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Apr. 2nd, 2009 | 11:31 am
posted by: tychoish in criticalfutures

Part two (of three) of the final scene from Chapter 6 of Knowing Mars. Be sure to check out Aftermath for the key to this Chapter. Thanks for reading! The final part will drop on Monday.

“Lets hear it then,” Kyp demanded. Matt sighed, audibly, this kind of tech talk was never his thing, he understood it, but didn’t care about the specifics that much. “Whatever Matt, it’s important,” Kyp said, without looking away from Gus.

“Tons of bots, like the ones we used to dupe Busby last time, plus we’re all going to be running off independent servers, which should give us some control, over our time settings, which typically gives us an advantage.”

“Well and it’s safer,” Kyp said, “too bad it’s a huge resource drain,”

“Well the thing is, we’ve been able to write the interfaces tighter to the transmission hardware, and if we can slip like ten lines of code into the nodes, it works great.”

“You can get code into the nodes like that? Without tripping alarms.”

“Well that’s the exciting part, We’ve got a portable software node program that should be ready by the end of the week…”

“You’re kidding, right? We couldn’t even get a software node working on our own isolated system. You’d be able to cut a lot of risks out that way.”

“I know, it’s amazing. Works pretty good too. Gonna’ to change the world Kyp.”

“Too bad we won’t be able to see it.”

“Oh come on guys, the Morgans are talking about to going public and you’re blathering about this,” Matt said.

Kyp rolled his eyes melodramatically, and Gus ignored Matt and continued talking: “Anyway, all the hard work is in the prep: getting the node software and bots ready. We’re going to walk in with an army, more or less, and copy out the data that we can and start scripts that will delete or encrypt what we can’t–”

“So what’s the army for?”

“Making a point,” Matt said.

“Well yes, but it also means that we can throw data around and escape out and log back in, through our node, it gives us a lot of flexibility,” Gus said, in an attempt to rationalize his joy. “Think about it, we can have little cells of people who are just running security, people who are copying data off net, people tending to the encryption problems. We get a lot of crunching power without sacrificing our own efficiency, and besides everyone gets to feel like it’s a community effort.”

“You don’t have to justify it to me, that’s for sure,” Kyp said.

“Or me, really,” Matt said. “Those records aren’t strictly legal–even if they aren’t all that uncommon in ISA–and clearly I think he’s up to no good, the spying, the intimidation, the badgering that Taban and Kalian underwent–”

“We know,” Gus said, not feeling like reviewing the litany just now and the table fell silent for a moment.

Originally published at Critical Futures. You can comment here or there.

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