customdesigned on August 31, 2018, 09:24:36 am
I'm thinking that the laser is for discrete communication - not a weapon.   You can only do so much with encryption.   It is much better if your opponents can't intercept the communication to begin with.  Ideally, the laser would also be entangled, so that interception can be detected.

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1841

Of course, if it is easy to up the power level by a factor of a trillion or so to make the laser also a potential weapon - so much the better.

Diane is not taking well to the James Bond stuff.  But her new security provider seems quite competent!

Drolekirts on September 03, 2018, 02:16:47 pm
I'm thinking that the laser is for discrete communication - not a weapon.   You can only do so much with encryption.

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1841

Looks like you called that one. You win the Internet today! ;)

Of course, if it is easy to up the power level by a factor of a trillion or so to make the laser also a potential weapon - so much the better. 

Like in a Larry Niven story, where the humans used their communications lasers as improvised weapons against the Kzinti (sorry, I forget which story).

I'm going out on a limb and guessing that "The Mechanic" is Murphy--or maybe Zander? Just a S.W.A.G (Stupid, Wlld-Ass Guess) on my part. Don't laugh too much when I'm wrong :)
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DrakBibliophile on September 03, 2018, 03:13:33 pm
It's unlikely to be Zander as the Mechanic is definitely said to be female and I doubt Murphy is the Mechanic as she's been busy roaming the far frontier.

Now what might be interesting is that the Mechanic is somebody Diana knew "back home". [Twisted Grin]

I'm thinking that the laser is for discrete communication - not a weapon.   You can only do so much with encryption.

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1841

Looks like you called that one. You win the Internet today! ;)

Of course, if it is easy to up the power level by a factor of a trillion or so to make the laser also a potential weapon - so much the better. 

Like in a Larry Niven story, where the humans used their communications lasers as improvised weapons against the Kzinti (sorry, I forget which story).

I'm going out on a limb and guessing that "The Mechanic" is Murphy--or maybe Zander? Just a S.W.A.G (Stupid, Wlld-Ass Guess) on my part. Don't laugh too much when I'm wrong :)
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UncleRice on September 04, 2018, 10:56:38 am
I'm pretty sure this is not someone Diane would know back home. They haven't been out of there long enough to have gain the skill and reputation. That being said, she may still be someone we have seen before from chapter 1, or related to them.
Stupid criminals put on a mask and rob people with a gun.
Smart criminals put on a suit, call themselves politicians, and rob people with writ of law.

DrakBibliophile on September 04, 2018, 03:54:31 pm
That's likely but I had this image of the Mechanic knowing Diane and Diane knowing the Mechanic in spite of the "security concerns" mentioned. [Grin]

I'm pretty sure this is not someone Diane would know back home. They haven't been out of there long enough to have gain the skill and reputation. That being said, she may still be someone we have seen before from chapter 1, or related to them.
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Sean Roach on September 04, 2018, 07:02:17 pm
That's likely but I had this image of the Mechanic knowing Diane and Diane knowing the Mechanic in spite of the "security concerns" mentioned. [Grin]

I'm pretty sure this is not someone Diane would know back home. They haven't been out of there long enough to have gain the skill and reputation. That being said, she may still be someone we have seen before from chapter 1, or related to them.

Well, I speculated some time back that the high-class prostitute might have been providing other discreet services. At the time it was backup housecalls, with the customer knowing EXACTLY where the ONE copy is kept, but it doesn't have to be that, or only that.
Maybe it was housekeeping. Someone has to sweep for bugs.

 

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