Comic 1529 - Leo Taylor

26th Sep 2017, 9:00 PM
Leo Taylor
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)

Author Notes:

Tokyo Rose 26th Sep 2017, 11:20 PM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
Good news: the replacement fans for Cent's video card arrived today. They'll probably be installed tomorrow, and hopefully she'll be back to rendering!

EDIT: Spoke too soon. I won't go into detail because we're all extremely frustrated right now. Updates will be made as they become available.

UPDATE: We got the wrong fan replacement kit, and the fact was discovered only after the shroud had been removed from the video card and everything seemed to be on track to replace the fans and get things back up and running. Another fan kit has been ordered, but again is being shipped from fucking China, so now we're looking at a delivery window from October 17 to November 6. Crossing my fingers that this one also gets here remarkably fast (it was only like nine days for the last one, surprisingly), but it still means that we're out of pages for now.
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megados 26th Sep 2017, 9:45 PM edit delete reply

CentComm is looking hopeful she'll be able to avoid another hug, but I think Leo is just messing with her. (He probably knows she hates it) She does manage to stay unnoticed in the corner as long as she possibly can!

I like how the camera angles show how CentComm is trying to keep from attracting attention and stay in the background. It clearly shows how she feels about all this!
Timotheus 26th Sep 2017, 11:21 PM edit delete reply

Oh he KNOWS how she feels about it. Why else would he explicitly ask her about it. I gotta feeling gramma and grampa are the tag team from hell as far as Centcom is concerned.
Sheela 27th Sep 2017, 4:41 AM edit delete reply

He's gonna make her think that she's avoided another hug, and then - BAM - An unexpected hug will happen, just to annoy her a little bit, but just as much to acclimate her a bit more to humanity.

'cause he's sneaky like that!
megados 27th Sep 2017, 1:58 PM edit delete reply

CentComm dolls are probably not very substantial; she probably couldn't stop him, unless she resorts to all ze missilez :D
Just_IDD 27th Sep 2017, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
If I were CentCom I would have phrased my answer slightly differently. "One was sufficient."
HiFranc 26th Sep 2017, 11:44 PM edit delete reply

Ranch on Mars? That means that Mars, or bits of it, have been terraformed.
cattservant 27th Sep 2017, 12:34 AM edit delete reply

Raising thoats no doubt.
Tokyo Rose 27th Sep 2017, 4:22 AM edit delete reply

And calots. Can't forget the calots.
knuut 27th Sep 2017, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
I must confess, it's been almost 60 years since I read 'Princess'. I remember the name but what does a calot look like?
cattservant 27th Sep 2017, 4:11 PM edit delete reply

And some plant men for salads.
Sheela 27th Sep 2017, 4:41 AM edit delete reply

Meaning that humanity as such, is in no danger of dying out.
antrik 27th Sep 2017, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
@HiFranc I guess Elon Musk has been busy ;-)
cattservant 27th Sep 2017, 12:37 AM edit delete reply

One is quite enough, thank you
Sheela 27th Sep 2017, 4:42 AM edit delete reply

She's still bristling with cat-static, eh ?
mjkj 27th Sep 2017, 12:45 AM edit delete reply

*lol* she would be content without it... :)

@alt text speculation: I guess he is thanking her for informing them...

Sheela 27th Sep 2017, 4:43 AM edit delete reply

Hah, just look at Centcomm in that first panel ... she knows !
sigpig 27th Sep 2017, 7:04 AM edit delete reply

Re: Author's Note. What will Terri be rendering? Human lipids for the purpose of making scented candles?
megados 28th Sep 2017, 5:39 AM edit delete reply

Without fans, some of those devices get hot enough to. ;)
Centcomm 2nd Oct 2017, 5:13 PM edit delete reply

1.. 2... 7 C is what my vid card hit before i shut it down..
megados 2nd Oct 2017, 5:30 PM edit delete reply

Yeowch! Good thing you got it shut down. Decent fans should last longer than that. That's a mission-critical component!
Sheela 3rd Oct 2017, 5:21 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, ok, that's way too hot.
antrik 3rd Oct 2017, 3:36 PM edit delete reply
Actually, that's not way too hot -- it's about as much as graphics cards are typically specified for. If it got much hotter than that, it would be bad though :-)
megados 3rd Oct 2017, 4:23 PM edit delete reply

127°C actually IS way too hot. You can heat the components when not under power to those temperatures, and higher (as when soldering), but the semiconductor junctions' ratings rapidly degrade under those conditions under power. A junction could be derated to half its current carrying capacity under that condition. When that happens, switching speeds get sluggish, as slew rates become unreliable, junction impedance increases, and a point is reached where it cannot overcome circuit capacitances. Circuits will start to stumble and crash, and permanent damage can occur. When the fans are operating correctly, they never reach that high a temperature. :D
antrik 3rd Oct 2017, 6:42 PM edit delete reply
@megados while there is a lot of hearsay about what temperatures are "safe", I tend to trust the manufacturer's specifications. These vary of course between brands and models.

