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    Foreign Computer Language 101

    Post by K.A.R.R. on Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:17 pm

    Time: Noonish
    Date: November 27, 0006

    Today was the day, after weeks of managing to come up empty handed, near misses between each other in the sanctuary, and a near failure of exchanging communication information... KARR had finally caught Livewire in the Sanctuary. A feat that should not have been as challenging as it was, given the Cybertronian visited regularly. All the same, the meeting place was not always in scanner range. Though tracking her down was nothing short of simple, given she and the medic were the only ones of their kind that existed upon this planet.

    ...Even more so, when he considered the fact that Livewire had been created through unnatural means upon earth, While Knockout had been created and raised on Cybertron. It was like locating a massive boulder in the middle of a completely flat, empty field. One that was made of Cybertronian metals and contained a very odd, very strong energy signature in the center of it to boot. He put the idle contemplation away, the AI's processors turning to focus more on the seemingly endless rows of book shelves as he pushed aside the Library's front doors. His massive chassis bowed as it ducked down into the doorway, angling his shoulders to fit through properly.

    Of all that he had designed his secondary body for, it still had some small problems fitting in through doors. It made him consider if perhaps a redesign was in order, but for the moment, it did what he needed of it. He could walk inside buildings without tearing down a wall, pick up and manipulate nearly any object of his choosing, and overall interact with the populace better than he could if he were still housed within the Trans-Am. Standing at close to nine feet in height, he towered over many of the library's patrons, which tended to have the sense to move out of his way.

    thunk!

    Usually. There were always some fools who did not pay attention to where they were walking and ended up knocking into KARR's hard armor plating. Books clattered in a disheveled heap, surprised yelps were exclaimed, and of course human bodies bounced off of him and onto the carpeted floor. Their indignation was paid little mind as he waded forward and beyond the shuffling of patrons as they went about their business of checking out and returning books. His glowing amber optics glanced about, scanning each of the shelves he walked past. Not so much to identify them, but to see if they held anything new since his last visit. Two of them, situated to the forefront of his head plating, did not dart about from shelf to shelf however. Focused straight ahead, they only momentarily glanced at a passerby while he continued his trek onward.

    Clomp, clomp, clomp...

    Far, far back... Past the children's section and the earthen fictional literature, down to the assorted, chronologically categorized tomes of science throughout the years -again, from earth- until he found the mathematics section of the library. Here, despite how mathematics was the basis of all things within most universes, and therein important to understanding them, the row was completely empty of patrons.

    Not that KARR minded, it meant that their meeting and his tutelage will be all the more uninterrupted by someone browsing the numerous books of varying levels of calculus. With that, it also meant there were plenty of seats to choose from. His optics scanned the numerous seats and desks, finding many of them to be... insufficient for his larger frame. Inferior building materials, poor structure, or simply were built too small for him, he looked elsewhere for someplace to wait for Livewire to meet with him.

    Not that he expressly needed to sit, but it was a habit he was taking on more and more with his visits to the Sanctuary. It was something that the people of this place just tended to do, no matter if they needed to or not.

    Near the middle of the row, he found something more promising than the simple desk chairs that the library provided. A large, plush looking armchair that his scanners measured to be a good fit for his size. Not perfect by any means, but good enough that he would not need to stand awkwardly while he waited for Livewire to come and meet him. his heavy feet thumped against the plush carpeting as he approached, optics constricting and dilating as he gave the chair a once over before effortlessly plucking it up with one large plated hand. Despite its size, he carried it over to a nearby desk, pushing the other chairs aside with a light swat of his palm, and set it down for him to sit.

    There was a creak, and the chair sagged slightly as he rested his weight within it. If anyone were to come across him, his chassis would have looked to dwarf the seat some, but not too much to be comical. Though he had to admit, the arm rests seemed to fit a little too snug against his waist plating... But only a little. Now properly situated, the towering automaton saw fit to stay still and occupy his processors with a few files he had downloaded from the library database while he waited for the femme to arrive.

    Hm, Pool's Closed: Theories Regarding Operational Mechanics Beyond the Grave sounded like a good read...
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    Re: Foreign Computer Language 101

    Post by Livewire on Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:09 pm

    It certainly had taken a while for the two to meet up. Taking into consideration the fact that they were both inorganic, both wandered, and at least one of them had a relatively constant schedule it really was a silly set of circumstances that led to so many failures to come together.

