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0652: "More Accurate"

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:00 am UTC
by viper
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Alt Text: We live in a world where there are actual fleets of robot assassins patrolling the skies. At some point there, we left the present and entered the future.

robot assassins: 1 humanity: 0

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:01 am UTC
by kriel
Templating, forgot to edit the subject, and a one-word commentary? (That somehow didn't get wordfiltered.)

... Not... sure this should count as the official discussion topic. (Of course, it's not my say. I don't have a funny-colored name.)

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:02 am UTC
by Cecil
Without suspension of disbelief, there would be no good movies.

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:06 am UTC
by Gavin.Immer
I think I'm missing something...what exactly is the point to this?

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:07 am UTC
by Zenexer
Movie-like or not, it's true, like it or not. Scary stuff.

"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country." ~Kurt Vonnegut

And this is why.

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:07 am UTC
by ritvax
Is this about robot drones? I'm still waking up.

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:07 am UTC
by Hman
The fact that this is not only possible but that it happens every day still blows my mind.

Hurrah Predators! (is that some sort of horrid interfilm humor?)

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:07 am UTC
by Zenexer
Gavin.Immer wrote:I think I'm missing something...what exactly is the point to this?


In the movies, it's like, "z0mg, ima defeat the r0b0tz with m3h l33t sh0tgunz."

In real life, the robot is the airplane that bombs the hell cabbage out of the whole place.

Succumb to censorship or die.

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:08 am UTC
by Azkyroth
So they were in the house down the street that the drone accidentally blew up instead of its intended target? Or...?

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:08 am UTC
by glasnt
They didn't have spyplane-droids back in the 80's did they?

Heck, a 2009-Terminator would have Arnie twittering Ms Connor telling her to meet him at a bar, then BOOM.

Or Facebook, send her an application invite.. and BOOM dead computer, she gets upset, dedicates her life to fix it, becomes a nerdy hermit, no sex, no son.


Hi joee.


Edit: I never thought I'd ever see a stick-figure with a mullet.

Spoiler:
I'm offering you a piece of bread.

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:09 am UTC
by Zenexer
Azkyroth wrote:So they were in the house down the street that the drone accidentally blew up instead of its intended target? Or...?


No, the point is that the dude with the shotgun had no chance. (Unlike in the movies.)

They just blew the "cabbage" outa the whole place.

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:10 am UTC
by Prions
Gavin.Immer wrote:I think I'm missing something...what exactly is the point to this?


The more recent US Army/Nava/Air Force commercials feature futuristic, sci fi like, scenes. Each commercial features the robotic plane doing something cool and futuristic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiB3vrhPDNs

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:11 am UTC
by lu6cifer
Meh, I didn't really like this one...

But yeah, the word filter is off for some reason, lol. I can lol as much as I please, lol.
Lol, this post is going to look really stupid lol (at least more than it does now) if the filter gets reactivated, lol.

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:14 am UTC
by rpgamer
Zenexer wrote:Movie-like or not, it's true, like it or not. Scary stuff.

"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country." ~Kurt Vonnegut

And this is why.

That is truly a terrifying thought...

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:15 am UTC
by philsov
randall's getting more and more color happy.

Good comic though, I like the layers!

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:22 am UTC
by pyroman
You mean the future machine base isn't going to have USB compliant robots and conveniently placed keyboard terminal access stations located all over their base? (I'm looking at you latest terminator movie) But how else are the humans supposed to H4x0r into their mainframe?

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:23 am UTC
by Editer
The technological hurdle is not the kill method. The hurdle is finding Sarah Connor in the first place.

Drone killcraft haven't taken out OBL (that we know of) because even they can't find him.

If Arnie can't find SC, it doesn't matter how strong he is or what weapons he has.

But it's a cool comic anyway. (Did anyone else see NCIS: Los Angeles the other week where some hacker broke into the Predator program and took over a drone? That's how Skynet would probably do it. No eerily humanlike bipedal robots necessary. Of course we know that *now* ...)

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:24 am UTC
by erl137
The air and space museum has a Predator drone now. You can look it right in the viewslit. Damn terrifying.

Oh, and the kill-y-er ones are called Reapers, now.

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:24 am UTC
by DieJay
Great comic, Rand. I've been thinking about it myself an awful lot lately, how our sci-fi has become reality much quicker than we could ever have imagined. Too quick maybe even. Imagine; we can send robots as far as Pluto yet some people still can't figure out how a toaster oven works. Technology has outgrown our evolution process.

Now if that ain't scary...

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:25 am UTC
by Claren
Zenexer wrote:
Azkyroth wrote:So they were in the house down the street that the drone accidentally blew up instead of its intended target? Or...?


No, the point is that the dude with the shotgun had no chance. (Unlike in the movies.)

They just blew the "cabbage" outa the whole place.


I think the point is that your Irony Sensor needs recalibrating.

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:25 am UTC
by Nintendon't
I don't know what's more scary: the fact that the future is now, or the fact that the future from a movie in the past is presently occurring.

