High Tech vs. the Orb

Maximilian Wilson wilson.max at gmail.com
Thu Jan 19 09:18:06 PST 2006

On 1/19/06, Jon_Lincicum at stream.com <Jon_Lincicum at stream.com> wrote:
> Say, for example, that Morrolan simply used his secret window to observe
> the enemy meetings. How would a purely science-based technology be able to
> stop him?

I suspect you couldn't. However, you could mitigate the damage by:

1. Talking in Navajo. (j/k) Though seriously, techno-babble might be
almost as good.
2. Concealing and/or changing the meeting location frequently, even if
it's just an anonymous tent.
3. Holding discussion in terms of coded resources. "Operation
Alpha-Deadstrike is proceeding." This matters less if the clairvoyant
can snoop written or electronic materials, but it would be effective
against Morrolan's window.
4. Planning for it. This situation is really no different from having
an unknown spy in your midst. It's bad in some ways--you have no
guarantee of confidentiality--but not in other ways--you can still
trust your command staff. Anyone who knows anything about these
situations is welcome to speak up. I suspect you'd do a lot of
decentralizing command so that there aren't any grand strategy
meetings to snoop on, only local command posts. You might also make a
practice of giving orders only once, verbally, and then letting your
subordinates have autonomy in carrying them out. (This practice would
probably be abandoned as soon as it was found to be ineffective vs.
psychics. Then again, psychics do have to be present in order to
mind-ream someone.) You might also make a practice of not doing
anything tricky, period. If you're launching a straightforward frontal
assault, who cares if anyone knows about it?

However, I suspect that encrypted radio channels are not chiefly
designed to prevent eavesdropping in this sense. IMO, this discussion
is a bit of a side-issue.

Max Wilson

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Be witty if you can,
But be cheerful if it kills you.