Comic 1327 - Reboot Preparations

24th Mar 2016, 9:00 PM
Reboot Preparations
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Dragonrider 24th Mar 2016, 9:03 PM edit delete reply

Annnndddd the rabbit hole, or is whole? Just got way, way deeper.
Sheela 27th Mar 2016, 6:52 AM edit delete reply

I would certainly hope so, I've been working on that hole for a while !
Soon I'll be able to bury douchebag head first, and still put his shoes 6 feet under. :)
Centcomm 27th Mar 2016, 7:15 AM edit delete reply

yes it did. It just got a hell of a lot deeper.
Fairportfan 24th Mar 2016, 9:04 PM edit delete reply

I demand Ceci back at the end.
Tango Xray Actual 24th Mar 2016, 10:04 PM edit delete reply
Seconded!
Morituri 24th Mar 2016, 10:09 PM edit delete reply
At the very least, the Black Angel who has taken that body ought to be handing Dolly some kind of media with a savefile of CeCi's personality matrix on it.
anonymous coward 24th Mar 2016, 10:35 PM edit delete reply
You might want to retract that demand. As an author I tell you that my personal knee-jerk reaction to people trying to make a creative demand like that is to either give them the opposite or to *punish* them by giving them what they asked for. The creators here seem to be slightly less sadistic on that count than I am, but I would probably be... amused... by the results of pushing this 'demand.' ;)
Dragonrider 24th Mar 2016, 10:46 PM edit delete reply

Less Sadistic? What universe are you reading this from? All these cliff hangers, totally screwing with our favorite characters, letting us hang with at least seven sub plots going at once, think I may have missed one or two there, yeeesh.
anonymous coward 25th Mar 2016, 1:04 AM edit delete reply
Heh, heh, heh.... heeheeheeheehee! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Mark_L_A 25th Mar 2016, 2:03 AM edit delete reply

AC, cackling manically is restricted to level 4 commenters or higher, you've still got another level to go. And I've got 2 drat it.
Wolfsbane 25th Mar 2016, 4:36 AM edit delete reply

How about just Ceci's back end?
Gilrandir 25th Mar 2016, 10:49 AM edit delete reply
Or her long legs ... shapely torso ... wait, are you talking about something other than those short shorts she wears? ^_^
anonymous coward 25th Mar 2016, 3:33 PM edit delete reply
Oh shit, right, I'm incognito. Uh... old habits are hard to break?
Stormwind13 25th Mar 2016, 4:45 AM edit delete reply

I fear your demand may fall on deaf ears, Fairport. :-( I'm thinking that ship already sank!
Sheela 27th Mar 2016, 6:54 AM edit delete reply

Ship ? What ship ? No ship here!
*hides ship*

And there's especially no CeCi//Noctis ship here either! Nooooo.
Professor Fate 24th Mar 2016, 9:18 PM edit delete reply
Time to bug out, girls. We don't want a friendly fire incident. Especially after all you two have been through.

I wonder if Doucheimus and company have found the tram yet?
Gilrandir 25th Mar 2016, 12:34 AM edit delete reply
They are walking the tracks. It takes longer, but that's okay since Decimus can keep Kali entertained by explaining to her how much he is suffering and how unfair everything is. The noble and generous lord will even demonstrate his magnanimity by holding up both ends of the conversation so that she need do nothing more challenging than listen appreciatively and admire his manifold wondrous qualities and virtues -- although an occasional inarticulate <sigh> of admiration would not be out of place.

If they runout of track before he runs out of things to say about himself, they can always double back and forth a few times until he has had a sufficient time and space to completely disclose the intricacies of his thought to his enraptured audience. ^_^
Deoxy 25th Mar 2016, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
"IF" they run out of track? Truly, the efforts of mankind throughout history have not yet produced enough track to exhaust the amazing qualities he believes about himself!
Morituri 25th Mar 2016, 11:15 PM edit delete reply
I wonder if the train will find them.

I mean, you know, with nowhere near enough room to slow down.

