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Snippet of drivel [message #7454] Fri, 08 February 2013 11:45 Go to next message
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Mike and I had to do some Suit stuff, so we were wearing appropriate camouflage - he was in a herringbone tweed and I had on a classic blue chalkstripe jacket and straight skirt with a nice teal blouse.

After we got on the elevator to go down to the lobby I said, as if I was continuing a story, "That was a really fun trip except for one part. We were sailing from one port to another on Bermuda overnight. A Zodiac zoomed up out of nowhere and came alongside and a bunch of, I guess you'd call 'em pirates, came over the rail. We'd been shooting skeet earlier so I got three and Lois and Sharon got two each. The Zodiac took off. A couple of 'em were still groaning a little and one of Sharon's was gutshot and screaming but we just dumped 'em overboard and hosed down the deck."

I'd timed it just right because the elevator dinged and the doors opened. We got off and walked away. I glanced back and everybody else was just standing in the doors with their mouths hanging
open.
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7455] Sat, 09 February 2013 21:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Probably some idiots who got lost looking for Mike Jenkin's yacht... Smile
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7456] Sun, 10 February 2013 20:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Surprised Can you imagine someone calling this in as a real incident?
Mike and I had to talk our way out of the interview with the officer. "No sir," I said, "We weren't in Bermuda. What we were doing was brainstorming a movie script."

Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7458] Mon, 11 February 2013 03:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"I respectfully decline to answer because I might incriminate myself."

Don't deny, just don't say anything. The cops are really good at eliciting statements that can be construed as admitting guilt.

[Unwarranted assumptions about NYC and Bermuda removed]

[Updated on: Mon, 11 February 2013 10:32]

Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7461] Mon, 11 February 2013 07:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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HUH? SAY WHAT?
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7462] Mon, 11 February 2013 10:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"Messiest thing you'll ever see. This guy was fooling around with the barber's wife. The barber found out about it so when the guy came in for a haircut the barber picked up his razor, yanked the guy's head back and...."

The subway doors opened and we got out.
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7499] Mon, 04 March 2013 12:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"Nah, the story's not actually true. He only cut his head about halfway off with the chainsaw."
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7501] Mon, 04 March 2013 19:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"So I rigged up a button with a LED readout above it that said 'PUSH TO TEST.' Once some sucker pushed it the readout changed to 'RELEASE TO DETONATE.' Got some real good reactions to that one."
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7505] Tue, 05 March 2013 00:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Will you PUH LEEZE complete the story? Cool Laughing Razz
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7506] Tue, 05 March 2013 01:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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stanman wrote on Mon, 04 March 2013 21:18

Will you PUH LEEZE complete the story? Cool Laughing Razz


Which one?

The next time we were in the building with all the Suits we got some interesting sideways looks but nobody said anything until we were leaving. One of the women took me aside and asked if it really happened. I told her, "Of course not, and the sharks would have eaten all the evidence anyway."

They were pretty reasonable during negotiations, for some unknown reason. Which was why I did it.

or

"The barber scared the guy so bad he shat his pants. Barber and his wife got a divorce soon afterward."

The bit about the chainsaw came from the Darwin Awards. They have contemporary news reports that it really happened. Alcohol was involved.

The bit about PUSH TO TEST was modified from a DailyWTF entry.


[Updated on: Tue, 05 March 2013 01:31]

Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7508] Tue, 05 March 2013 13:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Reggie and Val were in New York doing some computer security for the company of Julian White, Edith White's grandson. All of the company's workstations and any server running Windows were penetrated (note: Mike wouldn't be there in this scenario.)

As much as it sets Val's teeth on edge they're feeding information to the FBI and SEC. The FBI is, of course, passing it along to some unnamed agencies whose remits are threats coming from overseas (the IP address buried in the snooper program leads here and there around the world.) Drone strikes will probably not be involved.

I don't think that Jester would get invited/coerced/blackmailed into joining the US Cyber Command[0].

Does this help? I could write a couple of fanfic chapters of Seasons about it and submit them for Ellen's approval but: A) I have no idea about what Ellen has in mind for Seasons, B) I probably can't do the intricate relationships among the characters justice, C) I'm not really sure how to get started, and D) did something like this happen in The Story That Shall Not Be Named?

[0] Yes, it really exists. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Cyber_Command The logo would make a great t-shirt.

Edit - I just found this in the Wiki article:

The text "9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a", which is located in the command's emblem, is the MD5 hash of their mission statement.

Government geeks are still geeks.

Edit - Edit White's grandson is named Julian

[Updated on: Sun, 07 April 2013 15:00]

Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7509] Tue, 05 March 2013 23:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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mkemp wrote on Tue, 05 March 2013 15:16

D) did something like this happen in The Story That Shall Not Be Named?
No. Nothing involving security agencies, anyway. Only your regular Windows delousing.