Older nVidia cards were specified for 105°, while more recent ones are slightly <100°. For AMD, I'm unable to find any actual specs online -- but I have found several mentions of 120°, and I'm pretty sure I read similar numbers in the past. (I think it used to be even more at some point, but that was long ago...)

So yeah, 127° is certainly too high -- but depending on the exact card, not necessarily by much.
megados 3rd Oct 2017, 6:58 PM edit delete reply

You're certainly entitled to your opinion; my statements are based on direct experience with LSI semiconductor devices. I think Sheela has worked with this kind of stuff too. As temperature increases, the semiconductor junctions' capacity deteriorates quickly, and those last 20 degrees start an exponential degradation of junction performance. Additionally, as degradation takes place, and at high switching speeds, switching transistors' operating conditions can allow the device to experience a lengthened slew rate, resulting in the device remaining too far within it's linear range, which causes more heat, and thermal runaway can cause catastrophic failure.

Yes devices can operate at those temperatures for short periods, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it.

Aaanyway, Centcomm and Marcus Ramesy (and Rose too), know what they gotta have! My opinion is irrelevant

Gilrandir 27th Sep 2017, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
Re: the alt text -- I don't know why there would be a lot of speculation about Leo's exchange with Dolly. It seems perfectly reasonable and in-character to me.

Does Leo's complexion in panels 2 & 3 seem a bit ... sallow(?) to anyone else, or is it just me. It appears much more ... typical in panels 1 & 4. If it isn't just me, was this on purpose?
CptKerion 27th Sep 2017, 12:38 PM edit delete reply
I believe it's an effect of the shadow on his relatively gaunt face.
Ictuan 27th Sep 2017, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
My observation about Leo's and Athena's complexion is that either Daz Studio or the models Cent is using don't allow for giving a realistic aged look. Leo's face is smooth like a twenty something and Athena's face hits that uncanny valley more than the other characters.

This isn't a criticism of Cent's work rather it is an observation of the limits of the tools she has to work with. Maybe by Genesis 10, models will have more powerful aging morphs.
Siren 27th Sep 2017, 7:41 AM edit delete reply
Do Leo and Dolly not get along? They were polite to each other but seemed very distant. Leo had more to say to CentComm - though CentComm might've rathered he not joke about such things.
megados 27th Sep 2017, 5:57 PM edit delete reply

It might be possible that they didn't get along some time ago, when he met Athena. Could Dolly have thought that Leo had 'stolen her away'?
DLKmusic 28th Sep 2017, 11:28 AM edit delete reply

That's a good guess, Megados. My personal guess is that Dolly and Leo may have had words when Calliope first Married.

Leo not approving of Calliope marrying a Waster, and Dolly sticking up for Calliope over her choice with Fallon.

That being said, there is probably a gazillion stories about the history between Dolly and Leo, so I think I'm gonna wait for this one to reveal itself.
megados 28th Sep 2017, 4:26 PM edit delete reply

Hmmm, I think your theory might be better than mine. Like you said, though, there are lots of possibilities.
Timotheus 1st Oct 2017, 5:11 PM edit delete reply

For all extents and purposes, Dolly can be considered Leo's Defacto Mother-in-Law, Sister-in-Law, and Daughter-in-Law. That's enough to make any relationship touchy. She's also looking a whole lot more human than she has in the past.
DLKmusic 1st Oct 2017, 5:49 PM edit delete reply

That's actually a really good point, Timotheus. I hadn't thought about it that way.
megados 2nd Oct 2017, 5:18 PM edit delete reply

Yes, that IS a good point. Dolly's familial place is greater than a single position.
Sheela 3rd Oct 2017, 5:23 AM edit delete reply

It's more that she's like .. Dolly-In-Law ... just ask Inspector Timmons about how infuriating that can be. :D
antrik 3rd Oct 2017, 4:21 PM edit delete reply
You mean Supervisor Timmson? (See self-named pages, presently at ) I don't think there was any hint though of her being infuriated with Dolly... I suspect Captain Tamara is the one you are actually after. (See "Memory Shards 08", presently at )
DLKmusic 3rd Oct 2017, 4:28 PM edit delete reply

@antrik: I remember her! Cap'n Crunchette!

whom, IIRC got the additional manpower she desperately needed thanks to Dolly...
chk 27th Sep 2017, 9:33 AM edit delete reply

I know Cent-Comm really likes being hugged and feeling like part of the family.

