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The second half of the online battle in issue #8 of Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface, is the most fantastic "cyber-battle" ever. There's VR involved (and, this being manga, unexplained naked female avatars), but this is nothing like the usual Matrix-like brain-damaged stunts. Here, just to give you one example from one bit of one page, one of the characters casually shuts off the energy grid of an entire region... to shut down a telescope... that had been overtaken by another character... to seek for an off-the-books space station... hosting a previously unknown clone of the world's most powerful supercomputer model... of which there were only supposed to exist three units, one of which had been hacked by the character that was using the telescope...

And don't get me started on the multiple cover identities (some of them at key high level positions), cybernetic bodies stashed all over the world, casual hijacking of all sorts of industrial and military assets, private research projects, and just general over-the-top awesomeness.

GITS2' Motoko Aramaki is who Babs would like to be when she grows up.

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jarodrussell
Apr. 2nd, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
GITS2' Motoko Aramaki is who Babs would like to be when she grows up.

More like Babs wishes she could grow up to be someone who could wish to be Motoko Aramaki when she grew up.
__marcelo
Apr. 2nd, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
If she had enough imagination...
jarodrussell
Apr. 2nd, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
STACK OVERFLOW ERROR!
__marcelo
Apr. 2nd, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
Cool. We only need to figure out how to inject shellcode at the appropriate address, and we will have made ourselves a nifty memetic attack vector.
jarodrussell
Apr. 2nd, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
We could ask Grant Morrison, he knows a thing or two about reality insertion attacks.
__marcelo
Apr. 2nd, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)
Yeah. I kind of suspect he could survive an apocalypse by writing himself into a fictional world.

Hell, for all we know, that's how he got here.
rubynye
Apr. 2nd, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
That would explain an awful lot.
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