"In all, his outfit required nearly two thousand man-years of research and development, eight barrels of oil, and sixteen patent and trademark infringement lawsuits. All so he could possess casual style. A style that, in logistical requirements, was comparable to fielding a nineteenth-century military brigade. But he looked good. Casual. He walked along the city streets, passing coffee bars and cafés so packed with people that it seemed as if no one had homes to go to. He passed dogs with backpacks and kids wearing Rollerblade sneakers. Everybody with casual style."
Quotes / Daemon
Hi. If youre watching this video, it means you just tried to take over the world. Now, you all know who I was. But until now, I couldnt be certain who you were. Thankfully, your recent actions helped to clarify things. I knew it would only be a matter of time until you broke into the darknet. No system is completely secure. Of course, you would scour my code for flaws. So I gave you some good ones. As we sit here, the companies you attempted to harm are perfectly safe. However, the Daemon is deleting your personal and business wealth, and is, in fact, destroying all the data and backup tapes of the companies you sought to protect. Now, please dont get agitated and head for the doors because its already too late. Your greed caused you to concentrate your investments in a very specific way among a handful of companiescompanies that someone just tried to defend with a lame-ass formatstring hackeven while the rest of the corporate world was targeted en masse with the Destroy function. Thats what we call an anomaly, and it has a signature that can be detected. The private individuals who were involved in this activity are now known to the Daemon. And whats more, most of your wealth, the source of all your power, no longer exists. Money, after all, is just data, and yours has been erased. Whats more, the Daemon will continue to destroy the resources of these individuals wherever they appearin whatever form. And a log of your recent actions will be submitted to pertinent law enforcement agencies and the companies you were targeting. And as for the people who helped make all this possible? The assistants, lawyers, brokers, programmers, accountants, and security forces? To those people I say: your employers have no money. So do the smart thingand just walk away. Thanks for invoking this event, and remember, if youre not playing the game, its playing you. Bye-bye now!
Matthew Sobol to the not-so-Omniscient Council of Vagueness