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by darrin
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1546] Gauging intent
Replies: 64
Views: 1506

Re: [1546] Gauging intent

Are you working with that creepy McCreeper, Dr. Feelgood? :shock: A while ago you accused me of "defending Stranger Danger", when I was defending the proposition that the probability that he was Stranger Danger was much lower than the probability that he was not Stranger Danger, given the evidence ...
by darrin
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1546] Gauging intent
Replies: 64
Views: 1506

Re: [1546] Gauging intent

I have been going over the dialogue, trying to see if I could trace a source for the slightly negative "vibe" I had been unconsciously getting. The "she" he refers to in the course of the strip is not a single "she". He is changing referents (without marking the changes in any way). "How much it wil...
by darrin
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1546] Gauging intent
Replies: 64
Views: 1506

Re: [1546] Gauging intent

I suspect that he's playing the long game. This project is probably not merely an effort to produce a "companionship accessory" but perhaps more of a stepping stone into exploring true AI. [...] I believe that it ceases to be your "thing" and now becomes your child. You now have a moral responsibil...
by darrin
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1546] Gauging intent
Replies: 64
Views: 1506

Re: [1546] Gauging intent

I think the genius scientist who makes all the decisions and has underlings he orders about would make all kinds of sense. It probably even has an entry on tvtropes. :D Yeah, I definitely agree about him giving off plenty of "genius" vibes. (Double-checking.... yes I made reference to his "deeply t...
by darrin
Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1546] Gauging intent
Replies: 64
Views: 1506

Re: [1546] Gauging intent

1) He could well be doing this on the side and without Sony's knowledge in order to bypass those formal controls. We've just seen similar behavior from the Dragonfly folks at Google, where people try to act now and apologize later if necessary. Sony's playstation division is certainly not going to ...
by darrin
Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1546] Gauging intent
Replies: 64
Views: 1506

Re: [1546] Gauging intent

Out of curiosity, what were the hints that he was the developer for Ping? Mine were most explicitly stated here . I know I already mentioned in a post above about point 4 being the relevant one there for him being Ping's "dad" (as opposed to an EK client); if my linked post is tldr, then like the g...
by darrin
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1546] Gauging intent
Replies: 64
Views: 1506

Re: [1546] Gauging intent

Well, this is a bit of a twist... Darrin's devotion to him not being a creeper seems fairly more plausible. Praising with faint damns, I can live with that. 8-) As long as everyone else is pointing out having called it in 1522, I will add that I believe mine was the first post in that thread to cla...
by darrin
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1545] Love
Replies: 58
Views: 2244

Re: [1545] Love

Her inability to find companionship may be a direct result of efforts to hide that part of her life from others. Is there really that much "inability" that needs explaining? From the time we first see her until the big Anna Miller's crisis, she doesn't seem to express any kind of regret or concern ...
by darrin
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1545] Love
Replies: 58
Views: 2244

Re: [1545] Love

Ashe may be mute but not deaf. Wah hey, I had considered mentioning that possibility myself yesterday, but then got distracted by something... (maybe Twitch? :lol:) It seems a more complicated hypothesis than her just having been born deaf (some kind of backstory would be entailed... accident? inju...
by darrin
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1545] Love
Replies: 58
Views: 2244

Re: [1545] Love

In 1530, Ashe is seen doing some Foxhole fetching and carrying as she often does. But in the beginning of 1531 she responds immediately (and appropriately) to what Megumi and Ping have been saying, without any sign of a phone in her hands or (now that I look more carefully) of Megumi (or Grandma? sh...
by darrin
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: WTF is going on here
Replies: 13
Views: 446

Re: WTF is going on here

Remember kids, don't feed the trolls. They have a much bigger appetite than most folks. Like Michael Keaton said in that Spiderman movie, "That's the right answer." 8-) Certainly not claiming I was right to participate, just, like I said, sometimes things cross a threshold. Basically I will take an...
by darrin
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1545] Love
Replies: 58
Views: 2244

Re: [1545] Love

Yanno, it amazes me that the humans don't catch on to Ping's outward and in-your-face android features and are about as oblivious to the "Uncanny Valley" situation. My working assumptions (pretty much since I had started reading the comic) were: a) it is the same trope as in most manga about someon...
by darrin
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: WTF is going on here
Replies: 13
Views: 446