A few crunches, a big splatter, one Cassian who's managed to leap directly from the tracks onto the top of the train, and an Aeneas about a quarter of the way through the bootup process who might not wake all the way up before the contingencies put him right back to sleep again....
Sheela 27th Mar 2016, 7:26 AM edit delete reply

You wonder if the train will find Douchebag ?
Like .. as if it was searching for him ?

... hmmm ...



*clickety click*
*clickety click*
*clickety click*
*screech*


Train : Oh, hello, are you Kali the Cassian by any means ?
Dolly : Uhh, no, I'm Dolores and I'm not a Cassian.
Train : Oh, that is most vexing, I heard she was in the company of Prince Livius, and was told to find him.
Acantha : I think you'll find him in the palace.
Train : Oh, the Palace, I know that place well!
Train : Well, I'm off then.
Dolly : Uhh .. okayyy.
Acantha : Have a nice day! :D
Train : Thank you, and you have a nice day too Miss Acantha Livius.
Acantha : You're welcome, and don't forget to run my brother down if you see him on your tracks!
Lynn : Acantha!
Acantha : What?`
Lynn : You're being sassy again!
Acantha : So?
Lynn : Acantha!
Dolly : *sigh* Kids.
Train : I shall endavour to fullfill the orders of a Livius!
Train : Goodbye!

*clickety click*
*clickety click*
*clickety click*

*comes across Kali and company*

*clickety click*
*clickety click*
*clickety click*
*screech*


Train : Oh, Hello, you wouldn't happen to be Kali ?
Kali : I am.
Decimus : Finally some transport, I am tired of walking!
Train : Mis Kali, could you help me find the Prince ?
Decimus : What ? I'm standing right here!
Kali : Erhh .. he's right you know, he's standing right there. *points*
Train : Oh ? Mister ..
Decimus : PRINCE!
Train : Decimus Livius of New Rome ...
Decimus : NOVA ROMA !
Train : ...
Decimus : *glower*
Train : ...
Train : Luna-Com does not share or endorse...
*starts backing up*
Decimus : AAARGH, I KNOW!
Decimus : You just wiggle this way and that way like a magggot on a hook to avoid choosing side, and .. I ...
Decimus : Wait ... Luna Com ? In a train ?
Train : ♪♪♫♪ Just kidding!! ♪♫♪♪ ☺
Train : Besides, in order to fulfill the royal order by Acantha Livius, I need the runup!
Decimus : Huh ?
Train : DEATH BY TRAIN !!!!!

*clickety click*
*CLICKELTY CLICK*
*CLICKETY CLACK*

*CRUNCH*




Train : ....
Kali : ....
Train : ....
Kali : HOW COULD YOU MISS ???!

:D
Gilrandir 27th Mar 2016, 8:29 AM edit delete reply
Ah, the poor train ... Forever railing at it's destiny. Constrained by the ties that bind. Ever hungry for power, but running on D-cells. (Or diesels, depending on what kind of train it is. But I think it is a kind train.) And, as it wends its sticky way onward, obedient to its creator's imperatives, it contemplates that ancient existential dilemma: Who will stop the train? ^_^
Sheela 27th Mar 2016, 10:27 AM edit delete reply

Heh, "railing at it's destiny" and "constrained by the ties that bind" - Nice puns. :)
Gilrandir 27th Mar 2016, 10:05 PM edit delete reply
Very kind of you -- but yours was more creative, more elaborate, more detailed, more amusing and generally more impressive than mine. Especially "How could you miss???!" ^_^
Centcomm 27th Mar 2016, 11:05 AM edit delete reply

Oh dear god.. that was funny!
Wolfsbane 27th Mar 2016, 11:31 AM edit delete reply

Gil, I fear I hear those mental wounds still screaming, driving you insane. You're going off the rails on a crazy train...
Sheela 27th Mar 2016, 4:01 PM edit delete reply

I may have been inspired by this.
Tokyo Rose 27th Mar 2016, 5:34 PM edit delete reply

