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I logged-in to duty today and was surprised to find quite a few others on duty as well.  As far as I can tell, the roids are still not cooling properly (although some did look to be a lighter shade of blue) and there are currently no faction or TRI missions.  So I guess everyone was flux-hunting, hauling or pureing.

I was just on to tune beacons.  I did one run up through Ekoos and RV over to Tripoint.  Then a run from Tripoint through Path of Hordes to QC.  Then a last run from QC over to KH.  Other than the number of people I saw on F5, nothing much exciting.

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Well, the mission went off as planned, unfortunately. I hated to see megacredits worth of lab go up like that, but trust me on this – you didn’t want that lab in the hands of those AIs.

“DPDQ”, though… days after it happens, they pop on to send a message in hex (much less complicated than just sending a message in Standard – which they obviously know, since the hex corresponded to Standard on a letter-by-letter basis – huh?) saying “no more”. Uh, yeah, I won’t blow up any more one-of-a-kind computer labs at Amananth station, thanks for the reminder. Oh, and thanks for all the help fending off the AI hackers trying to take it over, by the way.

Could have used some help, but hey, make sure you scold me for blowing it up when both my cybernetically-enhanced connections, and the literal creator of the AIs in question can’t keep out that same group of AIs from a lab in *your* station, that *you* pledged to help safeguard – because we’re both flesh-and-blood pitted against AIs. Raw computing power trumps age and sagacity, I’m afraid.

Whatever “DPDQ” is, though, it’s a brain-damaged idiot. Oh well. So long, new Aman AI – and thanks for all the fish.

BASIC’s brute force attempts on the CWCC’s security continue unabated, with only a minor downtick in severity during the Antiflux resupply project. (Probably due to Avicenna’s attention being split as he navigated). Aelagi continues to stem the tide, but even she can’t keep this up forever. I’m really hoping we won’t have to resort to the measures I’ve established as a fallback.

Time is slipping away from us – and I really don’t want to do what it seems I’m being forced to do. Our cooperation was very much situational, and didn’t stem from any renewed goodwill on their part.

This is another one that was in perfect condition.  It was recovered a couple of years ago in Ekoos Stop by Hammer-BS.
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I was monitoring the link back to the CWCC just now. I watched the traffic spike, yet again. Another brute force attempt from somewhere in Amananth space. Aelagi also reports multiple attempts on her secure mainframe – and I am fending off wide spectrum DDOS attacks on my own station’s connection, way over in Hyperial space.

Someone wants my data – or, at least, me kept occupied. I might have to arrange something a bit more… direct… in response. My contingency plan is nearly complete.

In other news, I flew escort for Nuncio out through unreg to set up his new station in, well, Last Parsec. That was pretty neat.

Also received a donation from a benefactor – to the tune of 100 million credits – to continue our work opposing the factional governments on their Conflux policies. It gets expensive thumbing your nose at inflationary profiteering – but we shall persevere. I don’t care how much like an AB4 they think Antiflux should be. They’re wrong.

Started the night with some diplomacy. I had a squad application pending from a Quantar pilot. Per Hyperial’s conditions, having a Quantar pilot negates their official recognition. So long, Hyperial.

Then, I proceeded to the next item of business: collecting a debt. Aristotle needed some new equipment he couldn’t afford, and told me Avicenna would make it up. Fair enough. Got him equipped, no big deal.

Headed to QD, at Avi’s request, to make the exchange. Uneventful trip down, really. Got my credits on arrival, docked to r/r/r.

When I launched, however, Mercator and Avicenna jumped me – presumably for my bounty, but they didn’t say. Mercator was quickly dispatched by a defense droid, but I finished Avicenna off myself. Didn’t show up as a kill – but I got the bounty for him, nonetheless. Ungrateful, kids these days. At least I got the money first.

Nimdas, in the meantime, was sitting on a swarm, and wanted help dispatching it. En route, BLACKDOGG went on duty. I informed him about the ultimatum I gave for BlackRebelsMC – contact from their squad leader, or they join their piratical allies on our WAR list. This was his reply:
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I dunno where he lives in his head – but it’s not our galaxy. Pirates are never okay. Helping pirates is never okay. Same for flux – because they’re the same species.

So, apparently, they just don’t care. There ya go.

Oh, and then I caught up with Nimdas, and we destroyed that swarm in < 2 mins. So there's that.