, the *real* magic. Bribe someone to plug jack A into socket B?
Wolfsbane 11th Aug 2015, 11:25 PM edit delete reply

Clarke's Third Law - Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Or it could just be a plot device by the author. deus ex machina and all that. Either way it's still a good story.
Centcomm 11th Aug 2015, 11:45 PM edit delete reply

we try really hard to avoid Dues ex ..

Doctor Silver has a ability that allows her to do this. such ability's are within the canon of the story and the world.
Tokyo Rose 12th Aug 2015, 12:42 AM edit delete reply

It is, most definitely, not a deus ex machina ass-pull. By now I'm just amazed that we've managed to keep our clever-britches readers from guessing everything before we finish conceptualizing it. ;D
anonymous coward 12th Aug 2015, 1:39 AM edit delete reply
Oh fine, if I actually have to make a serious guess I will. Silver is trying to figure out where the end of the wire is and move robotics there: She's running some kind of 3D mapping on her cybernetics to figure out where the air-gap in the connection is. Probably trying to trace from the last connected router/repeater up to where the break is, and the magic faith-healing is either a gesture she's making to concentrate while she's doing it or an attempt to put her hand closer to where the local end of the connection wire is. My best guess why she'd want to move her hand towards the connection wire is to lower the distance to her near-field networking cybernetics and bypass any local software/hardware lockout or countermeasures there might be on the terminal she was using.
Personally, I wouldn't want to connect cybernetic computing with some dirty, foreign system though. You're basically asking to get all of the penis enlargement spam and malware delivered straight into your body when you do something like that.
MikeLinPA 12th Aug 2015, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
Penis Enlargement? Oooo... Maybe I should turn my spam filter off?
That one guy 12th Aug 2015, 2:51 PM edit delete reply
A very in-character reason for Doc Silver to be making the hand gesture and all is that she finds her present company annoying and wants to do something visible to get her to shut up so she can concentrate. It may mean something/be necessary, but there's no reason it needs to.
Just_IDD 12th Aug 2015, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
I thought she was communicating with her nano machines. They wouldn't necessarily get through the screen, but there are other ways for them to get there. Advanced Technopathy is also an option.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 6:16 AM edit delete reply

Yes it is :D
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 6:27 AM edit delete reply

At Rose - I honestly have no idea.. these readers are freaky smart ! :D
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 7:27 AM edit delete reply

Well, if Rose could put a bunch of nanomachines into Kyle, I'm sure Dr Silver could put a lot of nano machines into a computer as well, and direct them to the cable and build a bridge over the gap ... it is after all considerably smarter than Kyle.
velvetsanity 12th Aug 2015, 1:33 PM edit delete reply

I'll put it this way. My gut-level response to this page is equivalent to, in the real world, seeing a gigantic spaceship, robot, or even freaking dragon begin to rise up from under the desert sand as you're driving down a highway right next to it as it happens.

I know you guys don't do deus ex, and I'm probably missing something big in terms of what does and doesn't exist within the setting...but I can't for the life of me figure out what...
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 2:00 PM edit delete reply

It will be clear next page! I promise!! :D
HeSerpenty 11th Aug 2015, 11:23 PM edit delete reply

OOhhh neato!! Recognized Charlotte right away!!! SO cool how you incorporate the cameos into the actual dialogue and story!
Centcomm 11th Aug 2015, 11:43 PM edit delete reply

hehe I try where I can :D I have more Cameos planned too! :D Not sure they all get speaking parts but Charlotte here really fit the bill :D
Mark_L_A 11th Aug 2015, 11:27 PM edit delete reply

Why am I hearing "Be the ball" in my head?

ETA: and TWC is saying I already voted and to vote again in 0 hours. Huh?

EETA: OH!!! She's using RF to "Bridge The Gap" similar to an Air Gap Transmitter.

I'm not a HAM Radio operator for nothing. :)
Centcomm 11th Aug 2015, 11:47 PM edit delete reply

Sciency wise .. thats could be a explanation of how it works in basic. But ill simply say that her abilitys allow her to "ignore" certain "real" laws .. allowing her to "jump" Data back to the hardline without it actually being connected.
Mark_L_A 12th Aug 2015, 12:47 AM edit delete reply

Welllllll, you could also say that since there Arrrrrrreeee empaths ans such, she has the ability to channel the electron streams and control them through thought, a form of telekinesis.

