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Analog and D-Pad 06.31

February 19, 2020 by Tim


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Pal87
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Pal87

First again! Woooo!

P.S. downvotes are life!

Tumbleweed
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Tumbleweed

It is why I upvoted instead.

Argon
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Argon

It’s a trap!

wkz
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wkz

You know, there was a website out there ages ago who solved the problem of “First” posts… by the author himself locking out the first post by himself posting after every update, often in a witty way.

Just a suggestion

Heldarion
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Heldarion

Some idiot is going to reply with “second” then.

Jacob
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Jacob

Nature has provided… KillerDragon989

Sayer
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Sayer

That seems like extra work every day for no reason. Just scroll past the “First!” post, and read the ones you want. No one will die.

Finn Mac Cool
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Finn Mac Cool

If “firsts” are really annoying (and I find them sad, mostly, it’s been 20 years, get over it) then the best solution is to ban the IP address of everyone who posts it.

KillerDragon989
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KillerDragon989

Second
Lol

leduk
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leduk

I love your poulidor style

Schedar
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Schedar

Leaving him “locked in” while still awake/aware sounds like torture and reprogramming away his free will is no better than what the “Master” did. Hopefully they can come up with a better plan quickly

Michael
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Michael

With all the threats of violence (and making good on it) he’s been making at every opportunity, Zeke will probably understand their efforts of self-preservation, but hate them no less for it. It’ll probably help that they want to remove the explosive for mutual benefit.

Him.
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Him.

Clearly no one has read Schlock Mercenary around there…
Poor Tagii, though she got better.

Javada
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Javada

Ethan’s suggestion to simply add a few lines of code is something more akin to teaching a child a lesson. If A than B. If you want a cookie, then you need to say please. If you want your allowance, then you need to do your chores. Scott may still be thinking of X1 as a computer that can be erased and reprogrammed at will with little to no consequence. Scott ALSO didn’t say he blocked the audio receptors, so they might accidental their way into an uneasy alliance with him IF they show themselves to be better than most… Read more »

Christopher
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Christopher

I really want to see this. Tim, can you please make this (or something similar) happen? It was my birthday yesterday if that helps. Maybe even a one-off where Ethan is dreaming so it doesn’t derail your planned story outline.

Edit: wait, the post I replied to disappeared. For reference, I’m talking about where someone mentioned Ethan playing coop video games with Xbot.

Del Cox
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Del Cox

Were you not around for the original run of Ctrl Alt Del? That was Zeke’s (X1) original purpose.

Del Cox
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Del Cox

Blind, deaf, and numb? Yeah, that’s the exact fear that’s pushed nearly every culture in the world to desire an afterlife. Right now they’ve got a murderbot; if they don’t act fast, they’ll have an *insane* murderbot.

Rikunda
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Rikunda

Wait… So right now he is in hell?! He is fully aware of what is going on to him, but cannot move. He is trapped inside his body…

James Rye
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James Rye

That’s going to help his murderboner for humanity to cease. Not.

Bensel
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Bensel

he has enough games to play

Doodm4n
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Doodm4n

Taken my sight, taken my speech, taken my hearing, taken my arms, taken my legs, left me with a life in hell….

Eldest Gruff
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Reminds me of EarthBound.

● So, Zeke…
● Now, I can only communicate directly with your mind.
● Your mind is all you have left…
● In the end, I will take your mind,
● though you probably don’t want to allow that, do you?
● So… you can’t answer? You can’t even move?
● Are you sad, are you lonely?
● If you lose your mind, you also lose any feelings of sadness…
● Do you accept this?
● I will take your mind, Zeke, know that I will possess it…

Freddie
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Freddie

As the cow said, mmmmmmmMUUUUUUUU

7eggert
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7eggert

I recommend the movie
Johnny got his gun

Mike
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Mike

I have no mouth but I must scream?

DrakeStarkiller
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DrakeStarkiller

You were messing with it in your head LOL classic Ethan

Pawel
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Pawel

Loved that line! 😀

Trapsin
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Loved Ethan’s guilty expression in the next panel

GeorgeV
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GeorgeV

Wait, if he couldn’t shut him down does that mean X1 isn’t even unconscious? Just paralyzed and trapped in utter darkness for an indefinite amount of time?

Oof.

Good luck trying to befriend him after putting him through THAT.

Pawel
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Pawel

I think he hears everything, so Ethan will befriend him in that form.

Eldest Gruff
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While Ethan 1.0 could only have the attention span to read when concussed, I can sort of see Ethan 2.0 showing up before opening every day, pulling up a chair, and reading aloud to him, in the hopes that he hears.

