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The Fourth Millennium Has Begun! Now What?

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Sam and Veronica bonding (figuratively, of course);
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Author Topic: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)  (Read 32585 times)

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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #150 on: 17 Jul 2015, 00:38 »

I wouldn't be so quick to shout at Pintsize, Faye. Depending on how weird Bubbles' boss is, the ability to shape metal in the way the little pervert has just described may yet at least earn you the chance to give a practical demonstration of your skills.

Man, the art is really off tonight. Especially those last two panels.

I dunno; it seems okay to me. Jeph has said on Twitter that he's trying to work out how to improve his art so we might see him experimenting with a few new styles.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #151 on: 17 Jul 2015, 01:00 »

Jeph's always trying to improve his art.

I don't always see his choices as improvements, but that's why it's his art. I wouldn't care much about his opinion of my art, so I'm not overly concerned about his quality at any given moment.

Sometimes Marten still looks kinda creepy, but hey, if I find myself thinking that's somehow not good art, I click the first button.

Jeph got from comic 1 to his best art by constantly challenging himself. Odds are he'll reach a new height, and if the dice fall against the odds, it's not like I'm paying for it.

Actually, come to think of it, I was paying for it but I got my money's worth. The comic delivered what I paid for. Nowhere did it say I had any say in how Jeph did that.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #152 on: 17 Jul 2015, 04:27 »

For that matter, there's no reason that Bubbles needs to have her intelligence localized in a single processor. Spread the processing units throughout the body and you have a much more robust system.

Latency's a killer in that sort of setup, though. An easier setup would be active-passive failover, with several modules like "upper body control", "lower body control", "missile targeting", and "intelligence" usually running one per processing node but with redundant copies waiting to take over if, say, one of the nodes gets exploded.

Alternatively, you could have three completely separate intelligence units with a quorum module, but then you risk MPD if the link breaks.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #153 on: 17 Jul 2015, 07:13 »

Truthfully, given the available technology, latency wouldn't be much of an issue.  If you've already got artificial intelligence, distributed AI is a no-brainer.  "Cut off my head, and all you've accomplished is removing my conscience and some very disturbing poetry."

I mean, an android battle-chassis is basically an aesthetic choice in this universe.  The tech is clearly available for a distributed consciousness.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #154 on: 17 Jul 2015, 08:11 »

Am I the only one wondering what Pintsize is doing on the ceiling, how he got there, and what sort of havoc he plans to unleash now that he's up there?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #155 on: 17 Jul 2015, 08:22 »

Faye is regressing to her roots. I think this is the first size she has actually said "y'all" except possibly as a joke.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #156 on: 17 Jul 2015, 08:55 »


Man, the art is really off tonight. Especially those last two panels.

I dunno; it seems okay to me. Jeph has said on Twitter that he's trying to work out how to improve his art so we might see him experimenting with a few new styles.
It's not even a style change thing. The line work itself in panel 4 is straight up sloppy.

But yeah, I have no right to complain. It honestly was just an observation, not a complaint.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #157 on: 17 Jul 2015, 09:10 »

Faye is regressing to her roots. I think this is the first size she has actually said "y'all" except possibly as a joke.

Uncomfortable situations will cause you to regress. I know, I've been there.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #158 on: 17 Jul 2015, 09:41 »

Pintsize has suction cup feet.

Signal lag would not be an issue for a machine moving and fighting at human speed.

Obviously building such a machine means you don't have to send a human to fight.

Why settle for human speed? Eventually, yes, the time it takes electrons or optical signals to move from one part of the machine to another will actually be a factor in that machine's performance

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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #159 on: 17 Jul 2015, 12:44 »


It's not even a style change thing. The line work itself in panel 4 is straight up sloppy.


I don't see it.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #160 on: 17 Jul 2015, 13:09 »

(shrugs) Me neither.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #161 on: 17 Jul 2015, 14:37 »

Some people are just nitpicky


And no, I don't see it either.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #162 on: 17 Jul 2015, 15:02 »

Meh, maybe I am nitpicky. But it usually has to really jump out at me to say anything.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #163 on: 17 Jul 2015, 15:07 »

I'm looking at panel 4 and I don't see anything to have an issue with.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #164 on: 17 Jul 2015, 23:19 »

While this probably will end badly, in the end it's good for Faye.  She was completely wasted on a service job like CoD.  In this, she can grow a talent that she's both actually good at and likes.  Plus nobody expects a welder of murder-bots to be especially friendly.