ETA or it's nannites
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 4:45 AM edit delete reply

its not nanites.. ( for once )
sigpig 12th Aug 2015, 7:05 AM edit delete reply

"It's not Lupus"
MikeLinPA 12th Aug 2015, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
Such abilities would no doubt be useful in saving an AI from a catastrophic hardware failure and being able to recover the person onto a backup media. That would no doubt entitle her to a little victory dance!
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 6:16 AM edit delete reply

Indeed .. it would .. wouldn't it :D

she has used this ability before.. just not as forcefully or in the open.
mjkj 12th Aug 2015, 12:12 PM edit delete reply

Oh, she builds her own wireless bridge XD
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 1:38 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, she's being a Data-Chaser !

*hint* *hint* *nudge* *nudge ... get it?
Dragonrider 12th Aug 2015, 12:26 AM edit delete reply

Did she just do the Vulcan Mind Meld with a Super Computer?
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 6:20 AM edit delete reply

yep.. you could call it that!
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 7:29 AM edit delete reply

And the super computer required several cold showers afterwards, complaining about how it "felt dirty" after having been in contact with Dr silver's mind. :D
mjkj 12th Aug 2015, 12:34 AM edit delete reply

Great, I wonder how she pulled that off...

...and poor Noctis...

Tokyo Rose 12th Aug 2015, 12:45 AM edit delete reply

Noctis is not having a very good day at work.
Mark_L_A 12th Aug 2015, 12:50 AM edit delete reply

Noctis will look at her screen and go "What The F*******" since she KNOWS it's not possible to do what has OBVIOUSLY just been done. This will throw off her timing and could make her extremely uncertain as to how to proceed.

Nothing like a little PSYOPS even if it is unintentional.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 6:21 AM edit delete reply

yep Noctis's reaction might surprise you :D or not.
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 7:30 AM edit delete reply

Or more likely she will go "Dammit, the ejector failed to push out the plug .. AGAIN?"

Stupid old hardware, the prince really nees to upgrade it.
*sigh* better go cut it myself.
Lukkai 12th Aug 2015, 7:32 AM edit delete reply

That is unless Noctis knows of such an ability (heck, I wouldn't completely put it past her to have it or a similar one herself). In this case this would just allow her to really narrow down the list of suspects as to who is currently hacking into their system.
DLKmusic 12th Aug 2015, 1:08 AM edit delete reply

Well, Noctis, you did it in spite of my warnings...

How many times do I have to say it? PLEASE don't annoy the nice Mad Scientist Lady that's holding a Death Ray!!!!!!

Pay close attention, Charlotte, this applies to you as well!
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 5:56 AM edit delete reply

hehe what happens next is actually pretty funny :D
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 7:31 AM edit delete reply

Something funny, huh?
.. she gets hugs?
Draginbeard 12th Aug 2015, 1:22 AM edit delete reply

Interesting. Im not sure what or how she is doing this. Its got a slight Matrix movie feel to it. It seems cool and fitting, but then Im not the most advanced circut on the board. I would have bought 'Her power flows like neon chili over pan-dimensional crackers' just as easily.

Im silly that way.

Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 6:21 AM edit delete reply

hehe - Doc Silver is certainly "the one" when it comes to computers :D
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 7:33 AM edit delete reply

Meanwhile, Aeneas is the Matrix itself.
Broken, chaotic and completely unpredictable.

"The One" might not want to enter the Matrix until it's fixed and sane again.
Lukkai 12th Aug 2015, 5:25 PM edit delete reply

I don't think she'd want to enter..*sound of gully cover slamming shut cuts off rest of sentence*
Timotheus 12th Aug 2015, 1:58 AM edit delete reply

It's the same technology that lets cell phones turn off jet airplane navigation equipment unless they're shielded right.
Sort of like ships using spark gap wireless telegraphy (like the Titanic) aren't welcome in harbors or the sea lanes anymore. (Can you say interference black out)

Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 6:22 AM edit delete reply

hehe well in this case .. its actually (SPOILERS)
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 7:34 AM edit delete reply



DizzasterJuice 12th Aug 2015, 7:40 AM edit delete reply

That's a spoiler spoiler!
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 1:58 PM edit delete reply

blood hell.. what the hell do you need something like that for!!
That one guy 12th Aug 2015, 2:54 PM edit delete reply
Pissing off your neighbors is the best use I can think of for that spoiler.
Lukkai 12th Aug 2015, 5:25 PM edit delete reply

Always find your car in any carpark within seconds?
Hornet 12th Aug 2015, 8:40 AM edit delete reply
not exactly as she's forming a physical connection (somehow) where as your cellphone is manipulating a purely electrical switch (no physically moving parts). Never did get why in the movies they show physical door locks on armored cars being moved by computer programs.
cattservant 12th Aug 2015, 2:33 AM edit delete reply

mystery excites speculation,
or; a stick in the commenteer nest!
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 6:23 AM edit delete reply

and stir until well blended!
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 1:40 PM edit delete reply

And then you add bees as your secret ingredient.

