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    Plus it's not like she's going to be climbing or anything, so there's little reason to consider articulated legs as opposed to a mitten-type approach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cazero View Post
    I'd say it's because you can't walk anyway in 0g, so the one-leg design is cheaper and more efficient?
    Though a lack of atmospheric pressure doesn't necessarily imply a lack of gravity or acceleration. One might be on an airless moon, or outside a ship under thrust, or a rotating station.

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    My personal opinion? It's a design she made because the standard design does not accommodate a tail...

    So it's simpler for a single-leg design that has her hop, rather than try to retrofit a standard design for her tail.
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    She has a little cart that pulls her around. She doesn't need to hop, and is probably well aware that one good thrust can achieve escape velocity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar Demonblud View Post
    She has a little cart that pulls her around. She doesn't need to hop, and is probably well aware that one good thrust can achieve escape velocity.
    Good for a linear path, but when one has to work angles or move 'up' in a confined zero-g environment, legs are pretty efficient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sihnfahl View Post
    Good for a linear path, but when one has to work angles or move 'up' in a confined zero-g environment, legs are pretty efficient.
    "Cart" + "legs" = torque?
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    New comic

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    Yeah, this comic (2/22/2021) is one that reminds me why I love Freefall.

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    Yeah, that checks out.
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    I'm suddenly reminded of a great line from a mediocre movie.

    "We'll just cancel the return ticket."

    The folks on Jean are probably just buying Sam a one-way ticket, though.

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    Is Florence wearing hooves-shoes? When did she become a furry?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cazero View Post
    Is Florence wearing hooves-shoes? When did she become a furry?
    Hah!

    In all honesty? She's probably wearing absorbent foot coverings since, well, canines sweat through their feet.
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    She walks on her paws anyway, so any kind of boot or shoe (say, something with a maglock to keep her on the deck) is going to look hoof-like.

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    I wonder how thurdad is going to judge the sqids. Is he going to say that they seem better than some humans? Will he agree with the people who have decided to close off Sam's world forever? The air is rife with drama!
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    When Sam puts it that way, the similarities are striking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockphed View Post
    I wonder how thurdad is going to judge the sqids. Is he going to say that they seem better than some humans? Will he agree with the people who have decided to close off Sam's world forever? The air is rife with drama!
    I suspect we may have to ask him in another 15 years.
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    Sam's asking the important questions again. What's a road trip without snacks?

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    And again Sam makes that sound very familiar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar Demonblud View Post
    And again Sam makes that sound very familiar.
    As my granny is fond of saying, "those who enjoy sausage or respect the law should not watch either being made". Legal systems seem much nicer on the abstract.
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    Rockphed said it well.
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    I'm surprised, really. I was expecting Sam to answer "Government?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cazero View Post
    I'm surprised, really. I was expecting Sam to answer "Government?"
    Sam may scoff at rules and steal everything that isn't welded in place, but he comes from a society that makes rules and understands ownership. Thus his people must have processes for making rules. Sam is best described as hyper greedy and acting out because he is bored. He may have a mechanical aptitude best written as a complex number, but he is very good at more social understanding (albeit through the warped lens of his skewed ethics).
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    Sam seems to view the whole thing as a game he's playing with children. From his cultural perspective, that's probably about as true an assessment as he can make. Hopefully, he will eventually realize that the 'kids' aren't going to grow proper scavenger instincts and he'll treat them on their own merits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockphed View Post
    Sam may scoff at rules and steal everything that isn't welded in place, but he comes from a society that makes rules and understands ownership. Thus his people must have processes for making rules.
    Sam clearly has the concept of rules ingrained into his mindset, as breaking them seems to be a discrete thing he aims to do. My guess (which we might actually get to test in the upcoming strips) is that Sam's society is very much like ours -- government, rules, ownership, theft, even war -- but it just operates with a much stronger tendency towards breaking the rules. A general non-violent tendency seems to be involved -- if you steal too much from me, instead of coming over there and smashing you or imprisoning you, I just steal right back.

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    Hm. Cephalopods not passing the marshmallow test? Not according to Earth current events. Of course, I've only seen the clickbait teasers, not the articles...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willie the Duck View Post
    Sam clearly has the concept of rules ingrained into his mindset, as breaking them seems to be a discrete thing he aims to do. My guess (which we might actually get to test in the upcoming strips) is that Sam's society is very much like ours -- government, rules, ownership, theft, even war -- but it just operates with a much stronger tendency towards breaking the rules. A general non-violent tendency seems to be involved -- if you steal too much from me, instead of coming over there and smashing you or imprisoning you, I just steal right back.
    From what Sam's told us his society is pre-industrial. Which is why they don't just send him back: he knows way too much about modern technology.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar Demonblud View Post
    From what Sam's told us his society is pre-industrial. Which is why they don't just send him back: he knows way too much about modern technology.
    Um, yes. I'm not sure how that relates to my point, but I agree.

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    Sam's society is not like ours. They're back at the point where stock raiding was considered a game to show off how awesome you are. We're past that now, and probably even moreso in comic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar Demonblud View Post
    Sam's society is not like ours. They're back at the point where stock raiding was considered a game to show off how awesome you are. We're past that now, and probably even moreso in comic.
    Counterpoint: mister Kornada.
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    Rockphed said it well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockphed View Post
    Counterpoint: mister Kornada.
    With the slight correction that he did not try to show anyone how awesome he is: he thought it was patently obvious on a first glance.
    In a war it doesn't matter who's right, only who's left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar Demonblud View Post
    Sam's society is not like ours. They're back at the point where stock raiding was considered a game to show off how awesome you are. We're past that now, and probably even moreso in comic.
    I have no knowlegde of a point and place in history where cattle theft and raiding was considered a game and not a serious offense, often to be repayed in blood?
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