Bricking Tech

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BalazarLightson BalazarLightson's picture
Bricking Tech

Came up elsewhere, but I wanna know, do manufacturers make Synthmorphs that would brick when tampered with?

Baribal Baribal's picture
I for one would assume so,

I for one would assume so, and they'd probably do it under the guise of that being a safety feature, selling the bricking of the morph being preferable to your mind and body being hijacked by malicious hardware. Aside from that being something that *might* make sense to some people, it'd be too tempting an opportunity to pass for locking users into your company's walled garden. ExoTech would be a prime candidate for doing #### like that.

Morgan's Butchery | Body bank, morph individualization and upgrades | Psychotherapy and Psychosurgery, therapeutic and recreational | http://eclipsephase.com/comment/59484#comment-59484

BalazarLightson BalazarLightson's picture
Ripe for abuse...

This strikes me as ripe for abuse... perfect.

Baribal Baribal's picture
Well, even Freeman pods are a

Well, even Freeman pods are a thing, so what constitutes abuse is very relative. There's two segments that synths like that would sell to, the rich (to whom a no-worries, hard-to-tamper-with ecosystem appeals, and isn't abuse at all; the essential ExoCult) and the poor (who would be willing to accept cheap morphs even though it limits them to a specific upgrade path). Such a DRM scheme could also be compared to Planned Obsolescence, which people seem to have accepted, too, grudgingly or not.
If you have ideas for this trait that go beyond these basics, I'd be interested in hearing them.

Morgan's Butchery | Body bank, morph individualization and upgrades | Psychotherapy and Psychosurgery, therapeutic and recreational | http://eclipsephase.com/comment/59484#comment-59484

NotActuallyTim NotActuallyTim's picture
Brickable rent-a-morphs seem

Brickable rent-a-morphs seem like an option, especially if you can't afford an emergency farcaster.

SquireNed SquireNed's picture
*coughdeadswitchcough*

*coughdeadswitchcough*

BalazarLightson BalazarLightson's picture
Hostile shut-down ideas

Firstly, for our current home game I was thinking a great means for a hacker to attack Synths would be to try to trigger the brick code. We are at the moment in Jupiter L4 I think, in a mostly Synth populated Hab. A means to take out any opposition we run into. Most of us sleeved into Bio's out of habit.

Then I was thinking it would be great to base a scenario around a hacker on some remote Hab bricking all the Synths and holding the place to ransom, or doing something nefarious while folks in their Synths were 'locked in'. Could be an interesting one-shot for a Con where PC's are the only Biomorphs in an otherwise Synth hab, and have to figure out what is going on. Just a sketch at the moment, but could lead somewhere fun. Could be a cover for theft, espionage, egoknapping.

I like the idea that your Morph might be locked, but you still have consciousness and limited mesh access, to request a reset code from the IP Owner. Great scenes for Mental Stress, as you wait an hour for reset codes to reach you inbox while you are in a remote Hab somewhere, and everything is in lockdown mode. Made harder still if station comms are offline. Actually, this is shaping nicely into a mesh based scenario.

Dilf_Pickle Dilf_Pickle's picture
Finger-steepling

BalazarLightson wrote:
This strikes me as ripe for abuse... perfect.

Between your avatar and the evil of your statement, you really missed out on an opportunity to say "Eeeexcellent...."