Comic 1296 - 82-50

14th Jan 2016, 9:00 PM
Average Rating: 5 (21 votes)

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Centcomm 14th Jan 2016, 10:09 PM edit delete
This is cent letting every one know I'm doing fine more info when I'm not on my tablet! Surgery went perfectly. Zero complications.
Tokyo Rose 15th Jan 2016, 2:50 AM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
Cent's oral surgery went very smoothly (took no more than 15 minutes), and she rested at my place to recover for the remainder of the day; I dropped her back off at home an hour or so ago. :)

EDIT: Also, per Cent's semi-incoherent pantomime-and-gurgle request and my own gratitude, I give massive thumbs-up to Dr. Engle of East Valley Oral Surgery and his office staff. They have been absolutely awesome from the word go and managed a very frightened patient with total professionalism and genuine care.

ALSO EDIT: Cent wanted me to post this again. So I did. Because I do shit like that in exchange for hilarity like I witnessed today.
Centcomm 15th Jan 2016, 3:16 AM edit delete
Yes ! if you are in the Phoenix / Chandler area of Arizona and need dental work done I Highly recommend this place.

And Chandler family dental! Doctor Amato who helped set all this up! And the great Staff they have there!

PS: Tablet PCs make great notepads when you cant find a piece of paper and pen and have a mouth full of gauze :D
Tokyo Rose 15th Jan 2016, 1:46 PM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
The tablet notepad thing was a stroke of genius from someone in loopy-land.
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Dragonrider 14th Jan 2016, 9:04 PM edit delete reply

The trick is to keep Lynn and Acantha from getting too curious and following Dolly into the other room. Now would be the ideal time for Ceci to spring the M word and leave them too shocked to move, focusing all attention on her. I have a feeling Ceci already knows who the repair person is.
StellarJay 15th Jan 2016, 1:51 AM edit delete reply

Talking about Marriage would be a complete non sequitur that would befuddle everyone, wouldn't it? Some other "M" word?
Sheela 15th Jan 2016, 4:02 AM edit delete reply

The .. M-word ?
Seriously ?

I have no idea what you're talking about, I'm guessing that Miss Direction is at play again.
T1-G3R2501 15th Jan 2016, 6:31 AM edit delete reply
Oh Oh!!! I know!! Dragonrider means 'Mommy'!!

*is fed a treat off-camera for not making a bad pun*
Speedy 30th Mar 2017, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
Would that pun have to do with a dragon/human hybrid saying "Mommy"?

Or, if "Mommy" is Dolly, would it be a dragon cyborg saying it?

What would the proper term for a dragon/android hybrid be? "Dragroid" sounds like a cross dresser on steroids, or painful skid marks (drag racing + hemorrhoids)

Well, whichever it is, I'm guessing your pun consisted of adding a space to "Dragonrider means 'Mommy'!!" As in "Dragon rider means 'Mommy'!!" (which would make for a very interesting ohana)
jamie59 14th Jan 2016, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

That's an easy backdoor you could drive a truck through.
anonymous coward 14th Jan 2016, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
Hold on, hold on, is someone else shameless enough to do it for this one?
Sheela 15th Jan 2016, 4:03 AM edit delete reply

I .. I'm not driving a truck !

*honk* *honk*
Visvires 15th Jan 2016, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
For the love of...

If the backdoor is that big, why even have the lock? Letting CeCi in is looking more consistent with the security provisions, now. *shiver*
anonymous coward 16th Jan 2016, 11:26 PM edit delete reply
I give up, apparently I'm the only person shameless enough to respond to this one with, "That's what she said."
Speedy Marsh 30th Mar 2017, 8:41 AM edit delete reply
So, that's where Murderturds come from.
DLKmusic 14th Jan 2016, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

Does anyone besides me think that Dolly has figured out that there might be something amiss with Ceci and doesn't trust her right now?
Dragonrider 14th Jan 2016, 9:37 PM edit delete reply

she is well aware she does not have the loyalty from Ceci she had. She knows that to Ceci right now she is a means to an end and she trusts her like she trusts Cent Comm, in other words about a far as she can throw the Rocky Mountains. Quite sure she is figuring out if she can safely reach the kill switch to shut Ceci down, possibly one reason she is trying to meet the repair Guru to obtain assistance.
Visvires 15th Jan 2016, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
Indeed. She's keeping her away from doors...that's pretty severe compartmentalization.
Aurora 17th Jan 2016, 5:12 AM edit delete reply
Not necessarily. Right now, Ceci would be one of their only means of protection if things go horribly wrong. Letting Lynn open the door, frees up Cecl to make sure they aren't ambushed by a rogue repair bot, etc.
pastutopia 14th Jan 2016, 9:13 PM edit delete reply

I bet cent could totally squish a bunch of storage units. Or at least blow them up. Somehow. Entertainingly. Thoroughly. ;)
DLKmusic 14th Jan 2016, 9:27 PM edit delete reply

That brought to mind the image of 20 Cent-comm dolls stacking crates into a pyramid, then dancing a Rockettes style chorus-line as the door smashes them...