    But, such silly coincidences were not what Livewire was here to focus on. Instead, Livewire was tucked away in another corner of the library. She had been there…most of the day, and most of the night before. Thankfully the little yellow child was a common sight in the biological textbook section of the library. It didn’t take up nearly as much space as the cybertronian wished, but that was taking into account that Livewire would have preferred an entire library dedicated purely to the sciences.

    Not that she didn’t appreciate the arts, oh no!  The child simply wished that everything was in one place and she needn’t walk twenty minutes to get from one subject to another.  She figured that having a little science library would help when her curiosity pushed her to switch subjects on a dime, from one science to the next, in her poorly-structured attempts to et the full picture.  She did try very hard, but the lack of a structured education had left Livewire scrambling for how to put together an approach to gaining knowledge.

    Most of her method now consisted of just going around and reading about what interested her, then dropping that when she found something she didn’t understand to go and learn about that mentioned something.  The child hoped, dearly, that she wouldn’t be so scatter-brained when teaching K.A.R.R. as much of her species’ language as she could.

    Speaking of…

    ”Where’d it go, where’d it go?!” Oh, deary. Silly Livewire, the lesson hadn’t even begun and she was already fumbling it up.  The child, leaned over a small, child-sized data pad, frantically flicked through the files that she thought she had uploaded to them before. Apparently she hadn’t, from what the data pad was telling her.

    Pictures of cats? Check.

    Potential recpies to try this Sunday (with reviews as to what should be changed, since she couldn’t rightfully tell), check.

    Examples of cybertronian text?  Images of how different regions with different dialects started to even develop different writing styles?

    No where to be found.

    ”Oh, come ON!”  Of course, it wasn’t a huge deal. She could easily re-create the first, and try to share memories of the second.   It would…maybe work?  It would work fine, but Livewire couldn’t help but feel that swell of disappointment in her mind. She was, of course, excited about this. Not much time was spent with the other cybernetic being (other than Marvin) Ridley doesn’t count here that wasn’t a cybertronian, and here she was about to teach him.

    The subject was even something that Livewire had a good deal of…”experience” in.  Knowledge of Cybertron hadn’t honestly been that much of interest to Livewire after her first year of life. Why waste time learning about a culture she would never know, who’s members seemed to oust her simply because she wasn’t what she should have been.

    But that wasn’t what she needed to be thinking about. Instead, Livewire was sighing in frustration (not an actual sigh, of course. The gesture was simply familiar now) and gathered up her data pad, paper pad, and two pens. It was time to meet with K.A.R.R., no matter how unprepared she felt.

    A few minutes later, and her sensors were sweeping the aisles as she sought out her learning-buddy. Knowledge-friend. Were they friends? Not yet. Maybe later, but…eh. Learning-buddy was fine for now, she thought.  It worked.  Ah…there we go.

    The child turned down the aisle for the mathematics area. Two yellow, metal feet clicked across the floor quickly as her optics scanned, scanned, scan-found.

    ”Hello!” The cybertronian smiled and approached. The butterflies (no stomach no butterflies, such a WEIRD PHRASE) had apparently dissolved (silly phrase) as Livewire could once again feel enthusiasm about the upcoming lesson. It wasn’t often that she was the one teaching, and she hoped that the robot would find it at least somewhat interesting to learn.
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    Re: Foreign Computer Language 101

    Post by K.A.R.R. on Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:27 pm

    The one thing that managed to happen consistently when using an inferior chassis, KARR was beginning to find, had been the appearance of blind-spots in his surveillance mode. His former max-range of two miles was significantly deduced, which left the AI having to adapt to using other functions to know if someone was coming from afar. Of them all, his audio receptors were by far the most reliable.

    Something metallic rhythmically was making its way down the hall, the echo that the library’s spacious quarters held alerting him to someone approaching several shelves down. His processors deduced that whoever was making them was quite small, there was not much space between each step. They were also quite light, as the sound was quiet even as it grew closer. Out of habit, KARR activated his scanning features once his mystery guest was in range.

    Four feet and five inches tall, plated in yellow Cybertronian armor and dressed in comfortable, loose clothing; this information was enough to deduce who was making their way towards him.

    The data file he was studying initially had been replaced thrice since he had sat down, his latest curiosity being a digital computer coding magazine he had taken the time to subscribe to recently. KARR was finishing up one of the articles within when Livewire’s head ducked in around the corner of the bookshelf. Immediately the page he was reading was book-marked and the data file was placed back among the plethora of neatly organized folders in his databank.

