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Topic: Hacker or Virus (computer)( 12/15/11)
WHAT FOOLS SOME PEOPLE CAN BE
By Linda Goergen
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Zachary, often called just Z, was just a young boy, when told of the secret. It was shortly before his great-grandfather’s death and Zachary had thought many times it just had to have been the rambling of an old, sick, confused mind. Still, Zachary had never forgotten it—in fact, at times it haunted him.
Zachary had been sitting alone, by his great-grandfather’s bed when suddenly the old man had said, “Listen to me boy. There is something the original crew of the starship FF-AOG has kept from our people. I now fear and doubt the wisdom of it.” After a pause, he then told Zachary that he’d had a dream—a prophesy. He bid Zachary come closer; then whispered, “One called as Omega will come forth, being an instrument to restore hidden truth and knowledge.” Then before Zachary could question him, his great-grandfather’s mind drifted back to a place questions could not penetrate.
“Excuse me Mr. Last, or may I call you Zachary? It is astonishing how your obscure company “Ark of Knowledge” has risen to such fame, a mere seven weeks after the announcement of your three phase wisdom software. Your Phase One release, His Existence, is in phenomenal demand and such a uniquely interactive program, with such bewildering impact. How did you develop—”
Zachary interrupted the reporter, “I can’t take credit. I found a piece of code that’s changed my world—my views—all understanding. It was a gift, given to me to bring to our world. When all three phases are released, the life changing truth of the program will be understood.”
The CEO of Trust-Self Inc. was livid as he watched the interview on his liquid screen. “So he got ahead of me with his gift, huh? Well, he’ll never release Phase Two and Three because I will help myself to a gift from him! He grabbed his X-2 communicator and screamed to the answering tech, “I have a job for you!”
A mere hour later, when the impatient CEO, stormed into the tech room, the head tech responded, “Sir! We’ve already identified the server he has the program on. We have three servers running scripts, cracking firewalls. It’s surprising how little security he has on this. We expect to be in within—wait—an alert —something is happening—WHAT?—No way—can't be—a boomerang virus! Shut everything down—now—NOW I said!”
The CEO shrieked, “But did you get the code?”
Ignoring the CEO, the tech shouted, “What do you mean you can't shut down? Pull the plug imbecile!” Color drained from the tech’s face, “WHAT! Where is the power coming from then?”
As all eyes focused on the screen, it flickered, faded, and then instantaneously sharpened back in—with a face appearing.
All stood, visibly shaken, as the image became blindingly bright and began to speak, “I see what you are doing—evilly attempting to hack what is not yours. Foolish men! Now I have hacked YOU so that you might understand! Some of my creation would deny me; try to obliterate all knowledge of me, as your ancestors attempted. They mocked me among themselves, nicknaming their ship, Freedom From Absurdity Of God. What Fools! THEY were the ABSURD! I landed them safely! NOWHERE can mankind be hid from me. My love always interacts with and seeks out my creation. It is only mankind’s vainglorious, self delusion of sovereignty that is the myth! Now again—you think you can hack my program—attempt to delete me—my message? You reek with pride! I AM THAT I AM. My program cannot be hacked—will never be deleted! Attempts to steal it, or change it, will always fail. It cannot be bought; the price for it has already been paid. Yet—to unworthy mankind I offer it—a free gift to those who will accept it—on MY terms. Are you interested in the terms of my agreement? I ask you now—Do YOU want my gift? ”
As most in the room wept, automatically falling to their knees, the CEO bellowed with rage, “What are you idiots doing? He’s NOT real! Listen to ME! It has to be a new virus Zachary Last has invented! What FOOLS some people can be!”
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