According to Rand Ratinac, at 21:10 on 31 May 00, the word on the street was...
[snip examples of headware memory use] > Lord, Gurth, the possibilities are literally ENDLESS...
Yes, but they're all things that anyone can do.
What I meant is, all decker archetypes/sample characters since the SR1 main rulebook have had headware memory. In fact, in the SRII rules there's no other archetype that even has headware memory, even though for a character like the Bodyguard it would come much more in handy than for a decker...
My point is that I can't think of anything for which a decker requires headware memory. All the stuff you mentioned are options open to anyone; I'd assume there's some other thing you can do with it that only deckers can make use of. The only thing I can think of, though, is using it as offline storage, but that's not a very satisfactory answer :/
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Peter Kristiansen sds@**.auc.dk
Headware memory for deckers (was Re: Decker Mage)
Thu, 1 Jun 2000 12:03:59 +0200 (W. Europe Daylight Time)
On Thu, 1 Jun 2000, Gurth wrote:
> According to Rand Ratinac, at 21:10 on 31 May 00, the word on the street > was... > > [snip examples of headware memory use] > > Lord, Gurth, the possibilities are literally ENDLESS... [Snip] > > My point is that I can't think of anything for which a decker requires > headware memory. All the stuff you mentioned are options open to anyone; > I'd assume there's some other thing you can do with it that only deckers > can make use of. The only thing I can think of, though, is using it as > offline storage, but that's not a very satisfactory answer :/ > Maybe it's just a question of style. In the same manner that having a samurai without speed increase is. I know, I know there was the ork street samurai who didn't have speed increase, plus speed increase has a rather obvious advantage.
Suggestion for use: Storage for a key. You add a small component to your deck. This component is connected to the interfaces (ASIST and keyboard). If the proper code is not entered you cannot access the deck, it won't even turn on. You then store your key in memory and the deck automatically checks your headware memory and if correct.. Presto. Access.
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