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    I think we all saw that coming, Emm. Never trust your life to a guy like that after throwing him under a bus.
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    Considering the nannies REDHack is based on, I have a vague suspicion that we haven't seen the last of Emm. Of course, I suspect Kowalski would know better than most the capabilities of their nanogoodies, and would thus be able to confidently consider her gone.
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    So this is the wet team kowalski had waiting in the wings? Also, apparently the destination to which Kowalski and Emm were downloading their minds and selves.

    And what sort of name for a burrough is "Gherkinopolis-on-thames"?
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    Am I the only person hoping that Emm redhacked Max Haluska, and Kowalski killed two of the biggest monsters in Schlockdom with one shot?
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    And so Emm reaches the end of her road, eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockphed View Post
    So this is the wet team kowalski had waiting in the wings? Also, apparently the destination to which Kowalski and Emm were downloading their minds and selves.
    I got the impression that Kowalski ended up somewhere that was -not- the capitol or near it. If so, this simply can't be the wetwork team because they were fairly local to the capitol.

    Their cover is also almost entirely blown, in all likely hood, due to them being already jacked up for the previous arc(even if they didn't show up to the foxtrot).

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    Am I the only person hoping that Emm redhacked Max Haluska, and Kowalski killed two of the biggest monsters in Schlockdom with one shot?
    Skin is wrong, hair is wrong, height ~seems~ wrong, and these are all things Howard has been very consistent about outside Kathryn and Elf, and even then, it usually required a plot point to change something. Hell, people very very rarely change clothes without the plot being involved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockphed View Post
    And what sort of name for a burrough is "Gherkinopolis-on-thames"?
    The Gherkin is the nickname for the tower block at 30 St Mary Axe in London--if you see pictures of it, you'll see how it got that name. It looks like the architects of this particular London borough in the future decided to use that architectural style for all the buildings, and it probably started getting called Gherkinopolis as a nickname, same as the original tower.

    Anyway, nice to see Kowalski is starting his new life as he means to go on--he could, after all, have sabotaged the selfstream process so that Emm went nowhere, but he preferred the *personal* touch of completing the transfer and then shooting her in the head. Can't help but feel he'll be popping up again at some point, probably working for some other mercenary company.

    EDIT: Actually, thinking about it, this was a kind of BOGOF deal for murder, no wonder Kowalski liked it--he gets to kill the young man whose body he downloaded Emm into, and then kill Emm herself!
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    It also means leaving a dead body in his wake, which is rather amazingly poor tradecraft forensic housekeeping when he could just have set Emm's transfer to /dev/nul. I almost got the impression that the shot was a spur-of-the-moment whim. But no matter.

    The Gherkin. And the text implies that "London" is actually now a borough - a division of a city called Gherkinopolis-on-Thames, presumably implying ribbon development up to Oxford and down to the sea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Discus-Spinner View Post
    It also means leaving a dead body in his wake, which is rather amazingly poor tradecraft forensic housekeeping when he could just have set Emm's transfer to /dev/nul. I almost got the impression that the shot was a spur-of-the-moment whim. But no matter.
    Right, because people are totally going to care about one random homicide in the face of 20,000 police officers going on a sudden murder rampage before being killed.
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    I think it's more an implication that "London" isn't a city anymore but the author is using it as a way for the reader to place it globally
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marnath View Post
    Right, because people are totally going to care about one random homicide in the face of 20,000 police officers going on a sudden murder rampage before being killed.
    That didn't happen in the same place. (Dom Atlantis vs. Gherkinopolis.) And it only takes one local police detective who's feeling dutiful and working on the principle that every damn murder merits some kind of serious treatment, and Kowalski could start needing to run faster and cover his tracks harder.

    I'm sure he can handle that. But it still looks sloppy to me.
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    Well, that was a surprise. Going to see how this all plays out. I wonder if it might be connected to a certain "milk run".
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    I'm sure he can handle that. But it still looks sloppy to me.
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    I'm going to take a wild stab in the dark that maybe the software developers created some sort of protection to ensure that people don't randomly self-stream themselves into oblivion, and Kowalski had no choice but to play it this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Discus-Spinner View Post
    It also means leaving a dead body in his wake, which is rather amazingly poor tradecraft forensic housekeeping when he could just have set Emm's transfer to /dev/nul. I almost got the impression that the shot was a spur-of-the-moment whim. But no matter.
    Option A)Kill Emm onboard the batt leplate, likely have it be known that his Kowalski-self is responsible for that, and burn that bridge entirely.

