History Webcomic / Freefall

27th Sep '16 1:29:42 PM ironballs16
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** "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01127.htm People want electricity, but not the power plants]]. Metals, but not the mining or smelting areas. Chemicals, but not the chemical industry."

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** To NotInMyBackyard - "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01127.htm People want electricity, but not the power plants]]. Metals, but not the mining or smelting areas. Chemicals, but not the chemical industry."
23rd Sep '16 1:17:10 AM Kalaong
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* FailsafeFailure: Inverted; the [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02268.htm security does fail safe. Which means it's not dangerous. A flaw when you have intruders.]]

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* FailsafeFailure: Inverted; the Inverted and Lampshaded as one's definition of "failure" boils down to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02268.htm "the machine won't do what I want."]] A security does guard can ''see'' an intruder on his monitor, but due to lack of activity, he doesn't know the password to enable manual control or re-enable automatic firing. He's kvetching ''now'', but he'd be singing a different tune if the system had been targeting ''him.''
-->"Stupid computer! Security should not
fail safe. Which means it's not dangerous. A flaw when you have intruders.]] safe! Security should fail dangerous!"
20th Sep '16 10:19:55 PM Andre
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* FridgeLogic: In-universe, Ishiguro tells Clippy to think about the claim that Ishiguro died and what happened to stock prices that day. When he considers that, that day the stock prices went up when the ''Chief Financial Officer'' "died", Clippy realizes how little sense that makes.
20th Sep '16 8:29:53 PM Kalaong
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* LampshadeHanging: The base commander first [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02586.htm lampshades]] the convenient presence of [[CensorBox censor panels]] all around the shower area. [[LiteralMetaphor A robot then lampshades the presence of a lampshade by carrying a lampshade.]] Florence then lampshades the lampshading of a lampshade by observing that the robots must have run out of panels to carry. Confused yet?

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* LampshadeHanging: The ''act'' of hanging a lampshade. The base commander first [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02586.htm lampshades]] the convenient presence of [[CensorBox censor panels]] all around the shower area. [[LiteralMetaphor A robot then lampshades the presence of a lampshade by carrying a lampshade.]] Florence then lampshades the lampshading of a lampshade by observing that the robots Doctor Bowman must have run out of panels for the robots to carry.carry. Or she's saying that the cartoonist has run out of panels for the day's strip. Confused yet?
16th Sep '16 2:41:16 AM PaulA
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* MistakenForAfterlife: Clippy the robot is dismantled to prevent him carrying out a plot for world domination ordered by Mr Kornada. When he is reactivated, he believes that he has died and gone to an afterlife, partly because he's in a WhiteVoidRoom (an electronically isolated secure room, to contain any hostile actions he might take before matters get straightened out) and the first person he sees is his rightful owner, who Kornada had convinced him was dead so that he would accept Kornada's orders.
11th Sep '16 8:08:43 AM Discar
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** Robots normally only identify each other by their ID transponders. This lets a few robot muggers disguise themselves simply by stealing transponders and turning off the ones they were built with. When the rest of robot society finds out about this... they throw a masquerade ball.

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** Robots normally only identify each other by their ID transponders. This lets a few robot muggers disguise themselves simply by stealing transponders and turning off the ones they were built with. When the rest of robot society finds out about this... this, they throw a masquerade ball.
4th Sep '16 1:54:56 AM 123MannCoBox
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''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ Freefall]]'' is a [[WebcomicsLongRunners long-running webcomic]] (over 2800 strips as of July 2016), starting in 1998) by Mark Stanley. Starting with [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01253.htm the April 19, 2006 strip]] it's been colored mostly by colorist George Peterson. Set on a planet in the early stages of terraforming, the strip deals with the antics of alien spaceship "captain" Sam Starfall, his robot friend Helix, and their Bowman's Wolf engineer Florence Ambrose.

