‘Not A Villain’ Webcomic – Page 110

 

It's too bad no one's watching Kleya's reaction...

 

Random info: Though the Germany City didn't survive the Ending, the remains of it still give some protection and most of its ex-citizens (now considered as Outsiders) continue to survive there.

 

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Seros Senric

I for one am not surprised that the official anti-hacking system was created by Kleya. (Although I do wonder if she put in any backdoors when she made it)

Fire Hazard

I thought that it was Kat’s personal system, which Beard was taking credit for. But you make sense, IF Kleya used to work for TENka. Which is possible, and would explain a lot.

Vinre

Definitely made my day slightly better, esp that vote incentive lol. If my credit card hadn’t been stolen I’d definitely buy one of those shirts. Though, I think I missed something on one of them…
Yay Comic!

Guest D

PHEW! So they didn’t get Kleya… That’s good to know. ^^ At least we know who the hacker is now. So that means… KLEYA IS SAFE!! XD XD XD

… For now anyway. :\

CaptainWhamo

Maybe I missed something, but I’m pretty sure it hasn’t been explained yet.

How exactly did the world end?

Navert

It hasn’t been explained yet. Apparently it was horrific enough to cause massive instability in the planet. And apparently, either hackers were part of the cause of it (which I highly doubt) or because the world has become extremely dependant on hardware/software, they’ve gained a lot of power and some have used it in very nefarious actions. That in turn has caused a witch hunt and general population anti-hackerism.

Karadan

I think the ‘he could take over a city’ comment is most enlightening in that regard. While likely at least partially a case of exaggeration in the face of fear, it likely points to how automated and reliant on technology a city is.

Tim C
The following is a guesswork: Humankind continues polluting for another 30-40 years. We find a few more oil deposits to keep our dependence on fossil fuels sated, or we convert to liquid coal (which is even worse) or nuclear (which would be better if we could count on nothing ever going wrong). Maybe something even more damaging to the environment that we haven’t even found yet. It starts to become clear that we’re going to destroy our own atmosphere, so we create massive life-support systems (maybe even dome cities) for all the major population centers, along with making smaller ones… Read more »
Elizabeth
Whatever happened (“The Ending”), the blobs on the previous page were speculating about solar flares and earthquakes, and I’m not seeing either of those as being related to fossil fuel use. (Or hacking.) A solar flare could easily damage the atmosphere, which might then fluctuate for some time, and might also cause earthquakes (if substantial parts of the crust were melted, a lot of fault lines would become very unstable). There was apparently enough advance warning to build the Cities (or they were built for other reasons, e.g. your fossil fuel hypothesis), and not all Cities survived The Ending, e.g.… Read more »
Fleur

Yay! Now TENka says that it was THEIR anti-hacking system.
Ahhh I want to hurt them sooo badly 😀
Kleya, add some money to your account, make biiiig explosion or sth 😀

exciting~ ?(´?`)?(´??)?(`?´)?

Galbani

The vote incentive makes me snicker.

It’s also quite nice to know what D is. This also means that Kleya has worked with TENka in the past.

This Deconstruct Me group also sounds like they’ll be a handful for Kleya sooner or later.

Karadan

Well, she didn’t necessarily work with them. It’s possible they stole it from her in some other way.

I do agree about the hacker group though. Also possible that they’ve already been a handful for her in the past.

Dusk

Plain as Danni may look, I find it hard to think that she’d manage to lose a popular vote to Superbug there.

Josh

For the first time in reading this, I ‘m confused – who is superbug? Does he mean that bandit is a hacker? Is it kleya or the tenka guy saying “my system”? The layout of the comic means I don’t follow what’s happening. I thought danni was fighting bandit with kleya? Or was she in a different trial?

HalfTangible

-Superbug is (presumably) Danni’s opponent.

-Kleya is THINKING ‘My system’. See how the bubble changes?

-Danni was in a different battle, as evidenced by the fact that they were on different sides of the brackets and each fight is 1v1.

Navert

Back in page 104, it shows that Danni is up against “SuperBug” and Kleya is against Bandit. Each fight is just 1-on-1.

The Bandit is not the hacker. Superbug is a completely different person who first appeared now (though his name was first shown in 104).

That was Kleya saying “my system”. Apparently, “D” is TENka’s anti-hacking system that Kleya either programmed, took over, or taught (since it is an AI).

If you see the rectangles with rounded corners that means it is Kleya’s internal thoughts. That might help in determining who is saying what.

Alex

I had assumed that D is Kleya’s personal system and has nothing to do with TENka, but TENka is taking credit for what happened.

ThunderGodSlice

It says on D’s character page entry that he operates with Kleya behind the scenes and interacts with her quite a bit. That makes me more inclined to believe he’s a personal system she designed that TENka is ripping off the credit for.

HalfTangible

The fact that the cities are named after countries seems like a pretty interesting bit of info… Perhaps before the Ending entire cities were the size of countries? Or perhaps AFTER the ending cities that were still habitable were just that rare?

