Comic 1682 - Priority Appointment

27th Jan 2021, 12:00 AM
Priority Appointment
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)

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Centcomm 2nd Feb 2021, 3:47 PM edit delete
ok apparently i have to click some active list thing to make sure DC shows up.. its up now at 40..
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Ryu Santos 27th Jan 2021, 12:17 AM edit delete reply

I would guess that security unit or two is close enough to HIPAA for androids.

BTW Did you get any snow where you're at? I got about half an inch here in Tucson.
knuut 27th Jan 2021, 12:22 AM edit delete reply
lucky you. I haven't seen snow since 2004. Just cold drizzle.
Romfire 27th Jan 2021, 4:43 AM edit delete reply
Lots of snow here, but this is Utah. Skiing snow boarding, etc.
Sheela 27th Jan 2021, 6:30 AM edit delete reply

Our snow disappeared here in Denmark, we think the Swedes stole it !
Oldarmourer 27th Jan 2021, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
Six inches of 'global warming' in the last week, what happened to "by 2020 our kids won't know what snow looks like ?"
I for one, don't weant the glaciers back and we're still a long way below the Earth's usual temperature..
Dinosaurs didn't know snow, although I'd like to hook a Triceratops up to a plow and take it for a push ;)
Some Ed 27th Jan 2021, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
What happened was the "increasingly chaotic" global warming model won out over the "sort of even" global warming model.

That plus most people not having a decent concept for the scale of the globe in proportion to the environment that they perceive is why we're all calling in the "global climate change" problem rather than the "global warming" problem, despite the fact that, at its heart, the issue is one of a rise in the average temperature across the globe.
Oldarmourer 27th Jan 2021, 4:22 PM edit delete reply
Lot warmer now than 10,00 years ago when the ice age was raging, but still a heckuva lot colder than before it started,.
The reason the Eart is continuing to warm is because it isn't supposed to be this cold...
We're recovering from an abberant climate catastrophe that very nearly wiped out all life on Earth and that never should have been, and people want it to stop going away ?
Some Ed 27th Jan 2021, 5:47 PM edit delete reply
According to the graphs I've been able to find on that subject, it's actually a bit warmer than when the last ice age started. It is still quite a bit cooler than the peak before the last ice age, but the ice age did not start as soon as the temperature started to fall.

We *are* supposed to go through a shift to a warmer temperature than what we're at right now. We're not supposed to be doing it this fast. We're doing in years what should take hundreds of years.

Species would still go extinct over the climate change that had been scheduled before men got involved in making changes on a global scale. But we wouldn't have as many storms, and we'd have more time to adjust our agriculture to the changes.
Deoxy 1st Feb 2021, 11:53 AM edit delete reply
The "too fast" bit is a ridiculous talking point. Go look at any graph of the last hundred centuries or so, as best we can reconstruct them.

Of course, it's still not as ridiculous as claiming that CO2 is the cause of the whole thing, for *so* many reasons, but the single most obvious one is the ice core data from the last 800,000 years or so, where we have multiple examples of CO2 being a trailing indicator of rising temperatures but literally none of it being a leading indicator.
me 28th Jan 2021, 12:14 AM edit delete reply
It's like the first almost decent winter we had in about a whole decade. No where near what it used to be 15 years or more ago.

By the way: last year did set yet another temp. record for Europe and almost for the planet. And that inspite of beeing an "El Nina" year.
Oberoten 28th Jan 2021, 8:05 PM edit delete reply

Can confirm. It ALL ended up here in northern Sweden, we got a bloody 120 cm of snow in three days last week. Shoveling roofs and yards has been 70% of my work for the duration.
Just_IDD 29th Jan 2021, 3:59 AM edit delete reply
If 120cm causes you to freak out, never move to Oswego, NY, or the Tug Hill Plateau area directly East of Lake Ontario. Their 'bad snow storms are 200-300cm. I some times suspect the national weather office there was closed so the state snowfall records couldn't be officially insane.

