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The Gap into Conflict: The Real Story - Chpt 12

 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:58 pm    Post subject: The Gap into Conflict: The Real Story - Chpt 12 Reply with quote

Decisions, decisions...ol' Angus faces lots of decisions in this chapter. Should he prostitute Morn at a bootleg shipyard to afford to completely repair Bright Beauty and lure Nick out into the open? Should he broadside Captain's Fancy in dock and run? Or should he just fry Morn in his thrusters?

No, instead, in the next two weeks, he fixes his ship as much as he can, and almost breaks his bank trying to solicit information on Nick. With what little he has he hacks into Com-Mine Station's main computer and extracts Captian's Fancy's lines of communication and codes, but they don't appear to be of much use.

In mad desperation to bring Nick down at any cost he knocks out Morn and goes EVA, across the Station's surface, and taps Captain's Fancy with a dummy line and runs it back to his ship.

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His computer had the codes and routing: now it had and echo of the actual data-stream. Soon he could call up a display of everything Captain's Fancy and Com-Mine Station said to each other.


If Angus wanted to he could steal Nick's finances and completely cover it up, even though he discovers that Succoro's, really, not much better off than he is (but at least his ship fully functions). There's no true money behind Nick and that's one veil off his facade, could there be more? If he dug any deeper in that and other directions Nick would be alerted, so he programs his comp to look for key words and names in the ship-to-station comunications.

Finally he finds two messages in code but can't crack them, but he can rout them-They came from Station Security.

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When he discovered that, he wanted to laugh and scream and break something and celebrate all at once. It was the perfect touch--the final reason why his bluff had worked.
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And Nick Succoro's swashbuckling success was based on inside information. He had an ally in Security; a friend in power.


Another veil lifts off Nick's bravado and threats. Sure that makes Nick more dangerous to Angus, but he's really just an empty shell without his inside man.

Tiny chapter, but vital, and an interesting foreshadowing of how Angus freaks during EVA, but manages to get the job done-sorry you had to wait on me.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My only problem with this chapter was that it seemed inplausible that Angus could tap into Captain's Fancy-Station comm so easily. I would have expected Nick to have much better antispy systems to have survived as long as he had. Even if he was setting Angus up it doesn't work for me. Angus would realize it was more easy to tap than it should be and be suspicious.

And of course SRD couldn't forsee that future comm would be much more secure optical rather than electrical. Sorry the Comm engineer in me coming out (grin).


Great chapter though. Just a nitpick not a serious complaint.
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