Don't call me Shirley. You will surely make me surly.
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7510] Wed, 06 March 2013 02:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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OK. So, to do this justice I'd need to write:
-at least one chapter of Tuck dealing with the normal activities of Jane's House intermixed with much conversation about the infection among Reggie, Tuck, Bill, the White family, and Thurston's company's management and geeks;
-one chapter dealing with Val going on a service call with Reggie;
-a chapter or two about a week of Deep Hacking; and finally
-a chapter about returning and decompressing.

The FBI will have to be involved because this crosses state lines, the SEC because it deals with stock trades and other financial stuff, and various other agencies that can operate overseas. One of the nasty problems is that the governmental types might characterize this as part of an attack on the US and want to replace all of the computers that might be infected. Not just the drives, the whole computers because that would be easier and "more thorough."[0] Bill might be at risk because Val has told Jane, Darryl and Melissa and the government types might want to "disinfect" his systems, too. This is pre-PATRIOT ACT so they'd have to get real warrants and court orders.

By the way, the book The Cuckoo's Egg deals with tracking down a real-life KGB hacker snooping around rather sensitive sites[1].


[0] In the Early Days there were computer hard drives with platters made of Magnesium. The security instructions were that anything like that had to be burned or melted in a furnace when it got replaced. The story goes that the Navy put one of the drives on a ship. Hilarity Ensued when one of the drives had to be replaced and the Magnesium fire damn near burned down the ship.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cuckoo%27s_Egg
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7513] Wed, 06 March 2013 12:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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OTOH, if Tuck, Bill et al got to destroy the computers themselves - 'thoroughly' - they might go for it if reimbursed.

Magnesium HD platters. *beatific smile* That'd be so cooool...

Ellen
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7514] Wed, 06 March 2013 21:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I remember seeing a video clip online somewhere of a guy burning a NeXT Cube case, which was made of magnesium...

Although I think nothing beats George Goble pouring a bucket of LIQUID OXYGEN on a barbecue. He got an Ig Nobel for it.

(He wasn't stupid, he used a long pole and protective clothing)

Hadn't looked for it in a while, but somebody put it on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjPxDOEdsX8

[Updated on: Wed, 06 March 2013 21:38]


Don't call me Shirley. You will surely make me surly.
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7515] Thu, 07 March 2013 01:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Article about burning NeXT case
http://simson.net/hacks/cubefire.html
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7525] Sun, 10 March 2013 17:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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[quote title=mkemp wrote on Tue, 05 March 2013 23:05]OK. So, to do this justice I'd need to write:

Snipped notes... What's keeping you from writing? Today for me it is spider solitaire and a dead battery on my car. The car battery has nothing to do with writing but it does mean that I have to get to the parts house in time to pick up a new one....

Spider solitaire otoh tends to draw me in like watching a set of wheels spin on a one armed bandit....
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7527] Sun, 10 March 2013 20:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Anne wrote on Sun, 10 March 2013 14:34



Snipped notes... What's keeping you from writing? Today for me it is spider solitaire and a dead battery on my car. The car battery has nothing to do with writing but it does mean that I have to get to the parts house in time to pick up a new one....

Spider solitaire otoh tends to draw me in like watching a set of wheels spin on a one armed bandit....


Dingbat (workstation #2) needs a system board swap. It runs a MySQL database that habu the webserver uses.

I have two 100kword novels that really need going over. I posted the first three chapters of the first one to the Baen slushpile and got 74 hits and one critique that remarked about a couple of tiny nits, then said that the start of the second chapter was too boring. I'd submit a RFDR (Request For a Dedicated Reader) to the critique.org site but I'd have to critique a bunch of their submissions in return and I find them rather uninteresting.
(http://bar.baen.com/index.php?t=msg&th=93398&start=0& Note: requires registration)

I'm desultorily working on a timeline for alternatehistory.com (183rd Survey Group http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=181588 Note: requires registration)

I have all the components of a couple of dozen old PCs to assemble and get running (8088 IBM XTs, IBM XT-286, 386, 486, Slot 1, Slot 2, AMD Slot A, Thinkpads, PS/2 Model 33, etc).

Plus I had been living with Mom since '04 and she died in September. It's hard to gather the energy to get out of the house nowadays.
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7536] Mon, 11 March 2013 06:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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mkemp wrote on Sun, 10 March 2013 17:22

I have all the components of a couple of dozen old PCs to assemble and get running (8088 IBM XTs, IBM XT-286, 386, 486, Slot 1, Slot 2, AMD Slot A, Thinkpads, PS/2 Model 33, etc).


