On Wed, 13 Jun 2018 21:46:21 -0700, Robert Woodward
>In article <***@4ax.com>,
> ***@dontspam.silent.com wrote:
>> On Tue, 12 Jun 2018 22:07:25 -0700, Robert Woodward
>> <***@drizzle.com> wrote:
>> >I dislike attempts to "modernize" decades old science fiction stories. I
>> >have just encountered an example of why I do. When I see references to
>> >"the cloud" being used as data back up for a book published 3 decades
>> >ago when reading an ebook edition that came out several years ago, I
>> >find myself wondering if this was a "modernization" inspired by a minion
>> >of The Deceiver. But, perhaps it is authentic.
>> >The book in question is _The Doppelganger Gambit_ by Lee Killough.
>> >References to "the cloud" appears twice. The first one is about the
>> >5/6ths point in chapter 5:
>> >"Not the backup in the cloud, you mean"
>> >(Janna Brill, the protagonist is talking to Musa Reyal, a computer tech)
>> >he later replies:
>> >"We won't know until we reinstall his operating system and check. But
>> >... the cloud tends to resist all the very e-savvy. Our data which art
>> >in Heaven, forever live thy bytes."
>> >The second is around the 1/6th point in chapter 8:
>> >"Not a problem. Once the operating system is reinstalled, the cloud
>> >awaits me."
>> >(A Federal investigator is talking to both Brill and Maxwell when
>> >reminded that the computer memory had been wiped)
>> >I don't know if anybody here has a copy of the original paperback, but
>> >if anyone does, could they check the original text to see of "cloud" was
>> >there in the original (and if it didn't; I would like to know what was
>> Comparing my copy to the Kindle edition on Amazon I would say the
>> Kindle has been completely rewritten.
>> Old version (look at paragraph 2)
>> CHAPTER ONE
><snip 1st paragraph>
>> The newscanner in the squadroom of the Shawnee County Police
>> Department's Crimes Against Persons squad
><snip of about 8 lines of text not in the e-book>
>> This morning,
>> however, every eye, in the squadroom stared at the set, morning and
>> day watches alike. The only sound in the room was the voice of KTNB's
>> voice-over announcer reading the text that rolled across the screen.
>> Newscanner becomes "vid screen" etc etc.
>What about the text I was interested in? Here is a more extensive quote
>from the e-book:
>"Because there's nothing to see. Memory totally purged ... disc wiped
>beyond recovery. And did she make that dramatic!" He paused. "Hardy said
>this was plugged into a computer where you found a body?"
> Janna nodded. So this is what we'll see turning on that computer? Our
>victim took the computer files with hem when he died?" Destroying
>evidence, and himself. To her that said guilty conscience.
> "Likely only those on the computer."
> "Not the backup in the cloud, you mean," Janna said.
> Musa nodded. "Assuming your jon didn't try deleting that before
>executing this baby."
> "Could he?"
> "We won't know until we reinstall his operating system and check. But
>... the cloud tends to resist all by the very e-savvy. Our data which
>art in Heaven, forever live thy bytes."
> Then why wipe the computer? "Will the backup tell us which files have
>been viewed when?"
> "Only when they were last modified ... and maybe not the most recent
>modifications if he wiped the memory before the next scheduled
> So maybe activity was what Kellener wanted to hide ... and in his state
>of mind he forgot about the cloud.
>And now that I typed out the above, I think some commas are missing.
>Just how much of this is new?
>Also, checking the text with my anachronism filter cranked up; I noticed
>some use of "cells" as in cellphones. The first is in chapter 1 (about a
>third of the way in); Janna has just arrived at her stakeout position (a
>duo of armed robbers have been hitting pharmacies; Janna is pretending
>to be an employee at one):
> At her tap on the window, the druggist inside, Noel Biederman, a trim
>but balding fifties, nodded recognition and let you in. "Good morning,
> Though many business professionals wore visors similar to hers in lieu
>of packet cells and slates for hands-free communication and tracking
>office paperwork, on a druggist's clerk it looked suspiciously leo. So
>she folded the visor and slipped it into a pocket of her cargo pants
>while fishing the spindle of her slate from the tube packet. A pull on
>the side tab unscrolled the screen, followed by a flip of her wrist to
>snap the screen rigid. Pressing her thumb to the corner let the slate ID
>her and activate, then bring up a keyboard where she typed in her
>personal code linking the slate to department communications.
>Again, perhaps a few missing commas. Is this her style or is it me?
Nothing even similar. These words DO NOT appear anywhere: "operating
system", Biederman, byte, cells (except as prison cell or cell block),
backup, executing (except as in killing a prisoner), computer memory,
BIOS. DOS, baby, ... the list goes on.