That area gets concentrated Lake Effect Snow because Lake Ontario hasn't frozen across since the early 1900's. It works just like a giant snow making machine at a ski slope, except that it's provided free by nature.
Sheela 29th Jan 2021, 5:26 PM edit delete reply

Ack .. give it back you Swedish thieves ! 😆
Ryu Santos 27th Jan 2021, 7:48 AM edit delete reply

Fun fact Mount Lemmon Ski Valley, just north of Tucson AZ, is the southernmost ski resort in the U.S.
Timeghost 27th Jan 2021, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
We got about 4 inches here in Upstate NY, about 30 miles north of Albany,
Deanatay 28th Jan 2021, 8:10 PM edit delete reply
Just rain here in CA - lots, and lots of rain. Don't get me wrong, we need it, it's just cold and miserable in the meantime.
Morituri 27th Jan 2021, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
Sounds like Dr. Teruhashi is a recent immigrant from Shinedo. That's interesting, as Shinedo is one of relatively few other places where android brains are made.

"Thor" also has rather a lot of internal machinery exposed, which was unexpected for someone not under treatment. Is this just an aesthetic fashion around here, or is he expressing solidarity with the patients?

Re: weather, we got nothing but cold drizzle here on the left coast too.
Deoxy 1st Feb 2021, 4:12 PM edit delete reply
Regarding Thor, several bits in this interaction, combined with the chassis as you mentioned, make we wonder if Thor isn't an android but simply a robot - not a "person", same status as some of the military killbots and such.

Having a demo model that walked itself around and performed useful tasks when not in use as a demo would be convenient... like a skeleton model in a doctor's office that could also take out the trash and such.
megados 1st Feb 2021, 5:43 PM edit delete reply

I think that's right. Also, Thor's speech font is the one Rose usually uses for robotic speech.
mjkj 27th Jan 2021, 1:36 AM edit delete reply

Oh, 3C pulling rank - nicely handled there...

@alt text: what is hippa??? a female hippo? *confused*
Just_IDD 27th Jan 2021, 5:41 AM edit delete reply
I can't see the alt text, but from context, and having just gone through my yearly hipaa training, that's a major violation. Discussing patient identifiable information while in a space with/ accessible to other patients/people.

HIPAA is the Health Insurance Privacy and Portability Act and describes how and in what ways patient identifiabe data can be released and to whom. The most egregious violation was Thor providing names, but also because Casians are likely a small enough grouping that would likely trip the law as well.

If this were a human only interaction, a person acting as Thor would just have to say 'We can discuss that once you finish here,' and be fully complient with the law. I would imagine that androids should be able to exercise the proper discretion even when being asked by a human, apparently Thor is not. Although this means we don't need a separate page to bring the doctor up to speed.
Just_IDD 27th Jan 2021, 5:43 AM edit delete reply
The correct acronym is HIPAA Health Insurance Privacy and Accountability Act.
Oldarmourer 27th Jan 2021, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
I kind of think HIPAA and a lot of other acronyms got scrambled with the second wave of nukes during the war... ;)
Centcomm 27th Jan 2021, 1:09 PM edit delete reply

Hipaa does not exist in New Troy...neither does insurance like you know it.
Oldarmourer 27th Jan 2021, 4:23 PM edit delete reply
This is not necessarily a bad thing...
Some Ed 27th Jan 2021, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
I'd expect a lot of laws could be streamlined simply by nature of who is making the decisions. If it's Centcomm making the decisions, and the task is "ensuring the welfare of the citizens of New Troy", we're probably at a very low risk of the decision being, "if I declare these more expensive cases to not be citizens of New Troy, I could pocket the difference and use the proceeds to build myself a couple of new mansions."

I mean, sure, computers are good at optimizing things, but that's the sort of thing people should be pretty careful about making sure the computer doesn't consider as one of its optimization options. However, we can't really do that when it's a human making the decision.
Gilrandir 27th Jan 2021, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
"Checks and Balances" come at a cost. They add inertia, delays, corner cases, and expense.

If you believe in a single, infallible, trustworthy, benign decision-maker, just let them make all the decisions and go along with whatever they say. That is the ultimate 'streamlining'. Anything else is necessarily less efficient and will produce sub-optimal results.