If it wasn't for the shipping being prohibitive, I'd offer you the half dozen PS/2s in my storage.
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7541] Mon, 11 March 2013 12:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Brooke wrote on Mon, 11 March 2013 03:23


If it wasn't for the shipping being prohibitive, I'd offer you the half dozen PS/2s in my storage.



Where do you live? Smile
Actually, I don't have any real MCA stuff, mainly because it's so proprietary. The Mod 33s are little things almost like laptops in a desktop case.
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7653] Sun, 17 March 2013 19:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Jane's latest problem had been sent to the kitchen for an atrocious display of table manners. When Marie came in a few minutes later he had just broken off the last of his nail extensions. He looked her straight in the eye as he used the largest knife in the kitchen to start cutting his hair off.
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7654] Sun, 17 March 2013 23:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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mkemp wrote on Mon, 11 March 2013 09:56

Brooke wrote on Mon, 11 March 2013 03:23


If it wasn't for the shipping being prohibitive, I'd offer you the half dozen PS/2s in my storage.



Where do you live? Smile
Actually, I don't have any real MCA stuff, mainly because it's so proprietary. The Mod 33s are little things almost like laptops in a desktop case.


I live in Portland, Or. And as I recall you live near NYC.

Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7681] Mon, 18 March 2013 12:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Central Florida, not far from DizzyWorld. If our minivan hadn't gone into a terminal failure mode a while back I might consider a road trip.

Oh, well. Maybe you can find some electronics recyclers in your area. Or list 'em on eBay in the vintage computers category.
<<<just looked>>>
Okay, there are some PS/2 systems listed, most high-end ones with unreasonable asking prices. You might get some offers if you start with $1.99 or so.
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7714] Fri, 22 March 2013 04:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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mkemp wrote on Mon, 18 March 2013 09:46

Central Florida, not far from DizzyWorld. If our minivan hadn't gone into a terminal failure mode a while back I might consider a road trip.

Oh, well. Maybe you can find some electronics recyclers in your area. Or list 'em on eBay in the vintage computers category.
<<<just looked>>>
Okay, there are some PS/2 systems listed, most high-end ones with unreasonable asking prices. You might get some offers if you start with $1.99 or so.



Alas, shipping on boxen is *expensive*. I've done it, but...

Had an eager buyer for one of my Tandy 2000 boxen, but when we discovered that the shipping to Canada (*anywhere* in Canada) was over $150 that killed that.

But I *really* want to avoid sending them to recyclers. Not if there are folks who will actually *use* them.

Worst case, I'll do like I plan to do with the PC clones in storage. Strip them for parts (cards, maybe even power supplies and motherboards) and sell those, then dump the remains at Free Geek
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7915] Thu, 30 May 2013 18:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Just how many stories are here that are not at Ellen's site?
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7921] Fri, 31 May 2013 17:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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A lot. First because some are not complete, and second because Ellen has other things to do besides post them.
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7939] Fri, 07 June 2013 17:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Could Ellen or the author give permission to somebody to post the Tuck fanfics posted here?
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7940] Fri, 07 June 2013 17:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Some of 'em are kinda works in progress, some of 'em are just snippets.
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7945] Sat, 08 June 2013 04:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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stanman wrote on Fri, 07 June 2013 22:26

Could Ellen or the author give permission to somebody to post the Tuck fanfics posted here?

Ellen could, but probably won't; it's too much trouble to put them together. And then, some damnfool (or lots of them) would be trying to jam them into the regular series and not understanding that they aren't canonical.

Part of the fun of them was that I did not have to integrate them into the regular series. Nor worry about backstory, or contradicting myself, or timing, or being completely plausible, or...

Anyone else could, but as this is not a Creative Commons licensed universe and/or characters, Ellen still technically owns the copyright.

Ellen
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7948] Sat, 08 June 2013 09:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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1. (other than Ellen's answer) It is work. So why don't you search them out and transfer them to your hdd.
2. Why should someone else do the work for you?
3. You want them on a page with hypertext links? Again, do the work!
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7977] Mon, 17 June 2013 19:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I was thinking about posting at Big Closet, like her Tuck series
Re: Snippet of drivel [message #7979] Tue, 18 June 2013 00:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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stanman wrote on Tue, 18 June 2013 00:16

I was thinking about posting at Big Closet, like her Tuck series

No, that would be a Bad Idea.
Let's just leave them here. Sort of a bonus for anyone who actually comes to this forum.

Ellen
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Preferred. Though posting a notification on the blogs that TSpawn is an active fanfic site would be fine.

The problem with posting at BC would be kibitzing by people who aren't really tuckfen.
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