Talk:1630: Quadcopter

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Despite the obvious nature documentary joke, could this maybe also be making fun of people's fear that robots will take over the world someday soon? And in the same tone of voice try to convince them that technological development is natural and is nothing to be afraid of?Bon (talk) 06:27, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

This seems to be at least a partial reference to a scene in Harry Potter where they learn to ride broomsticks for the first time. Mlake (talk) 07:11, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

I cannot see the connections at all... --Kynde (talk) 21:12, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

Would it not make more sense if birds carried him away? 10:53, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

That's the joke. -Pennpenn 01:53, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

Is it really about the robots becoming sentient, or is it the idea that the government doesn't want him teaching this class and sent the drones to take him away? Schiffy (Speak to me|What I've done) 13:26, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

Are quadcopters used as camera mounts in filming nature documentaries? This is the angle I first took on reading this comic. 13:30, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

They are used to filming the lava lake in 1608. This is references above. So probably also wild life --Kynde (talk) 21:12, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

It seems to me that this is a pun on the term Predator drone. Predator drones are not quadcopters but both are commonly referred to simply as "drone". In this case it seems that cue ball has fallen prey to a predator and the group is looking at it similarly to watching a cat kill a squirrel. 13:38, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

Great. Now added in a more clear way to the comic explanation than when I read it before. --Kynde (talk) 21:12, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

The explanation now sounds as if it would be better idea to just make all predators extinct just to save the poor prey. Letting nature take it's course IS the correct behavior. No matter how cute you think rabbits are, anyone from Australia can confirm that it's better if there IS some predator killing them and prevent overpopulation. The humans ARE overpopulated and any action they do is making the effect of that overpopulation worse: by creating areas where humans don't act, we may be able to preserve nature not harmed by the overpopulation, as opposed to behaving same everywhere, killing all predators and then kill and consume all prey and then go extinct because there will be nothing more to eat. -- Hkmaly (talk) 16:09, 16 January 2016 (UTC)

No it is not that. Most of the time you are not watching when a predator attacks, or a pup is left behind by it's mother to die from thirst. And you should not seek out this to change it. But if you are there in the nature and sees it... Maybe then you should!? I stongly belive this is what Randall hints at especially in the title text --Kynde (talk) 11:36, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

"...grab a human being and fly off with him, just like a pack of wolves..." o_O -- 20:46, 17 January 2016 (UTC)

True have amended the wording. --Kynde (talk) 11:36, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

Ponytail could be making a pun. "No. It's cruel, but we have to let nature take it's course." Cueball was teaching quadcopter flying school, so the drones could have carried him off for a course. -- 00:05, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

You should add that to the explanation. Mikemk (talk) 05:41, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

Someone keeps posting that it is the Cueball student that controls the drones! It is a completely farfetched idea that he could do so with one remote (which by the way is of course for the qadcopter behind the teacher, who has given it to the student to try it out). He should then control three others copters in unison in a very very complicated maneuver while holding it down and looking anywhere but at the drones when they enter the image! Stop it! It has already been deleted once before me doing it now. So please stop reposting that idea! --Kynde (talk) 11:41, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

These are all interesting theories, but I think what Randall is referring to is the way eagles teach their young to fly: by taking them up to a great height, and then dropping them. This might seem cruel, but we stand back and let nature take its course. The joke is that, at quadcopter flying school, Cueball is the one being taught to fly. Unlike the eagles, it seems unlikely that Cueball will either learn to fly, or that the quadcopters will catch him when he gets too close to the ground. -- Aquarello7 (talk) 15:02, 19 January 2016 (UTC)

It's possible that the Cueball that was abducted by drones is the same in the Right Click downloadable image, as a Cueball is being held up by three drones (unattached/broke free from one). I don't know how to properly do hyperlinks, but I wanted to bring it up anyway. ChessCake (talk) 18:51, 6 December 2018 (UTC)