Decorus wrote:Its more likely Charlie hates Stanley over Toolism then anything else.
Y'know, I was about to disagree. I was going to say that we've never heard that Stanley had any issue with Ansom over his ownership of the 'pliers. But Ansom wasn't attuned. So now I think you have a good point, even if I'm hoping that the Big Reveal of the reasons behind Stanley's dislike of Charlie is different. I can quite easily see Stanley and Charley holding just a single conversation, after which Stanley hates Charlie. And if Stanley has ever hired Charley... Well, I can't imagine anyone more likely to be utterly pissed off at Charlie for delivering the letter rather than the intent of a contract than Stanley.
Zeku wrote:The good news, is that within the comic itself, the bracer has only determined the outcome of events for which the Parson himself has a pretty thorough understanding: the chance he would survive against enemies that he was fully aware of. I would like to eventually see, in the text updates, some indication of what the bracer is not capable of. It would make me feel more at ease about the item.
So, calculating how many archons are needed to take out the GK garrison is an "event for which the Parson himself has a pretty thorough understanding", if you assume that Parson has an intimate knowledge of the capabilities of archons. Which he did not until well after the fact. And even with that knowledge the random Specials of archons would tend to make calculating their effectiveness in any given situation a matter of examining their individual Specials, something Parson had no opportunity to do while the archons still belonged to Charlie. It is possible that Charlie provided this information, but that seems rather unlikely given both Charlie's reluctance to share information and Parson's later need to question archons about their capabilities.
You are calling the capability to provide odds on whether Charlie trading his remaining calculations is more valuable than the knowledge of how GK has archons who were formerly CharlesComm units wearing GK livery and fighting for GK to be within the set of "events for which the Parson himself has a pretty thorough understanding"? Calculating the odds of future events appears to me to be to be verging on predictamancy...
You are calling the capability to provide odds that Charlie is somehow involved in the lack of gobwin natural allies to be within the set of "events for which the Parson himself has a pretty thorough understanding"?
I'm not arguing, mind. Just making sure that I understand your position on those two cases, which I see as being quite a bit outside of Parson's area of knowledge. As I see things, and from what we have seen of the bracer's capabilities, Parson should be able to derive a meaningful calculation of odds for anything he can articulate as a question, no matter how much he may or may not know about the factors involved. Interpreting this is a different subject. It is clear that the bracer can't be used as a series of yes/no questions, or the answer on Charlie's involvement with the lack of gobwins would either be 0% or 100%. Charlie is either involved or he isn't. But other than that, there appears to be no limitation to the number or type of questions asked.
As an example, Parson should be able to ask for the odds that a specific unit will survive a specific battle, without knowing anything at all about (for example) Charlie having given Sammy orders to kill Ansom. The resulting odds may look very different than expected, given a battle without Charlie's interference in the motivations of the various units, but it still should be a valid listing of the odds.