... yes ... bees!
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 2:27 PM edit delete reply

Lukkai 12th Aug 2015, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
Matt Knab 12th Aug 2015, 3:33 AM edit delete reply

Make sure to match the correct colors while you're at it, too... ;D
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 6:23 AM edit delete reply

Yeah I did that in mass effect.
Romfire 12th Aug 2015, 3:50 AM edit delete reply
Even in today's primitive world, wireless networking is common enough to allow linking networks without any hard wire. Her "Force" is just wireless networking, she just found two devices on either side of the break, linked them and she is back in contact, data rates would be limited, but all she need is commands. Not streaming video.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 6:24 AM edit delete reply

that is also true ! and very good possibility!
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 7:36 AM edit delete reply

Any serious security network will have no wifi connected to it, on pain of being instantly fired (and posisbly jailed) if you do connect a wifi unit to it.
Pirtnac 12th Aug 2015, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
Except the Prince's Wifi, which has a password that's either disabled, "1", "palacewifi" or something else that's on a top 10 list. I bet he's the kind of guy that demands full admin rights to browse Lunabook, too.

Noctis' skillset? Self taught by reinstalling everything over and over again in the years after the sysadmin quit. Why did he quit? One too many "!!!Tired of 2500ms ping to Luna? !!!CLICK HERE!!!" events.

(The above is carefully hand crafted to make Rose hate the Prince just a little bit more, now that the fireworks are at his doorstep)
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 2:27 PM edit delete reply

HAHAHAH oh thats good Pirtnac!
Hornet 12th Aug 2015, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
wireless networking requires someform of transmitter and receiver, usually an all-in-one transceiver. If it's a true hardline there shouldn't be either of these things on either side of the cable port. But I live in a nation that thinks a "wireless" drone military is a good thing...
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 1:41 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, it's gonna get interesting once a hacker gets ahold of an armed drone IRL.

So much potential for both lulz and frowny-faces and even some tragedy.
That one guy 12th Aug 2015, 2:57 PM edit delete reply
The fact that you expect and allow it to return to your own facilities is one of the parts I always find most upsetting about a hacker gaining control of a military drone.
T1-G3R2501 12th Aug 2015, 5:37 AM edit delete reply
Heh "Barbaric" Is usually described by people who are used to higher society and I am pretty sure that the briefing would have included that the Nova Roma systems might not be up to date.

But let's now talk about the Doc Silver. Now I have a technomancer on my team and she only got that way by some implants and not a magic background. Same concept or is my whiskey making me just Disney (Beleive in god modding magic) this story?
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 6:25 AM edit delete reply

There is no "magic" involved .. I can say that.
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 7:37 AM edit delete reply

But you are involved in Whiskey?
T1-G3R2501 12th Aug 2015, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
Are you not?
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 1:42 PM edit delete reply

Uhm .... I can neither confirm, not deny that this Tullamore Dew is mine.

*shifty glances*
No, seriously.
Lukkai 12th Aug 2015, 5:33 PM edit delete reply

I'm more of a Glen Ord or Connemara kind of guy.
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 11:05 PM edit delete reply

OoOOOooooohhh... :D

*grabby paws*
Hornet 12th Aug 2015, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
This page is probably the hardest to believe so far. Seriously rewriting the air conditioning control code to carry coms traffic would be more believable.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 6:27 AM edit delete reply

Sorry you feel that way. We have dropped hints of this concept all though the past pages. and made sure to stay true to our own universe ( and the rules and limitations in it. ) so ill just say trust me on this.

and perhaps re purposing something else would have worked but thats not Doc Silver.

Stormwind13 12th Aug 2015, 7:33 AM edit delete reply

While I cannot claim to be an expert on it, I'm thinking Dr. Silver is using the properties of quantum entanglement to bridge the gap. The data stream was just disconnected so it is entirely possible that the data is looking to reconnect from both sides of the break. She would be utilizing this behavior to guide her.

