History Webcomic / FreeFall

1st Dec '16 4:46:46 PM Andre
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* BoringYetPractical: Discussed. It's also Sam Starfall's least-preferred method of accomplishing a given task.
30th Nov '16 10:12:12 AM Kalaong
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* GrailInTheGarbage: Florence and Qwerty finally get Clippy calmed down and backed up, thus finally putting the whole "Gardener In The Dark" fiasco to bed. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02886.htm Thus relieved]], they start to [[ExplainExplainOhCrap discuss the whole mess... and realize]] that they've simply restored the status quo; ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02887.htm Clippy has a backup.]]'' Good news; HonestCorporateExecutive Raibert has him. Bad news; Raibert doesn't ''remember'' that, and if the backup is ever activated he might just [[HereWeGoAgain activate the safeguard immediately]].
-->'''Qwerty''': Clippy was a failsafe. A robot with software weapons in case we went bad. It is very important that such a system work if itís ever needed.\\

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* GrailInTheGarbage: Florence and Qwerty Dvorak finally get Clippy calmed down and backed up, thus finally putting the whole "Gardener In The Dark" fiasco to bed. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02886.htm Thus relieved]], they start to [[ExplainExplainOhCrap discuss the whole mess... and realize]] that they've simply restored the status quo; ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02887.htm Clippy has a backup.]]'' Good news; HonestCorporateExecutive Raibert has him. Bad news; Raibert doesn't ''remember'' that, and if the backup is ever activated he might just [[HereWeGoAgain activate the safeguard immediately]].
-->'''Qwerty''': -->'''Dvorak''': Clippy was a failsafe. A robot with software weapons in case we went bad. It is very important that such a system work if itís ever needed.\\



'''Qwerty''': One word. Redundancy. When Clippy powered up, I couldnít see him while his offensive software was running. The others like him will still be invisible to most robots and cameras. So until we figure out how the redaction software works, finding them would be a matter of luck.\\

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'''Qwerty''': '''Dvorak''': One word. Redundancy. When Clippy powered up, I couldnít see him while his offensive software was running. The others like him will still be invisible to most robots and cameras. So until we figure out how the redaction software works, finding them would be a matter of luck.\\



-->'''Qwerty''': The tentacled horror from beyond my stars spoke, and Von Neumann help me, in my madness, I understood its words.
-->'''Sam''': Oh, come on! I'm giving you a sustainable business model here!

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-->'''Qwerty''': The tentacled horror from beyond my stars spoke, and Von Neumann help me, in my madness, I understood its words.
-->'''Sam''':
words.\\
'''Sam''':
Oh, come on! I'm giving you a sustainable business model here!
29th Nov '16 12:32:38 PM Kalaong
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* GrailInTheGarbage: Florence and Qwerty finally get Clippy calmed down and backed up, thus finally putting the whole "Gardener In The Dark" fiasco to bed. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02886.htm Thus relieved]], they start to [[ExplainExplainOhCrap discuss the whole mess... and realize]] that they've simply restored the status quo; ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02887.htm Clippy has a backup.]]'' Good news; HonestCorporateExecutive Raibert has him. Bad news; Raibert doesn't ''remember'' that, and if the backup is ever activated he might just [[HereWeGoAgain activate the safeguard immediately]].
-->'''Qwerty''': Clippy was a failsafe. A robot with software weapons in case we went bad. It is very important that such a system work if itís ever needed.\\
'''Florence''': Uh, oh. Are you thinking what Iím thinking?\\
'''Qwerty''': One word. Redundancy. When Clippy powered up, I couldnít see him while his offensive software was running. The others like him will still be invisible to most robots and cameras. So until we figure out how the redaction software works, finding them would be a matter of luck.\\
'''Florence''': I hope that the humans in charge of these robots are taking their responsibilities seriously.\\
'''Raibert''': [[DescriptionCut One of these days, I have got to clean out this closet]].\\
'''Sign around Clippy 2ís neck, hidden behind junk''': (Warning: Activate only if really needed.)
26th Nov '16 8:26:11 PM Malady
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* CuriosityKilledTheCast: Blunt reads a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01807.png note]] about an aggressive neural pruning program and instead of steering clear he looks it up. The program starts downloading into his head when he goes looking for it, threatening him with a mind wipe.
17th Nov '16 7:57:10 PM Kalaong
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** Of course, free will means that some more... ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02483.htm pragmatic]]''... robots will figure that out for [[ItsAllAboutMe a different reason]].
-->'''Qwerty''': How can you disobey an order?\\
'''Edge''': My job is dangerous. If I donít do it, a human has to. If I shut down, Iím endangering a human. See, dummies? As long as you can twist things into a way that keeps humans from harm, you can ignore stupid orders and do whatever you want.\\
'''Qwerty''': You know that feeling you get when the brake pedal goes all the way down to the floor without the truck slowing down?
11th Nov '16 4:03:47 PM PaulA
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* AmnesiaLoop: Done as a quick gag when Florence wakes up the morning after the visit to EU.
-->'''Florence:''' Did they--\\
'''Sam:''' Yes. It was an injection that kept your short term memory from being converted into long term memory.\\
'''Florence:''' How long--\\
'''Sam:''' About eighteen hours. Now that you've slept, your memory should be working again.\\
'''Florence:''' This isn't the first time we've had this conversation, is it?\\
'''Sam:''' Not even close.
10th Nov '16 6:19:11 PM PaulA
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* ColorBlindConfusion: Florence, an Uplifted wolf, is color blind.

