History Headscratchers / MirrorsEdge

23rd Jul '16 1:02:02 PM nombretomado
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**** I assumed that the police had a broad-spectrum high-power jamming system up outside of the public licensed spectrum. Combined with the idiotic amount of EM-reflective material in the real world, it'd make point-to-point wireless transmissions difficult to impossible without enough power for bleed to be detected. Monitoring wired connections isn't hard even in the real world, since you usually need .gov permission for anything crossing a street or property lines and that permission could be made dependent on allowing a CARNIVORE-like system to tap in. That leaves encrypted communications across monitored channels. In our time, SSH connections over AES is usually considered good enough, but there are already paranoids worried about attack vectors known by the government or hidden many-bit quantum computers. In three years, those could be fairly reasonable. Most of the methods that are secure against such are reliant on one-time pads or similar methods, which are meet 'perfect security' requirements (effectively unbreakable without capture of the pad or original source). Under this method, the Runners have nothing but completely useless and random data with no identifying information, and those employing the Runners do not. Mercury's audio link doesn't need to be nearly as well-encrypted; as long as the location information requires as little as a few dozen minutes to crack and messy enough that trilateration isn't viable (and little location data from near Mercury's pad is sent). That doesn't explain how BigBrother is supposed to sort through all this data, but that's usually a NecessaryWeasel in disutopian societies.

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**** I assumed that the police had a broad-spectrum high-power jamming system up outside of the public licensed spectrum. Combined with the idiotic amount of EM-reflective material in the real world, it'd make point-to-point wireless transmissions difficult to impossible without enough power for bleed to be detected. Monitoring wired connections isn't hard even in the real world, since you usually need .gov permission for anything crossing a street or property lines and that permission could be made dependent on allowing a CARNIVORE-like system to tap in. That leaves encrypted communications across monitored channels. In our time, SSH connections over AES is usually considered good enough, but there are already paranoids worried about attack vectors known by the government or hidden many-bit quantum computers. In three years, those could be fairly reasonable. Most of the methods that are secure against such are reliant on one-time pads or similar methods, which are meet 'perfect security' requirements (effectively unbreakable without capture of the pad or original source). Under this method, the Runners have nothing but completely useless and random data with no identifying information, and those employing the Runners do not. Mercury's audio link doesn't need to be nearly as well-encrypted; as long as the location information requires as little as a few dozen minutes to crack and messy enough that trilateration isn't viable (and little location data from near Mercury's pad is sent). That doesn't explain how BigBrother Big Brother is supposed to sort through all this data, but that's usually a NecessaryWeasel in disutopian societies.
26th Jul '15 6:16:47 PM nombretomado
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** ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' hadn't come out when ''MirrorsEdge'' was in development.

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** ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' hadn't come out when ''MirrorsEdge'' ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'' was in development.
21st Jun '15 6:10:43 PM jormis29
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*** Sequel has been announced.

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*** [[VideoGame/MirrorsEdgeCatalyst Sequel has been announced.announced]].



** A sequel is actually in production but if it'll be longer and more expansive than the original and/or feature side quests is currently open.

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** [[VideoGame/MirrorsEdgeCatalyst A sequel sequel]] is actually in production but if it'll be longer and more expansive than the original and/or feature side quests is currently open.
8th May '15 8:43:29 PM nombretomado
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********* Even if you go by Faith being a terrorist the setting is more NelsonMandela than GeorgeWBush's America. Her parents were gunned down in front of her ''before'' the dystopia was built.

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********* Even if you go by Faith being a terrorist the setting is more NelsonMandela than GeorgeWBush's UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush's America. Her parents were gunned down in front of her ''before'' the dystopia was built.
4th Feb '15 11:35:10 AM InertialMass
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** It seemed to me to be just the city, as evidenced by them hanging their hopes so much on Pope winning mayor at the beginning.
23rd Dec '14 5:44:56 PM ThunderDash
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*** Doesn't the game only take place over, like, two or three days at the most? Other than the jump between early morning to mid-afternoon around Chapter 5 (IIRC), the times at the beginning of each Chapter seem to indicate things are happening in quick succession.
31st Dec '13 1:33:32 AM tsstevens
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********* I invoke GodwinsLaw. I win.
********* Even if you go by Faith being a terrorist the setting is more NelsonMandela than GeorgeWBush's America. Her parents were gunned down in front of her ''before'' the dystopia was built.
17th Sep '13 9:52:45 AM sirbacon
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** The reason they chose Kate as the fall girl is because she's CPF, not because she knows too much. Killing Pope wasn't the ''entire'' point of this whole thing, they also needed CPF to look either corrupt or inept so that PK could wrest power away from them and have absolute control over the city.
25th Jul '13 12:47:25 PM kyuubidriven
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**The implication of the lieutenant of Police being the only person helping Faith out is enough to show that the CPF are suspicious, but they can't exactly do much about it as Pope's murder by Kate is enough to cast doubt on the CPF. And any affiliation with the Runners who are pretty much broadcasted as being worse than Hitler could make it worse for them. It was a lose-lose situation for them.
24th Jul '13 7:14:09 AM yappydog
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* According to the [=iOS=] prequel, Callaghan was trying to smear the regular police (which as mentioned above, you never actually fight) in an attempt to replace them with [=PK=]. Had this worked, the city would be controlled by a private security company whose loyalty is not to the people or the law but to the mayor's office. Then a Blue is supposedly caught murdering Pope (without a motive), and [=PK=] steals the case from the regular Blues. With all this, why aren't more Blues helping Faith out? You don't have to be an ace investigator to smell something fishy here.
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