Now the exact mechanism, how much power she would need I cannot even guess at. Still it is over 1,800 years in the future. Radio was theorized about 150 years ago. A practical radio (as opposed to a wireless telegraph) was only developed about 100 years ago! And look where we are now. Edwin Armstrong probably wouldn't recognize radios now, especially the smart phones.
velvetsanity 12th Aug 2015, 8:13 AM edit delete reply

Directly manipulating quantum entanglement? Good gods, man, if that's what she's doing then she could literally rewrite the entire universe in her sleep!

I shudder to imagine what changes in the fabric of reality would occur when she dreams, particularly if she were to have a nightmare...

We're talking 'Haruhi Suzumiya ain't got nothing on her' levels of power here.
Stormwind13 12th Aug 2015, 9:20 AM edit delete reply

Not sure about controlling it as using it to reconnect. I'm probably not explaining it very well.
velvetsanity 12th Aug 2015, 1:14 PM edit delete reply

Either way it's still direct manipulation in some manner
Hornet 12th Aug 2015, 9:50 AM edit delete reply
Quantum entanglement is definitely above my pay grade. Farthest I can go is telepathically grabbing escaping electrons to from the circuit. But even that should be making her bleed out of every orifice.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 1:56 PM edit delete reply

I.. got lost in the science here somewhere.
That one guy 12th Aug 2015, 3:01 PM edit delete reply
Direct mental manipulation of quantum probabilities to cause them to be what you want is basically the scientific explanation of magic.
Hornet 12th Aug 2015, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
Course I guess she could have a small amount of nanites to follow the data cable, giving her geographical data and building an extension cord.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 6:29 AM edit delete reply

That also would have worked as well :D
anonymous coward 12th Aug 2015, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
Nanites are *tiny* and you need something bigger to move them to where you need them or else they get there slightly faster than continental drift.
Hornet 12th Aug 2015, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
I don't know electrons are tiny and they move pretty quickly and since nanites are almost just as small and flowing down a speeding electrical flow...
Rms2000 12th Aug 2015, 11:09 AM edit delete reply

Okay, you're kind of right, but you're also really quite definitely wrong. Electrons don't move very fast. They move at less than 1 m/s (much less) when electricity is flowing. They act like water in a pipe, though: in order to make it flow, all the water in the pipe has to start moving. The wave of motion (the conceptual barrier between the water (or electrons) that's moving and the water that isn't moving yet), however, travels at nearly 1/3 of the speed of light. So nanobots hitchhiking with electrons would take quite a while to get anywhere, provided that a current was flowing in the first place. Since the cable in question is disconnected and the circuit is open, there isn't even a current to hitchhike on. Of course, that doesn't mean she couldn't use a non-nanoscale robot to do her bidding.

Another possibility is that the nanobot's don't travel or operate by conventional physics. A nanobot operating by conventional physics would probably be too big to be worth making anyway. But if the nanobot travels by manipulating quantum probability to cause matter in the intended destination to form a self-sustaining structure that then produces the nanobot in the new location and causing the nanobot's structure to collapse at the previous location. In this manner, the nanobot 'jumps' from point to point without having to pass through the space between. This would also allow the nanobot to ignore effects that might otherwise cause problems, such as drag caused by ambient magnetic fields acting on the component particles of the nanobot. Ordinarily, a nanobot would be able to store only a tiny amount of energy and would expend that energy too quickly in movement to be useful. If a nanobot manipulates quantum probability, it can use much less energy to 'travel' the same distance. Nanobots could also use this to travel through air, by manipulating the quantum probabilities underlying Brownian motion, thereby making the native air currents carry the nanobots the way they want to go.

So that's a thing. Or... it could be, anyway.
anonymous coward 12th Aug 2015, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
The information travel on the network is probably moving faster than a third the speed of light. Consider, a lot of our high speed networking these days is optical circuitry (fibreop) carrying photons and the speed of that could reasonably exceed that over short distances. However, I'm having a hard time swallowing the idea of multi-atomic nanobots riding along the current in a semiconductor wire; trying to ride photons in conventional fibreop would shred the fibre. I also take a much dimmer view of the possibility of controlled, quantum teleportation of an entire nanobot than you do based on what we have been able to induce experimentally.
On second thought, we are in a world that apparently has some kind of telepathy, so who knows how our understanding of physics is broken in the underlying backstory here?
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 1:56 PM edit delete reply