Sadly, experience shows a lack of such decision-makers in real life.
Just_IDD 29th Jan 2021, 4:04 AM edit delete reply
The term you want is benevolent dictatorship. That would be one person making enlightened decisions for everybody. The problem is everybody doesn't only want the same thing and that's why many countries have chosen a Democratic or Republican based form of government.
mjkj 28th Jan 2021, 12:19 AM edit delete reply

Thank you for the clarification =)
megados 27th Jan 2021, 6:07 AM edit delete reply

I make the assumption here that Thor is an assistant/orderly/security robot?

Doctor Teruhashi worked for the Three Treasures? Then does she have something more than a passing familiarity with Tokyo Rose?
Sheela 27th Jan 2021, 6:37 AM edit delete reply

I suspect that anyone who works with android brains, have more than a passing familiarity with Tokyo Rose, whether or not, they want to relate to her or not. 🤣

Frankly, I suspect that Rose would enjoy messing with them.
Oldarmourer 27th Jan 2021, 10:53 AM edit delete reply
I kind of suspect that anyone even remotely connected to tech is familiar with Rose...
Or more likely, she's familiar with them, whether they know it or not ;)
KarToon12 27th Jan 2021, 5:26 PM edit delete reply

All Thor's missing is his hammer. ;)
Johninaustin 28th Jan 2021, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
Interesting, it never occurred to me that there was routine personnel movement between the various cities. I pictured them more as fortress islands that only transferred tech/information by the time honored traditions of stealing and bribery.

As for snow, we had our once every decade dusting a few weeks ago, You would think the world as we know it had ended.
megados 28th Jan 2021, 10:14 AM edit delete reply

Well, (and I could be way off), to me, it seems as NT really didn't want to be enemies in the first place, but CentComm defends the hell out of it. She doesn't start shit but she stops it--Now. NR, for it's part, didn't seem, in the past, to be belligerent toward it's neighbors until the crazies came to power. Now that there's a regime change, things might get better on the diplomatic front, (especially with diplomats like Feelie! 😀)

The open relationship between New Sparta, and NT, for instance, infers that the current tension with New Rome is more the exception. JMO
Rashala 29th Jan 2021, 12:18 AM edit delete reply

Sheesh priority codes coming out the wazu here
Sheela 30th Jan 2021, 8:47 AM edit delete reply

Ending the month on Rank 9, still in the top 10. 😀
Oldarmourer 31st Jan 2021, 9:30 AM edit delete reply

Next month might be different after all the 'not usually in the top 50' ones burn through their 'stimulus cheques' buying votes this month.
DLKmusic 1st Feb 2021, 12:36 AM edit delete reply

@oldarmourer: If that's how they want to spend it... Even so, I doubt their financial windfalls will carry them through the month with these puffed up rankings. for that, you need actual readers
megados 1st Feb 2021, 6:51 AM edit delete reply

Well, actual readers or botnet voters.
Centcomm 1st Feb 2021, 6:12 PM edit delete reply

I prefer actual readers to bots
megados 2nd Feb 2021, 5:57 AM edit delete reply

I agree.

WTF is up with TWC?
robnot 2nd Feb 2021, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
so who is not voting.???
we should be in the 500's not the 100's... (which means only 50 people voting..???)
an i know BOT's, but really #7000 in 2 days...
megados 2nd Feb 2021, 7:46 PM edit delete reply

That explains some of it, but it doesn't seem to only be the DC votes; it looks like the whole top 10 and more is messed up.
Oldarmourer 2nd Feb 2021, 8:50 PM edit delete reply
I'm thinking topweb is trying some new 'system' and it's counting votes using the 'new math'...either that or they bought 'dominion' brand machines to count them.
megados 3rd Feb 2021, 5:41 AM edit delete reply

The Dominion machines are accurate. It's been proven.
nekaz 10th May 2022, 10:36 PM edit delete reply

uhhh should they be talkin bout this in front of a newborn droid

or iguess not new newbowrn cuz they were in the matrix
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