Comic 1676 - Warm Welcome

23rd Dec 2020, 12:00 AM
Warm Welcome
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)

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Tokyo Rose 23rd Dec 2020, 12:00 AM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, as applicable.
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HiFranc 23rd Dec 2020, 12:05 AM edit delete reply

Happy Christmas!
Rashala 23rd Dec 2020, 12:13 AM edit delete reply

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all.........and cross your fingers for Lynn's boyfriend. He's gonna need it!
HiFranc 23rd Dec 2020, 12:18 AM edit delete reply

Surely, his experience of waking up in the morgue should give him the confidence to deal with a conversation?
Oldarmourer 23rd Dec 2020, 7:21 AM edit delete reply
Dunno about the confidence but it should give him the practice...
Rashala 25th Dec 2020, 12:13 AM edit delete reply

Pissed off parents man......nothing preps that!.
HiFranc 23rd Dec 2020, 12:16 AM edit delete reply

He can face an armed sharpshooter and act as a spy in a dangerous city but can’t deal with facing his parents. The idiocy of youth!

Also, I’m confused. Why isn’t Cella the liaison (given that she’s Intelligence)?

Also, why do Cassians need a chaplain?
Gilrandir 23rd Dec 2020, 12:51 AM edit delete reply
He can deal with them just fine. Plan A for dealing with them was to get himself arrested. That didn’t work, so now it’s time for Plan B. ^_^
megados 23rd Dec 2020, 6:02 AM edit delete reply

There's a plan B? Does it involve him getting shot?
Gilrandir 23rd Dec 2020, 9:30 AM edit delete reply
It might. He tried that in Nova Roma and it worked out. ^_^

You’d have to ask him, though. He’s the genius, not me.
megados 23rd Dec 2020, 10:13 AM edit delete reply

Yyeaah, I would have thought that might've been more of a deterrent. Like you say, though, he's the genius.
Some Ed 23rd Dec 2020, 11:06 AM edit delete reply
I never got myself arrested, so I can't say for certain, but I do think that would probably make dealing with my parents easier.

My brother attempted this once, but he's a white male, so they just sort of did a wellness check instead. (I say "sort of", because they determined that he was well, which can't possibly be accurate.)
Oldarmourer 23rd Dec 2020, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
For giving out last rites to people who cross them ?
At least she has something to talk to Ada about ;)
Morituri 28th Dec 2020, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
You would be surprised how valuable a chaplain can be with elite forces under high stress. A chaplain is somebody that service people can talk to about things that would otherwise get internalized and get worse, leading to the need to recruit and train new personnel.

Recruiting and training new people is expensive, damned hard, and slow when you're talking about bringing them up to 'elite' standards. And the turnover or "churn" of people joining and leaving the company is both disruptive to operations and another source of stress.

Really it's mostly a historical/cultural accident that such people are "chaplains." Even if we had never invented religion (HA!) military forces would need someone in the role doing the job.
Oldarmourer 29th Dec 2020, 9:49 PM edit delete reply
Wouldn't be surprised at all...I've seen Chaplains do some very good things for people, myself and my family included
When there's a family problem at home and you're posted far away, they can make Transport problems disappear with the wave of a phone
Just one of their abilities...and if you don't want them to be your sounding board, they inevitably know someone who'll be just what you need.
Oberoten 23rd Dec 2020, 12:28 AM edit delete reply

Time to offer up some sacrifices to the old gods so we get the sun back.
Oldarmourer 23rd Dec 2020, 7:21 AM edit delete reply
Where exactly are you going to find a virgin nowadays ?
robnot 23rd Dec 2020, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
well since you asked,,, Lynn an Kyle...
technally , if you don't count VR...
Oldarmourer 23rd Dec 2020, 11:36 AM edit delete reply
Not so sure about that...especially looking at Lynne on Patreon ;)
mjkj 23rd Dec 2020, 2:34 AM edit delete reply

