STAR TREK LOST EPISODE
<Picard> "Mr. LaForge, have you had any
success with your attempts at finding a weakness in the Borg? And Mr. Data, have you been
able to access their command pathways?"
<Geordi> "Yes, Captain. In fact, we found the answer by searching through our
archives on late Twentieth-century computing technology."
<Geordi presses a key, and a logo appears on the computer screen.>
<Riker looks puzzled.> "What the hell is `Microsoft'?"
<Data turns to answer.> "Allow me to explain. We will send this program, for
some reason called `Windows', through the Borg command pathways. Once inside their root
command unit, it will begin consuming system resources at an unstoppable rate."
<Picard> "But the Borg have the ability to adapt. Won't they alter their
processing systems to increase their storage capacity?"
<Data> "Yes, Captain. But when `Windows' detects this, it creates a new version
of itself known as an `upgrade'. The use of resources increases exponentially with each
iteration. The Borg will not be able to adapt quickly enough. Eventually all of their
processing ability will be taken over and none will be available for their normal
<Picard> "Excellent work. This is even better than that `unsolvable geometric
. . . 15 Minutes Later . . .
<Data> "Captain, we have successfully installed the `Windows' in the Borg's
command unit. As expected, it immediately consumed 85% of all available resources.
However, we have not received any confirmation of the expected `upgrade'."
<Geordi> "Our scanners have picked up an increase in Borg storage and CPU
capacity, but we still have no indication of an `upgrade' to compensate for their
<Picard> "Data, scan the history banks again and determine if there is
something we have missed."
<Data> "Sir, I believe there is a reason for the failure in the `upgrade'.
Apparently the Borg have circumvented that part of the plan by not sending in their
<Riker> "Captain, we have no choice. Requesting permission to begin emergency
escape sequence 3F ...."
<Geordi, excited> "Wait, Captain! Their CPU capacity has suddenly dropped to 0
<Picard> "Data,what does your scanners show?"
<Data, studying displays> "Apparently the Borg have found the internal
`Windows' module named `Solitaire', and it has used up all available CPU capacity."
<Picard> "Let's wait and see how long this `Solitaire' can reduce their
. . . Two Hours Pass . . .
<Riker> "Geordi, what is the status of the Borg?"
<Geordi> "As expected, the Borg are attempting to re-engineer to compensate for
increased CPU and storage demands, but each time they successfully increase resources I
have setup our closest deep space monitor beacon to transmit more `Windows' modules from
something called the `Microsoft Fun-pack'.
<Picard> "How much time will that buy us?"
<Data> "Current Borg solution rates allow me to predicate an interest time span
of 6 more hours."
<Geordi> "Captain, another vessel has entered our sector."
<Data> "It appears to have markings very similar to the 'Microsoft'
<Over the speakers> "THIS IS ADMIRAL BILL GATES OF THE MICROSOFT FLAGSHIP
_MONOPOLY_. WE HAVE POSITIVE CONFIRMATION OF UNREGISTERED SOFTWARE IN THIS SECTOR.
SURRENDER ALL ASSETS AND WE CAN AVOID ANY TROUBLE. YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS TO COMPLY."
<Data> "The alien ship has just opened its forward hatches and released
thousands of humanoid-shaped objects."
<Picard> "Magnify forward viewer on the alien craft!"
<Riker> "My God, captain! Those are human beings floating straight toward the
Borg ship - with no life support suits! How can they survive the tortures of deep
<Data> "I don't believe that those are humans, sir. If you will look closer I
believe you will see that they are carrying something recognized by twenty-first century
man as doeskin leather briefcases, and wearing Armani suits."
<Riker and Picard, together - horrified> "Lawyers!!"
<Geordi> "It can't be. All the Lawyers were rounded up and sent hurtling into
the sun in 2017 during the Great Awakening."
<Data> "True, but appearently some must have survived."
<Riker> "They have surrounded the Borg ship and are covering it with all types
<Data> "I believe that is known in ancient venacular as `red tape'. It often
<Riker> "They're tearing the Borg to pieces!"
<Picard> "Turn the monitors off, Data, I cant bear to watch. Even the Borg
doesn't deserve such a gruesome death!"