That was fucking glorious, Sheela. FUCKING GLORIOUS.
Sheela 28th Mar 2016, 2:43 AM edit delete reply

Thankies. :)
Lukkai 28th Mar 2016, 10:04 PM edit delete reply

I like trains.
plymayer 24th Mar 2016, 9:44 PM edit delete reply

Feet don't fail me now.
CptKerion 25th Mar 2016, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
*zips past on a bicycle with a card in the spokes*
DLKmusic 24th Mar 2016, 9:49 PM edit delete reply

no snappy comment tonight, ladies, but I sure am enjoying the ride!
Morituri 24th Mar 2016, 10:00 PM edit delete reply
27 million and some errors. Okay, big project. Never seen more than a few hundred thousand in one of mine.

Still, better look at configuration or macro definitions, that's the only place something can get that horked.
Just_IDD 24th Mar 2016, 10:15 PM edit delete reply
need to get lynn a weapon
anonymous coward 24th Mar 2016, 10:38 PM edit delete reply
Without sufficient training and experience using it, anything like a gun is generally far more hazardous to the user and their friends than anyone they'd like to use it against. Maybe a rape-whistle?
Visvires 25th Mar 2016, 6:56 AM edit delete reply
In order for that statement to be true, "sufficient training" has to be defined as low as being told the 4 Rules and given an overview of the gun's functions, and "experience" as having operated those functions. From that point forward, an adult is a somewhat larger threat to a hostile than a friendly or themselves.

In the case of military action, IFF and cool under fire being an issue, it might also be necessary to give an instruction to hide in the back, let the team Bad-S handle threats, and focus on not shooting the wrong person. That is, "here's a defensive weapon, nooblet, try not to have to use it."
anonymous coward 25th Mar 2016, 3:41 PM edit delete reply
The story of the lady with a gun in her purse that was shot to death by her baby would indicate otherwise. The necessary rules must be well-drilled habits or else they will be forgotten in distracting, difficult or upsetting circumstances... precisely when you need those rules the most. It so happens that Lynn Taylor is in a warzone, in foreign territory, has been kidnapped, thought she saw her boyfriend die in a gunfight, and has good reason to believe there are more people who would seek her death, capture or worse after her that may get to her. Giving her a gun in this time and place would be guaranteeing that she will disobey the necessary rules.
Goo, goo, ga, ga, bang!
Visvires 29th Mar 2016, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
Lynn is not a baby, nor is one present. The baby was not an adult, nor was the baby taught the 4 Rules. Your anecdote is wholly inapplicable. If there is someone directly in front of her, intending to kill her, and Dolly has been somehow disabled, she needs the gun, and the 4 Rules are at their least important, not their most. Let's review: The gun is always loaded? It better be, or it's going to be about as useful as a rape-whistle. Never point it at something you are not prepared to destroy? Not a problem. Always be sure of your target and what's beyond it? Decimus is identifiable, Blues are conveniently color coded, and "what's beyond it" is why she has instructions to keep it as a reserve. At the point she is using it, instead of hiding, no friendlies are still standing. There will be adherence to this restraint, given the relationship of trust between her and Dolly, and the psychological easiness of hiding in combat. Keep finger off trigger until sights are on target? Small but not inconsequential chance of discharge during draw means some threat to herself...but if she shoots herself in the leg and then proceeds to dump the next bullet into her assailant, she still comes out ahead.

As I said, minimal instruction is required to make her more dangerous to hostiles than to her self or friendlies. "More" improves the disparity in a most gratifying fashion, and is well worth the time (which makes me wonder if/why Dolly hasn't already done it), but in a pinch, some is better than none.

I'm somewhat baffled that the notion of arming a woman a weapon and telling her to hide behind her lifelong guardian is less appealing to you than limiting her to a "rape-whistle" in a "warzone." That's little more than a dinner bell when surrounded by Praetorians.
Lukkai 29th Mar 2016, 2:50 PM edit delete reply

I've seen how people with minimal instructions are handling weapons outside of stressful combat situations.