Very disturbing indeed...
StellarJay 15th Jan 2016, 1:52 AM edit delete reply

Disturbing? That image is hilarious! Thanks for giving it to me.
Sheela 15th Jan 2016, 4:05 AM edit delete reply

Ah, but Centcomm's Dolls are too busy playing with My Little Pony figures between the server racks.

Very important thing to do, y'know ?
sigpig 15th Jan 2016, 9:52 AM edit delete reply

@DLK - We should mention this to Centy as a possible TWC vote-bait... lol
Stormwind13 15th Jan 2016, 1:46 PM edit delete reply

Except that TeeDee would get to the manual controls for the door while they were still stacking them, DLK. Then with a gleefully howl TeeDee would drop the door on the dolls. The crates would be collateral damage. :-D
Tokyo Rose 15th Jan 2016, 1:47 PM edit delete reply

Teedee would rather stack 20 Cent-dolls into a pyramid and smash THEM with a door.
Stormwind13 15th Jan 2016, 4:19 PM edit delete reply

I'm thinking TeeDee would enjoy it more if she caught them by surprise (again) Rose. Especially if CentComm was tied into them and got the feedback. :-D
Lukkai 18th Jan 2016, 8:39 PM edit delete reply

20 Cent-dolls stuffed into barrels and then smashed with a door?
Anonymouth 30th Mar 2017, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
Well, Cent might be able to squish storage units with a door, but Ceci could crush them between her knees! (Her design was modified from that of a standard pleasure model)
Mark_L_A 14th Jan 2016, 9:16 PM edit delete reply

I'm thinking Dolly is trying to keep CeCi occupodo for some reason.
DLKmusic 14th Jan 2016, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

Great minds think alike, Mark!
(see comment above)
anonymous coward 14th Jan 2016, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
Always post someone on watch when in hostile territory. They are in hostile territory. The people Dolly trusts to keep watch (because of sufficient familiarity and military indoctrination) are herself and Ceci. There's nobody else to ask.
Sheela 15th Jan 2016, 4:08 AM edit delete reply

Dammit, why do those minds keep escaping from my thought bubbles ?

Stay in there, dammit! >:(
Haegan2005 14th Jan 2016, 9:35 PM edit delete reply

oh lord, it's as bad as Admin and password.
HiFranc 14th Jan 2016, 10:30 PM edit delete reply

I thought that they would have moved on from that as well. In fact we have already moved on from that. It's normal now for things to be manufactured with a different strong password for each unit (at least for routers).
Just_IDD 15th Jan 2016, 2:14 AM edit delete reply
I hate to break it to you but routers come with the same default passwords. Having a manufacturer's backdoor now that's definitely a no-no. The real key is if the "Field" account is visible in the login credentials if it isn't then it's a major fail on the manufactures part.
HiFranc 15th Jan 2016, 2:48 AM edit delete reply

Depends on the manufacturer. I used to work on a technical helpdesk supporting people with internet connection problems for an ISP. When they brought in the new system, if the customer needed to access the router we had lots of "fun" explaining how to callers how to find their default password, what the password standards were (because, before you could do anything you had to change the password when you first logged in) and then we would talk them through sorting out the problem they called us for in the first place.
Tokyo Rose 15th Jan 2016, 2:52 AM edit delete reply

Sadly, it's also truth-in-television; some major mainframes had that manufacturer-default login account active throughout their service life. I threw it in as an obscurely nerdy in-joke. :)
HiFranc 15th Jan 2016, 3:01 AM edit delete reply

I know but that is changing.
Hans 15th Jan 2016, 4:04 AM edit delete reply
If changing than slowly.
Humans will always be humans and as such as lazy as they can get away with.
Also several politicans these days demand backdors for government access in security relevant systems. Now take a guess how hard these would be for the bad guys to figure out.
Lukkai 18th Jan 2016, 8:50 PM edit delete reply

An Italian company manufacturing a trojan program for police and intelligence services to be used in investigations has been hacked and afterwards issued a warning that their program must not be used anymore. Because whoever hacked them would now be able to get access to any system the program has been and will be used on.

