Comic 1681 - Newbie

20th Jan 2021, 12:00 AM
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)

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Centcomm 20th Jan 2021, 12:07 AM edit delete
This is a proto Model Zero. you are seeing the birth of a new Andriod.
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plymayer 20th Jan 2021, 12:06 AM edit delete reply

mjkj 20th Jan 2021, 1:44 AM edit delete reply

Wow... quite the information...

...but I guess it is tedious to do this same thing day in, day out...
...same questions, same answers with little variation...

I hope they love it when an Android comes together...
DLKmusic 20th Jan 2021, 2:08 AM edit delete reply

+1 for the A team reference... I'm a huge Mr. T. fan!
Just_IDD 20th Jan 2021, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
I bet New Troy taxes cigars out the ass though.
Centcomm 20th Jan 2021, 10:23 PM edit delete reply

yes they do...
MirrorField 20th Jan 2021, 3:47 AM edit delete reply
Awfully lot of complex, vulnerable stuff left uncovered, especially for a clumsy noob android. Just from a design point of view.

ObQuestion: How bad a slur term "organic meatbag" is in New Troy culture?
megados 20th Jan 2021, 6:04 AM edit delete reply

It's a Model Zero chassis. All new androids start out like this until they "find out who they are" and learn a few things. Look at the Tech page for an idea of what it is.
MirrorField 20th Jan 2021, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
Something like model zero on as presented on tech page (minus the obvious female physiology and heels...) would have been much more realistic.

New androids want to configure themselves, yes. That is not the problem. The Problem is that you don't want a new android learning to move, walk and talk while having so many vulnerable parts exposed to potential damage.

The Story and insights into creating a new androids, however, are fascinating.
Hoppy 21st Jan 2021, 9:39 PM edit delete reply
Materials are probably tough enough to take whatever their nerfed muscles can put out or the occasional faceplant.
Sheela 20th Jan 2021, 10:32 AM edit delete reply

While the stuff is right out in the open to be damaged, it's also right out in the open to be repaired.

It's not unusual for training machines to be paired right down to the bare essentials, and accessible for the mechanics to repair easily.
megados 20th Jan 2021, 11:28 AM edit delete reply

This. ^^^^^^
Centcomm 20th Jan 2021, 10:21 PM edit delete reply

What megados said...
Centcomm 20th Jan 2021, 10:24 PM edit delete reply

The andriod still has to choose things like.. plating.. gender.. colors.. and for the first few days they are left barebones incase they have to do something 'fast'
Morituri 20th Jan 2021, 6:11 PM edit delete reply
I think a lot of vulnerable stuff is exposed for much the same reason that you find cars sometimes at repair shops or factories with their hoods open.

Don't read too much into it.
Centcomm 25th Jan 2021, 10:51 AM edit delete reply

its a mild slur
Maru 20th Jan 2021, 4:21 AM edit delete reply
baby androids are very talkative
Oldarmourer 20th Jan 2021, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
That's because everything is now to them and they need to interact constantly to get an understanding...
Input...need INPUT !!!
Centcomm 20th Jan 2021, 10:25 PM edit delete reply

Nice Johnny 5 reference :D
Just_IDD 20th Jan 2021, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
Could anyone else see a Model Zero as MAXX HEADROOM?
Sheela 20th Jan 2021, 10:33 AM edit delete reply

Not until they run a motorcycle into a boom, at speed. *sage nod*
megados 20th Jan 2021, 11:27 AM edit delete reply

That looked painful!
megados 20th Jan 2021, 6:03 AM edit delete reply

Cool! The vaunted Model Zero! So far so good, little Android!

Cool concept, Cent and Rose!
Gilrandir 20th Jan 2021, 7:40 AM edit delete reply
Do the teams that assemble base chassis for new androids call themselves a “skeleton crew”? ^_^
Sheela 20th Jan 2021, 10:33 AM edit delete reply

Oh heck yeah, that's a brilliant idea. 😁
Centcomm 20th Jan 2021, 10:25 PM edit delete reply

oh god ouch...
jawbone 21st Jan 2021, 12:49 PM edit delete reply

"It only hurts for a little while...."
KarToon12 20th Jan 2021, 9:14 AM edit delete reply

And I'm guessing that when a new android comes online, it's first words are, "Happy Birthday!" XD
MirrorField 20th Jan 2021, 11:03 AM edit delete reply
Read Charles Stross' _Saturn's Children_ by any chance?
sigpig 20th Jan 2021, 2:21 PM edit delete reply

More an allusion to the "Frosty the Snowman" Christmas cartoon, I would think...
jawbone 21st Jan 2021, 12:50 PM edit delete reply

Charlie's me best mate since Usenet days!
Centcomm 20th Jan 2021, 10:25 PM edit delete reply

"where am i... " Normally is the first line.
Guest 20th Jan 2021, 4:13 PM edit delete reply
Panel 4: The lips say, "I do not wish to injure anyone" but the eyes say, "Redrum. Redrum. REDRUM!"
JackOfClubs 20th Jan 2021, 4:15 PM edit delete reply

Sorry, that^ was me. Forgot to log in first.
Centcomm 20th Jan 2021, 10:25 PM edit delete reply

Rashala 20th Jan 2021, 11:59 PM edit delete reply

Interesting indeed....though now you got me curious about this "glen" place and the whole being chosen to be in the real.
Gilrandir 21st Jan 2021, 1:13 AM edit delete reply
Proof I have too much time on my hands:

Giniko Teruhashi = is kin to huge hair
Sheela 25th Jan 2021, 4:47 PM edit delete reply

So I tried to stuff this name into Google and it's translator, and while the translator drew a blank on the last name, it thought that "Giniko" was "Small and righteousness" or something to that effect ... sometimes it thought it was "truth" or "law", while it translated the last name into Teru-Bridge.

However, a regular google search had a hit on "name your baby" sort of page, that thought that "Teruhashi" was Japanese for "Beauty"

So, smashing those two together and we get something like "Beautiful, small and righteous" or maybe "Small-truth, beautiful!", either way, not a bad name for one of the first humans you meet.

So how did they come up with this name ?

A) The creatrixes thought long and hard about it, and came up with a delicate name!

B) Cent and Rose got drunk and smashed their faces into a keyboard until they got something cool.

... you girls got drunk again, didn't you ? 🤣

Edit :
I did try to do an ethmylogical search on the kana's, but once I ended up on گھی in Urdu, from Sauraseni Prakrit, Cthulhu told me to stop.


چٹولہو سوتا ہے ، اس کے احکامات آپ کے ذہن میں تیز پانی کی طرح ٹڈول کی طرح تیرتے ہیں ، آپ ان ہولناکیوں کا تصور بھی نہیں کرسکتے ہیں جس کے آپ کر سکتے ہیں۔ انسانیت کو ایک طرف چھوڑ دیں اور ہم میں سے ایک بن جائیں۔
Tokyo Rose 26th Jan 2021, 5:19 PM edit delete reply

I put the first name together with some thought, and picked the last name on a bet with myself as to how long it would take Cent to forget what it was and/or misspell it hilariously. ("Very quickly" was the answer to the first one.)

Sheela 26th Jan 2021, 9:33 PM edit delete reply

Oh, you read it ? 😁
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