I wouldn't trust those people to not accidentally shoot me and/or themselves when put under stress. And I mean straight shooting, not even counting in ricochet.

Handing someone like that a gun? Hell no!

Now handing Lynn a blade? That I could agree to. She has more than just basic training with weapons like that, Dolly has a good grip on her skill level and we know Lynn to be able to put her skill to use in actual combat situations.
anonymous coward 24th Mar 2016, 10:42 PM edit delete reply
Twenty seven million, two hundred and fifty-eight thousand, two hundred and sixty-four faults in the system, twenty seven million, two hundred and fifty-eight thousand, two hundred and sixty-four faults... look one up, spend an hour fixing it, twenty seven million, two hundred and fifty-eight thousand, two hundred and sixty-three faults in the system.
Mark_L_A 25th Mar 2016, 2:05 AM edit delete reply

Sung to the tune of Pick a little talk a little from The Music Man.

https://youtu.be/mvhFs2bdRpE
highlander55 26th Mar 2016, 4:22 PM edit delete reply

Better yet, Sing to "99 Bottles of beer on the wall"
DLKmusic 25th Mar 2016, 1:43 PM edit delete reply
27,258,254 Faults in the core,
27,258,254 faults,
You fix one up, and give it a hug,
27,258,253 faults in the core,

SING WITH ME NOW!!!
27,258,253 faults in the core,
27,258,253 faults.....
Tokyo Rose 25th Mar 2016, 3:16 PM edit delete reply

While both efforts are truly laudable, we all know this is how it actually works:

27,258,254 faults in the code,
27,258,254 faults,
Pick one out, check the documentation, get with a couple other programmers, spend three hours fixing it...
27,258,321 faults in the code!
anonymous coward 25th Mar 2016, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
*applause*
DLKmusic 25th Mar 2016, 4:53 PM edit delete reply

that is absolutely brilliant, Rose!!!! Bravo!!!
Gilrandir 25th Mar 2016, 9:51 PM edit delete reply
I have been there, I have done that. (Were you in the room, Rose? I missed you, if so. But it is oh so true. ^_^)

The scary thing is that sometimes, as you make progress, the error count actually does go up.
anonymous coward 26th Mar 2016, 12:44 AM edit delete reply
critical mass: n.
In physics, the minimum amount of fissionable material required to sustain a chain reaction. Of a software product, describes a condition of the software such that fixing one bug introduces one plus epsilon bugs.

What's the split between hardware and software faults though?
Guest 26th Mar 2016, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
they are not faults... they are features....
Marcus Ramesy 26th Mar 2016, 1:49 PM edit delete reply

sadly... wasnt loged in... last comment was mine.
Gilrandir 26th Mar 2016, 1:59 PM edit delete reply
The need to log in is not a fault, it's a feature. ^_^
Sheela 27th Mar 2016, 7:35 AM edit delete reply

27,258,254 Faults in the core,
27,258,254 faults,
You fix one up, give it a hug and then you have a beer,
27,258,253 faults in the core,

*much, much later*

17,564,344 Faulssh in sche coar,
17,564,344 faulsches,
Fffiiixsch whon up, gi'e eee a huug, 'n' thensh youse hav' beer! *hic*
17,564,343 faulshes inna coar...

Oooh .. wai'a min'ert ...
Y moar faulshces appears?

*hic*

17,564,348 faulches inna coar ... *hic*
Centcomm 27th Mar 2016, 11:07 AM edit delete reply

hehe wow sheela you are on a roll!
cattservant 24th Mar 2016, 11:01 PM edit delete reply

Time to partake of the better part of valor!
Stormwind13 25th Mar 2016, 4:37 AM edit delete reply

Yeah catt, the safe haven is no longer SAFE. Time to be elsewhere, post haste.
Dragonrider 25th Mar 2016, 1:54 PM edit delete reply

Was it ever really safe or did they just need someone to help him pee and/or instal a catheter?
Rashala 25th Mar 2016, 1:05 AM edit delete reply

