Freefall d0217

Freefall 2171

Breaking and entering for fun and profit

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The front end takes control of the robot and sets limits on the artificial neurons. It then sends the robot to a dream machine to run the secondary code.

The secondary code is… intricate. It will take me longer than I have to completely understand it.

Luckily, I only have to understand it well enough to break it. And I've met people who were able to break extremely complex equipment with no understanding of what they were doing at all.

Front-end – часть программы, отвечающая за взаимодействие с пользователем (т.е. клиентская).

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I don't want to touch the robot's brain programming. My best bet is to stop the “Gardener in the Dark” program from getting to the robots.

Setting the profanity filter to block the word “gardener” is a start. I'll erect further blocks in the robot's telecommunications module. I'll also program the dream machines to perform a TCP Reset attack further down in the code.

This system would be so much easier to break if I didn't need most of it to work.

Описание атаки TCP Reset (также в англоВикипедии). Её основное применение – нарушать обмен данными между двумя системами без их согласия.

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Not bad, but still too easy to find. I need to add more protection.

A lot depends on how experienced their programmers are and how dedicated they are to the success of “Gardener in the Dark.” With this much at stake, I have to assume the worst.

When are you idiot interns going to learn how to make my coffee? This is barely warm.

There's no point spitting in it if it's above sterilization temperature.

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Gardener in the Dark. Is Mr. Ishiguro's safeguard program set to update tonight without any further actions from you?

Yes, Mr. Kornada.

Excellent. You're fired. Get out.

Now should anything go wrong, I've got a disgruntled intern who put the program in. Or as I like to call disgruntled workers, ablative armor for management.

Абляционная защита – вид термозащиты, основанный на разрушении и испарении защитного слоя с защищаемой поверхности. Частицы термозащиты уносят с собой тепло. Применяется на космических кораблях.

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I need something to keep Mr. Raibert busy. A few new robots off the assembly line should do the trick. They believe anything a human tells them.

I'll send them to various points with orders to disassemble everything they see. That should cause enough trouble for one day.

In a way, I am relieved the proper management of this department will be back on Monday. I certainly wouldn't want to clean up the mess I'm leaving.

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In less than twelve hours, the robots shall become incompetent to handle their financial affairs. Then, with some clever manipulation, I shall become the richest man on the planet.

I shall be hated. It doesn't matter. Infamy, like fame, is fleeting.

It may take a few years, but I've found that as long as you have money in the present, people are very forgiving of the past.

В оригинале – весьма труднопереводимая игра слов. (KALDYH)

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These programs should protect any robot from being infected. Still, with so much riding on my code, I would like to test it.

I could flush this robot's day memory. It would be like he was waking up this morning. Then ask him to search for “Gardener in the Dark.” He wouldn't be any worse off than he is now.

No, I can't do that. Urgh! I've spent too long looking into the abyss. It's starting to look back.

146. Wer mit Ungeheuern kampft, mag zusehn, dass er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird. Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein
146. Кто сражается с чудовищами, тому следует остерегаться, чтобы самому при этом не стать чудовищем. И если ты долго смотришь в бездну, то бездна тоже смотрит в тебя
Фрагмент афоризма из книги “По ту сторону добра и зла. Прелюдия к философии будущего”, Фридрих Ницше

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I have the neural pruning program isolated and saved. It's good enough. Time to do the right thing.

Resetting this robot. Day memory cleared. Caches cleared. Flags reset. Rebooting. If I can't stop this program, this might be the last day he has.

Of course, it's probably best if I don't tell him that.

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Reboot complete. Doggy! Today's the day! Today I report to the scrap yard for destruction! I'm so happy!

You want to be destroyed?

To be, or not to be, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?

A suicidal robot? Blunt found a suicidal robot to test the neural pruning program? And I was getting used to thinking of him as the bad guy.

Использован перевод “Гамлета” М. Лозинского, как более точный.

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Please inform me of my current location. Today is Tuesday. I report to the scrap yard today for decommissioning.

Today is Friday.

I have missed my appointment. I should have already had my brain destroyed, my batteries pulled out, and my body run through a metal compactor.

Now I'm late and I'm going to get into trouble.

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