Happy holidays =)

*lol* yup he is grounded - no Dart to fly away ;)

...and thank you for all your efforts, Rose and Cent - they are very much appreciated =D
robnot 23rd Dec 2020, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
Happy Holidays.!!
Sheela 30th Dec 2020, 7:11 AM edit delete reply

A very practical way to ground a young man .. burn his aircraft to the ground. 😁
Andrew Armstrong 23rd Dec 2020, 5:36 AM edit delete reply
Happy Christmas :-)
megados 23rd Dec 2020, 6:14 AM edit delete reply

Samanta reporting directly to Noctis makes me think there's intel to be passed without CentComm's eavesdropping.

Merry Christmas, and All Season's Greetings, Rose and Cent, and to the DC Commenteers! I hope this finds you safe and well!
Oldarmourer 23rd Dec 2020, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
About the only way Cent wouldn't be able to overhear is if Samanta passed a note and Noctis ate it after reading it, and even then...
megados 23rd Dec 2020, 8:00 AM edit delete reply

Modulated laser, which is strictly point to point, perhaps? You can't look in on it without interposing a rather obvious beam splitter
Naldru 23rd Dec 2020, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
Especially if combined with a one-time pad. In fact, a one time pad would probably be sufficient even without lasers. I would expect all of the Cassians to be equipped with multiple one-time pads for secure communications.
Oldarmourer 23rd Dec 2020, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
Ciphers can be broken, on the other hand, need the matching codebook or it's just gibberish to any computer.
Especially if each codeword has multiple meanings depending on where it comes in the message.
megados 24th Dec 2020, 6:55 AM edit delete reply

If Samanta is to report directly to Noctis, they wouldn't necessarily need extra items if they have a means to communicate in a secure manner. The notion that Samanta has to report directly suggests that there is something that shouldn't be communicated over "channels". They have 'Squeak Speak', but CentComm could eavesdrop on them. We have seen where some Cassians' eyes turn red under certain conditions, so I'd imagined that if they could modulate that, they could carry on a 'dummy' verbal conversation, while the real information was being transmitted optically.
Lurker314 24th Dec 2020, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
Codes are just cyphers with a larger character set. :)

More seriously, codes have historically been easier to break than ciphers because people are lousy at maintaining the proper disciplines. (Operators can be identified by which codes they use for "STOP", for instance...)

If we're using the Star Trek rules for tech (no offence), the solution is to use entangled particles. Even there, we have attacks, but the proper disciplines should make those impractical.

One-time pads replace the code/cipher breaking problem with key interception. Maybe Sam is delivering some new entangled particles.
Oldarmourer 29th Dec 2020, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
Cyphers are complicated substitution sets and can be broken eventually...
To crack a code you need to know that 'raspberry' means 'firetruck' the first time it appears and 'dead drop' the second time
One good combination of cypher and code is for the sender and the recipient to each have a copy of the same book and user page number+word number on that page for each word in the message, given that a word can appear many times in a book, there would be more than one way to 'count' it, and then you encrypt the page/word number and it's as close to unbreakable as possible, especially if each unencrypted/decoded 'word' in the message then means something completely different depending on the code of the day.
Sheela 30th Dec 2020, 7:23 AM edit delete reply

A better way than optic, would be tongue-on-tongue contact !!
Small induction plates in the tongues is perfectly possibly and would be near impossible to hack.

Of course, they become friends after the kiss. Alpha-san is best girl !! 😁
megados 30th Dec 2020, 7:30 AM edit delete reply

Tongues are already pretty conductive. Maybe no need for plates? ;)
Sheela 30th Dec 2020, 7:33 AM edit delete reply

Maybe not .. but the idea works since induction spools can be made both flexible and pretty fast for network transfer.

