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?"