Freefall d0223

Freefall 2231

Edge and immunity

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It's open.

Except we're not where we need to be.

This is our warm up break in. You don't want to get a cramp during the real thing, do you?

Spiking the servers

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This is where the secondary servers are housed.

They've got a security guard.

Excellent. Our job just got easier.

Spiking the servers

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Come on. This is where we need to be, right?

Hi. We're here to install updates on the secondary server. Do we go in or do we check in with you or what?

You are Sam Starfall, notorious liar and crook. I'm calling the police.

Have I mentioned there is the occasional downside to fame?

Spiking the servers

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If we're getting the police involved, I want my phone call.

Back off, you hoser! This is legal! I'm entitled to one phone call!

Not on my phone! Give that back!

Blink

Blink

Well, I guess it's back to plan A then.

Spiking the servers

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Reboot under the Linux operating system. Run the off line password editor. There are the administrator passwords I need.

Remove my memory stick. Reboot under the original operating system. Log in as administrator. I'm ready to install updates.

If people knew how much security is lost when someone has physical access to their machine, they'd keep their computers locked inside a safe and wrapped in barbed wire.

Spiking the servers

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Done. Updates are installed. Once I fail the primaries, the “Gardener in the Dark” program will be blocked from propagating.

And I'll have engaged in active sabotage against my creators.

On the plus side, I can finally say for sure that intentionally violating my safeguards does not result in a self destruct.

Spiking the servers

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Security would be a lot tighter if this wasn't a colony world. Here, no one expect wooden shoes to be tossed into the machinery that's keeping everyone alive.

After this though, locked doors. Firewalls. Biometric scanners. A lot more security.

Or they just might go the cheap route and see to it that I'm never allowed outside without a leash again.

Spiking the servers

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Things have gotten a tiny bit complicated. I'm going to skip our next stop and meet you at the Ecosystems Unlimited compound, Okay?

I guess I shouldn't have expected a precision strike when dealing with a weapon of mass distraction.

Spiking the servers

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I'm on my own and I still need to disable the primary servers.

Okay, I can do this. I've seen Sam in action. I can do what he does.

Which means, at some point this evening, I'm probably going to wind up running as fast as I possibly can.

Edge reactivates Blunt

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Dumb barricaded door! The back one better be open!

Blunt must think the robot zombie apocalypse is still going on tonight. I better let him know it's been canceled.

Of course, this means I'm going to have to put up with him sulking for the next two weeks because the world didn't end when he expected it to.

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