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    Default OOTS #264 - The Discussion Thread

    New comic is up.

    I gotta go call someone about the server, this is ridiculous...It took me two hours to get a connection to post the comic in the first place!
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    and I thought it was just me (the slow response of the server).

    Crypto-solutions below for those interested (looks like someone made a listen check):







    Wait. Listen!

    Back in the cells! Back! BACK!!
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    Same thing here. Very slow.

    But the comic is great. And I agree with n11 crypto solutions. Looks like Haley saved the day.

    Before anyone begins saying how Durkon lied, he didn't. The five of them didn't leave their cells. Only four of them did. Making an excuse for Belkar won't be so easy, though.
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    Belkar has now my official support for harvesting Mikos Kidneys. "Honorless pig" poor Elan.

    Durkon has won back my respect, these were the best two none-lies I've ever read.

    PS: Yes, it's extremely slow. Took me one hour to get to the reply window, and now the smileys aren't even loaded.

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    Yeah, so, in case anyone can actually read this: RawBear tells me we're the target of a Denial of Services attack, and that this is probably what slammed the server last time, too. He's doing his best to combat it.
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    the attacks only come on new 'toon days... maybe your ISP needs better firewall protection?
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    Yay! Finally made it to the forums.

    I third the decryptions. Great comic, Giant.

    Glad to see Haley make good use of her roguey skills.
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    Damn. Someone beat the cryptogram before me, I got the same results as well. Must try to be quicker next time.....

    Nice strip, but I kinda wanted some bloodshed. I think we're going to have to rely on belkar to kill and harvest the kidneys of the mook guards. We must be getting close to the end of this railroad plot, entertaining as it has been so far.

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    Whew! One heck of a time trying to get my OotS fix! I thought it was just a million people trying to do the exact same thing as me, all at once!

    So Durkon finally helps the team out a little! Huzzah! They are not all dead! Except for Belkar... he is so toast... but yay for OotS!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant
    Yeah, so, in case anyone can actually read this: RawBear tells me we're the target of a Denial of Services attack, and that this is probably what slammed the server last time, too. He's doing his best to combat it.
    Well I wish him good luck.

    In retrospect, I should home figured, as if it were only the load from people looking for the new strip, wednesday would have been as bad as Monday But it wasn't, so it was artificial Monday and today.

    Really sucks.

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    Gees... why would anyone run a DOS attack on a webcomic site? Don't those people have anything better to do? Although it is probably not an attack on the OOTS itself, but on whoever hosts this site, so maybe GiantITP is just an innocent bystander in the attack.

    Anyway, great to see Durkon back fully on the side of the Order. And those were two darn creative "explanations". He took risks. Anyone with any level of "street smarts" would've easily been able to corner Durkon; I guess he counted on Miko not having those skills. He got lucky. Could've easily backfired on him and destroyed the only influence Order has on Miko.

    Woohoo! I think the attack is over. Site is back to full speed for me

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    I love Miko so much. Any comic that features Miko is worth waiting 20 minutes for.

    And for anyone who says she's disrespectful... did you see the kind bow she did when addressing Durkon?

    Sorry to hear about the web server. Hopefully things will be resolved soon!


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    wow...i made it to page 1 :)

    Nice strip though...I finally read it after the site was unavailable (Bloody DoS attacks). Durkon for teh win!1! :)

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    Likewise. Everything seems to be back at 100%.

    "Mechanical defect"....I should keep that one in mind...

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    Denial of service? This happens every time a new OOTS is posted... though today was the worst... better talk to the server guys...

    Nice to see that Durkon is one of the gang again!
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    Wombat, it's been hard to get on this site. I thought it was just the rest of The Giant's zombie minions all trying to read OOTS at once, but I began to suspect t3h h4xx0rz(leet for "the hackers", for those who have been lucky enough to avoid learning it) more and more as the day went on. Nothing I say is going to get this fixed faster, therefore: thank you, RAWbear for your efforts, and thank you, Giant, for putting up with the server long enough to post the comic.

