DrakBibliophile on December 30, 2019, 01:37:04 pm
https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=2038

It should be easy for him to show that he wasn't working on the warning sat when his security codes were used but questions about who got his security codes very likely will cause him trouble.  :(
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customdesigned on January 01, 2020, 09:44:36 am
He should be in *very* big trouble.  Even though he wasn't an intentional traitor, it was his responsibility, and I got the impression that "visitors" were not officially allowed.

DrakBibliophile on January 01, 2020, 11:40:24 am
I got the impression that the thief got the codes in his home.

So the error might be "taking the codes" home.

IE She didn't get the codes from his "work-place".

But yes, he's going to be in trouble for not "safe guarding" those codes.


He should be in *very* big trouble.  Even though he wasn't an intentional traitor, it was his responsibility, and I got the impression that "visitors" were not officially allowed.
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lurkergao on January 02, 2020, 03:37:50 pm
If court rooms were legal equations he would be fine. He had no knowledge his ex was a foreign asset. He was robbed. He didnt know his codes had been pilfered and provided her no assistance knowingly. I'm assuming he followed mandated security protocols. Thing is those security protocols were designed badly, otherwise this wouldnt have happened. If your entire defense network can be compromised by one engineer having a sleep over you have a badly designed defense strategy. Realistically though Stern is fucked. Court rooms arent math equations they are decided by people and the people need a scapegoat. They could go after the management that approved this system. But in any organization i've ever worked in they go after the engi that was most adjacent to ground zero. I do find it interesting that the general has been able to piece this together so quickly given what they are dealing with. Hint hint maybe the general had prior knowledge.
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DrakBibliophile on January 02, 2020, 05:26:24 pm
Minor nit, Alex Stern is being "chewed out" by a Coronel Glass (Colonel Glass) not by a General.  ;)

If court rooms were legal equations he would be fine. He had no knowledge his ex was a foreign asset. He was robbed. He didnt know his codes had been pilfered and provided her no assistance knowingly. I'm assuming he followed mandated security protocols. Thing is those security protocols were designed badly, otherwise this wouldnt have happened. If your entire defense network can be compromised by one engineer having a sleep over you have a badly designed defense strategy. Realistically though Stern is fucked. Court rooms arent math equations they are decided by people and the people need a scapegoat. They could go after the management that approved this system. But in any organization i've ever worked in they go after the engi that was most adjacent to ground zero. I do find it interesting that the general has been able to piece this together so quickly given what they are dealing with. Hint hint maybe the general had prior knowledge.
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DrakBibliophile on January 02, 2020, 05:42:35 pm
Follow up.

I don't see the problem concerning "how fast" Alex Stern is getting on the Hot Seat.

It's going to be obvious what direction the impactor had to follow and computer "records" are likely going to show which Sat should have detected it.

We're talking about a High Tech society where computers (including AIs) are advanced enough to spot things like this fairly quickly.

And with a disaster of this size, the Powers That Be will want answers fast and this organization will be put on the spot very quickly.

And yes, the organization will want answers and might want to use poor Alex as a scapegoat.

Of course, the Colonel was likely told to "find answers Yesterday".  :)

If court rooms were legal equations he would be fine. He had no knowledge his ex was a foreign asset. He was robbed. He didnt know his codes had been pilfered and provided her no assistance knowingly. I'm assuming he followed mandated security protocols. Thing is those security protocols were designed badly, otherwise this wouldnt have happened. If your entire defense network can be compromised by one engineer having a sleep over you have a badly designed defense strategy. Realistically though Stern is fucked. Court rooms arent math equations they are decided by people and the people need a scapegoat. They could go after the management that approved this system. But in any organization i've ever worked in they go after the engi that was most adjacent to ground zero. I do find it interesting that the general has been able to piece this together so quickly given what they are dealing with. Hint hint maybe the general had prior knowledge.
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UncleRice on January 03, 2020, 09:21:37 am
Alex should probably get a little liability here, but he should not be blamed for the terrible security involved. Here is what I saw:

1: All regular maintenance should be scheduled, so that if anyone, authorized or not, approaches the beacon outside of the scheduled maintenance, security should be alerted and they need to be looking through some cameras.

2: Using current year technology, facial recognition cameras operating in the visible light range, the terahertz range, and about 800 megahertz, could be staring at anyone approaching at any time and alert security if the system doesn't recognize who is approaching. Convert this to QV tech, and it works even better.

3: Multiple RFID chips could be embedded in his work uniform for further identification.

4: When the person finally puts in the codes, whether they are the right ones or not, they should need to talk to and get approval from 3 security people if the visit is outside regular scheduled maintenance.

5: The
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.

UncleRice on March 11, 2020, 05:07:49 am
Alex is definitely not helping himself here. Whatever he is being blackmailed with is small potatoes to what he is being accused of here.
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.

lurkergao on March 11, 2020, 05:13:38 am
I think its mostly that he doesnt know she stole the codes. He would turn her in a second if he had our perspective. But sitting in the hotseat he only has questions, fear and anxiety. A brainscan if such a thing exists would absove him. I wonder if he can volunteer  that as a defense.

Skull the Troll on March 11, 2020, 07:27:11 pm
My question is WTF is something of this importance doing being covered by a simple password??? If I was running it it would be a two key system similar to a nuclear silo. At the very least I'd have two-factor authorization.... Uncle Rice has good ideas above. Good old fashioned time lock.
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UncleRice on March 12, 2020, 12:04:36 pm
If I have the characters correct, Alex is the one being blackmailed by his girlfriend. People who engage in blackmail are prone to other malevolent behavior. Just as Johnny Depp recorded Amber Heard, Alex should be recording his interactions with his blackmailer. At this point he has nothing to loose either way from making his own accusations toward her regardless of whether he recorded anything.
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.

lurkergao on March 13, 2020, 01:47:15 am
he's going to kill himself.

Skull the Troll on March 13, 2020, 08:12:35 am
he's going to kill himself.

It would improve the gene-pool. This guy is making the town idiot embarrassed.

Apollo-Soyuz on March 13, 2020, 09:59:27 am
Implied from page=2032, Zondra has left the city so no chance to record her.

Maybe the bank account number could be used to trace Zondra, but If she was smart, she should have drained the account before she left the city. She should have also arranged to "meet" Alex in the targeted sphere, if she knew which one it was.

Of course it's entirely possible that Zondra has been left in the dark about the reason for her mission. Maybe the missle missed, and it was suppose to hit Alyss' former home sphere directly? The target very much could have been Alyss, and the aggressors acted on old information. 

I assume there aren't any customs, but maybe there is someway to track people who come and go to the city? You would think that wouldn't exist, but then again we were left with the impression that jails didn't exist here either.

Maybe Relógio Céu (Sky Clock) is a military organization with it's own extralegal justice system?


Just as Johnny Depp recorded Amber Heard, Alex should be recording his interactions with his blackmailer. At this point he has nothing to loose either way from making his own accusations toward her regardless of whether he recorded anything.