Freefall 2341 - 2350 (H)
Freefall 2341


Did you see a police officer?
There was no one here other than the robot you deactivated.
You don't suppose the robot was the police officer?
Of course not. A robot could never be in a position of authority over a human.
You're telling me what to do.
No. I'm bribing you. There is a difference.

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Freefall 2342


Loan approved. I am transferring one million credits to your account. We are done.
She's not going to be hurt, right?
Of course not. She is malfunctioning. You don't hit the box or the monitor when your computer malfunctions, do you?
Oh, dear. You're one of those people.
I don't do it often. Only when the electrons get stuck and it needs a little rap to knock them loose.

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Freefall 2343


I have a million credits. I have a million credits. I am comfortably well off. This is the best day of my life.
Varroa Jacobsoni. You are under arrest.
I have a million credits. This is still the best day of my life.

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Freefall 2344


Mr. Raibert, Priority. Mr. Raibert, Priority.
I have a recurring nightmare that I'm never going to get a good night's sleep and then I wake up to find it's a recurring reality.

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Freefall 2345


One of your employees disabled a police robot at the pound and took the Bowman's Wolf. We have apprehended him. We have not yet recovered Ms. Ambrose.
I assume this is more than a call to share information.
Mr. Jacobsoni claims a robot was giving him orders. It is not showing up on our monitors. We're seeing some odd things with items appearing and disappearing. I would guess we have redaction software running in our surveillance system.
Uhmm. Yeah. Homespace Security mandates that their agents must be able to move unobserved. There are some… undocumented features… in the surveillance system.
Might I say that in the name of security, you're making things rather insecure for the rest of us.

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Homespace Security – along the lines of Homeland Security (national, or internal US security: Ministry of_internal_security), spread over an entire cosmos. The wordplay is lost in translation, but I think that's okay. (KALDYH)

Freefall 2346


Can you remove the redacting for this hidden robot?
Yes, chief, but I'd need to get up and access a secure terminal.
Well what?
Are you going to help us catch a criminal or stay in bed?
At this time in the morning, that's a tougher question than you think.

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The chief is asleep, while Eleanor, his mobility device, works for him. So, the question is answered -it's a semi-autonomous exoskeleton. (KALDYH)

Freefall 2347


For clarity, this is not the Chief. This is his mobility rig acting on his behalf.
Huh? Who?
Inductive Inline Neural/Musculature Mobility Rig, Second Series. Designation: L Linear Rig B.
How do I activate your snooze button?
That's simple, Sir. There is a robot criminal out there. All you have to do is point me at him.

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L Linear Rig B = Eleanor Rigby  – One of the Beatles' key songs with lyrics on the theme of loneliness.

Freefall 2348


Okay, I'm in. Looking at the raw video footage. Hmm. That's Mr. Ishiguro's robot. It has secret level clearance.
It is currently headed… Oh, carp! You do not have anywhere near the security level for me to tell you where it is headed.
It is headed towards Dr. Bowman.
Wonderful. All I wanted was to get some sleep tonight and you've just ensured that's not going to happen.

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Freefall 2349


L Linear, this is beyond your clearance level. I'll handle things from here. When the Chief wakes up, have him call me.
No answer from Clippy or the plane. Unplanned visit. Hmm. The compound does have defenses and a missile battery.
This is why I hate working when exhausted. I have a hammer. I have a problem that can be solved with a hammer. At some point I'm going to be too tired to think of a solution that doesn't involve a hammer.

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Meaning Clippy and Florence went to Dr. Bowman by plane (KALDYH)

Freefall 2350


Hello, Mr. Raibert. The plane you told us to expect has landed.
However, I'm being told there's no one on board.
What? Are you sure?
Twenty million?
We're sure.

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Too bad, Money is often stronger than Good (Robot Spike)
The following line in Russian has not been translated, because the translation is rejected with the note “Your change was not saved because it contains blocked text (spam)”.
Даа… Сиськи малозаметны… Стелс-версия)(Durable)

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