Its not Nano bots.. :D
Rms2000 13th Aug 2015, 12:06 AM edit delete reply

Yes and no. The majority of home networks and small area distribution systems (like the county-wide ISP networking hub) still operate on conventional wiring. Long range and high bandwidth connections are using the newer and more expensive fiber technology. Note that 1/3 of c is still 10,000 km/s, so a 1 km long cable would only increase your ping by .2 ms (100 us there and 100 us back). How fast the information moves is different from how fast the wave moves, since you don't have to wait for the wave to reach the other side before starting the next wave. Also, most systems operate with some degree of parallelism-- a typical ethernet cable has 8 individual wires, while a Transcontinental trunk line may have a hundred or a thousand individual fibers. Lastly (and this may be obvious), Our information transport technology cannot cover distance at the speed of light. Fiber cables are denser than vacuum, so they slow down light passing through them. Satellite connections have to pass through the entire height of the atmosphere twice before being received. Transcontinental trunk lines require repeaters to be placed at intervals along their length in order to maintain signal strength, each of which introduces a small delay. Even if you have to computers connected directly with one wire, the signal gets buffered on the receiving end and has to wait for the receiving computer to check the buffer. That said, computers are freakin' FAST. the amount of time it would take to get a million word manuscript from here to china would be around 8 minutes. It would take a person about 8 days, 16 hours to read through that same manuscript if they read non-stop. That means the computer reads it about 1500 times as fast and it's 'voice' reaches about 3,000 times as far as yours might if you shouted really loud (which you couldn't possibly do for 8 days straight).

So that's a bit of perspective for ya.
Lukkai 12th Aug 2015, 5:39 PM edit delete reply

Erm... A nanite is "almost just as small" as an electron in about the same way a full grown african elephant is "almost just as small" as an ant.
Lukkai 12th Aug 2015, 7:37 AM edit delete reply

"Barbaric backwater" maybe. But you forgot another word for it, dear Silver: Efficient.
Anyone else but you would now have been completely locked out with no chance to reconnect. While any system you describe holds the possibility of being compromised as well and thus being completely worthless.
Instead of sneering at it, you might want to take notes and learn a thing or two.
Marcus Ramesy 12th Aug 2015, 9:28 AM edit delete reply

My nickname for Dr Silver has been Princess.... and there is a reason for that nickname..
Lukkai 12th Aug 2015, 5:41 PM edit delete reply

Also gives you an excuse to use a certain catchphrase? ;)
velvetsanity 12th Aug 2015, 6:54 PM edit delete reply

Would the catchphrase in question happen to be 'as you wish'? :D
Mark_L_A 12th Aug 2015, 8:47 PM edit delete reply

I HIGHLY Doubt that, Major Ramesy and Dr. Silver are TOoooooooooo Antagonistic towards each other, and also not antagonistic ENOUGH for it to THAT.

IOW they are too mean to each other to have a relationship and also not mean enough.
DizzasterJuice 12th Aug 2015, 7:41 AM edit delete reply

You always make the coolest looking comp screens!
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 1:55 PM edit delete reply

Thanks .. I have to admit - I don't make all of them lot of them are frankenstined from other scorces :D

But I do wind up enlarging the texture map for them generally to about 4k by 4k
Stormwind13 12th Aug 2015, 7:49 AM edit delete reply

Oh and I would like to direct your attention to the cast page for Dr. Silver's entry. It doesn't detail all she is capable of, but does give clues to her ability to influence machines.
pastutopia 12th Aug 2015, 11:01 AM edit delete reply

Personally I'm just interested to see what it is (if it's detailed) :)

This is a world with strong AI and plasma swords (or something like that). I seriously doubt whatever this is all that more implausible than what we've seen so far :D

It's always interesting to see where people draw the line of implausible ;)
Morituri 12th Aug 2015, 11:27 AM edit delete reply

Okay, normally "reach out and grab the screen" is a sign that the author is committing the crime of faint and fuzzy thinking.

But Dr. Silver is already established as a raging paraoid, arrogant-bordering-on-sociopathic technophile with extensive brain-mod chips in her head, who believes in being overprepared for any situation, especially situations that could result in her own pretty ass being on the line.

And she's spent just about all the time since she got off the transport hacking her way into Nova Roma's systems. She could have a dozen different alternate command channels set up by now.

Anybody wanna bet she's "chipped her nail" with an actual chip, held on with a layer of nail polish, that contains a keycode opening up one or more of those channels?
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 11:47 AM edit delete reply

Well.. that sums up Doctor Silver pretty well I think.. nicely done!