    ”Good afternoon, Livewire.” KARR greeted, the optics upon his head plating focused upon her. A pad of paper and a set of pens was held firmly in her arms, along with a device that served to be an oddity within the AI’s processor. The two front-most optics upon the smooth panel of composite armor that served as his face dilated and constricted as he focused upon it, taking a quick scan.

    Interesting, it appeared to be a hand-held computer.

    In the scant milliseconds it took for KARR to identify the device in his processors, he returned his attention to his tutor for the day. ”I see you came prepared. Where shall we be starting for today’s lesson?” When it came to human languages and dialects, the phonetics were the best place to begin. Given Livewire’s race was far from anything human or remotely organic, it made him wonder if they had a different starting place.
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    Re: Foreign Computer Language 101

    Post by Livewire on Sat Feb 20, 2016 1:18 pm

    Livewire herself was quite used to blind spots. For her, though, it was because she never got much into the practice of using them. Even though her previous foster parent had built her body with all of the necessary and typical tools of a cybertronian form most of them went unused. She just hadn’t been raised in a culture where she felt the need to employ more than the typical sight, hearing, sensation, and analysis tools. She barely even used her scanners much except for when she felt unsafe.

    The robotic child’s mouth stretched into a smile as she carried herself over to where K.A.R.R. had taken his place. She liked how proper he acted, at least she though it was proper. ”Good afternoon, K.A.R.R.!”  

    Now, as for what they would be going over?  ”Today I plan on going over the basics on how cybertronians communicate, and then if you have time we can continue on to learning a few phrases and structures.”  She was excited, quite excited. Still nervous, absolutely, but the excitement was there all the same. It had been a few years after coming to the Breach that Livewire even came across the notion that languages had to be learned. She had woken up already knowing how to speak a dialect of Cybertronain and English, and then when she came here everything was pre-translated into Common. Now, though, she could use this to teach someone else about where she came from.

    After she had to learn about all of it on her own.

    She neatened the drawing supplies and data pad in her hands before looking around at where they were. Really any place in the library would do for their lesson as long as it was quite and they had at least enough room on a flat surface to set out a few pages of paper. ”Would you like to stay here for the lesson?  We could also move to one of the reading areas with more tables, if you’d prefer.”  She was the one leading the lesson, yes, but as far as the child could tell K.A.R.R. was the one with the limited motion here. Livewire would be comfortable pretty much anywhere, so she would leave it up to her guest.
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    Re: Foreign Computer Language 101

    Post by K.A.R.R. on Sat Feb 20, 2016 7:32 pm

    Today they would be learning the basics, said the cybertronian. Much like any subject they all had to start at their simple beginnings and then they could move onto the more complicated teachings. Although the AI could not help but find it amusing that Livewire thought they would be spending so long here that they may not have time to cover everything. As he was wont to be, KARR thought himself a quick study when it came to any and all topics.

    "We do not need to worry about time, Livewire." KARR assured, "You may teach at your leisure. I have nothing planned for today." Or for most of the days after this one. When one was assured that they had all they needed, it left plenty of time to whatever he wished. Observing the young Cybertronian, it looked like she was quite excited for today's lesson, perhaps even a little nervous. Perhaps it was merely her nature, but since the AI had not heard Cybertronian spoken anywhere that he traveled within the city and the only members of her race were herself and Knockout... Likely it was rare that they ever had to teach their language to anyone.

    His optics glanced about, giving the tall robot an awkward, unfocused 'expression' as they looked in different directions at once. Save for the two frontal optics that remained fixed upon the bright yellow femme. Around them were a few desks with lamps for doing work, and beyond that flanked by tall shelves of math books. "We can stay here, If we need more desk space I can push the tables together." KARR replied, armored digits tapping idly upon the arm of the chair he was sitting in. His optics refocused in full upon the cybertronian, and decided to break the ice beyond the formalities of teacher and student.

    "Is this your first time teaching?" He asked curiously.
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    Re: Foreign Computer Language 101

    Post by Livewire on Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:05 pm

    To be fair, Livewire didn't know if she even could cover everything. How does one go about teaching a language?  She only briefly looked at a book that she thought was to translate English to French, and it seemed to start out with object recognition. "That's an apple, here's my house, I am me, you are you, they are them," so on and so forth. There weren't any cybertronian apples that she knew of.  She didn't know about cybertronian homes.  Names?  Cybertronian names didn't make any sense at all.  She could read and speak the language, even understand it, but she hadn't earned that understanding herself. Instead, Livewire had been born with it.