SweetSylvia
Interesting. So Kleya designed TENka’s anti-hacking system? I KNEW there was a reason TENka was out for her head on a platter! She would know the system back and forth if she made it- she’s a threat to them, and if she were to sell the information on how to beat it to someone it could very well destroy TENka and L,i.F.e. Obviously they can’t risk letting her walk around free. My guess is TENka tried to put her on ice so she faked her death to get away. It would explain why “she was supposed to be dead” as… Read more »
Tim C
Somehow, TENka still doesn’t strike me as quite “evil” enough to want to kill one of their best engineers just because she knows how their system works. Someone has to to keep the system up-to-date, which means that someone in the company has to know how it works in order to keep it relevant – otherwise, cyberterrorist groups would just learn its weaknesses and work around them. Killing off your best employees is a waste of human resources. I think Kleya is probably responsible for her own situation. She probably “went rogue” and started making a lot of trouble without… Read more »
Navert
There is the possibility that Kleya never worked for TENka. She could have worked for a rival corporation that was bought by TENka for the technology and fired all the personnel (happens today). “D” would have been something she built there that was carried over to TENka. She might have gone a little rouge with her firing and performed some “evil” hacks on TENka which makes them want to find her. And I bet that there’s code in the TENka system that no one has touched since Kleya inserted it. On very large code projects, there’s pieces that no one… Read more »
Elizabeth
Kleya might have worked for TENka, and might have disagreed with their policies in a major way. They seem to want to exert a lot of control over everyone, and I have the feeling she would object to that. I doubt very much that TENka tried to kill her, but they would have tried to keep her contained and controlled, and she wouldn’t react well to that, either. She probably hacked to escape from TENka’s physical custody and to hide her online identity. But wherever she is, she doesn’t seem to be worried about air and food. She says no… Read more »
Artificer-Urza
Interesting that the hack would also attack Kleya. Was it because they are partners (linked accounts?) or was it attacking her because she was activating her special? Also an interesting reaction about the hacker. Kill him? While I agree that cyber-crime should be punishable, the punishment should fit the crime. What is a hacker capable of that they would garner murderous hatred (or is life so under valued now that the first reaction to any crime is to demand their death?)? They could kill life-support in certain areas if the system is on an open network (not smart design). Identity… Read more »
Karadan
The hacker never did anything to Kleya. Only thing that happened was that Kleya knew her partner was being attacked, likely because she knows way more about the game world than a person is supposed to know (like viewing stats from her last fight with bandit isn’t normal). As for killing a hacker, there have been many indications that hackers are a -serious- threat. Think about how much technology we have now, then add a century or so, and consider what it could do. My guess is that hackers (particularly this ‘deconstruct me’ group) in the past have caused some… Read more »
Artificer-Urza
Page 107, Kleya states “Huh? Someone’s hacking? Attacking me?” Further more, if she wasn’t being attacked, why did she get an alert of the attempt? There was nothing to indicate she was actively keeping an eye on Danni’s fight until the hacking attempt caught her attention and she went looking for its source. As for this hacker group, all we have so far is tenka’s word they exist (I think I saw that logo in their “hacker’s will be prosecuted” signsm I could be mistaken.). What they are in reality is unknown. They could be a myth, created by tenka… Read more »
Navert

Someone was hacking her special that she gave to Danni. She probably has common code that she puts in all her specials to alert her about hack attempts. So, when Superbug attacked Danni’s special, the special sent out the alerts and Kleya heard them and first thought it was an attack on her until she figured out where it was coming from. Superbug was just an unlucky hacker that attacked a special that had too many alerts in it to trigger D.

Navert
I could see us getting to the point where a hacker could commit a crime that is worthy of the death penalty or imprisonment for life. Just look at what happened with the Stuxnet virus. It looks to be specifically targeted towards machines that enrich uranium. It modified the machines so that instead of enriching uranium, they failed. Now, think of how dams, airplanes, boats, nuclear reactors, etc are all controlled by computers. Most of them are not connected to the outside network, but many times you’ll have an employee who messes up and brings in a USB drive or… Read more »
Artificer-Urza

I can imagine quite a bit. I can imagine the entire world being destroyed because someone forgot a semi-colon in their code (C++ was always nitpicky like that). There is a saying “To err is human, but to really screw up you need a computer”. They don’t even need a hacker related incident; all they need is an incident they can blame on hackers. Humans are prone to making the wildest jumps in thought and logic from the tiniest scraps of information.

Navert

Not semi-colon mistakes. The compiler catches that way to easily. Maybe a = vs == mistake would be more liable to destroy the world 🙂

And I do agree that all they need is the media to blame it on a hacker and you’ll probably have this same scenario.

Osaaru

Ohh~~!! The suspense!!!!!

Tim C

The female pronoun from the crowd “Kill her!” is interesting. I guess whatever Kleya did before was extreme enough to change the popular conception of “Hacker” to be a female.

It seems both groups were right about D. I was sure it was her AI, because it looked like she was pointing when she said “Let D handle it,” but others thought it was TENka’s. I suppose its “avatar” looked too good to be Kleya’s work. 😛

Whoever it was that suggested several pages ago that Kleya probably was previously a member of TENka and since quit has just been confirmed.

HalfTangible

There’s also cries of ‘get him’. So i doubt it.

Celtia
I have to agree, and was going to point that out if no-one else already had (as it has). Like another reply states, there were also cries of “Get Him”…but even so, in OUR world (in almost any culture), once a crime has been commited, the vast, vast majority of people assume masculine. When you ask someone to picture a thief, a bank robber, a con man or a car thief, the first thing nearly everybody would think of is a male of some description. So…either this is an intentional setting development by the author (in which female figures in… Read more »
meh

lol, Superbug. Reminds me of one of those bug catchers from pokemon for some reason. XD

Kit

I may not like hackers but I don’t think they should be killed. They must really be hated in this world.

Tzivya

I just want to say I love the vote incentives. Love them to death. The way you have an ongoing storyline in them is like I am reading two almost entirely different comics with the same art!

I am lazy about clicking to vote on comics. Wallpapers and such don’t do much or me. But you have hit the way to get me to click, because if I don’t, I miss the story!

I love this comic. Both of it!

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