Talk:177: Alice and Bob

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This part: "but everything from the public-key authenticated signatures on the files to the lipstick heart smeared on the disk screamed "Alice." " reminds me of the song Alice by Tom Waits. May or may not be intentional. 18:10, 26 November 2013 (UTC)

The title text refers to comic 153, the first time Randall claimes to be banned from a conference (others to follow, e.g. comics 463 and 541). And I don't consider this comic to have a "twist ending" revealing that it's Eve talking. She says that she is commonly being labelled the attacker in the very first panel. --YMS (talk) 15:37, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

Is Danish's name actually Eve? They seem to look the same, and have the same character. 17:51, 28 January 2014 (UTC)

Would that make Black Hat Bob? And who would be Alice? 02:30, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

None of them because they aren't the same characters! -Pennpenn 00:18, 16 July 2015 (UTC)

In addition to the obvious cryptography naming convention, I thought there was a reference to the 1969 movie classic Bob&Carol&Ted&Alice about infidelity and partners swapping. The climax scene has all 4 climb to bed together with Bob and Alice (married, but not to each other) kissing passionately. The movie inspired a genre of sexual comedies, and to this day, calling out a few of the names with a "&" between is used as a euphemism for "too sexually liberal for their own good." Mountain Hikes (talk) 16:13, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

Isn't she Danish?

She looks very similar to the character called Danish after an enigmatic remark in 515. But here she is called Eve. Shouldn't we rename the character everywhere? 13:39, 12 March 2016 (UTC)

Hmm... the existance of suggests that Black Hat Guy has the same name as his acknowleged inspiration, so does that make them Aram and Eve ;) ? -- 10:07, 8 January 2017 (UTC)

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