    She nodded with a smile at the lack of a time constraint. Until the afternoon, then! She didn't want to spend all night here, not when she had animals to go snuggle. The animal snuggling must never, ever be neglected.  Not even to hang out with cool robots.   Even though this particular robot was exceptionally cool.

    The child glanced at the tables again with a thoughtful hum. Maybe once they got into characters and written symbols they would move over there. For now, though, this was fine. Not having paper laid out in front of her would help the child keep focused on the task at hand rather than let her mind drift to potential doodlings she could create. "Here should be just fine for now! If we need it, we can make it." She nodded and tapped the data pad in her hand with her fingertips in a distracted, rhythmic pattern.

    His comment earned wide-eyed optics that were followed with a small laugh. "It is!  I'm nervous, but also excited. I think it'll be fun! I just didn't realize how much there was to go over until I did more research on it for this."  Preparing for the lesson (even if the progress was moot at this point) had given Livewire a drive to do more research into her species. There were so many languages just within them, nearly a different one for each city! Don't even get her STARTED on how complicated Vosian could be! Seekers might as well not even be cybertronian at that point.

    "Well, a cool think about the basics of Cybertronian language is that it's really hard for anyone not Cybertronian to speak it. A lot of the spoken language isn't just limited to sounds.  There's also minor manipulation of E-M fields to add context to communications.  On top of that, different meanings can be communicated along different frequencies and combined for a layered meaning. We can say a lot to each other relatively quickly! It's pretty cool!"

    Not that she really had anyone to speak it with. Even Starscream chose to speak Common most of the time.
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    Re: Foreign Computer Language 101

    Post by K.A.R.R. on Sat Mar 19, 2016 3:06 pm

    Alas, dear Livewire, tis why computers learned through digital osmosis! However, teaching was far different from downloading a data packet and installing the information to the proper file locations. Granted the massive difference between the two mechanical beings, teaching was likely the only way to learn the Cybtertronian language to begin with. Human programming languages and encryptions took enough time to decipher, a language from another planet would be impossible without a proper translating key.

    The chairs would be fine for now, and the desks would be used as needed. Well enough, as most languages started off with vocal cues instead of writing from what he could tell. Human children tended to mimic their parents and what they spoke when starting out, the same could be applied to a person learning a new language. KARR's plated head gave a short, rigid nod; mimicking the action he had seen performed by The Spine and Knockout. Usually he saw little purpose in gestures and movements, but at the same time usually he was a car and not a nine foot tall bipedal automaton.

    "It is! I'm nervous, but also excited. I think it'll be fun! I just didn't realize how much there was to go over until I did more research on it for this."

    Ah, so he was indeed correct. Nervous, excited, but eager to try teaching him about her language. Though he was unaware of exactly how many languages there were or the effort Livewire went through to ensure she was prepared for today's lesson, the cybertronian's mutual interest in teaching was commendable. "I think you will do just fine." KARR encouraged, "Just take it one step at a time."

    Simple to complex, as the system tended to go.

    Oh, and it was going to get plenty complex from what Livewire was describing. E-M field manipulation, layering frequencies, it was reminiscent of how he tended to communicate with other machines, although his systems could not layer frequencies in the way the cybertronian described, likely he could decipher them if he learned the language. The streaming of frequencies to communicate was surprisingly intriguing, considering his first introduction to a cybertronian was Knockout and his cocky attitude. He would have never thought them capable of that advanced a language from his example. "It sounds very impressive, you must have taken a long time to get all your information together." He replied, genuinely interested. Though he could analyze data very quickly, his dated systems were sadly lacking in being able to mimic a language like Livewire's. Though his pride kept him saying it outright.

    "Shall we begin?" He gestured to an open chair next to him for her to sit with his palm.
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    Re: Foreign Computer Language 101

    Post by Livewire on Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:28 pm

    The child nodded once more with a satisfied, confident smile upon her face. She would do a fine job! She would just keep to the basics and work from there. Really, her original plan on going through the history of Cybertron when she herself couldn't even remember it was a bit foolish in the first place. That would have taken years on its own if she had done a thorough job! "It did! Well, I've been doing research for a while now. None of the other cybertronians I knew really had the time or interest to help me, so I've learned most everything from the books here!" And that was a topic that would never, ever been continued on. Probably.

