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19 April 2006 @ 09:43 am
Random post, just to post something  
There's a comic I read periodically called Schlock Mercenary. It's an odd combination of hard sci-fi (like, he explains how a lot of the tech works) with day-to-day in-the-trenches soldiering in a far future mercenary company. Some of his little side notes are hilarious.

In today's strip, there was a robot/AI character named 5er0 (that last is a zero). His note on this:

Some of you may be mentally pronouncing "5er0" as "Sero" or "Zero." That is incorrect. The A.I.'s name is pronounced "Vernon." See, the "5" is converted to the roman numeral "V," and the "0" (zero) is converted to the synonym "none," which is phonetically reduced to "non." This scheme for creating names that are difficult to verbally decode is common with some artificial intelligences. 5er0 has a co-worker named Ga6n, and friends named 10a6er, A50ger0, 1000a100ey, 6100tor, A5050en, 10001100hae50, and 500a6500.

While it may be a lot of things, this particular naming trend is clearly neither a compression nor a disambiguation algorithm, as both 10001100hae50 and his batch-sister 10001100he5050e can attest.


A cheat code to the names he mentions: Gavin, Xavier, Algernon(e), Macey, Victor, Allen, Michael (the 1 is an 'I') and David. The last two are Michael (again) and Michelle.
 
 
 
lauraxeyda on April 19th, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, the fun to be had with this!
The Water Seeker: christineplymouth on April 19th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
from now on I shall be known as p50y1000outh!

ok maybe not :)
(Anonymous) on April 20th, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)
psoy-mouth
fan_boyfan_boy on April 19th, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
Dood! You read Schlock!?!!! Keeeeeen!

I preordered the book about two weeks back, and I've been re-reading the archives since then. I was fencesitting on the idea of posting something he said back in 2001. Now I simply must.

*wavewavewave* Hi, by the way!
Noahangelbob on April 19th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
*grin*

Heya! Yeah, been reading Shlock for a few years now. I read way too many webcomics. Schlock's definitely one of the best.
msde on April 19th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
You suck, this isn't the first time I've gotten distracted in some webcomic archive because of you.
Noahangelbob on April 19th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
*grin*

I already pointed you at Something Positive, right?

*duck*
Howard Taylerhowardtayler on April 20th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
My apologies.

Your soul is now mine.

--Howard

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Noahangelbob on April 20th, 2006 09:28 am (UTC)
*grin*

Y'know, it rocks that we live in a modern age where I can post something like this and have you actually show up and reply.

Since I don't think I've ever mentioned to you, your comic is really excellent. Just sayin'.
Howard Taylerhowardtayler on April 20th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
As if the current system isn't evil enough, somebody pointed out that the string "pi" could be replaced with "3.14"

Then it occurred to me that "e" could be replaced with "2.71"

"Vernon" becomes "52.71r0"

"Michelle" becomes 10001100h2.7150502.71

It's now almost completely unreadable, which explains why A.I.s would be playing that game with their names.
Hillary: Sillycoyotegrrrl on April 21st, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
hehehehehehehehehehehehehe. We are so geeky. Thanks for posting the cheats - I gave up after Allen (cuz my roman numeral conversion sucks for anything about X).