Plus, we get to see a cast of the equivalent of robot luchadores.  That can't be anything other than awesome.

She was also WASTED at COD as well as being wasted am I right?  :claireface:
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #165 on: 18 Jul 2015, 12:46 »

It's interesting that Bubbles is a anthropoid ai who doesn't feel the need to wear clothes.  Others, who are only vaguely anthropoid or non-anthropoid clearly don't bother.  I suppose May, Momo and the crew at the  chassis shop do so because they spend most of their time interacting with people and it helps them fit in better. 

I guess Bubbles doesn't care about fitting in amongst people; and possibly they wouldn't last long anyway.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #166 on: 18 Jul 2015, 12:59 »

It's interesting that Bubbles is a anthropoid ai who doesn't feel the need to wear clothes.

Her armour layer look enough like clothes that there wouldn't be much point.

I think that Momo and May's chassis, although not particularly 'anatomically correct' are close enough to humanoid that they would look like life-size Barbie dolls without clothes, sufficiently weird to draw a reaction from passing humans that most AIs just wouldn't want to deal with. Bubbles, on the other hand, looks like a very, very big woman in body armour. There is no question of people seeing her as 'naked'.

That said, I can see her wearing a muscle vest, cut-off shorts and sneakers if she feels like wearing apparel.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #167 on: 18 Jul 2015, 13:07 »

Or maybe she takes off her armor and puts on clothes when she's not at work.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #168 on: 18 Jul 2015, 14:45 »

Or has a second, more Humanoid looking Chassis.

I swear I've seen that face in QC before.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #169 on: 18 Jul 2015, 15:43 »

Consider that Pintsize has never worn clothes... at least, not regularly.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #170 on: 18 Jul 2015, 19:04 »

While this probably will end badly, in the end it's good for Faye.  She was completely wasted on a service job like CoD.  In this, she can grow a talent that she's both actually good at and likes.  Plus nobody expects a welder of murder-bots to be especially friendly.

Plus, we get to see a cast of the equivalent of robot luchadores.  That can't be anything other than awesome.

I'm looking forward to the Ultimate Murder Chassis. With Pintsize at the helm. COMPLETELY COVERED WITH DONGS!
Then Faye will whip up something equally awesome for the fighting tournament.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #171 on: 18 Jul 2015, 19:25 »

FAYE: "Ok, now I have someone to bring to fight"
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FAYE: "I tested him myself. He's ready"

FAYE'S BOT: "I wouldn't recommend getting her angry, ballistic covering isn't effective against the rage of a southerner"
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #172 on: 19 Jul 2015, 02:11 »

Faye is regressing to her roots. I think this is the first size she has actually said "y'all" except possibly as a joke.

I noticed it too; I wondered if she might be (consciously or not) playing it up to project an image. The southern accent does make her sound more like an experienced machinist than an ex-barista (maybe I'm influenced by this guy).
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #174 on: 19 Jul 2015, 12:34 »

Meh, maybe I am nitpicky. But it usually has to really jump out at me to say anything.

I don't see anything to be nitpicky about. I have no clue why you chose that panel among all the recent panels to call sloppy.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #175 on: 19 Jul 2015, 13:29 »

Look, obviously I must be wrong and stupid since no one else sees it. Let's just drop it and move on.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #176 on: 19 Jul 2015, 14:38 »

I'm just genuinely curious what I'm not seeing is all. I'm not saying you're wrong.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #177 on: 19 Jul 2015, 20:03 »

I think it's in Faye's face, hands, and hair (and not entirely just the window line overlapping it), and there also appears to be less care taken with the details on Bubbles's armor. Something also seems off on the posing as well, but that's not unheard of - we had T-rex-armed Marigold a while back. It just seems more rushed than anything. Which would be understandable/expected, as the previous day was a bad day for Jeph.

But again, nitpicky. My brain latches onto weird crap sometimes.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3001-3005 (13 to 17 July 2015)
« Reply #178 on: 19 Jul 2015, 23:53 »

I picked out Faye's hair as substandard.  I think you're right it's a little off - but it's no big deal if Jeph has an odd off day.
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