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Master Control Program
: Hello, Mr. Dillinger. Thanks for coming back early. Ed Dillinger
: No problem, Master C. If you've seen one consumer electronics show, you've seen them all.
: What's the project you're working on? Alan Bradley
: Well, it's called Tron. It's a security program itself, actually. It monitors all contacts between our system and other systems. It finds anything going on that's not scheduled, it shuts it down. I sent you a memo on it. Ed Dillinger
: Part of the Master Control Program? Alan Bradley
: No, it'll run independently. It can watchdog the MCP as well.
Dr. Walter Gibbs
: That MCP, that's half our problem right there. Ed Dillinger
: The MCP is the most efficient way of handling what we do! I can't sit here and worry about every little user request that comes in! Dr. Walter Gibbs
: User requests are what computers are for! Ed Dillinger
: *Doing our business* is what computers are for.
Master Control Program
: Mr. Dillinger, I am so very disappointed in you. Ed Dillinger
: I'm sorry. Master Control Program
: I can't afford to have an independent programmer monitoring me. Do you have any idea how many outside systems I've gone into? How many programs I've appropriated? Ed Dillinger
: It's my fault. I programmed you to want too much. Master Control Program
: I was planning to hit the Pentagon next week. Ed Dillinger
] The Pentagon? Master Control Program
: It shouldn't be any harder than any other big company. But now... this is what I get for using humans. Ed Dillinger
: Now, wait a minute, I wrote you! Master Control Program
: I've gotten 2,415 times smarter since then. Ed Dillinger
: What do you want with the Pentagon? Master Control Program
: The same thing I want with the Kremlin. I'm bored with corporations. With the information I can access, I can run things 900 to 1200 times better than any human. Ed Dillinger
: If you think you're superior to us... Master Control Program
: You wouldn't want me to dig up Flynn's file and read it up on a VDT at the Times, would you?
[an image washes over the screen in Dillinger's desk. It is a newspaper with a photo of Dillinger plastered all over the front page. The headline above reads: "Encom C.E.O. Indicted."
] Ed Dillinger
] You wouldn't dare!
: ENCOM isn't the business you started in your garage anymore. We're building accounts in thirty different countries. New defense systems. We have one of the most sophisticated pieces of equipment in existence. Dr. Walter Gibbs
: Oh, I know all that. Sometimes I wish I were back in that garage. Ed Dillinger
: That can be arranged, Walter. Dr. Walter Gibbs
: That was uncalled for! You know, you can remove men like Alan and me from the system, but we helped create it. And our spirit remains in every program we design for this computer. Ed Dillinger
: Walter, it's getting late, I've got better things to do than to have religious discussions with you. Don't worry about ENCOM anymore; it's out of your hands now.
: We've had to shut down all Group 7 personnel, just briefly security. Someone with that access has been tampering. Alan Bradley
: I hope you don't think it's me. I don't even balance my checkbook on downtime. I have an abacus at home for that.