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[[Megan]] is frustrated because of people flying drones too close to her. So she builds a system to shoot them down and shows it to [[Cueball]], who clearly is also excited about the idea and helps spot the drones. However, each of the drones gets accidentally destroyed by its own pilot because of their inability to fly the drones.
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[[Megan]] is frustrated because of people flying {{w|Unmanned aerial vehicle|drones}} too close to her. So she builds a system to shoot them down and shows it to [[Cueball]], who clearly is also excited about the idea and helps spot the drones. However, each of the drones gets accidentally destroyed by its own pilot because of their inability to fly the drones.
  
 
After three hours of unsuccessful drone hunting, a frustrated Megan complains about people unable to fly the drones, which prevents her (and Cueball) from having fun shooting them down. The joke is that she originally created the system to get rid of the drones, so the lack of drones should be the desired output - and now she wants the drones nearby (even if only temporarily).
 
After three hours of unsuccessful drone hunting, a frustrated Megan complains about people unable to fly the drones, which prevents her (and Cueball) from having fun shooting them down. The joke is that she originally created the system to get rid of the drones, so the lack of drones should be the desired output - and now she wants the drones nearby (even if only temporarily).

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Drone Problems
On the other hand, as far as they know, my system is working perfectly.
Title text: On the other hand, as far as they know, my system is working perfectly.

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Megan is frustrated because of people flying drones too close to her. So she builds a system to shoot them down and shows it to Cueball, who clearly is also excited about the idea and helps spot the drones. However, each of the drones gets accidentally destroyed by its own pilot because of their inability to fly the drones.

After three hours of unsuccessful drone hunting, a frustrated Megan complains about people unable to fly the drones, which prevents her (and Cueball) from having fun shooting them down. The joke is that she originally created the system to get rid of the drones, so the lack of drones should be the desired output - and now she wants the drones nearby (even if only temporarily).

This comic confirms that Cueball prefers technological air-defense systems to biological measures.

The title text refers to the fact that from an outsider's perspective, the system is keeping all the drones away from the house.

Another possible secondary joke is that the drones were flying near her because the pilots can't fly properly.

Megan had previously suggested that drones flying near Cueball's house (and possibly Cueball's general vicinity) would unexpectedly crash.

Transcript

[Megan is sitting on her knees at the porch in front of a house when Cueball comes walking up. She is using a smartphone which is connected to a dish-antenna pointing into the sky.]
Megan: People in the park keep flying drones near me, so I've built a system to shoot them down.
Cueball: Cool! Oh yeah, there's one now.
Megan: Time for a test!
Megan: Okay, locking on…
Cueball: Wait, it just crashed.
Megan: Damn.
Cueball: Here comes another one! Aim for… nope, it got stuck in a tree.
Caption: Three hours later…
Cueball: Finally, two more just—no, one crashed and the other is hurtling sideways toward the lake.
Megan: Will you people learn to fly these things?!


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Discussion

It will work for this, though. She might finally get some use out of it. Mulan15262 (talk) 04:21, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

I wrote a short little explanation that needs a lot more. Maybe I'll add more after school. LordFlashmeow (talk) 15:56, 5 June 2017 (UTC)LordFlashmeow

There's a much simpler, if less elegant, solution in buying a Mossberg 500. OldCorps (talk) 16:20, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

As I read it, the drones were flying around her, in the first place, because people can't control them properly. I find the comic even funnier, reading this way. (New here. Is the below signature the right way to sign?) <saim> -- Saim (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

No. you type ~~~~ and it gives you something like this: (mine is customized) That's right, Jacky720 just signed this (talk | contribs) 23:22, 5 June 2017 (UTC)
I might be more useful, as I'm also anonymous/lacking an account. :) I like to manually include a nickname, like you did, so I end with " - NiceGuy1 ~~~~", and the bots turn those tildes into garabbing a timestamp and capturing my IP address to use as my real "signature". Yours would then be "<saim> ~~~~" (Please note that to get the tildes to actually appear this time, Jacky and I had to encase them in "nowiki" tags to force the bots to ignore them, for actually signing you would need to not include those tags) - NiceGuy1 108.162.219.64 04:46, 9 June 2017 (UTC) I finally signed up! This comment is mine. NiceGuy1 (talk) 06:31, 13 June 2017 (UTC)

Wasn't there another comic where black hat builds something similar that shoots birds or squirrels or something? I can't find it now —Artyer (talk|ctb) 19:36, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

I think you mean this one 382: Trebuchet, where Megan has a laser canon to shoot squirrels from the bird feeder... ;-) So in that way it fits here, as it is again Megan and Cueball. I'll link it in the description. I found it by looking at the Category:Squirrels. --Kynde (talk) 19:05, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

Maybe Cueball's problems came with him from here? That's right, Jacky720 just signed this (talk | contribs) 23:20, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

Something like the old riddle: Why do elephants paint their toenails red? To hide in cherry trees. Have you ever seen an elephant in a cherry tree? See? It works. 108.162.245.166 04:32, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

Ah, the classic solution in search of a problem. --162.158.222.112 12:34, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

I'm having a geekgasm that I was talking about the concept of an anti-drone turret in the Comment section of the Eagle comic, now here Randall does one, LOL! Synergy! Though I was talking about an automated one, :) Next step. - NiceGuy1 162.158.126.76 04:48, 7 June 2017 (UTC) I finally signed up! This comment is mine. NiceGuy1 (talk) 06:31, 13 June 2017 (UTC)

Missile Defense

I thought this was a parallel to North Korean ICBMs and US anti-missle technology... 108.162.245.226 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I also got the impression that this was an ICBM metaphor. Note the news in recent days: North Korea missile launch Anti-missile Launch--108.162.245.82 22:12, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

I added some text about missile defense (several hours ago). I'm not sure how far to take this, but if the note about "Megan previously had a laser canon to shoot down squirrels in 382: Trebuchet, so this is not the first time she has build a device for shooting annoying things down..." is taken as canonical, then that's another missile defense reference, this time to the now-cancelled Airborne laser project that, err, never got off the ground. JohnHawkinson (talk) 11:34, 7 June 2017 (UTC)