untitled drabble #60

Title: untitled drabble #60
Characters: Rodney, Sam Carter, Jeannie Miller, Walter Harriman
Warnings: takes place in between pts 1 & 2 of "Angelus" in the Ancient!John 'Verse
Summary: The dialing program is problematic
Notes: Scenes that almost began part 2 of "Angelus," take one. (aka Jeannie is a miserable bastard to write).

An Ancient!John Drabble

The Church-Turing thesis, Theodore Roszak version “Computers are ridiculous. So is science in general.”

"This code is a mess."

"Colonel Carter has written over a hundred and thirty patches to the dialling program since we installed the new firmware," Walter agrees wearily from his console in the SGC's Control Room.

"And that was what?" he asks. "When the Russians leased the Alpha Gate back to us, right?"

"Yessir. July 2001."

Rodney shakes his head. "A hundred thirty patches in five years? That's insane. What you guys need to do is rip this thing up and start fresh with a new dialling program. Or, better yet, take the DHD from one of the planets you're harvesting Stargates for the Intergalactic Gate Bridge from and install it here. I mean, don't get me wrong, the fact that Sam was able to create a dialling interface at all is in and of itself nothing sort of astounding. No one's saying otherwise. But the Gate wasn't meant to be used without a dialling device and, try as we might, our tech isn't anywhere near that of the Ancients'. Even with all these patches, you're still ignoring over half the feedback signals."

"I've been telling General Landry that for years now," Sam says as she comes down the stairs from the Briefing Room, Jeannie trailing somewhat dazedly behind, "but he doesn't want to risk breaking the Gate while we're at war."

He snorts. "The Gate's going to break one way or another unless you update your dialling program."

"I know, but he does have a point. We don't want to be trapped on-world if the situation with the Ori goes south."

"True enough, I guess, but you're still asking for trouble." Rodney turns to his sister. "Hey, you ready to go? If we don't leave soon, we run the risk of getting a busy signal, and believe me when I say I don't want to have to stick around here longer than I have to. Unlike some people," he gives Sam a meaningful glare, "I have actual work to do."

Jeannie looks out at the Gate Room leerily. "Is it safe?"

I can't put my finger on why, but I really like this drabble. Rodney has a point, but so does Landry. Perhaps its Rodney making suggestions like that, praising Sam, and Sam agreeing with him. IDK.

I think Rodney's slowly coming to the realisation that you catch more flies with honey. Not that it's going to change much in general, but he knows that the people on Earth don't like him/trust him/consider him as valuable as the folks on Atlantis do. He has to tread more carefully there if he wants something, whereas John will pretty much let him do whatever he wants so long as nits to incredibly stupid and/or dangerous. Or something.

Glad you liked it bb.

I could see Rodney coming to that realization that he needs to curb his tongue somewhat if he's dealing with the SGC, as opposed to people on Atlantis, who value him and his contributions. (Plus he's saved everyone's lives a lot, so that definitely helps.)