1337: "Hack"

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1337: "Hack"

Postby orentago » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:54 am UTC

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Title Text: HACK THE STARS

EDIT: I take it this probe doesn't actually exist, but how cool would it be if people actually did this?
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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby Kanonfutter » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:57 am UTC

No comment? I'd go for "Pretty 1337".

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby orentago » Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:01 am UTC

Admist the pressure of getting the post together before someone else did, I forgot to do this. Forgive me? :P

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby rhomboidal » Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:02 am UTC

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby Envelope Generator » Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:02 am UTC

I'm going to step off the LEM now... here we are, Pismo Beach and all the clams we can eat

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby LockeZ » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:00 am UTC

Looks like this little operation...

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...just got put on ISEE-3/ICE.

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby Asmora » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:01 am UTC

I cried. Seriously, that is the most touching thing I can think of ever doing, and it caught me with complete surprise and full-bore nostalgia.

In related news, I never knew just how much I wanted Angelina Jolie to crash me a satellite and then have sloppy makeouts with me in a rooftop pool. I probably should've guessed that the amount was "a very lot."

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby Alsadius » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:16 am UTC

And since nobody's pointed this out yet, the "Mess with the best, die like the rest" and Crash/Burn are references to the movie Hackers.

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby Gatesunder » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:20 am UTC

Has anybody found any secrets related to today's comic yet? Perhaps a garbage file somewhere?
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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby koffie » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:31 am UTC

I would expect something at 13:37 UTC...

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby Whatev » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:53 am UTC

There's always a better hacker. Unless you're the best. Then there isn't.

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby bhamv » Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:16 am UTC

I'm surprised it wasn't Mrs. Roberts or Elaine who did it.

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby unlimitedbacon » Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:25 am UTC

Thanks, Randal, for reinforcing my already unhealthy fascination with making this a reality. ISEE-3/ICE will be making its closest approach on August 10, 2014 at an estimated distance of 474,307 km. It has about 150 m/s of ΔV left, which is just enough to have some fun. Currently the Amateur Radio Club of Augusta is working on picking up the carrier signal. I'd post some links but the forum won't let me yet.

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby TemporaryLife » Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:46 am UTC

I have yet to laugh this hard at an xkcd strip.

Truly, truly flawless payoff.

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby Toridas » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:03 am UTC

Alsadius wrote:And since nobody's pointed this out yet, the "Mess with the best, die like the rest" and Crash/Burn are references to the movie Hackers.


Also the pool on the roof.

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby Rvanbergen » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:28 am UTC

Kanonfutter wrote:No comment? I'd go for "Pretty 1337".

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Postby dtilque » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:37 am UTC

Fixed the title for you...
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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby JTL » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:45 am UTC

This would have been a better Valentine's Day comic than "1330 - Kola Borehole"...

Am I going to get flak from spelunkers for saying that? :|

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby Flumble » Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:09 pm UTC

Whatev wrote:There's always a better hacker. Unless you're the best. Then there isn't.

That's only true if there is one greatest hacker (the OTH), but I'm led to believe that there exist multiple maximal hackers.*


*This post assumes the implied "than you" in the first sentence of the quote.

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby Scars Unseen » Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:13 pm UTC

Title for an alternative version of the comic: "Twitch Plays with a Space Probe"

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby Flumble » Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:22 pm UTC

Scars Unseen wrote:Title for an alternative version of the comic: "Twitch Plays with a Space Probe"

I'm listening...

To be a bit safer though (avoiding collisions with useful satellites), I'd suggest TPML (after launching the probe beyond high Earth orbit) and watch a probe wiggle in different orbits around the moon trying to land the damned thing. :D

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby Shelgeyr » Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:51 pm UTC

Am I the only one disappointed by the fact that while Crash's slogan appeared on the monitors, the final panels suggest that Burn executed the hack?

Also ...
LockeZ wrote:Looks like this little operation...

( •_•)
( •_•)>⌐■-■
(⌐■_■)

...just got put on ISEE-3/ICE.

ISEE(-3) what you did there ;)
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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby cellocgw » Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:54 pm UTC

I say we nuke it from orbit.... oh, wait.
nevermind.

Anyone wanna spin up a Kickstarter to resurrect the DSN equipment?
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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby Shelgeyr » Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:58 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:Anyone wanna spin up a Kickstarter to resurrect the DSN equipment?

I like this idea, but would first want to know the actual cost. According to the Wiki article, "the Goddard Space Flight Center announced that ... replacing it was not economically feasible." That could mean any of a number of things. One of which might be that the dollar figure is somewhere in the billions, in which case I suspect a Kickstarter would be unsuccessful.

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby dedwrekka » Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:31 pm UTC

JTL wrote:This would have been a better Valentine's Day comic than "1330 - Kola Borehole"...

Am I going to get flak from spelunkers for saying that? :|


The borehole is only about a foot wide, so you'll only get flak from the really skinny ones.