Re: WTF is going on here

it is unfortunately a reasonable tactic to attack where you think you can easily win I am assuming you mean "reasonable" here from a troll's point of view, in which sense I agree. (From my upbringing as a scientist I feel viscerally it is the least reasonable thing one can do. 8-)) And yes, pretty ...
by darrin
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1545] Love
Replies: 58
Views: 2244

Re: [1545] Love

Like many readers I have sort of drawn a parallel between Ping and Lt. Cmdr. Data on Star Trek. [...] I say she may sometimes think like a child because she is so naive about many things. Yep, those are points I was trying to make in the recent Thread that shall Not be Named. In fact the analogy to...
by darrin
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: WTF is going on here
Replies: 13
Views: 446

Re: WTF is going on here

The misogyny accusation I totally don't get though. Um, yeah, I'm pretty sure that's not just you. :roll: I know I escalated from "low simmer" in my first post to "brick-oven flame grill" in the second pretty quickly, and I apologize if that hurt more than it helped. But I still felt that I was try...
by darrin
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: One WIP Twitch thread to rule them all [SPOILERS]
Replies: 88
Views: 9989

Re: One WIP Twitch thread to rule them all [SPOILERS]

Looks like more Ashe and whats-his-name. A conversation I have been looking forward to for weeks now. :D I am really loving this sub-arc (Old Man and Ping and Co.) If the Old Man's response to Ashe's offer is something like That's pretty steep for a cup of coffee... ...I will consider it further ev...
by darrin
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1544]-"Too Much Information"
Replies: 57
Views: 2301

Re: [1544]-"Too Much Information"

darrin wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:40 pm
Or, y'know, until 1545 goes up. :D
Er, 1546. :oops:
by darrin
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1544]-"Too Much Information"
Replies: 57
Views: 2301

Re: [1544]-"Too Much Information"

I am pretty sure old guy is a creeper and does not deserve the benefit of your doubt, D. Yeah, the few who initially gave me a grudging "hmm, well, maybe" have since withdrawn. I am a bandwagon of one, I do not deny it. Yet I shall hold on, till my breath fades and my sight fails. Or, y'know, until...
by darrin
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1545] Love
Replies: 58
Views: 2244

Re: [1545] Love

Voyager wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:25 am
Sort of a Tom Bombadil.
Oh excellent, ha ha.

Ping: "But... I don't even have a heart. Just software on a bunch of chips..."

Grandma: "Hm... like this?" <holds out her hand to reveal a microchip spinning on the end of her upright index finger>
by darrin
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1544]-"Too Much Information"
Replies: 57
Views: 2301

Re: [1544]-"Too Much Information"

AFAIK the only mechanism available to Miho to "change" the story is to place herself in a situation where she'll be killed. Her death is still equally tragic so there is no real change. That's pretty much what I thought too. In fact having slept on it I'm even more confused by the "but she kept cho...
by darrin
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1544]-"Too Much Information"
Replies: 57
Views: 2301

Re: [1544]-"Too Much Information"

I think maybe the last 4 years of filler has melted your brain. This comic used to be a lot darker and it seems to be finally going back in that direction. Aaaaaand that here is a complete miss which you would have known if you read the forum :) Geeze I totally missed that one. Unless my math is of...
by darrin
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1545] Love
Replies: 58
Views: 2244

Re: [1545] Love

darrin wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:58 pm
caught on to that
Sorry, I meant "caught on to the fact that Ping's a robot". (When I've done too many walls of text in one day I tend to overreact in the opposite direction.)
by darrin
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1544]-"Too Much Information"
Replies: 57
Views: 2301

Re: [1544]-"Too Much Information"

agree to disagree I guess, but Occam would seem to suggest that the least hypothesis is that someone being trapped n a cycle they have no control over would understandably express a little occasional frustration at that. Someone experiencing some kind of unnamed intense frustration (at what? if it'...
by darrin
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1544]-"Too Much Information"
Replies: 57
Views: 2301

Re: [1544]-"Too Much Information"

Well, why is it that Miho being trapped in her story seems to be contingent on her self-loathing and self-pitying? Sorry but I don't see the causal arrows pointing in that direction. The frustrations I've seen Miho display (I know Invisigoth doesn't want to go as far as "self-loathing", but whateve...
by darrin
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Story Discussion
Topic: [1545] Love
Replies: 58
Views: 2244

Re: [1545] Love

It wouldn't surprise if they thought she was human [...] I agree, I don't see signs (yet) that any of them have caught on to that. I'm taking grandma's last statement to be a quiet encouragement to this "poor young girl" who's stumbled on their doorstep to think about her own self-worth before succ...