Feb 27, 2021 6:49 AM
Demon Cam in the Space Silmarillion
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Yeah.

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Is there a way to rig the chips to detonate if the heart stops?

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...Yeah. Requires a new installation but I can do it.

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Please do.

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So Cam goes around adding a heart monitor and a chip software patch to everybody who's already got triggers in.

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And while he's doing installations a modified-to-not-be-escalatory bomber will land nearby and its pilot will climb out and watch Cam at work until he takes a break.

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Cam cam install chips while he drinks coffee. It will take a while for him to be done.

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That's fine.

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Eventually: "Can I help you."

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"Yeah, can we do 'without an audience'?"

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"Sure." Over thisaway.

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"I think you're lying that you couldn't bring back the King, because I don't believe Maitimo would have wanted you to try. Have you tested on someone else with an intact chip, do you know if it works in general."

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"No."

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"Lot of people in Brithombar lost loved ones to bullets, leaves the chips intact." He pulls one out. "Can you please try it right now."

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"Who is this?"

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"A volunteer's wife who died of a bullet wound about a month before we arrived, in his arms, chip's been in his pocket ever since, he swears to that and swears to not serving the Enemy and not having been near the front lines."

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"You realize that the fact I didn't try Finwë is kind of secret and the fact that I still have his chip is not."

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"If minds are data there are only two senses in which you possibly 'couldn't duplicate them'. One is that the data comes through corrupted and one is that, like the Valar can't make life but can start and stop an upload if they like, chips you make contain all the same data but just refuse to run, and if it's that, we can use non-magical means to read  chips and write to them and you should be able to make a chip the contents of which we can write to a new chip and it should work. We don't know how to read to or write from chips. I have been working on this, entirely in my head, because if Hell gets it that may be worse than any good it can do here. But I think it has a shot of working. And I need to know if that's the only barrier. We do not have to send her back home."

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"What are you going to do with her instead?"

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"Ask her to come help babysit the bunker's oversupply of children and not announce the incredibly important strategic secret that we may have resurrection. I can demand an oath if I need one."

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"How did you even get this off her husband -?"

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"Said that whole cities can fucking die in their sleep and the Enemy will take the chips and we could destroy hers or I could take it somewhere safe but as it was, keeping her around was just keeping her in danger."

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"...so if it turns out we do in fact have secret resurrection what are you going to do with that."

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"Have a guess."

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"The secrecy constraint is a very serious problem here! I guess you could comb Brithombar for rescued chips and I could wake them all up on my planet later but that's probably not the only thing you have in mind!"

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