    Maybe later.

    The child nodded and turned on her data pad. Reaching behind one of her "cat-ears", Livewire pulled a long, thin silver cable out and connected it into the corner of the pad. Alien characters flashed across the screen briefly as Livewire activated it and brought up a series of images. A line drawing of a cybertronian's head and neck appeared on the screen, which she tilted to face K.A.R.R. "I thought that a good place to start would be to explain how we make the noises, and what fields we sense to communicate!"

    The images began to shift around as Livewire controlled it through the cable. It had taken her a while to get used to doing this. A whole 12 minutes just to learn how to use one of these! So much time gone down the drain. It was a bit cumbersome but it was either doing this, printing it out, drawing it, or taking her own throat apart. Kev would probably give her a thorough scolding if she went into doing that again, so the data pad it was! The armor shown in the sketch disappeared to reveal the basics. Livewire had left out the locations of energon lines and coolant for clarity’s sake, so only the vocal systems were showing.

    For only having a bit of time to prepare, she certainly had a lot to show.
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    Re: Foreign Computer Language 101

    Post by K.A.R.R. on Fri Apr 08, 2016 1:43 am

    So she really had to do everything herself. The AI was not surprised that she had to, mainly out of the assumption that most machines that held an amount of autonomous ability tended to do everything themselves given his own self-reliance. Although as Livewire explained, it seemed like she was in a similar boat as him, where he had to learn everything because no one really wanted to teach him. Aside from what little tidbits would be useful to the person teaching him.

    Like Tony's brief education on "The Slammer" and security alarms.

    "Really? I've had to research most of what I know about this dimension from the library as well. It's a regular stop for me." KARR admitted, there was many a day where he sat parked out front in his vehicular chassis, perusing the library's databanks for new information to look over. Especially documents regarding the Pool of Souls. It may have been an odd topic to get hooked on, but the notion of possibly being restored even if he was thoroughly destroyed made him very curious.

    Not as curious as he was about Livewire's language, however. The towering automation observed as she pulled a cable out from her head plating and connected it to her datapad. Oh, so she was going to give her demonstration via a file upload? KARR's head tilted forward, and all five of the optics upon it focused on the device, their mechanical irises dilating and contracting as they found the perfect view. "I see." He replied, thoughtful before he went on to ask, "Your systems are capable of compatibility with other devices outside of your unique engineering, I presume, or is this one calibrated for your use?" If it was the former, he would have to say that was an incredible foresight by whoever had made them.

    In the meantime, KARR studied the anatomical drawing that was presented upon the datapad, the armor disappearing to show the vocal systems beneath it. Now, then, what parts did which?
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    Re: Foreign Computer Language 101

    Post by Livewire on Sun May 01, 2016 5:34 pm

    Livewire nodded after K.A.R.R.'s statement. The library had pretty much been a second home to her. It was a more than sufficient substitute for proper schooling, which Livewire didn't exactly have access to. She'd tried to go through data banks, but the femme just didn't know how to make a bridge between her systems and the systems that the library used. So, not that she minded much, Livewire was mostly stuck with the physical books.

    She really didn't mind that at all.

    "Nope! This one is cybertronian in origin. It has some…big, complicated name, but I just call it a data-pad." So used to this was she that the child barely had to put effort into blocking out just who had given her this pad. This was the time for teaching and learning in turn, not for memories! That was for never.

    Never ever ever ever ever. Instead, Livewire took one hand away from holding the edge of the device in order to point at the different components as she spoke about them. She indicated a small V-shaped metal piece at the base of the "chin" on the model. "This is the cover for the parts I use for speaking right now. It handles frequencies more between 60 and 180 Hz. As the frequencies go up," Livewire moved her hand up towards more drawn-in shapes that slowly became more complex, "the machinery switches to one that is better at handling it! This section here," she circled at the back of the chin, [color=#ffcc00]"is more used for typical hearing, like a human might have!"

    The femme turned the pad back towards herself and fliped through some more images until she got to a dissection of the cybertronian's "ear". She turned it back towards K.A.R.R. with a smile on her face as she continued. "This is where the layered stuff comes in! We can also use radio waves to communicate, an' we have generalized sensors for that as well! So you can be saying something that a human might here, but there's another part of the message at a higher frequency! That's part of why my attempts at teachin' Skyler cybertronian didn't really...happen."

