Comic 955 - This is weird...

20th Dec 2013, 12:37 AM
This is weird...
Average Rating: 5 (15 votes)

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Centcomm 20th Dec 2013, 12:37 AM edit delete
Sorry still on manual uploads.. normally I post at 9 PM on the day before. but I let time get away.. Thats 9pm Pheonix AZ time.
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JacobJSebastian 20th Dec 2013, 12:46 AM edit delete reply

First! (just being obnoxious...) :-)
Dragonrider 20th Dec 2013, 12:40 PM edit delete reply

As the Wheel of the Year once more turns and as some of us begin a New Year I want to wish each and everyone,

A JOYOUS BLESSED SOLSTICE May each of you find happiness and success in this New Year.
Centcomm 20th Dec 2013, 12:41 PM edit delete reply

Thank you ! and same to one and all!
Sheela 20th Dec 2013, 8:59 PM edit delete reply

Ah yes, happy yule-tide. :)
mjkj 20th Dec 2013, 12:56 AM edit delete reply

Yayy for support :)

...and I like Allie even more now :D

Centcomm 20th Dec 2013, 12:41 PM edit delete reply

Shes a good Officer - :D
Sheela 20th Dec 2013, 3:00 PM edit delete reply

She is indeed ... just the right amount of paranoid and highly intelligent.
Draginbeard 20th Dec 2013, 1:29 AM edit delete reply

That Minx is quick to think something is wrong without much to go on. Could she hear the call from Allie, or was it something she saw in his face?
cattservant 20th Dec 2013, 1:42 AM edit delete reply

Given her her history,
When Minx hears something
Coming down the chimney,
The first thing she thinks of
Is not Santa Claus!
Centcomm 20th Dec 2013, 12:42 PM edit delete reply

it was his body launguage and face , Minx cant hear his comm. but she knows that tone in his voice.
Sheela 20th Dec 2013, 3:02 PM edit delete reply

Being a companion android, I suspect she has a fairly large library of body language red flags stored in her brain.
cattservant 20th Dec 2013, 1:33 AM edit delete reply

[Time is mutable and inherently elusive.]

RE: The Mysterious Ms. KRS-738A-3
A matter to consider;
Cent-comm has frequently been referenced as having back ups of back ups of back ups of back ups, etc!
CeCi is known to be an independent edition of Cent-comm.
Why wouldn't Cent-comm find it very useful to have a cadre of personal 'independent' editions who report only to her and bypass the Bureaucracy and the Military?
These units could be individualized and embedded in all levels of New Troy society.
Sub Rosa Special Operators so to speak.
JacobJSebastian 20th Dec 2013, 6:13 AM edit delete reply

GOOD point.
Dragonrider 20th Dec 2013, 7:55 AM edit delete reply

@catservant Nice theory, in so many ways it makes sense however I may tend to reserve judgement here while Krystal is in the ideal location to serve as a secure backstop for undesirables she could also be a replacement for the actual Centcomm unit. One placed there by someone or group hostile to Centcomm. Again I go back to the guy who was making assassin droids, one of those could be placed there to assassinate certain arrivals on order with this being an unexpected chance to strike against Centcomm by getting both both Mira and Calli, ideal for Nova Roma. If this guy is releasing this type droid with impunity then bet he also has a hack into Centy's database and could plant files and info there to cover Krystal. Allie made a good call here, better might be to have Vinnie restrain Krystal, but as I said earlier I'll cover sucker bets that says Vinnie could take her out easily. Never post BC, Before Coffee

Sheela 20th Dec 2013, 8:14 AM edit delete reply

I'm still thinking that she's Miss Direction, who will cover up for someone else to slip in / do something.
Or is even there just to lead us commenteers down the wrong track.
Tokyo Rose 20th Dec 2013, 4:27 PM edit delete reply

I'm sure it's been noted that Ceci is... unstable. Trying to cram an entire functional and active Cent-Comm awareness into a matrix that can fit into an android is like trying to put ten pounds of mud in a one-pound bag. A city AIS uses dolls because androids *can't* contain them, and even cut-down versions of the "AI OS" don't work very well in androids, who are too prone to variation over time. The Angels are the closest Cent comes to having "independent" versions of herself walking around.
Centcomm 20th Dec 2013, 4:44 PM edit delete reply

again - I Think rose put it best :D
Sheela 20th Dec 2013, 5:25 PM edit delete reply

That doesn't mean she can't have agents .. they just wouldn't be dolls/angels .. but rather regular androids working for her a bit on the sly.
cattservant 20th Dec 2013, 6:14 PM edit delete reply

What Sheela said!
Cent-comm's Super Special Secret Service
Answerable only to Herself!
Weiser 20th Dec 2013, 5:09 AM edit delete reply

Why don't they tell their concerns to Mrs Taylor? Usually she should know what's up with the suspicious NTTA android...?
Guest 20th Dec 2013, 5:44 AM edit delete reply
Typical reaction by guardians. Don't worry the principal until you need to.
Dragonrider 20th Dec 2013, 8:13 AM edit delete reply

Also, most of the time it's easier to get forgiveness for acting independently than it is getting permission to do so.
cattservant 20th Dec 2013, 1:39 PM edit delete reply