Plus .. tongues ! 😂
Just_IDF 23rd Dec 2020, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
Happy Festivus! The festival for the rest of us!
Tooniator 23rd Dec 2020, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
Festivus is very exclusionary. Winterval!
Oldarmourer 23rd Dec 2020, 7:17 AM edit delete reply
"It's got a liiiiiiittle scratch on the fuel port cover....." (that part survived re-entry intact)

HaMpperry Hannukwansolstimus

Just_IDD 23rd Dec 2020, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
I just thought of this, with Nova Roma not needing as much military to zerg rush their neighbors, maybe Kyle can get an upgrade that has more space than for 3 barely. Lynn seems hung up on him enough that she puts up with his occasional thinking with his penis moments.
Sheela 30th Dec 2020, 7:35 AM edit delete reply

Ah, but the limitation of passengers is one of it's main features, since she need to sit close to him and all.

And there would still be room for someone to assasin Kyle - It's perfectly sized. 😁
Boren 23rd Dec 2020, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good flight!
chk 23rd Dec 2020, 8:43 AM edit delete reply

Yep. Enjoy whatever holidays you choose to celebrate. At the very least, have a nice day.
Morituri 23rd Dec 2020, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
These days it's fashionable to call the winter holiday that happens around Solstice time "Christmas" - and celebrate it by putting up an Eostre Tree, burning a Yule Log, exchainging Winterfest Gifts, invoking an avatar of the Holly King, and putting up a display for the Festival Of Lights.

Because, y'know, we called it a lot of other things before we started calling it Christmas....

Whatever you like to call it, have a good one (or, if you like I celebrate Solstice I hope yours was happy!)
Oldarmourer 23rd Dec 2020, 9:18 PM edit delete reply
Any excuse to eat turkey and make people happy with gifts is a good one, call it whatever you want
Using Hannukah Gelt to buy xmas presents has got to be a sin of some sort, is everything else ;)
StellarJay 24th Dec 2020, 12:40 AM edit delete reply

I'm surprised that you didn't include Saturnalia in the above list.
Oldarmourer 24th Dec 2020, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
Saturnalia is sort of included with everything...the sun starts to stay up a little bit longer so ppaaaarrtttyyyyy !!!
Sheela 30th Dec 2020, 7:39 AM edit delete reply

Glædelig Jul og godt Nytår !! 😁
KarToon12 23rd Dec 2020, 4:38 PM edit delete reply

Hey, if you're socially awkward, why try to hide it? XD

Hope you all have a happy holiday! <3
Kiddeagle 23rd Dec 2020, 6:38 PM edit delete reply
Happy Holiday to all!!!
Sounds like TeeDee and Ada may have a new rescue mission coming up soon. Poor Kyle. maybe he should ask for Asylum.
robnot 25th Dec 2020, 7:58 AM edit delete reply
Happy Christmas.!
an to All , Happy Holidays.!!
Romfire 27th Dec 2020, 9:39 PM edit delete reply
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

In the last comic, Ophelia States that she is "armed to the tits", and in panel 3 of this comic, Cella is staring intently at her chest. I know Cella has sensors, so I was wondering if in fact Ophelia's chest is some how weaponized? Ophelia said, "Might count", so I am thinking defensive rather than offensive. Did the fabricators make use of every spare cubic centimeter of space on the Cassians? If so, what kind of weapon would make any sense to mount there? EMP? Net launchers? Tazers?
Lurker314 28th Dec 2020, 4:52 PM edit delete reply
Proximity grenades...
robnot 28th Dec 2020, 5:17 PM edit delete reply
jus sayin.
TaSER.. = Tom Swift Electric Rifle ...
Sheela 30th Dec 2020, 7:40 AM edit delete reply

Stealth Laser Turrets
Shapely Charges
Male Befuddling Apparatus
Demarquis 28th Dec 2020, 6:22 PM edit delete reply
"so I was wondering if in fact Ophelia's chest is some how weaponized?"

In this comic, it's best to assume that they're *all* weaponized.
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