    Her optics flicked to K.A.R.R. again as her grin widened back into her typical joviality. "But I think you'll be able to get more of it!"
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    Re: Foreign Computer Language 101

    Post by K.A.R.R. on Sat May 07, 2016 3:11 pm

    So the device was indeed engineered only for her systems. Or at least for the systems of a Cybertronian. Unaware of the memories associated with it and the possible trauma Livewire may have received from whoever had given it to her, the AI filed the name, along with the details he managed to get from the device through his scans, into his databanks. "I see, fascinating." KARR concluded, his processors considering whether or not he could possibly access the device and use it himself.

    The forward-most optics on his head paneling dilated and constricted like a camera's lens once more, before returning to the lesson at hand. A V-shaped piece of metal was indicated on the pad, and the toweing robot leaned forward a little to see the picture better. There was a quiet whir as KARR's headpiece tilted, and soon all of his optics were focused upon the datapad. Each individual optic adjusted as they focused, making them look like their yellow glow was slowly, softly pulsating. From the way Livewire described it, the parts seemed to be reminiscent of how his audio systems worked. "Would you be able to mimic more than speech? Perhaps impersonate someone else's voice or different sounds?" KARR asked curiously once there was a decent enough pause for him to speak.

    He knew his systems were advanced enough to mimic not only human vocal patterns, but also different voices should he have enough audio data to use.

    She flipped through the some more images, KARR's optics attempting to observe the images as they flipped past, upside down due to being flipped about for Livewire to look through. She flipped it back around, an illustration of a Cybertronian ear presented to him. Eagerly the image was saved and stored in his databanks for reference. They could layer the frequencies, speaking at the same frequency a human could hear, while broadcasting another higher frequency. "Intriguing. My systems will be able to mimic this layering you describe." He stated confidently. His Although, his processors failed to recognize anyone anyone by the name of Skyler. "Who is Skyler?" He asked, the innocence of his question clashing with the deep synthesized voice.

    Her grin widened as she looked back at him, confident he would be able to get more of the language. "Certainly!" He replied, echoing her exuberance.
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    Re: Foreign Computer Language 101

    Post by Livewire on Tue May 30, 2017 6:10 pm

    Over the years, Livewire had found that there was always a little difficult patching between her cybertronain systems and those that existed on the Breach. Some translations came easier than others, while a select few had proven practically impossible for the femme to simplify and edit her information down into the format of.

    She didn’t know what systems KARR used and, for some reason or another, thought that he should be the one to broach the topic if she so desired. The child was learning, slowly but surely, that there was etiquette in the robotic world just as sure as there was in the rest of it. She held the datapad still in her hands as KARR scanned it, wanting him to get as much information about it as possible. A little movement probably wouldn’t have interfered too much, but she wanted to be polite, after all!

    At his question, Livewire nodded as her faceplates pulled into a smile. ”I can! It takes a little time to be able to mimic someone accurately, but yeah! The only sounds I have difficulty with are usually ones that have a lot of echo, or come from a loud source. The sound itself is technically correct, but if there are other things along with the sound, such as vibrations that are felt rather than heard, it’s pretty obviously a fake.”

    At the confirmation that KARR would be able to mimic the layering, Livewire couldn’t help but let a big grin cross her face. ”That’s great! I’m really glad that you’ll be able to do it, this’ll be so much fun!”  The child flicked the image away to replace it with another diagram, this one a general diagram of a bipedal cybertronian body. Areas around the chest, jaw, and head were highlighted. ”Skyler is my sister! She’s human, though, so I can’t really share all of this with her.” With a shrug, Livewire positioned the pad for what she thought was optimum scanning by KARR.

    ”Okay! Another big part of our communication is in our energy signature, which I’m pretty sure is a mix of a low electromagnetic field and…whatever sparks are. Even I’m not entirely sure about that one, sorry.” The visual focused onto the chest as multiple call-outs of information were displayed, describing the mechanisms by which the fields were produced and from what places they are read. After she thought he had gotten a good look at the chest diagram, Livewire moved the image back up towards the head. ”The sensors to read these are found throughout the body under the plating, but there is specific equipment here,” she pointed to the jaw, ”and here,” and another point to the head. ”Typically, each cybertronian has a unique energy signature put out by their body that is used to identify and, if you have the right equipment, track them. It doesn’t hold solid information like the communication frequencies, and is more used for mood and general status. Kind of like human body language, I suppose.