    Anyway...glad to see Durkon still values the lives of his friends. Being possible to pick is, indeed, a major mechanical defect. ;)

    EDIT: apparantly , h4xx0r actually means "cracker" rather than "hacker", at least in my understanding. Thank you for the correction.
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    Good to see it wasn't only me having problems. Took me several hours just to get to the site.

    That was an impressive set of non-lies from Durkon. He never really lied, but didn't mean any of it in the way Miko thought he did.
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    Sounds like it's time to upgrade the box hosting the site or the connection the site has to the intarweb, Giant. Just my two cents.

    Durkon has now redeemed himself. Also, one of the OotS making a Spot/Listen check made this worthwhile, even if nothing else did (and believe me, plenty of other things did).
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    Quote Originally Posted by fwiffo
    He took risks. Anyone with any level of "street smarts" would've easily been able to corner Durkon
    I must respectfully disagree that assuming Miko has no street smarts qualifies as a "risk."

    Heck, IMO assuming she has no smarts whatsoever is a fairly safe bet! ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mjoellnir
    Durkon has won back my respect, these were the best two none-lies I've ever read.

    I concur with that 100%. I finally saw the "real" Durkon again--the one we all know and love. That was some fancy verbal footwork on his part, although it's a good thing for him Miko apparently doesn't have "Sense Motive"!

    Great strip today, Giant. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yahoo_Serious
    Denial of service? This happens every time a new OOTS is posted... though today was the worst...
    Normal lag from people checking the comic usually dies down about 3-4 hours after the strip gets posted. Today, the strip was finally posted at 2:00 pm, and the site didn't return to full speed until 2:00 am, 12 hours later.
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    it might not be a dos attack as much as it is just people checking at peak hours to see if there is a comic?

    poor elan, hes not a pig....dosnt really have honor to speak of, being a bard...but still.....

    dude, Durkon is so a 3D character now...i mean before he was cool and everything, but he really stands out more so in my mind now...

    at least we know someone in this comic can pass a listen check....

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    *Sigh* Once again I am forced to display my ignorance. What is a "denial of service attack"? Apologies for the buffoonery, what I know about computers can fit under my fingernail.
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    Yay! Finally got into the forums ..

    I think the funniest part of this comic was that Roy and Durkon referred to the fact that Durkon did heal the Order during the second battle with Miko -- a battle that never took place except in the forums! :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by humanpylon
    *Sigh* Once again I am forced to display my ignorance. What is a "denial of service attack"? Apologies for the buffoonery, what I know about computers can fit under my fingernail.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denial_of_service

    In layman terms, it is pretty much just flooding the web site server with requests for information. Those requests are sent at such high rate of speed that legitimate requests from the legitimate users can't get through.

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    ARGH CLIFFHANGER

    Are we ever actually going to meet this lord Shojo guy or is he going to be drunk or away never to be truly revealed like the monster in the shadows.

    *gasp*

    The monster in the shadows is lord shojo! Rich you sly devil! :o

    Also, Durkon just rocks hard doesn't he!
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    Thanks Fwiffo ;D

    Next question. Where the hell did Miko pull those swords out from in panel 6? Or is that something best left unthought of, like Belkar's ring ;)
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    See, this is exactly the kind of evasive answers that get me in trouble with my girlfriend. However, I'm not fibbing at katana-point.
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    I love Miko so much. Any comic that features Miko is worth waiting 20 minutes for.

    And for anyone who says she's disrespectful... did you see the kind bow she did when addressing Durkon?
    I dunno. Even I'm growing tired with Miko's attitude. Roy & Durkon may have surrendered after the second scrap, but I don't recall anyone else swearing the blood oath to come quietly.
    And this "after brief acquaintance, I trust Durkon for siding against his party, therefore I will believe what he says in defiance of overwhelming likelihood that the opposite is true" thing is just a tad dense.
    Heck, IMO assuming she has no smarts whatsoever is a fairly safe bet!
    No, she is simply under the somewhat bizarre impression that all decent people are her psychological clones. As you can now see, this has worked both for and against the OotS.

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    Hello, my first post and all, so...Hello :D

    Just thought I'd say, this was a good strip today, worth the wait. I can't wait to get back to Belkar and see what carnage he's managed while everyone else has been walking on eggshells in this place

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