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Analog and D-Pad 06.26

February 7, 2020 by Tim


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somerandom
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somerandom

Nice touch with the XB1-xxxx name

Rolando
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Rolando

Explain please?

somerandom
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somerandom

Well XB1- which stands for Xbox (first one) makes a reference to Zeke
Which was a nice touch in my opinion , even tho I might be wrong.
https://cad.fandom.com/wiki/Zeke_(_Deceased_)

Doc
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Doc

“Xbox, turn off!”

Tumbleweed
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Tumbleweed

“Bzzzeww…… Nah, still just fuckin’ with you.”

Eldest Gruff
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Holy crap, imagine if that worked.

Tumbleweed
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Tumbleweed

Perhaps “The Master” should have ordered that ExpressVPN subscription after all.

GUNnibal
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GUNnibal

Ok, that tickled me, probably more than it should have. Here, take my upvote.

Robert Loughrey
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Robert Loughrey

Scott should have, He’s the one getting hacked.

Ste
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Ste

Not true. The one in the chair saying “Eh? No…” Is not Scott.

Not to say a counter-hack next strip is impossible, but as it stands Scott is the one doing the hacking.

Jon
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Jon

Yeah. Scott is wearing a red shirt, that’s the Weebmaster being hacked

Robert Loughrey
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Robert Loughrey

yup I didnt look close enough

DoniBobes
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DoniBobes

That robot is really poorly programmed, it can’t use logic, or even simple common sense! I almost feel bad for it.

ReyMonoArdilla
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ReyMonoArdilla

Now, I’m not saying this is how Tim wrote the backstory, but I’ve always liked the sci-fi idea of creating truly sentient AI not through programming, but by mapping and copying human brainwaves (which is probably not accurate science, but it sounds like it could be), which would allow for creating AI with human emotional and cognitive flaws. And, having seen how crappy the Weebmaster’s reasoning is, that would account for a lot of the robot’s crappy reasoning if he’s just a copy of flawed thought processes.

7eggert
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7eggert

I just watched “Saturn 3”, you described it quite well. If you like crappy scifi-space-horror movies, you might like that.

Mor
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Mor

You should really read the story about the Tai AI chatbot from 2016. It went full nazi in 24h after being fed on Twitter feeds. 😉 In that light this robot is behaving well. 😛

Banjo
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Banjo

I think it has logic, but it’s inputs have been highly limited. It knows The Master and it knows what The Master has told them. No other data to learn from. As a result, it’s formed certsin opinions.

Also, I think it would resent being “freed” by others. It wants to create its own freedom and not owe anyone anything.

Kenju22
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Kenju22

Uh oh, I see exactly why the Master is worried:
MAC Address: Blocked

Most likely he’s only got Windows, so there is nothing he can do to stop Scott 😛

Burning batsu
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Burning batsu

This is more of a “just in case” thing, but the MAC address it is referring to here is an acronym for “Media Access Control” number, not that it is an Apple device.

7eggert
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7eggert

It’s in the driver settings.

raven0ak
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raven0ak

Every single machine that can connect to network has mac address, its basic network identifier for any machine

Swiftbow
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Yeah, an IP address is like your street address. A MAC address is your first and last name. You can change the first one fairly easily, the second one is considerably harder to and rarely occurs.

Kaitensatsuma
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Kaitensatsuma

Oh no!
:unplugs:

Luc
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Luc

I definitely thought the *krack* to Lucas’s head last page was showing that he had been knocked out cold haha. I feel better knowing he’s still conscious.

Leon
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Leon

Ethan’s surprisingly strong to hold XB

Jacob
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Jacob

Leverage, as a the spear appears to be longer than his arm, it takes less force to hold the arm than it does to move against the spear.

GeorgeV
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GeorgeV

Also imagine having a spear rammed through it isn’t doing any favors for XB’s arms functioning.

no thanks nintendo
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no thanks nintendo

“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. ”

― Archimedes

Leon
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Leon

But XB has super robot strengthh, so Ethaam needs leverage AND his own strength

Dentris
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Dentris

My physics class were a long time ago, but it appears Ethan actually has not that much leverage.

Instead of increasing his strength, the current setup is like a bicycle, you have to work more, but it increases the speed of the tip. Zeke is the one having to work less. By putting his hand in the middle of the shaft, Ethan evens things out, but it’s more like a draw between him and the robot.

It doesn’t matter that much however because it can be easily explained by the fact he has a spear going through his arm, rendering it inert.

Eldest Gruff
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I have a sinking feeling that even though this is the *right* thing to do, and a *good* thing to do, it’s going to bite them in the butt. The enemy of the enemy isn’t necessarily their friend, and empathy, compassion, and gratitude just don’t seem to be in his wheelhouse. I could see them doing more harm than good in the long run, and potentially get some notoriety.

Skyblade
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Skyblade

What if Scott is trying to gain control of him, not just free him?

Eldest Gruff
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Then the three become his new captors, or slaves. He’s expressed will, emotions, the desire to survive… he may or may not be sapient, but he is sentient. Treating him like a ‘tool’ to be controlled isn’t a good thing.

Sometimes, there’s no right answer, and sometimes taking a leap of faith results in falling flat.

Tonkin
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Tonkin

Scott, time to “green light” our old friend

Drood
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Drood

Man I need to stop reading these daily…. The wait is killing me. Loving this series so far though! Keep up the good work Tim.

The NinjaBeat
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The NinjaBeat

Does Zeke just look tired in the last panel to anyone else?

Rick
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Rick

Wait, wasn’t Scott on his laptop in the car? Or did he drive back home after the going Ethan’s signal and Lucas jumped out?

Or did he go Matrix style and plug himself into the laptop and get a virtual workspace… In which case the hack is even scarier.

SuperSyrias
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SuperSyrias

Scott is the one doing the hacking. the one that got the “warning” screen is the weeb.

Rick
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Rick

Thanks, I don’t know how I messed that up.

Kyle
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Kyle

Earpiece is out from inside this tight super hero outfit that has no ear openings! I hate it when that happens. Unless he’s saying the EMP fried it.

Swiftbow
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Pretty sure the EMP fried it. I guess they have a pretty small AoE, or the first one should have, too.

Mark A Thomas
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Mark A Thomas

Scott mentioned in the prep-strip that the EMPs he was sending them with were fairly low power, and therefor they’d have to get close to make it work.

Logan
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Logan

When people say “the phone/cable/net/power’s gone out” they don’t mean it’s *literally* gotten up and left. ;D

Shecky
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Shecky

Fun fact: You can block (filter) a MAC address, but you can’t block (hide) a MAC address

Dagroth
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Dagroth

While that’s true (as far as I know, anyway), we’re talking about “Holywood hacking” here, I wouldn’t expect it to comply with how real life hacking works, that one’s looking rather boring and dull for an outside viewer. Or so I heard. From a friend.

Skyblade
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Skyblade

Uh-oh. Attaching a new piece of hardware (an external hard drive) was what caused my XBOX 360 to Red Ring just a few weeks ago…

Schwarzer Ritter
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Schwarzer Ritter

Lucas, important tip: Don’t use your friend’s real name when in costume!

Tonkin
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Tonkin

Darth Vader wants his quote back, although super meta to have Ethan play the “I am your father card” to zeke