Besides, if things have gotten too badly out of hand, the 'Principal' will be too busy to complain!
Centcomm 20th Dec 2013, 12:43 PM edit delete reply

Actually they are in the process ( minx and ray ) of telling Calli now :D
KarToon12 20th Dec 2013, 8:20 AM edit delete reply

Allie has perfect timing; and just when things were starting to get cozy between them....XP
Centcomm 20th Dec 2013, 12:44 PM edit delete reply

There is a TV trope about that... :D
Sheela 20th Dec 2013, 3:03 PM edit delete reply

A trope about perfect timing .. or getting cozy ?
velvetsanity 20th Dec 2013, 3:16 PM edit delete reply

about interrupting coziness
Hornet 20th Dec 2013, 9:33 AM edit delete reply
Only thing wrong is an over-protective (to the point of genocidal) program running the city.
Dragonrider 20th Dec 2013, 11:09 AM edit delete reply

@Hornet I wouldn't say over protective would say wants to put sentient beings where they can live until death so it can bring about the rise of the machine to rule all. The AIS programs are almost to the point where they do not need human interface to propagate, survive and expand.

What I wonder here is AIS setups for South America and the rest of the world, Brazilla, and Rio would certainly have had them, Caracas, Lima the African continent Israel would have had one of the top as would Riyadh, Cario, Cape Town, Melbourne, Christ Church, New Delhi, Berlin, London. They can't all be missing possibly running silent, run deep but they still have to have players present.
Centcomm 20th Dec 2013, 12:45 PM edit delete reply

Many of those locations have things - but they are not important to the core story here. they may or may not be touched on later :D
Dragonrider 20th Dec 2013, 1:53 PM edit delete reply

Ehhh you know me just not happy unless I stir up something to make Sheela, Velvet, Storm or Cat comment on. Don't seem to get much of a rise out of Rasch anymore.
cattservant 20th Dec 2013, 1:35 PM edit delete reply

Luna would have a vested interest in keeping things 'liquid' too.
Sheela 20th Dec 2013, 3:07 PM edit delete reply

Out of curiosity, is it only the big countries who have managed to survive, or have some of the smaller ones done it as well ?

Like, say, Germany is a relatively big country, but Denmark, Norway or Sweden are small countries - But they could have been far enough off the beaten path and have managed to survive too.

A small country like, say, Denmark, could have vastly different priorities than some of the bigger ones.

And what about .. Russia ?
Centcomm 20th Dec 2013, 3:10 PM edit delete reply

Russia by the time of Datachasers no longer exsists in any form- Moscow was distroyed in Luna Star- and the rest of the BIG citys were wiped out. smaller citys had a better chance of survival - once the rebuilding took place - larger citys kinda grew around them..
Sheela 20th Dec 2013, 4:16 PM edit delete reply

Oh ... so Copenhagen could still be around then ? :)
Tokyo Rose 20th Dec 2013, 4:30 PM edit delete reply

Don't tempt me to convince Cent that Copenhagen is the main trading center with the Crians and that the city AI is "The Little Mermaid" ;D
Centcomm 20th Dec 2013, 4:43 PM edit delete reply

This is now canon - The City AIS is now "Ariel" MUHAHAH! and has a Holographic Mermaid as a icon :D
Dragonrider 20th Dec 2013, 5:59 PM edit delete reply

All the androids would look like Lego constructs.
highlander55 20th Dec 2013, 4:37 PM edit delete reply

Bet Vesterbro survived in some form or another.
Sheela 20th Dec 2013, 5:30 PM edit delete reply

Oh my, what have I started ? Ah well, at least it's not called Sheela and has the form of a doggie.

And why have a holographic mermaid when you could throw a bronze statue (with rock and all) at people instead ?
It would make a great ... motivator. :D

On a sidenote :
We don't really know anything about the Crians.
Time to add something to the Tech page ?
Dragonrider 20th Dec 2013, 6:07 PM edit delete reply

Sheilas are in Australia dear.
Sheela 20th Dec 2013, 8:57 PM edit delete reply

Not sheila ... Sheela.

And I believe that the irish were the first to use sheila as slang for a girl.
Centcomm 20th Dec 2013, 8:03 PM edit delete reply

as soon as I have time :D its on the list..
velvetsanity 20th Dec 2013, 7:38 PM edit delete reply

There are interesting things to be found all over the world...and plenty of valuable artifacts in need of finders (and buyers, for those that have already been found)

The remains of Langley, I think, would be particularly fun to explore. Not to mention the possibility of recovering the Library of Congress.
Sheela 20th Dec 2013, 9:03 PM edit delete reply

Indeed, they keep finding colorful artwork on the walls of ancient 21st century buildings ... most people think they are related to religion.

You know .. like so. :D
highlander55 21st Dec 2013, 5:34 PM edit delete reply

One question! In the last panel, how can Ray cast a shadow when he is in shadow but Minx is not?
Centcomm 21st Dec 2013, 5:59 PM edit delete reply

There is a spotlight on him - and I didnt get it matched up correctly - sorry >_< artist glitch.
cattservant 21st Dec 2013, 7:16 PM edit delete reply

Infrared shadows seen in android vision?
highlander55 21st Dec 2013, 7:38 PM edit delete reply

Just wondering!
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