Wednesday, March 21, 2012

White Ping

"Have been updating advice based on threads publicly disclosed. Will maintain 'heading' unless instructed to do otherwise through our back channel." The protocol honed over a couple of years, very reliable. This despite the lack of direct contact. He looked up at her.

"Close it now. A reply, if any, will occur within the standard reply time window. Otherwise, a simple ACK." She in turn glanced at the others to confirm they all understood.

This type of message was rarely sent, perhaps three to four times a year. In each case, some major structural change had occurred requiring a test of  the strategic media for both accuracy and latency. Disruption of the mechanism was a clear priority for the team's competition. The conversation media was also subject to rapidly expanding capacity and the unpredictable side effects that resulted from the expansion.

"As expected, chatter has picked up. This is not FDR shortly before Pearl Harbor. Nor Tibet around the time of Stalin's first A-bomb detonation. Perhaps the cyber equivalent though?"

© 2012 Buzz Hill

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