She's just trying to be cool.
Centcomm 27th Sep 2017, 1:42 PM edit delete reply

Centcomms reply to being hugged.. " Hiss spitt! *Struggles*
chk 27th Sep 2017, 1:47 PM edit delete reply

Sheela 27th Sep 2017, 8:51 PM edit delete reply

Some people *may* have speculated on what Centcomm might have been thinking during the hugging, on the last page. :D
chk 28th Sep 2017, 11:34 AM edit delete reply

She's just misunderstood.
Just_IDD 27th Sep 2017, 3:41 PM edit delete reply
re alt text: I think this goes back to Leo securing Dolly's services. Leo has always been very direct and to the point, he was a leading councilor. His wife is the Diplomat.

My take on the first panel...
Leo: Dolly. (I see that you went and took care of the situation.)
Dolly: Leo. (I made the family a promise.)
Leo: Thanks. (Long winded emotional discussion that strong unemotional guys can't make.)
Dolly: Of Course. (You hired me and I always do what I promised when taking care of your children. I'm not letting Calliope backslide any more either.)

velvetsanity 28th Sep 2017, 8:33 PM edit delete reply

It was Athena's *parents* that hired Dolly, though...
Centcomm 29th Sep 2017, 11:29 AM edit delete reply

Thats right.. Athena helped.. :D in her own kid-like fashion at the time.
KarToon12 27th Sep 2017, 7:21 PM edit delete reply

She didn't want the hug probably because if he did, he'd give her a noogie while he was at it. XD
CptKerion 1st Oct 2017, 3:47 PM edit delete reply
The mental image is too cute for words.
Centcomm 3rd Oct 2017, 1:41 PM edit delete reply

OMG! I must see this..
antrik 3rd Oct 2017, 6:44 PM edit delete reply
It's up to you to make it happen... ;-)
megados 28th Sep 2017, 4:20 PM edit delete reply

Re: Author's Note update, I can about guess what the frustration might be. Try not to stress out, either of you.
velvetsanity 28th Sep 2017, 8:46 PM edit delete reply

Let's get some more donations going, people! Cent, Rose, how close are you to getting a video card?
megados 29th Sep 2017, 11:23 AM edit delete reply

I think last time it was mentioned, it was like halfway there. It might be closer now! This is doable!
velvetsanity 29th Sep 2017, 6:15 PM edit delete reply

It's very doable. I just dropped another donation myself.
megados 30th Sep 2017, 5:20 PM edit delete reply

That's very cool! Kudos!
UnknownGloryHound 1st Oct 2017, 10:52 PM edit delete reply
We all know Cent-Comm needs a card, so I'm making a challenge.

My guess is that she needs between $200.00 and $250.00 more. If the rest of you can come up with $100.00, I will come up with the remaining $150.00

I've already discussed this with Terri, you can ask her. This offer is real. Let's get her the new Video card she needs this week.

I will be posting this comment again on wednesday in case anyone misses it.
Rashala 28th Sep 2017, 10:01 PM edit delete reply

Two things one centy has protocols that won't let her hurt the Taylors ifthehugher rights?

Two re centys card......I can imagine just breathe rose......and blow up somethinno one will one of Jupiter's moons it has over 70 who'd notice one missing
Timotheus 29th Sep 2017, 10:49 AM edit delete reply

Somewhere, in a remote data sector, Pi is being calculated in digital long hand to the accompaniment of 'Flight of the Bumblebee'.
megados 29th Sep 2017, 3:27 PM edit delete reply

Everyone unwinds in their own way :D
Romfire 29th Sep 2017, 7:08 PM edit delete reply
It seems interesting that Cent is based on a sex bot frame and yet hates hugs. Things that make you go Hmmmm.

Complements to the creators of this fine comic. You do outstanding work.

On a overheating note, I have an out side desk fan blowing air into my computer to help keep it cool. I thought you might use the idea to shave a few more degrees of your poor over worked graphic card.
Sheela 30th Sep 2017, 2:23 AM edit delete reply

She chose the sexbot frame as a big "F*ck you" to the generals that controlled her, not because she enjoys human contact.
knuut 30th Sep 2017, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
Very true but a sexbot frame would at least have the necessary senses of touch, pressure and temperature, and have them calibrated to scales very near biological human. She could experience a hug. Had she chosen a different frame, a combat model for example, her senses would likely be calibrated to something like proximity to structural failure. Nothing short of being molested by a murderturd would even register. We organic types are stuck with a fairly narrow sensory range. It would be a mistake to presume that AIs and androids would NECESSARILY experience the world as we do.
megados 30th Sep 2017, 8:40 AM edit delete reply