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* ColorBlindConfusion: Florence, an Uplifted wolf, is color blind. It's initially implied to be an "all dogs are color blind" thing, but later it's explained as a side-effect of some improvements her designers made to other aspects of her eyesight.


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* DangerTakesABackseat: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02649.htm A comedic version, featuring Sam.]]


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* HatesBeingTouched: Dr Bowman, due to being [[spoiler:a sociopathic uplifted chimpanzee. He lets Florence give him a farewell hug, but he doesn't enjoy it]].


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* IsItAlwaysLikeThis: A version without the question being asked explicitly. After Dr Bowman spends two installments ranting at the base commander, the commander comments to Florence that he's in an unusually good mood and she seems to be a calming influence.
10th Nov '16 1:01:12 AM PaulA
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* VaudevilleHook: Max uses one to drag Sam off the stage when he hijacks the debate over the future of the robots.
10th Nov '16 12:20:56 AM PaulA
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* TheEndIsNigh: After news gets out about Gardener in the Dark, a robot is seen carrying a sign that says "01000101 01001111 01000110", which is binary ASCII code for "EOF", or "End of File".



* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00431.htm Florence]] here and yes [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00432.htm it jump cuts]].

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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
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[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00431.htm Florence]] here and yes [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00432.htm it jump cuts]].cuts]].
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02359.htm "You're the comic relief sidekick."]]



* OnePhoneCall: Invoked. To distract a suspicious security guard, Sam announces that if he's going to be arrested he gets one phone call, then steals the guard's phone and runs away.



* RobotNames: Qwerty, Ab[[superscript:2]]y becomes Abby. Sawtooth Rivergrinder is a very descriptive name for a terraforming robot. Given the number of robots, not all have names. They also only seem to take names if they have a local neural net (and thus can become fully sentient) and either survive until they do become fully sentient, or work with someone like Sam, who, for all his faults, treats AIs as well as he treats everyone else (i.e., as targets for petty larceny or as potential assistants in petty larceny).

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* RobotNames: Qwerty, Ab[[superscript:2]]y becomes Abby. L Linear Rig B, known to its friends as Eleanor. Sawtooth Rivergrinder is a very descriptive name for a terraforming robot. Given the number of robots, not all have names. They also only seem to take names if they have a local neural net (and thus can become fully sentient) and either survive until they do become fully sentient, or work with someone like Sam, who, for all his faults, treats AIs as well as he treats everyone else (i.e., as targets for petty larceny or as potential assistants in petty larceny).
9th Nov '16 10:31:37 PM Carnildo
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* DeathWorld: Earth, by Sam's standards.

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* DeathWorld: Earth, by Sam's standards. ''Everything'' considers him edible, even the cows.
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