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby orthogon » Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:32 pm UTC

This comic is slightly easier to follow when the rightmost column of panels is visible, which was not the case on my HTC Desire :(

The fifth panel reads a bit like one of those scenes in CSI where one glamorous, experienced forensics expert is explaining to the other glamorous, experienced forensics expert, at the crime scene, what procedure they are going to do, like they didn't have time to explain in the car on the way over. (One day, the other one will reply "Oh, well why didn't you tell me that before we left the lab instead of waiting until now? That way I would have brought along the isochloroflobulum and the spectral discombobulator. Now we're going to have to go back and get it! And you don't need to explain this stuff every single time. I took Forensics 101 too. It's almost like you're saying this for someone else's benefit! [turns round and looks meaningfully straight into the camera.]"). Man, I love CSI.
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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby gmalivuk » Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:56 pm UTC

I like that in Fringe they at least occasionally handled that trope (of having one character explain something to another to let the audience know what's going on) by having Walter explain something everyone else clearly knew (perhaps because he had, in fact, told them in the car on the way over), but it's still believable because he had memory problems.
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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby NiteClerk » Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:36 pm UTC

I found a picture of the probe:

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby richP » Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:47 pm UTC

Shelgeyr wrote:
cellocgw wrote:Anyone wanna spin up a Kickstarter to resurrect the DSN equipment?

I like this idea, but would first want to know the actual cost. According to the Wiki article, "the Goddard Space Flight Center announced that ... replacing it was not economically feasible." That could mean any of a number of things. One of which might be that the dollar figure is somewhere in the billions, in which case I suspect a Kickstarter would be unsuccessful.


The equipment cost isn't bad, except that they need to construct a time machine to go back to 1984 and retrieve a whale to communicate with the satellite. Hopefully they remember to bring along enough super-strong plexiglass for the tank (which apparently needs to have large transparent chunks, for some unknown reason).

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby orthogon » Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:25 pm UTC

gmalivuk wrote:I like that in Fringe they at least occasionally handled that trope (of having one character explain something to another to let the audience know what's going on) by having Walter explain something everyone else clearly knew (perhaps because he had, in fact, told them in the car on the way over), but it's still believable because he had memory problems.


Maybe that's where they're going with Mac and his aphasia in CSI NY. (Or they've already gone there - for some reason in the UK they show ten episodes from a series and then just get bored and switch to a different show. Then in another slot they repeat those first ten ad infinitum in a random order)
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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby dp2 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:28 pm UTC

Wait a minute...am I to gather from some comments here that people liked "Hackers"? Non-ironically??

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby Stiletto » Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:52 pm UTC

Bless you Randall Munroe, my (ironic?) love of this movie knows no bounds.

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby trpmb6 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:40 pm UTC

I feel it necessary to point everyone back to comics 341 to 346. Time to re-read the epic saga of elaine roberts.
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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby moiraemachy » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:51 pm UTC

dp2 wrote:Wait a minute...am I to gather from some comments here that people liked "Hackers"? Non-ironically??
I love it both ironically and non-ironically. Like... shonen and Bee Gees, I guess?

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby rmsgrey » Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:48 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:Maybe that's where they're going with Mac and his aphasia in CSI NY. (Or they've already gone there - for some reason in the UK they show ten episodes from a series and then just get bored and switch to a different show. Then in another slot they repeat those first ten ad infinitum in a random order)
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My impression is that they do it that way over here because the US tends to run 5-10 episodes at a time then go to repeats, and they complain if we watch straight through and end up overtaking them (partly because it means they have to finish making the show sooner, but mostly because they want the home audience to be the ones handing out spoilers to the rest of the world rather than the ones downloading it rather than waiting for it to air...) so we either need to have much more lead-time, giving us a 6 month lag early and catching up at the end of the season, or we need to break it up somehow...

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:03 pm UTC

dp2 wrote:Wait a minute...am I to gather from some comments here that people liked "Hackers"? Non-ironically??

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby mousewiz » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:09 pm UTC

Shelgeyr wrote:Am I the only one disappointed by the fact that while Crash's slogan appeared on the monitors, the final panels suggest that Burn executed the hack?

Nope. I came to complain about the same thing.

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby Primis » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:20 pm UTC

Am I the only one concerned that Crash & Burn have been in that pool for almost twenty years now?
That's gotta be one helluva pruning
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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby buddy431 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:48 pm UTC

The announcement that we won't be able to communicate with the craft was made in early February, which is probably why this comic is showing up now. I guess they never even did a cost analysis to figure how much it would cost to re-install the equipment.

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Re: 1337: "Hack"

Postby PinkShinyRose » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:58 pm UTC

rmsgrey wrote:
orthogon wrote:Maybe that's where they're going with Mac and his aphasia in CSI NY. (Or they've already gone there - for some reason in the UK they show ten episodes from a series and then just get bored and switch to a different show. Then in another slot they repeat those first ten ad infinitum in a random order)
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My impression is that they do it that way over here because the US tends to run 5-10 episodes at a time then go to repeats, and they complain if we watch straight through and end up overtaking them (partly because it means they have to finish making the show sooner, but mostly because they want the home audience to be the ones handing out spoilers to the rest of the world rather than the ones downloading it rather than waiting for it to air...) so we either need to have much more lead-time, giving us a 6 month lag early and catching up at the end of the season, or we need to break it up somehow...

I think they would broadcast it in the US if the episode was finished. This leaves the question: why can't they broadcast it to the rest of the world simultaneously? It wouldn't work for Dutch TV-stations as they tend to use daily schedules (at least during weekdays), instead of the weekly schedules used for most shows in the US, but it would work perfectly fine for pay for streaming or for TV-channels in weekly schedule countries. This only leaves the enormous number of breaks in the US (sometimes after every third episode). I like crunchyroll's anime simulcast idea, I hope someone makes something similar for US shows at some point. Especially as I don't speak Japanese, so the spoiler risk from Japan is limited while the spoiler risk from the US is huge.


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