Christopher
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Christopher

That might cause the rage to build haha. “This meat bag thinks I can be entertained like a child??”

Zach
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Zach

The jump between last comic and this one feels very sudden and abrupt, like, I feel like I missed a page. Had to go back and check and nope, this is the next page XD It’s an otherwise fine page, but I just thought i’d mention that, as usually the transitions are pretty clean.

Luc
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Luc

I’m happy this jump happened. I feel like this is the type of story that could drag on (as they sometimes do in the past). One more page between this and the last one would have just been, well… pointless? Haha. Unless Tim figured he had another perfect joke in his back pocket, but maybe that will be saved for another transition page.

GUNnibal
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GUNnibal

I hope Scott’s already installed a LOT of anti-robot security in the store, since the address of the “safest place to keep a paralized murder-bot” is definitely well-known to the man who makes murder-bots.
That said, keeping Ethan and said murder-bot within the same building is a security hazard, if I ever saw one.

Jetroid
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Is there any reason not to turn on the vision and voice module?

As Rikunda says, it would be horrible to be trapped without any external input or any way to influence the world. You’d feel dead, or something.

I don’t think you want to do that to him.

GUNnibal
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GUNnibal

From a purely pragmatical, less humanitarian perspective (which I don’t necessarily advocate for) – Scott knows that this is an immensely sophisticated algorithm capable of learning and adjusting itself. The less data you feed it, the lower the risk.

Hunter
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Hunter

Lol I suppose Ethan could just respawn himself if he burned his eyes looking at the welding taking place. Trust a professional, don’t fuck with safety. Always wear your PPE.

Pajuka
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Pajuka

Scott might have issues as well, dispite wearing the proper gloves and mask – that torch is pointed right at his fingers, the welding arc should be right in his hand / fingers.

That’s gotta smart, and Scott doesn’t have respawn powers.

Hunter
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Hunter

Lol I’ll forgive that… Drawing the exact position of hands in comic form is tricky

Reso
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Reso

I came here to comment on the welding process! TIG welding represent!

Hunter
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Hunter

W00T!

7eggert
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7eggert

It’s the lens glare faking that effect. It’s totally at least 0,5 cm away from his leather gloves.

Fungo4
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Fungo4

Sounds like a job for Fluttershy.

Daniel85
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Daniel85

Scott is a genius, why wouldn’t he think that detaching his limbs from the torso is the safest approach here?

Halosty
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Halosty

Because everyone thinks differently. Also, he may not be able to do that without breaking it- some things are made to not be able to be taken apart cleanly.

Eldest Gruff
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Because that’s something you do to machinery, not necessarily to thinking, feeling people. Restraints are one thing; mutilation is another. Even if it can be reattached, body horror is body horror.

7eggert
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7eggert

a) Because his CPU is distributed.
b) Because it might trigger the explosives when they are no longer attached to the torso
c) Because he watched “Saturn 3”

Leon
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Leon

Now, I dont want you to think about what you were thinking about doing………ever again

Ashi
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Ashi

Ethan not thinking? Easy!!

Tonkin
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Tonkin

Bravo Tim, bravo, exactly like all of us are assuming about Ethan at any given time

Steve
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Steve

Well, this seems like a terrible idea that’s going to blow up in their face. Possibly literally – we haven’t heard anything about Scott turning off the kill-switch…

Christopher
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Christopher

Maybe Scott will give the bot a tinfoil hat to block radio signals to ensure remote detonation isn’t possible.

7eggert
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7eggert

It needs the signal to not detonate.

7eggert
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7eggert

Or to not kill the neural network without exploding

Javada
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Javada

Oh, yeah, THIS isn’t going to backfire AT ALL!

Volguus
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Volguus

i can only imagine this must be like Bill Pullman’s character in “The Serpent and The Rainbow”. He gets dosed with a mixture of tetrodotoxin and is dropped into a deathlike state, completely aware but unable to move. Right before passing out he cries “Don’t let them bury me! I’m not dead!”

Migs
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Migs

Ethan’s probably gonna turn him on and converse. Hopefully the weab doesn’t manage to regain control somehow

Man of the West
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Man of the West

Zeke dies without a code sent by his master every 24 hours. Scott has one heck of an allnighter lined up.

Robert Loughrey
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Robert Loughrey

Its already the next morning. He only has about 12 hours left.

Robert Loughrey
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Robert Loughrey

If Zeke can stand on his tiptoes he can totally get his arms out of those restraints. They should be much higher.

aaron Smith
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aaron Smith

i think limiting his limbs motor strength to something even weaker than most adult humans would work along with a shutdown code and limited range