251: CD Tray Fight
|CD Tray Fight|
Title text: This is silly, of course. The enemy will be born in the network.
This comic refers to the behavior of a tray loading optical disc drive of a desktop computer. When the tray is opened and the user is reaching for the disc, a process or task on the computer can, at that exact inopportune time, request that the disc drive close its tray. Alternatively, accidentally bumping the open tray may engage the auto-close feature, resulting in the same scenario.
This results in a sort of "tug of war" between the user who is trying to remove the disc and the CD drive trying to retract.
With a reasonable amount of force by the user, most drives will detect the resistance and give up trying to close as a safety feature, ejecting the disc again.
A Robot War is a recurring theme in science fiction where humans develop robots that become self-aware and start a war against humanity. A well known example of this theme is found in the Terminator franchise where, as the title text suggests, a military computer network (Skynet) becomes self-aware and starts a world war to kill all humans. This event is also parodied in 1046: Skynet.
- [Cueball is standing, holding a CD tray which is half-in his computer. There are other CDs on the floor.]
- Cueball: Hey. Hey! Stop retracting my CD!
- I feel uncomfortable when my computer physically struggles with me. Sure, I can overpower it now, but it feels like a few short steps from here to the robot war.