It's been explained that they don't necessarily experience senses the same as humans, but just because CentComm may have equivalent senses, doesn't mean she enjoys certain sensations. Put another way, humans all have similar senses, but some of them don't like hugs either. It's a matter of preference, rather than one of capability, I think.
Ebonbolt 30th Sep 2017, 8:45 PM edit delete reply

Indeed, there are humans who don't welcome or enjoy hugs. Aside from the purely psychological & emotional reasons, Cent may find hugs to be overstimulating, the abundance of sensory data diverting too much processor info from "more important" data or taking too much memory (or even just oversaturating a link not intended for such). Whichever way it goes, it amounts to the same thing. Discomfort. She allows it only because she doesn't want to hurt the hugger(s).
knuut 1st Oct 2017, 6:29 PM edit delete reply
And yet People on this blog continue to talk about the brainless puppet in the room as if it is Cent-Com. If Cent-Com is discomforted by anything that is being done to it's puppet, it needs but cut the link. I thought to remind people of that. Perhaps I was too obscure.
Ebonbolt 2nd Oct 2017, 7:51 AM edit delete reply

Actually, that's kind of what I was talking about. Her link may not be designed to handle the sensory data or she just doesn't feel fully comfortable with it, but just disengaging (& leaving a ragdoll behind) would be emotionally hurtful to those she is dependent upon.
Centcomm 2nd Oct 2017, 2:44 PM edit delete reply

the bot frame shes using now is not a sexbot. .. but it has normal and super normal senses.
Oberoten 30th Sep 2017, 6:47 AM edit delete reply

Sooo... Since graphics is offline? RPG-writeup?
Centcomm 2nd Oct 2017, 2:43 PM edit delete reply

the thing is about those .. Rose despises them. and some of them do have spoilers.
guest 2nd Oct 2017, 1:45 PM edit delete reply
yay.!! i don't f in believe it.!! DC beat out fyi.!!!
knuut 2nd Oct 2017, 2:25 PM edit delete reply
If you mean 'tmi', both comics seem to be on a forced hiatus at the moment so it has become a test of fan loyalty. Since DC's comment section is very active and intellectually stimulating while tmi's is hard to find and not story related, it's not all that surprising.
Centcomm 2nd Oct 2017, 2:42 PM edit delete reply

or top web comics got a bunch of anti bot software.. >_>
knuut 2nd Oct 2017, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
Perhaps so but none of the other unlikely leaders seem to have shifted much and tmi has had only 3 (somewhat) story related updates since mid-August. My money is on this comment section.
Centcomm 2nd Oct 2017, 5:11 PM edit delete reply

well you guys are the awesome when it comes to commenting
guest 2nd Oct 2017, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
yeah tmi... i dont read it soooo...
Sheela 3rd Oct 2017, 5:27 AM edit delete reply

Curiously, while we are soaring up the Top Web Comics ladder, we are only Rank 7 on the comic Basement list, which we usually rank high on.

.. oh well .... I still have tuna, all is good. :)
knuut 3rd Oct 2017, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
I do. C.G.I is maybe 1 step up from T.R.'s stick figures (and waaaay beyond anything I can do) but he is a competent, interest holding story teller. Other conics with similar story skills are in the 25-35 range. The one that really puzzles me is 'Not a Villain'. Comic reading gamers must be a much larger niche than I thought 'cause it's got nothing else.
megados 3rd Oct 2017, 1:36 PM edit delete reply

But Centcomm, the reason you have good commenters, is because you guys built an awesome community! You know that, right? :D

As far as other comics' rankings go, I don't understand some of it either, but I mostly talk about DC down in here. :)
antrik 3rd Oct 2017, 5:16 PM edit delete reply
@knuut I don't share your assessment at all: NAV is actually a coherent, fascinating, well-told story unfolding bit by bit, complete with drama, character development etc.; my only complaint being that it moves too slowly, having too much lengthy exposition and action scenes -- as opposed to TMI's chaotic succession of random silly adventures leading nowhere. Apart from decent writing, pretty much the only thing that one has going for it is humour. (Unsurprisingly -- considering that it was originally a SitCom, before the author ran out of ideas, and rather than calling it quits, started jumping through genres in a frenzy like a dadaist on LSD...)
Boren 2nd Oct 2017, 7:07 PM edit delete reply

seriously wishing I could leave my computer on let Cent hook into it's monster beast powers and get her rendering done that way :(
Thundarl 6th Dec 2017, 1:34 PM edit delete reply

Is there going to any good news soon ???? Just a little worried about CenComm and her Computer.
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