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''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ Freefall]]'' is a [[WebcomicsLongRunners long-running webcomic]] (over 2800 strips as of July 2016), starting in 1998) 1998 by Mark Stanley. Starting with [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01253.htm the April 19, 2006 strip]] it's been colored mostly by colorist George Peterson. Set on a planet in the early stages of terraforming, the strip deals with the antics of alien spaceship "captain" Sam Starfall, his robot friend Helix, and their Bowman's Wolf engineer Florence Ambrose.
28th Aug '16 8:30:43 PM Materioptikon
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* LaserGuidedKarma: Mr. Kornada fires a programmer who helped develop Gardener in the Dark as to create a "disgruntled worker" to blame in case things go south. This backfired when said worker recorded Kornada's orders, exposing the lie.
19th Aug '16 1:34:34 PM 32_Footsteps
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* FameThroughInfamy: While Sam isn't so extreme that he'll physically harm others, his goal in life is pretty much summed up by "achieve everlasting fame via a combination of crime and outre behavior." Performing an illegal action that could either make him a hero or considered a traitor to all of humanity counts as a "win-win" scenario for him.



** Well, sort of. Florence and the robotic AIs are property, and it is ambiguous whether they have any rights at all. However, their status is complicated because there are relatively few humans on the planet, allowing the [=AIs=] a lot of freedom in practice if not in theory. This is an important element in the story, but the [=AIs=] don't seem particularly upset with their situation: Some of them work towards gaining rights, but generally accept that only gradual change is possible, and try to find peaceful ways of getting around WhatMeasureIsANonHuman without disrupting human society too much. Florence explicitly states that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00718.htm this approach is needed]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01151.htm on a few]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01246.htm occasions]].

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** Well, sort of. Florence and the robotic AIs [=AIs=] are property, and it is ambiguous whether they have any rights at all. However, their status is complicated because there are relatively few humans on the planet, allowing the [=AIs=] a lot of freedom in practice if not in theory. This is an important element in the story, but the [=AIs=] don't seem particularly upset with their situation: Some of them work towards gaining rights, but generally accept that only gradual change is possible, and try to find peaceful ways of getting around WhatMeasureIsANonHuman without disrupting human society too much. Florence explicitly states that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00718.htm this approach is needed]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01151.htm on a few]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01246.htm occasions]].



** As the strip progresses, the capacity of artificial intelligences (including the bioengineered Florence) to subvert their apparent hardwired limitations by locating loopholes or exploiting semantics in their orders becomes increasingly important. Florence even theorizes that Dr. Bowman might have intended for this to eventually happen; although he's been TheGhost for most of the comic, it's abundantly clear he cared for his creations like they were his children, and forcing the rest of the world into a position where they must acknowledge his creations as independent beings is as good a way as any to create a future for them.

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** As the strip progresses, the capacity of artificial intelligences (including the bioengineered Florence) to subvert their apparent hardwired limitations by locating loopholes or exploiting semantics in their orders becomes increasingly important. Florence even theorizes that Dr. Bowman might have intended for this to eventually happen; although he's been TheGhost for most of the comic, it's abundantly clear he cared for his creations like they were his children, and forcing the rest of the world into a position where they must acknowledge his creations as independent beings is as good a way as any to create a future for them. [[spoiler: This is confirmed when Dr. Bowman finally appears.]]



* HumansThroughAlienEyes: The alien eyes being StarfishAliens (Sam), PettingZooPeople (Florence) and RidiculouslyHumanRobots (Helix an the other 450-odd-million robots on Jean).

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* HumansThroughAlienEyes: The alien eyes being StarfishAliens (Sam), PettingZooPeople (Florence) and RidiculouslyHumanRobots (Helix an and the other 450-odd-million robots on Jean).


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** Florence realizes just how worried Sam was about her in almost the same fashion - [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02663.htm the Chief of Police still had his wallet]]. Even more stark than the previous example, as the Chief had been with Sam for several hours at that point.
11th Aug '16 9:55:45 PM Kalaong
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* SlobsVersusSnobs: Stanley shows another of his increasingly common flashes of sublime insight, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02843.htm this time]] on the nature of the 99%/1% divide;
-->'''Mr. Ishiguro''' ''…One of the early crises happened when machine learning and big data were put in the service of making big money. Wealth concentrated among the people who had access to the machines. Far too many people were left out of the system they were expected to serve. It’s okay to have steak when there’s a chicken in every pot. But if you’re eating steak and the majority of people have nothing, it doesn’t take long for you to look like a chicken.''
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