Freefall 2421 - 2430 (D)
Freefall 2421

Sam figures it out

You've got your fun happening here. I'm going to see how Florence is doing.
Talk to the police chief. He said something about her not showing up at the compound.
She escaped? Ha! I knew she had the potential to be a great criminal!
She's not a crim… Nuts! If I'm successful, she is going to be a criminal.
Quit hogging all the credit. You may legally make her a criminal, but I'm the one who trained her and did all the hard work.

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Actually, the complex was mentioned by Mr. Rybert on p. Freefall 2368, and Max Post heard it. I must have forgotten.. (KALDYH)
If you pull in Freefall 2366, the boss will do just fine. (plBots)

Freefall 2422

Sam figures it out

This world is for humans, not machines.
Wasn't the plan for Florence to stay with the police?
Helix, if everything goes according to plan, the plan has been compromised.
This is why we've been working with her. Giving her the tools and skills she needs for when things go south.
She has learned how to deal with people like us.
Unlike our local jail warden. Did you know every time the police threaten to arrest me, he bursts into tears?

Color by George Peterson

An obvious reference to the HAL9000 (2001 Space Odyssey)
On the distrust of a plan without failure -referring to one of the corollaries Murphy's Law

Freefall 2423

Sam figures it out

Hey, Chief! I'm looking for my engineer. Is this where she got away from you?
She did not escape. She was taken from us by a robot working for Mr. Kornada.
Did you wish to assist us in finding her?
Me? Work with the police? Erk! Aiegg! Gahh!
Sam's tested my sanity enough times. My turn to test his.

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Freefall 2424

Sam figures it out

I can't work with the police. I have my reputation to think of!
Ah, yes. About that. Things are getting restless. The mayor might declare a state of emergency.
If that happens, I'll see to it that you're issued a full pardon! You'll be absolved of all your crimes! When others of your race encounter humanity and see your records, you'll look like a model citizen!
Chief, I accept your offer of blackmail.
After only one threat? You really must want your engineer back.

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Freefall 2425

Sam figures it out

Ms. Ambrose was taken by a robot named Clippy. Clippy is being redacted by a high level security program.
He's effectively invisible to electronic systems. This goes all the way down to individual robots not being able to see him.
Is this a snipe hunt? I love snipe hunts!
It's not a snipe hunt! And for your information, a snipe is not “anything valuable I can fit into my mouth!”

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Speaking of robot cameras  -there are 4 and it's colors ))) turned 90 degrees)) Or am I already glitching?)(Durable)
It does not seem to glitch. The spatial color gamut is Cyan-Yellow-Green-Red, the color gamut is somewhat narrower than RGB, but the sensitivity is higher, and the spatial gamut, with all its disadvantages like poor resolution, allows you to use the simplest black and white photodetectors. I suspect it's a very early robot, albeit poorly equipped, but the most intellectually advanced. (KALDYH)
“Snipe Hunt  -the national American prank (KALDYH)

Freefall 2426

Sam figures it out

While we could not track Clippy, we were able to track Ms. Ambrose and the car to the airport.
Shortly thereafter, a plane left the airport and several hours later, arrived at a compound near the south pole.
There was no one on board when it landed.
First they lose luggage, now they lose people. It's getting to where I don't want to fly commercial any more.

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Rather, it's about business aviation

Freefall 2427

Sam figures it out

Did the car try to evade surveillance, or did it go straight to the airport?
Straight to the airport.
Then the plane went straight to the south pole compound. No attempt at concealment. Are you sure they got on the plane?
Ms. Ambrose has a veterinary RFID chip. We were able to track it from the car to the plane.
They're at the south pole compound.
I wanted to know if you would come to the same conclusion. Unfortunately, that means I must come to other unpleasant conclusions.

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I wonder what conclusions the chief of police drew? That the people [at the base] lied to him? The comic book forum doesn't provide an answer. (KALDYH)
The same conclusions I drew. From which, in turn, follows the unpleasant conclusion that he and Sam think alike. (AulorePainskin)
The guardian of order is forced to think like a criminal, otherwise he cannot understand it, and therefore cannot predict it. The Lubyanka workers first came to this dialectical thought in about 1923 (Robot Spike)

Freefall 2428

Sam figures it out

There are people I need to talk to. Sam, thank you for your input. Most of my fellow police are robots and do not yet understand subterfuge and misdirection.
You commit crimes because of the challenge. You should come work for me. Catching a criminal is much more challenging than committing a crime.
I'm going to pass on that.
Helix, we live among humans. I like humans. But they have really, really weird ideas on how a good life should be lived.

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Freefall 2429

Sam figures it out

We need to check out this secret compound the Chief showed us.
So we are working for the police, just without pay and stuff.
[!1.2]Helix, humans are dirty, rotten, devious underhanded, sneaks!
When our species officially makes contact, we're going to get along great!

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Freefall 2430

Sam figures it out

Here are some good pictures of the compound. Let's see how we can get in.
They've got a missile launcher.
Auto turret.
No problem.
No problem.
No problem.
Average temperature is forty degrees below zero.
Okay, that's a problem.

Color by George Peterson

The Celsius and Faringheit scales intersect at -40°C = -40°F

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