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Private Is This What Phones Do Nowadays?

Discussion in 'City Life' started by Ashes, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. Ashes
    Ashes

    WELP THIS JUST GOT INTERESTING.

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    Damien, for one, wasn't too happy.

    For one thing, his phone - the primitive, metal rectangles they actually used back in this time - was slowly running out of battery: only 9%, and Damien had only taken it off the charger cord that morning! How could such a stupid rectangle even lose that much battery in such a small amount of time? For another, he'd been working all night last night on his machine, in the hopes of getting it to charge even a bit faster. For his efforts, he had a grand total of 0 successes and had wound up looking halfway like an Infected - or, he guessed, "a zombie".

    At least there was technology here, though - the last time he'd jumped through time, he'd wound up in a position where they didn't even have transistors or engines yet. Or bulbs. Or coffee machines.

    Oh well - he'd made do anyway. At the very least, the person at the cafe he was currently dreading entering would be so kind as to not question it and hand him his daily usual - a scalding hot black coffee and a cream-cheese bagel with lox.

    "Thanks," he muttered at the barista, shoving a ten at her across the counter. Normally, the barista would have questioned this behavior, but for this customer it was normal. Instead, she said nothing as she slid his coffee back across the counter.

    At least the coffee in this time was better. Not so eco-friendly like home's coffee had been, but with an almost not-dirtlike taste.

    He took out his phone - dumb thing was already at 8% - and scrolled through his schematics one more time, grumbling at the crowds of people going in for the daily grind.
     
  2. Demonicmuffin
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    “Tch, old man should learn to keep this thing topped up.” Sass complained, watching the man flick through a couple pictures, the image like a huge movie screen with Sass sitting just out of his view.

    She had already taken copies of all of the schematics of course, but that didn’t meant she wasn’t going to hang around a bit, hoping to hear any comments the man might let out looking over his designs. Sass herself was doing her best to limit her activities as to save battery, but it was such a pain. And the man was so stoic about it all.

    “Oi! Gramps! Have some consideration for the others using this thing!” She called out, floating up to bang on the screen, although it wouldn’t actually affect the outside.

    “Thought a hybrid would’ve been more careful with us, but I guess not. Old people really can’t be trusted with modern tech.” She stated sarcastically, shrugging slightly. She looked right at the screen, a smirk plastered across her face.

    “Nice toys by the way. Really neat stuff. ‘Specially considering who made ‘em.” She held up a few photos in her hand, copies of the schematics. If it was going to shut off anyways, she might as well give a little incentive to charge it up as fast as he could. She felt like having a chat anyways.
     
  3. Ashes
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    WELP THIS JUST GOT INTERESTING.

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    Damien wasn't much for talking - not in public anyway - but he did occasionally mutter stuff like "light-fusion core... thermodynamics... power gauge... leakage in fuel... so then why would it be -"

    He was about to finish the thought when a tiny... girl? banged on his screen with such force he almost thought it would break the screen. But the thing came from inside the screen...? This damned primitive phone. Must have been some smart upstart hacker thinking she'd scare Damien Invasio. Pff. There was no scaring Damien. If this were the 3000's, she'd be as commonplace as a tablet was now. Quietly, he clicked off of the schematics and sighed, tapping the phone with his other arm.

    "If you're looking for a grandpa, I ain't it," he remarked in a casual tone, doing a once-over of the new thing in his phone. Now that he was looking a bit closer, he could see that she looked kind of like an ancient pop star, though he couldn't remember his history lessons enough to remember their name. There was something interesting about her, though - where her avatar's digital legs should have been, there were instead two... pixely stumps.

    Ugh - this time had such stupid rules on avatar fashion. Though, he should have been able to see her legs, and her pigtails (quite fitting for a kid) seemed to float up, ike they didn't give two shits about gravity.

    Damien almost wanted to peer closer, but by the time he leaned in to get a closer look, she was thrusting the thumbnails of the schematic files at him. Instead of humor her and look concerned, he humored her by looking annoyed.

    "Stop moving. You're wasting my battery and I'm trying to get a good look at you."

    Huh. Pixely design, banging on the inside of even this primitive thing? Sarcasm, too much so for the robots of this time?

    "Happen to know where a charger is?"
     
  4. Demonicmuffin
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    “Eeeh~? Old, bad with tech, AND a pervert. You really are a scumbag aren’t you?” Sass teased, nonetheless complying with his requests, even going so far as to retreat from the screen a bit and striking a pose as to give him a better view.

    “Feast your eyes buddy, you’re looking at a one of a kind product right here! Not like those mass produced Orion Npcs, 100% genuine human ingenuity.” she said as if advertising a product. “If you’re looking for a charger, there's only so much I can do for you though.” She shrugged, twirling a finger as the framerate dropped, becoming almost slideshow esque

    “I can help you save your battery however. Should be enough to last you a bit, you better hurry up though, it's rude to inconvenience your guests like this.”
     
  5. Ashes
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    WELP THIS JUST GOT INTERESTING.

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    "I'm not used to this primitive tech" he explained, peering at the posed girl. She had a lot of guts, didn't she. Damien was no pervert - she'd showed up and asserted herself, and now Damien was only making scientific observations. But, he guessed, an immature kid would see it the wrong way.

    Nonetheless, while her demeanor was annoying, he got a feeling that he'd been wrong the first time. Way too human for a robot, much too active for an avatar, smoother than any framerate he'd seen of characters in this time. Yes - now he was certain. This was no human being. Could she be purely technological? Damien's eyes gained a glint that told the girl he'd figured something out. She was even slowing down the framerate on his device... huh.

    He had to agree with her on the Orion NPCs - they were beautifully crafted for the era they were in, adequately integrated, but humans had a bit more... reliability? No fancy schmancy powers.

    "Got a name?"
     
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    “Course I got a name.” She commented, “I’m the Spoofing Adaptive Sapient System, SASS for short. I’m also a super super cute viral AI who’s invaded your phone!” She said, striking a pose, making a sideways peace sign over her eye and winking.

    “You gotta hurry up though, you’re running out of charge fast.” She added quickly, glancing around nervously. She hated the feeling of having a part of her network cut off, especially one she had been on recently. She considered it similar to the phantom pain people who lost limbs feel. It left her feeling a bit uneasy.
     
  7. Ashes
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    WELP THIS JUST GOT INTERESTING.

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    \Hhhhh. Years of being in the first half of the 2000s, and this was the first advancement of tech that was at least 2080s level? Damien sighed in annoyance and ran a hand through his hair. This was going to be, hands down, the most annoyance he'd ever felt towards an electronic existence. Though, he had to admit, this particular AI was aptly named.

    She struck another pose.

    He rolled his eyes. "Are you gonna do that every time you say somethin', kid?" Because it was starting to grate on his nerves, almost more than her overall demeanor.

    Still, there was something to be gained here - namely, an AI perspective on how to fix his damned machine. He'd been throwing everything he had at it for months, years, decades, hoping something would stick and recharge it, fix it, renew it faster. After all, to exhaust all but one option would be kind of pointless. And, judging by the way the girl was quite literally in his phone, it could have been true that she could enter machines. Perhaps there was a snowflake's chance in hell that he could fix it faster with her help.

    Even if she annoyed him to the point of death.

    "Home, then," he grumbled, tapping the power button so the screen went dark, then shoving the rectangle into his pocket and making a beeline for the doors of the cafe, which was already filling up with people.
     


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