I will say this .. once the NEXT page posts .. tonight by the way.. I will clarify any remaining questions about HOW Silver is doing what shes doing..

(( I must be doing something right to start this good of a discussion ! ))
Mark_L_A 12th Aug 2015, 5:43 PM edit delete reply

Oh you and Rose have been doing something right since you started. Hence all of us are biting our own nails and waiting impatiently for the next update.
CptKerion 12th Aug 2015, 7:22 PM edit delete reply
Gridcaster principle I'll bet. Kinda like shadowrun's decking but less fantastical.
Of course, if it is that, I'd the asshole who would put an overload bug just waiting on the other end of this. In hybrid brain structures like hers those can wreak havok.
HiFranc 12th Aug 2015, 12:09 PM edit delete reply

Today's page reminded me of a scene from an old TV series called Mann and Machine.[1] In that scene they need some information from a computer and the clock is ticking. The android cop puts her finger on the screen and all of a sudden pages of information flash by.

[1] Had to use a search engine to find the title.
Boren 12th Aug 2015, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
Holy wall of comments lol
Well to add my guess to the mix I'm guessing she's fallowing what's left of the signal in the wires and then nero remoting some of her snazzy little nano bots to got fix it. I know she's got a ton of them and it would fit her style.
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 1:49 PM edit delete reply

Aw, this is only a medium sized wall of comments.

There has been some pages that literally took half an hour to read just the comments.
I may, or may not, have been part of the reason for that! >_<
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 1:54 PM edit delete reply

It gets a little hard for ME to keep up with them :D - im not complaining here :D
chk 12th Aug 2015, 3:44 PM edit delete reply

It do get confusing. (I'm easily confused)
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 11:08 PM edit delete reply

Pfft, I don't believe you Centcomm, I see your comments on every damn page, of every damn comic here on Comicfury.

Well, you and catsservant!
You're like, everywhere!
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 11:20 PM edit delete reply

its a hobby?
Rashala 12th Aug 2015, 2:34 PM edit delete reply

lemme guess Micro nano bots sent via the terminal conecction downt eh network cable to where ther wires aer...and using themselves to create a ad hoc connection betwwen the two parts?
Morituri 12th Aug 2015, 6:49 PM edit delete reply
Stop that. Nanomachinery is not a mispronunciation of "magic." It is made of whole atoms not electrons, and does not travel wires pretending to be an electrical signal, full stop.

If it isn't already at the far end, it is FAR too late to send it from here.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 8:28 PM edit delete reply

again .. its not nano-bots
Kitty 12th Aug 2015, 5:53 PM edit delete reply
She just sent a telepathic command to tell the hamster to get back on the wheel.

What? I'm really low-tech... ;P
That one guy 12th Aug 2015, 7:31 PM edit delete reply
People always forget to lock down the hamster.
lalverson 12th Aug 2015, 6:28 PM edit delete reply
I tend to think in slightly simpler terms. The hardline is cut the systems but they all run on the same power grid. all she would need to do is a surgical short from the hardline to the system and thus allow electrical signal to pass. Her touching the screen is kinda like the first link in the chain to find the electrical path to the hardline box. If that was possible even noctis would need a multimeter to locate the short and that assumes she figures it's a micro short.

I could be and likely am wrong but that would be how i would explain it.
CptKerion 12th Aug 2015, 7:15 PM edit delete reply
Hey Nova Roma finally did something I would've done to secure things. Except I would've had it a bit closer to home and it would've been thermite.

I'll bet the reason it wasn't that one is that little miss Noctis is either A. Luring her into a trap or B. giving her a route to free the Cassians.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 8:29 PM edit delete reply

well thermite is nice .. but they would like to not have to replace ALL the computer systems..
Mark_L_A 12th Aug 2015, 8:54 PM edit delete reply

Oh and the look on Dr. Silver's face in panel two reminds me of her face in panel one of Reboot - 914
Dave 12th Aug 2015, 10:46 PM edit delete reply
My guess is she is reprogramming the network routers(or what ever they are called there) to pay attention to the noise generated by the loose network connection. Using the Radio frequency emissions generated by the network cable to actually pass data. Effectively turning the wired network into a wireless network. Put a old am radio next to your computer tuned to an empty channel, you will get sounds depending on what your computer is doing. The original personal computer (the altair 8800) was programed to play Mary had a little lamb on an AM radio like this.
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