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[he got it to beep
a tape-fed answering machine
Recently-deposed Grid management and complaints department.
You know what they say: if you can't say something nice,
lay it on me
. Do your thing at the tone!
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2016-07-17 05:45 (UTC)
On the morning of July 16th, Clu will receive a copy of Kevin Flynn’s book
The Digital Frontier: Mapping the Other Universe
). The book contains philosophical, technical, and speculative ramblings about computer systems and programs, ranging in content from brilliant to slightly deranged. An example page can be seen
2017-05-08 00:52 (UTC)
[It's been nearly half a cycle since his permissions list expanded. Since Rinzler asked for the most crucial part of what he wanted; since
gave in to the inevitability of change. Rinzler is never going back to factory settings, and he'll never forget what that promise cost or for how long.
is a tricky line to walk, and most days, Rinzler stays well on the safe side of it. He reports whenever ordered. Provides whatever data Clu might ask. Not everything he does, not always or anymore. But Clu has access to his disk, and acting past his function isn't half the violation that it used to be. Certainly, it hurts less.
All the same, some choices aren't precisely Rinzler's to make. Especially with the consequences so unclear.
The emergency broadcast
went out to all TABs. Certainly, Clu doesn't
the ping that flags the post to his awareness, lacking even the window dressing of a word. Rinzler doesn't think it needs them. The uncertainties are obvious; the questions implied. Is Clu reporting in? Should Rinzler? Does his admin have orders for him on the subject?
Or is this another decision category that necessitates an
2017-05-08 02:01 (UTC)
, he's been right all along. None of these organics know their priority queue from a hole in the ground and they're going to level what little civilization he's even managed to
here with the sheer force of their twice-glitched curiosity.
fix it? Oh, no. Oh, never.
...Still. That's hardly Rinzler's doing.
Sort by relevance. Get the things at the top of the queue out of the way first.]
[Pause. Can cursors even flicker in a grudging manner? Clu is certainly
for that impression.]
Inquiry: Status of Alan-1?
2017-05-08 02:27 (UTC)
Functioning. No damage.
[It's a succinct report, if not... entirely comprehensive. Still, if Clu wanted to ask about prior status (
), he would.
or not, the second inquiry draws much more attention. There's a full quarter-micro's lag before Rinzler sends back:]
2017-05-08 02:57 (UTC)
of it, for the entire exposure interval.
We don't know if that--if it's transferable, and unless you collected hard data to the contrary, I
[He is repulsed that this parasitic whatsis
and also experiencing an uncomfortable sensation related to Rinzler's well-being, and that is not
would rather have the specifics.
As in, currently? Concurrent with our--
...Good. If there is no response, I will accompany you.
2017-05-08 03:23 (UTC)
[So much for succinct. And hopefully Clu's mind-reading powers don't extend to catching Rinzler grumbling at the screen. He's
No effects observed on asteroid.
No substances retained
Subsequent rest cycle interrupted to minor system errors. Resolved shortly.
No lasting malfunctions or damage.
...if staring slightly blankly at the... offer? No,
that comes next. Rinzler knows his programmers have been on not-
-hostile terms of late, but...
Alan-one should respond soon. That would be good.]
2017-05-14 16:13 (UTC)
[Processed as though Clu
spent over a megacycle coupling fragments into lines to read between, signal to noise to parsable results.
Still. Absent motive to prevaricate, Rinzler doesn't.
Nothing observed, nothing retained. It's not the same as an all-clear, not in this stupid frontier backwater Shangri-La with nothing like a decent debug team, and certainly no compiler suite.
Risks must be assessed. But there's no reason to let on he's doing it, not until there's evidence available. Not least because it can be turned on him.]
There's a delay on it...What's the interval?
No? Good. If any of that changes--duration, frequency, content, anything--duplicate the dump file and pass it to me.
[He squints at that last one. You bet your bits,
Don't worry. I
let him scrub himself twice.
2017-05-14 16:44 (UTC)
[That last line is... marginally more comforting. (Marginally.) Rinzler cancels any effort to quantify
in favor of redirecting to the relevant queries.]
Singular incident, estimated +0.6 millicycles after system transfer.
[He knows when he shut down, but not when the error (
) began. He hadn't thought (until today) that it was anything worth reporting.]
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