    Option B)Sabotage Emm's stream, which may or may not be doable, and may or may not be traceable. Most likely not any better or any more satisfying than option A.

    Option C)Kill Emm's new host, eliminating all evidence of where Emm went except the body(which nobody would really know is her), which Kowalski should be able to clean up reasonably well. Personally, I like C best.

    Also, he might not've decided to kill her until after they left, idk.
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    Considering how Kowalski's last superior went out, it's really not particularly surprising that Emm ended similarly, it's just this time he had the option of being a bit more direct about it.

    As for why not sabotage the 'jack, it's likely that there are enough safeguards and such in place to prevent squirting and other mishaps that it would be obvious he's up to something, even if Emm isn't particularly knowledgeable about the process.
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    Oh good he' still a monster but now he's his own monster, with no supervision. I'm sure that'll end great.
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    He'll only be killing where it's to his direct personal advantage now (and he's even admitted to a stunted vestigial conscience). Given the industrial-scale work that Emm was assigning him, that's actually likely to be a large net improvement in raw numbers terms.
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    I think that Kowalski hasn't been very happy lately. He says that he never gets tired of being called a monster, but I think his face was saying that yeah, he is tired.
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    OK, so this *is* the milk run that was mentioned before. Guessing these streams are a lot easier to trace than Kowalski thought they might be. (Oh, and this also answers the stuff about leaving a body behind--he's incinerating it).

    Also, love Landon's armour--guess he didn't want to end up in a situation where he gets sixty-one penetrating wounds this time around!
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    The trace probably ought to be hard, but with the likes of Ennesby taking an interest, Kowalski was wrong to assume it'd be hard enough. And even with 2015 forensics, merely incinerating the body wouldn't be a fully adequate clean-up after a gunshot to the head. But it'd help delay discovery, possibly indefinitely, and there may be nanotech for the blood spatters.

    And I wouldn't call arresting Kowalski and/or Emm a "milk run", even for this team but like the admiral said, sometimes, the milk has gone really bad.

    Landon's armour is cool, anyway. I found myself thinking His Dark Materials...
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    Quote Originally Posted by factotum View Post
    Also, love Landon's armour--guess he didn't want to end up in a situation where he gets sixty-one penetrating wounds this time around!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Discus-Spinner View Post
    The trace probably ought to be hard, but with the likes of Ennesby taking an interest, Kowalski was wrong to assume it'd be hard enough.
    I'd lay even odds on the ship AI reporting the selfstream. The feeds in her office may have been cut, but the transmission nodes aren't part of her office.

    Also, I love that Landon is running around in Toughs style body armor with the potato option bits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlyGuyMcFly View Post
    Cue Kowalski delivering sixty-two penetrating wounds to Landon.
    whats interesting is the design of armor. That looks like the gear Tailor makes, minus Pauldrones which for Landon are clearly unnecessary due to the Assault Potatos orbiting him.

    So apparently Landon is now the Tough's Cavalry division?
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    Quote Originally Posted by toapat View Post
    whats interesting is the design of armor. That looks like the gear Tailor makes, minus Pauldrones which for Landon are clearly unnecessary due to the Assault Potatos orbiting him.

    So apparently Landon is now the Tough's Cavalry division?
    Or maybe Tailor based their designs on existing armor and Landon happens to use that type?
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    Or maybe Tailor based their designs on existing armor and Landon happens to use that type?
    I figured the armor was the product of the MakoTater. He was complaining about how it was using the cannibalized remains of other taters, this could be one of its projects.

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    I would suppose that Tailor is with the main group of the Toughs. Which brings up the question of what THEY have been up to all this time?
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    I guess that Breya sent this team out on this milk run because they're some of the few people who she (of necessity) trusts with some of the dirty secrets that may get mentioned in the course of ensuing events. Still, it means that she is, so far as one assumes she knows, sending then up against an experienced intelligence officer and a scary-dangerous black ops specialist.

    Landon and Schlock are good choices for the job anyway, and Murtaugh has the skills, notwithstanding that she's supposed to be a bit high up the command structure for small-unit field combat ops these days. But what the heck is Breya doing sending Sorlie with them? That's a brilliant technical specialist and a promising natural intelligence analyst, but someone whose combat experience consists of (a) letting someone else fly her suit while she runs away, and (b) pointing out that the person she's talking to has a very big gun and then running away again. One would think that she was all but a liability in a gunfight.
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