Friday January 14, 2005
Book 6: Resident Mad Scientist — Part IV: Old Habits Die Hard


ENNESBY: Captain, I've solved our teraport problem.  The inaccuracy is consistent enough that I can compensate for it.

ENNESBY: It's like sighting in a new firearm.  Once you've shot a pattern, it's easy.

KEVYN: And you "shot a pattern" with only three teraports?

ENNESBY: Try three million.  I deployed all the torpedoes and cycled them through a recursive test.

KEVYN: Do I want to know what odds you beat when none of the torpedoes killed anyone?

ENNESBY: Those first thousand teraports had me biting my nonexistent nails, so I'd say, "no, you don't."