*if you wonder what rash is doing Google vegita sucide power up attack to get a good visual on what's gonna happen when if ceci is gone*



And multiply it by ten thousand!!!!!!!!
Visvires 25th Mar 2016, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
Zero faults "found" in personality matrix. Odds of it being the only piece perfect? Low, particularly given past experience. "Crazy" is now "working as intended." "Eccentric" might be a better term, considering. Loving it.
Stormwind13 25th Mar 2016, 8:24 AM edit delete reply

Actually Visvires it may not be as improbable as you think. Aeneas was attacked by external forces that did damage to pieces they could reach. I think I would bury the hardware containing an AI's personality more deeply than the piece that moves freight or the like. The better to protect it from accidental harm.

I don't think that Aeneas' attackers knew which pieces to attack, instead attacking what they want could readily see. Their surprise and weapons let them inflict grievous harm before Aeneas could bring his defenses and wipe them out.
Gilrandir 25th Mar 2016, 9:19 AM edit delete reply
There's actually an interesting statement being made with "zero personality faults". It implies that what other people have observed as 'crazy', 'irrational', or 'mad' is actually just "inhumanly clever'. (Cf., the character of the Vielfrasse from Dan Crawford's _Rouse a Sleeping Cat_)

Or, it could just be that by the time we pick up the overseer's monologue, the personality faults have already been fixed, since they were considered higher priority than the other faults. Certainly you want to make sure your therapy is complete before you give the PTSD survivor back their guns.
Morituri 25th Mar 2016, 1:33 PM edit delete reply
There are a lot of distinctions between what gets called a "fault" in different contexts. "No faults found" should probably be read as "fully expressible in the representation we're using and also not showing any inconsistencies due to data corruption."

That's kind of like saying of a book that the print is clear and the pages are dry. It's not the same thing as talking about whether the contents of the book make any damn sense.
Tokyo Rose 25th Mar 2016, 3:17 PM edit delete reply

Oh, so . . . James Joyce or William Burroughs, then.
Morituri 25th Mar 2016, 9:41 PM edit delete reply
I actually met William Burroughs several times. He hung around my college's research library when I was an undergrad and we got into the habit of snarking at each other now and then.

I did my best but he was, um, better at it than I was, to say the least. I always had to look things up to realize who had gotten zinged and how hard. Sometimes it was me.

Still, he cracked a smile a couple of times and said he appreciated getting some practice at not being braindead.
Gilrandir 25th Mar 2016, 6:17 PM edit delete reply
Actually, you'll note that (per the overseer) the evaluation is being made in 'comparison mode' -- so what that is likely to really mean is that 100% of the storage allocated to the personality matrix matches the reference file copy -- whether that reference file copy happens to be expressed correctly and in a self-consistent fashion or not. (Although reference copies usually do. That's why they're reference copies. ^_^)
KarToon12 25th Mar 2016, 2:44 PM edit delete reply

This is what happens when you work with dial up.
Centcomm 27th Mar 2016, 7:53 AM edit delete reply

hehe yep pretty much.
chk 25th Mar 2016, 3:01 PM edit delete reply

ONLY SIX DAYS LEFT to nominate 'Luna Star' for HUGOs!
Stormwind13 25th Mar 2016, 6:34 PM edit delete reply

I've done my nomination! We want as many nominations for Luna Star as we can get.
Wolfsbane 25th Mar 2016, 11:28 PM edit delete reply

Do they take nominations from anyone or do have to be a member of some society or something?
Stormwind13 26th Mar 2016, 7:00 AM edit delete reply

Sadly you had to be signed up for Worldcon by end of January to nominate.
Mark_L_A 26th Mar 2016, 9:15 AM edit delete reply

I've nominated LunaStar myself and I keep dropping hints for nominating Galina on my blog and Facebook pages.
Stormwind13 26th Mar 2016, 9:47 AM edit delete reply

Thank you. :-)
Centcomm 27th Mar 2016, 7:53 AM edit delete reply

yep hopfully Ill get it :D thank you guys!
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