Yes, that means that the company is able to access any such systems as well, obviously.
HiFranc 15th Jan 2016, 3:22 AM edit delete reply

Whilst at uni, in my spare time, I read The Cuckoo's Egg by Cliff A Stoll. From memory it lists a couple of default admin passwords:

Account: root
Pasword: password

Account: SYSTEM
Password: MANAGER

Of course, this is done from memory so I may have misremembered that.
Sheela 15th Jan 2016, 4:13 AM edit delete reply

Account : Spaceballs
Password : 12345

It was real, on an actual mainframe, I kid you not.
StellarJay 17th Jan 2016, 2:13 AM edit delete reply

Just do a Google search for the most commonly used passwords, and you'll find that 12345 near the top of the list. What beats it? It's 123456, of course!
Speedy 30th Mar 2017, 9:18 AM edit delete reply
Yep. That's one of the first passwords that dark helmet black hat hackers try.
Ybfi3e 15th Jan 2016, 4:40 AM edit delete reply
I find that to be one of the best sci-fi stories I have ever read - leaving aside that it is non-fiction.
Mark_L_A 16th Jan 2016, 7:57 AM edit delete reply

Try this one

Login: Open
Password: Sesame

The PW on a server that holds over a million medical records for an insurance company. My brother was the new IT/Admin and that was the FIRST thing he changed when he took over.
anonymous coward 16th Jan 2016, 11:31 PM edit delete reply
The worst one I can remember offhand is, "login," and, "password." No, no punctuation. The top few weakest passwords I'm familiar with (in no particular order) are, "fuck," "bullshit," "password," "no," and, "forget."
ProfEtheric 14th Jan 2016, 10:08 PM edit delete reply

Go, Lynn gogogogogogogogogo!!!!!
Centcomm 16th Jan 2016, 1:49 AM edit delete reply

Yep shes going to ! Shes going to go off on him!
HiFranc 14th Jan 2016, 10:26 PM edit delete reply

I'm glad that the surgery went well.
Centcomm 16th Jan 2016, 1:48 AM edit delete reply

Yep it went fantastic !
HiFranc 14th Jan 2016, 10:28 PM edit delete reply

I wonder how Lynn will react when she sees who it is.
Stormwind13 15th Jan 2016, 6:31 PM edit delete reply

Lynn is going to flip out. Whether she flips out and goes to hug him... or flips out and tries to KILL him, I'm not sure HiFranc. I'm betting on the latter though. I mean, Lynn DID watch Kyle die (stupidly).
Centcomm 16th Jan 2016, 1:48 AM edit delete reply

Stormwind is right .. Lynn is going to murder him :D
Sheela 16th Jan 2016, 1:04 PM edit delete reply

Acantha : OMG, you killed Kyle!
Lynn : Oh noes!

Stormwind13 16th Jan 2016, 1:59 PM edit delete reply

More like - Acantha: I wanted to do that!
CentComm: Get in line!
And like in Airplane, there is a line winding out of sight of those wanting to do Kyle in! (including one toe nibbler named, Sheela) :-D
Dongaria 14th Jan 2016, 11:56 PM edit delete reply

Cent! Glad you are feeling better! !
Centcomm 16th Jan 2016, 1:47 AM edit delete reply

Thank you - :D
mjkj 15th Jan 2016, 12:18 AM edit delete reply

*lol* default passwords... =P

Great to hear, Cent. I hope you are feeling better soon...

Centcomm 16th Jan 2016, 1:47 AM edit delete reply

I am feeling tons better I did not realize just how sick i was!
Wolfsbane 15th Jan 2016, 1:56 AM edit delete reply

Aw, geez, am I the nerd again? 8250, as in the UART?
Just_IDD 15th Jan 2016, 2:34 AM edit delete reply
Wow, good catch! My brain filtered the model number right out of the text because it being a webcomic about the future. Of course the 8250 only lasted until the early 90's. Communication protocols were changing quickly then, almost asvfast as Moore's Law for processor growth.
Centcomm 16th Jan 2016, 1:47 AM edit delete reply

Yep :D Nerds rejoice!
Sheela 16th Jan 2016, 3:44 AM edit delete reply

Oh man, that one flew over my head.

Didja know you could do file transfers over the old parallel ports too ? It was faster than floppies, but got beaten into oblivion by proper network cards.
Speedy 30th Mar 2017, 12:19 PM edit delete reply
Since this is a serial comic, does that mean Dolly and Ceci are serial killers?

If they disconnect Kyle from Aeneas, will Acantha get mad, and have them deported?

Will Lynn and Kyle interface their faces? Will they have a ceremony, where they vow to maintain interfacing exclusivity?

Will they get a room and mate their Male and Female I/O connectors, and use handshaking to simultaneously reach maximum baud rate?

