|Black IC (was Re: Hacking a Smartlink in SR4)
|Mon, 3 Oct 2005 18:45:05 -0400 (EDT)
>Black IC can only kill people that are already using hot sim to
>deliberately push the simsense feed to BTL like levels beyond normal
-- Which itself doesn't make much sense if you stop to think about it. Even a BTL system
has to have some sort of cutoff short of "kill user." In any case it's just a
bit of data being translated by your simsense unit, it's not blasting some sort of wierd
simsense signal into your brain.
>It doesn't take much tweaking of such a feed to kill
-- Based on what, simstim as presented in William Gibsons novels?
-- I suppose a signal could trigger a heart attack or somesuch, but simsense overload as
presented in cyberpunk fiction has been of the "fry your brain" variety rather
than triggering a physiological response (which is what the RAS overrides largely prevent
>If they are using a plain old cold sim, then black IC only
>does stun damage. It also requires someone to be using a trode rig or
>datajack letting the signal go straight to their brain
-- Which is patently ridiculous. But without Black IC then there's not a huge amount of
immediate danger for deckers, especially in the Shadowrun world where it's easy to run to
places that noone can follow or rapidly relocate your jackpoint.
-- Trying to explain Black IC is like trying to figure out how Sparky IC can cause
electrical overloads in your deck. It's silly, but part of the cyberpunk literature so
what can you do?
BRING BACK SPARKY IC! >:)