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Episode 1681: Briatharian Fire Drill


There are "white hat" corporate infiltrators who companies hire to test out the security in their offices. One trick they use goes something like this:

"Hi, I'm Steve from Trojan Horse Corporate Security. Your company hired me [shows valid visitor ID card] to test security around here. I just need to access some files, could you log into this computer for me?"

"Uh... no, I don't think I should do that."

"Excellent! You passed the test. Well done. You are... [looks at staff ID badge] John, great. [Makes a mark on a clipboard] Now, I really do need to see these files, can you log in for me, please John?"

"Uhh, okay then."

John of course ends up reported as a security risk in Steve's report. The correct response is to call security as soon as Steve opens his mouth, but very few staff actually do that. Given that this sort of social engineering attack often works in real life, it should have some chance of working in a game too.

[Reminder: Our guest commentators have not seen Rogue One. Part of the fun is seeing how their untainted impressions re-interpret the movie through the lens of our comic.]

So... unless I'm reading this incorrectly, Jim managed to just keep the guy talking so some ships could slip through? But ultimately just convinced the guy to close the gate so that it didn't seem suspicious? Slick.

Now, it doesn't look like most of them made it, but hopefully the ones with the most guns managed at least.

— aurilee

I am really having trouble understanding this gatekeeper. At first they were told that these were here for power converters. Now they're finding out that there are giant Rebel motherships. This is now apparently for obviously some type of training scenario. Fighting actual Rebels is apparently part of the training. And the gatekeeper seems to be concerned, "should I really shut the gate?", with the concern of "if you do, then everyone on the surface will miss out on their training".

I find myself back at the same thought of incompetence that I had before. I'm really having trouble thinking of anything that could be happening in the movie that would justify this action - leaving the gate open while a giant fleet of ships is arriving. If anything, the sensors should have detected them coming out of hyperspace, just like at the planet Hoth.

For that matter, if you have this level of shield technology before Episode IV, then why the bleep isn't either the Death Star or the Peace Moon shielded in the first place?

— Keybounce


Bria: Anyway, those fighters, they're here for the training scenario.
Imperial Gate Guard: And the giant Rebel mother ships?
Bria: Flavour!
Imperial Gate Guard: Sooo... in the scenario we're training for, I really should shut the gate?
Bria: Yes, exactly! But then everyone on the surface would miss out on their training.
Imperial Gate Guard: Aren't they busy fighting actual Rebels?
Bria: That's part of the training too.
Imperial Gate Guard: Why would they say it's not a drill if it's a drill?
Bria: If you knew it was a drill, would you let them through?
Imperial Gate Guard: I guess...??
Bria: That's why we have to tell you it's not a drill!
Imperial Gate Guard: Ahhh... I get it! You're testing me to make sure I still close the gate. Thanks for all the hints!
Bria: No problem!
{image of gate closing and Blue 6 crashing into it}
[SFX]: Vzzzip..!
[SFX]: zoom...
[SFX]: Crash!

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Published: Sunday, 22 July, 2018; 03:11:02 PDT.
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