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:28 am UTC
by captain2obvious
Shotgun guys might have more of a chance against this:
Spoiler:
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Spoiler:
but not much more

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:30 am UTC
by finity
Yeah, but they're not autonomous. (Puts on glasses) Yet.

YEAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:32 am UTC
by drewmcd621
Robot gunship 2.0: WHO ARE YOU AND WHY ARE YOU LINKING HERE

Also: read the rules

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:33 am UTC
by joee
Hey glasnt

This comic reminded me to watch the Sarah Conner Chronicles.

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:34 am UTC
by failwhale
Is it me or does it look like she is actually a man with a mullet and a handlebar mustache in the second panel?

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:36 am UTC
by msimswil
Alt Text: [...] At some point there, we left the present and entered the future.

Surely at every ∆t we leave the present and enter the future.

Going the other way, or stopping, would be weird. Non?

    OLD MAN: I must say, things were certainly different before all these new-fangled changes.
    RIK: Of course they were, you stupid old git. Otherwise they wouldn't be changes, would they?
(Selection chosen approximately contemporary to Terminator. Scary that I remember it so well 25 years later.)

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:37 am UTC
by msimswil
failwhale wrote:Is it me or does it look like she is actually a man with a mullet and a handlebar mustache in the second panel?

A harsh critique of Linda Hamilton, for sure.

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:38 am UTC
by oxy
Crap. Robot Assassins = Now.

Not really a laugh out loud comic, but still, funny. And makes ya think!

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:39 am UTC
by riddler
Editer wrote:Drone killcraft haven't taken out OBL (that we know of) because even they can't find him.


Drones have limits, like everything else. A drone can't penetrate an underground bunker. If one thinks about this, it will make sense why the pentagon has fast-tracked the Massive Ordnance Penetrator. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_Or ... Penetrator

The scary thing about this comic is not that there are fleets of kill-drones patrolling the skies, but the fact that the citizens of this country have allowed them to do it. Any ideals about democracy and/or liberty that you associated with the USA can now be disposed of in the nearest dustbin.

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:39 am UTC
by davidfg4
That reminded me of this comment thread:
http://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments ... es/c0bjs7t
EDIT: In fact, just one day ago someone posted this comment, which is almost this exact xkcd comic: http://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments ... es/c0eofjw

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:43 am UTC
by sje46
I can't figure out if that's a plane, a penis, or a guitar, or an AK-47. Or a Planistar 47

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:48 am UTC
by SummerGlauFan
I really liked this comic. It makes you think.

Plus it gives me goosebumps of the sheer coolness of it. :)

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:57 am UTC
by ExplodingTeeth
If I remember, the issue was that in 2029 they only had the technology to send back organic tissue. And because of that both terminators couldn't be sent back with high powered weaponry or you couldn't have sent some enormous robotic killing machine. The whole shotguns fighting robots had to do with that he was transported back to 1984 los angeles in the naked flesh. As well as back in 1984 there wasn't assassins patrolling the sky. Great comic though.

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:04 am UTC
by GuitarFreak
As far as I know, missions can be programmed in to the drone and it'll do everything by itself. Take off, kill the target, and land without anyone controlling it.

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:09 am UTC
by StClair
erl137 wrote:The air and space museum has a Predator drone now. You can look it right in the viewslit. Damn terrifying.

Was there a little red light inside, scanning back and forth with a humming sound?

ExplodingTeeth wrote:If I remember, the issue was that in 2029 they only had the technology to send back organic tissue. [snip] As well as back in 1984 there wasn't assassins patrolling the sky.

Skynet did have flying HKs - Hunter-Killers - but they were the size of a full jet fighter. Predators aren't quite that big, but they still won't fit into a time-bubble the size of a human. And if power consumption for time travel goes up exponentially as that volume expands, Skynet may not be able to send anything much larger back, even if it's wrapped in cloned tissue or (like the later models) able to mimic the electromagnetic properties of same.

Now awaiting the "Predator vs. Predator" comic.

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:17 am UTC
by aeris92
glasnt wrote:
Spoiler:
I'm offering you a piece of bread.


I accept your offer... om nom nom.

Btw, the predators scare me, I mean - there's no human being there to decide in the last moments whether or not to drop that payload.

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:32 am UTC
by aquilo
Doesn't it have to be covered in skin to go back in time? If you want it to fly, it might have to be some kind of bat-robot.

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:54 am UTC
by IVAWdoc


Wonderful. More room to hold more stuff with which to kill more faceless, nameless "targets". (in the eyes of the one who tells it where to drop)

Runaway drone shot out of sky: http://current.com/items/90942121_runaw ... id=RSSfeed

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:01 am UTC
by BlueNight
DieJay wrote:Imagine; we can send robots as far as Pluto yet some people still can't figure out how a toaster oven works. Technology has outgrown our evolution process.


Oh, it did that a long time ago. John Henry won once, but unless he had kids before the race, he lost.

Technology has outpaced education, such that it is impossible for one person to understand every computer language and be able to use every interface that currently exists. Until we get a more efficient educational process, the first world will continue to be a world of "knows" and "know-nots". (As in "haves" and "have-nots".)