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Analog and D-Pad 05.23

January 22, 2018 by Tim


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Commentary Ver.2.72
Commentary Ver.2.72
3 years ago

Well, then, the disappearing act is suddenly less impressive.

Dreamer
Dreamer
3 years ago

Well, pulling Batman takes training.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
3 years ago
Reply to  Dreamer

Year one of Bruce Wayne’s Super Secret Mountain Warrior Monk Training was *just* how to disappear quickly and quietly. Bruce got bonus credit for doing it with a cape.

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

The secret to Batman’s cape is that it gives +24 to the Batman stat, which in turn gives +3 to all stats, which include Dexterity, Agility, Stealth, Speed, and Evasion.

foducool
foducool
3 years ago

oh well, batman had his fuck ups too ^^

RexlanV
RexlanV
3 years ago

Her phone should’ve been fried by the EMP.

Mark
Mark
3 years ago
Reply to  RexlanV

EMP blasts in general take massive amounts of power to create, and the power of the pulse falls off dramatically. The EMP of a nuclear bomb explosion won’t even reach as far as the blast wave… something that could be carried in a backpack likely wouldn’t even have an effect at 50 ft, even with slightly futuristic tech at their disposal.

Mindrivet
Mindrivet
3 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Not entirely correct. An EMP device does take an enormous amount of power. However with nuclear blasts he resulting EMP would wipe out entire cities, even from a small nuclear device if detonated high in the atmosphere. With a sufficiently sized nuclear weapon you can disrupt telecommunications of half the the US by detonating miles above the ground.

Dan
Dan
3 years ago
Reply to  Mark

It’s a comic….just enjoy it.

crusaderky
crusaderky
3 years ago
Reply to  Mark

To be precise, any radiation (sunlight, ham radio, etc.) drops in intensity with the square of the distance from the emitter. In other words, at 10m distance you’ll get 1/100th of the radiation you receive when you’re 1m away. Which is pretty intuitive if you think that the formulas for both the surface of a sphere and the base area of a cone are proportional to r^2.

Jared
Jared
3 years ago
Reply to  RexlanV

Inverse square something something.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
3 years ago

Not now, Monroe, you’re not his PR – but if in the future there’s some sort of attack on their name, or fingering them for a crime, you might suddenly find yourself as an ally or defender. It pays to make friends with the press.

Brian
Brian
3 years ago

Well I guess the EMP didn’t mess up the phones in the crate if it didn’t even mess up the reporter’s phone.

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago
Reply to  Brian

While you are not making a good assumption because her phone would be far away, out of range from the emp, at least you aren’t another person complaining about the same thing.

crusaderky
crusaderky
3 years ago
Reply to  Brian

Solid metal crates are pretty impregnable Faraday cages. Like you surely realised every time you tried using your phone in the elevator.

Tyler A
Tyler A
3 years ago

FYI,

On the main page, the “Previous” and “First” links etc are broken. These work when directly viewing a comic but not from the main page

merendel
merendel
3 years ago
Reply to  Tyler A

First and last work fine for me on firefox. If on main page it goes all the way back to 1.0 ethan/lucas on the couch (and what an art style shift that is)and if viewing comic it goes back to page 1 of A+D.

Him.
Him.
3 years ago
Reply to  Tyler A

Fine on Chrome. You aren’t using…EXPLORER are you?
*GASP*

CombatMagi
CombatMagi
3 years ago

Something I haven’t seen mentioned is the fact they used a small EMP on a boat carrying new phones. They probably fried a few even if though they were turned off and are gonna get bad PR from it.

Erik B
Erik B
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

I second Tim’s comment. This has been talked about on pretty much all of the last 10 comics. General consensus is:

1) With all phones off, likely no damage
2) Shipping containers are basically giant Faraday cages.
3) The EMP was mentioned by Scott when he gave it to Ethan as being very low range.

Diogo
Diogo
3 years ago
Reply to  Erik B

Ninjaed

Diogo
Diogo
3 years ago
Reply to  CombatMagi

And there’s something called a faraday cage.
I suppose a giant metal container could double as one.

Arcatus
Arcatus
3 years ago
Reply to  Diogo

A (backpack) EMC device that generates a visible aura of energy is as sience-fiction as lightsabers and phasors. That the community use the farday-cage argument is just a proof of excelent writing.

I wish that more mainstream media would put as much faith in it’s audience.

Good job Tim. Keep putting the science in science-fiction. Thumbs up.

Arcatus
Arcatus
3 years ago
Reply to  Arcatus

*EMP device.

EMC is what the phones where saved by.

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago
Reply to  Arcatus

Actually, the reason why is generates a visible pulse of energy is probably because it is a focused blast and why it is so large is because 1. the metal cranes and stuff attracted some of the energy I guess and 2. Scott did a rush job so there is a lot of excess misdirected power being pushed outwards that isn’t useful but just…looks like something I guess.

Arcatus
Arcatus
3 years ago
Reply to  Hamstermer

Well, no.

Ionizing 25-30m of air would indicate a field of atleast a few million volts. Tens of millions. Ethan would be charcoal.

That is where science and science-fiction in this case parts ways, but we all got the point, and some artistc freedom and effects is just right.

(and sure, some techno-babble could explain the glow, and Tim could even cannonize a mechanic for the glow, but there is in this case no need – the glow of an EMP is irrelevant for the story, and it made a cool panel. )

Dan
Dan
3 years ago
Reply to  Arcatus

Maybe Ethan as charcoal, infinite continues remember.

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago
Reply to  Arcatus

I second both these notions. It is, as you said, most likely an overexaggeration (Science…fiction!) Thanks for the explanation, it was very much appreciated 🙂

Diego Alvarenga
Diego Alvarenga
3 years ago

“I know you are inside this garbage can, is the only place a human could possibly go in a split second.”

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago

“Behold! I am the Bandit King- a master of stealth and you shall never find me!”
“Wow, this guy seems tough. Maybe we should head back.”
“Nah, he’s just behind that barrel. See the scarf trailing out from behind?”

Cabal
3 years ago

So, when are they going to bang?

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago
Reply to  Cabal

That’s next season man. Or maybe in 5.

Him.
Him.
3 years ago
Reply to  Hamstermer

Well TECHNICALLY they already banged as the EMP made an explosion and therefore a bang.
#antieuphemism

Ikaris
Ikaris
3 years ago

The re-imagined ctrl-alt-del is fine BUT … could you please find an occasional 5-10 piece ark of original universe. I miss them, the quirky fwb gamer storyline… the petite d-pad (tears) .. just … please.