    There were ways to change one’s signature, and most of those were found out during the war when people needed to be more um…sneaky. Also, they were modded to show allegiance as well as the other information. I found some half-destroyed notes about experiments done to remove the signature all together and it um…got gruesome.”
    The femme grimaced a bit, recalling that particularly nasty bit of work. The name of the scientist doing the tests was left out, and honestly Livewire was glad for that. It was easier to deal with it without names or faces included in the report.
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    Re: Foreign Computer Language 101

    Post by K.A.R.R. on Sat Jun 03, 2017 1:04 am

    So she could mimic a person’s voice, but then again, when one had the technology it came easily to replicate a sound. It came even easier if there were audio bytes on hand to splice and fiddle with. Though she brought up a part of the topic that the AI had come to realize when he had arrived here, the fact that lower frequency sounds, like those that were more felt than heard, were beyond his abilities.

    ”I encounter the same setback, my voice synthesizer cannot replicate subsonic frequencies, but I can project loud sounds and incorporate echoes if I so desire to.” KARR replied, the yellow optics upon his head plating dilating and contracting as they observed the change in expression. ”But so long as I have ample audio data to use of a given person, I can mimic them perfectly.”

    That may or may not have been a brag, but it was difficult to tell when KARR’s tone tended to lean more towards the haughtier end of the vocal spectrum.

    He watched as the screen was flicked aside, and the diagram of the audio receptors was replaced with a diagram of a cybertronian’s head. He scanned this one as well, filing it away for future reference. All the while her smile had pulled itself into a grin that nearly took up her face. How this was achieved, along with the fact that it could be achieved in the first place, was a new source of perplexment to the AI. But, the mystery regarding who this Skyler person was had been answered.

    Even if the matter of how a robot was sisters with a human was equally confusing. But then again, Judge Fear and Judge Mortis were brothers, but they did not come from the same parents. perhaps it was something along those same lines.

    ”I see,” KARR replied as he let the new information tumble through his processors. ”You must not have many people that you are able to share this with. The ratio of organic to mechanical beings is incredibly high, one automaton per thousand biological entities even.”

    Or at least that was what KARR discerned, considering he had met very few other robotic entities upon arriving here. He was probably the only human-built AI on the entire planet. It was a fact he probably should not have taken as much pride in as he did. But, he focused his attention upon the datapad as the femme started to explain another facent of Cybertronian communication. Though KARR had to agree that his systems could not replicate whatever a spark was, as neither of them knew very well what that was to begin with.

    ”I can improvise with giving off an EM field reading. My Jamming systems include an Electromagnetic Field Generator and an Electronic Field Disrupter. These could be played with in order to produce the low electromagnetic field you mention.” But KARR was quick to add; ”...But not in this body. My vehicle chassis would be better equipped.”

    He grew silent as Livewire went on to describe the sensors and equipment, his optics roving over the diagram and saving the data away as quickly as it was shown to him. Though as she came to mention the fact that a Cybertronian could be tracked by their EM field if one possessed the proper equipment, two of KARR’s optics contracted as he zeroed in on the information. It was not that he had any intention of tracking down anyone from Cybertron anytime soon, but it was incredibly useful information that he had not heard of until now. Following that up was the fact that the EM field could be changed. For the moment KARR figured it was like switching the channel on a radio frequency, only instead of being the receiver it was the broadcaster.

    For a moment the AI forgot completely about the limited knowledge of his study-buddy, and could not help but voice a curiosity.

    ”Could the EM fields ever become overwhelming if there are a large group of Cybertronians?” KARR asked, even if the EM fields were low output, the fact they could be used to identify one another suggested something along the lines of unique frequencies.

    Though when it came to the notes regarding removing the signature entirely, evidently the notes on that were more experimental. Livewire’s expression soured into a grimace, evidently disgusted or disturbed by the findings of her personal research work. Needless to say, it was easy to assume that the field could not simply be turned off.

    After having raced Knockout, KARR knew that dismantling a Cybertronian was far different that taking apart a computer like himself. His optics flicked back to Livewire.

    ”It is interesting that functioning without an EM field can require extensive disfiguring. It can simply turn off my homing, carrier, and sonar frequencies with a few commands.” KARR replied, ”They are devices, but they are not so ingrained into my design as your EM field generators are.”

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