Will Kyle send a burst transmission of DNA data? Will Lynn merge that data with her own, in a child process?

Or, will Dolly issue a priority interrupt, to block their connection?

Don't touch that modem! Log in next page, to see Data Chasers dial-up the heat!
Speedy Marsh 30th Mar 2017, 12:58 PM edit delete reply
That takes me back to my college days. 8085 and 68HC11 processors, 8250 and 8255 chips for I/O, EPROM programmer, 4x20 character LCD...

That was way before this generation of kids, spoiled with their Raspberry Pis and Arduinos. ;) I bet they've never programmed an EPROM manually, one byte at a time, setting the address and data lines with DIP switches.

(Ok. Fine. Raspberry Pis are fun. I'll probably get an Arduino, when I can scrape up enough loose change)

cattservant 15th Jan 2016, 4:03 AM edit delete reply

Just can't keep them out!
Stormwind13 15th Jan 2016, 5:52 AM edit delete reply

You expected one measly door to stop Dolly, catt?
Stormwind13 15th Jan 2016, 5:48 AM edit delete reply

Glad you are doing so well, CentComm. Hopefully that will take care of lots of your medical problems.
Centcomm 16th Jan 2016, 1:45 AM edit delete reply

I think it will actually. considering how much better im feeling after only 2 days
Stever 15th Jan 2016, 8:20 AM edit delete reply

Looks like she's pretty good at "cracking".

Glad to hear your oral surgery went well. :D
Centcomm 16th Jan 2016, 1:44 AM edit delete reply

Thanks im feeling a lot better!
chk 15th Jan 2016, 11:20 AM edit delete reply

I thought they already got in.
Stormwind13 15th Jan 2016, 1:25 PM edit delete reply

Into Aeneas outer areas, yes chk. Into that node for accessing Aeneas himself, not so much. Until Lynn opened the door. :-)
chk 15th Jan 2016, 6:55 PM edit delete reply

Oh. I thought that was where Kyle is.
Centcomm 16th Jan 2016, 1:44 AM edit delete reply

This is a inner protected booth housing the repair node
KarToon12 15th Jan 2016, 11:50 AM edit delete reply

Congrats on the successful surgery! :)

Also, the password is always swordfish...
Stormwind13 15th Jan 2016, 1:26 PM edit delete reply

LOL KarToon. :-)
Sheela 15th Jan 2016, 5:48 PM edit delete reply

Noooo, it's definitly 12345. :)
DLKmusic 15th Jan 2016, 5:59 PM edit delete reply

Wait a second.... I thought Password was "Hosted by Allan Ludden"
Timotheus 16th Jan 2016, 1:22 AM edit delete reply

The best password is "I don't know".
Wolfsbane 16th Jan 2016, 5:22 AM edit delete reply

or "blank". That really confuses people when you tell them the password is blank. :D
Centcomm 16th Jan 2016, 1:43 AM edit delete reply

Thanks KArtoon! It went very well!
Steven-Vincent 16th Jan 2016, 6:46 AM edit delete reply

Ah, the back door. All these years into the future and they are still leaving back doors. ;)

I read a book over the break about this very thing going on in the 1980s and how East German spies were using them to hack into the military network. So this was a fun page to read.
CptKerion 16th Jan 2016, 2:00 PM edit delete reply
Hell, I've used administrative back doors in the modern era to fix problems I wasn't technically supposed to be able to access. Moral of this story: if you don't want people to be able to get in: change the passwords to the back doors into things. It's usually a pain but also usually possible.
Mark_L_A 16th Jan 2016, 8:01 AM edit delete reply

Is anyone else thinking that after all this Lynn won't want to be a pilot anymore? And maybe she'll want to sorta help her friend Acantha by becoming Aeneas new IT/Admin?

And Cent, I'm very glad you are no longer in severe pain.
Sheela 16th Jan 2016, 1:06 PM edit delete reply

Naw, she'll want to be a pilot, but she'll also want a heavy fighter ship .. y'know, just in case.
Wolfsbane 17th Jan 2016, 1:20 AM edit delete reply

I used to be a pilot in a bakery. I'd take the flour sacks from one room and pilot in the other...
Centcomm 17th Jan 2016, 4:04 AM edit delete reply

Most of the worst pain seems to be gone just have the general soreness from the surgery and that gets better every day
Lukkai 18th Jan 2016, 8:59 PM edit delete reply

Good to hear. Speedy recovery to you!
Matt Knab 16th Jan 2016, 5:17 PM edit delete reply

Glad to hear everything went ok, CC!
Centcomm 17th Jan 2016, 3:34 AM edit delete reply

Thank you ! I am feeling much better!
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