AWD #349: Code Geeks
Code Geeks
Summary: Gloria introduces herself to Lana and they talk rhino code.
Date: 05/06/2016
Related Logs: Saber Updates
Gloria Lana 
Ready Room - Deck 2 - Battlestar Orion
Capable of seating every member of the wing with space to spare in its stadium organization, the Ready Room has more than two hundred seats and is the largest room on the ship dedicated to single briefings. Sections of desks were manufactured specifically for this and wrap the width of each level of seating, rolling leather seats positioned at even points through each row. The head of the room has a small dais with a podium for the briefer and on the wall behind it are a pair of large LCD screens. The walls have the tenant squadrons' patches painted on individual panels as well as a Kill Board up to the left side of the dais and podium, the Training Board on the other side to log progress.
AWD #349

Having recently finished a meeting with Kelsey that has given her a lot to think about, Gloria has been back to her bearthings, grabbed the jacket of her greens, dumped the folders, and headed for deck 2. With no flights scheduled she managed to find her way into the ready room while it's quiet, then sent a message though to Ensign Westbrook to meet her there when she's free."

When the message is received, Lana is in the middle of a daytime training shift, studying one of the multitudes of military wartime skills her nineteen year old brain has to crash course on. When she arrives to the ready room, she's in her duty blues and her long, brown hair is gathered behind her back in a ponytail. She twists the door open and steps through, looking first to find the empty room save for one Gloria Oates. Still, the Ensign blinks and asks first as she approaches. "Petty Officer Oates, correct?"

"Sir," Gloria replies, rising to her feet as the ECO enters. She's not that much older, but the pins on her collar denote a few years service at least. "I hope I'm not interupting anuthing vital, but Lieutenant Wescott has tasked me to aid you in you work on the rhino's systems. I have training in both electronics and programming that she feels might be of use to you."

By the look on Lana's face as Gloria rises, it's doubtless she's not yet used to being referred to as 'sir'. Her brown eyes pitch wide and she lifts her chin, then snaps her head down in a nod. "Oh, no, as you were, Oates, as you were." Lana waves her hand and comes to a stop before Gloria, tilting an ear to listen. Her lip quirks at the corner of her mouth near the end of the other woman's introduction. "That's great news, actually, because a lot of the old Rhino code is old compared to what's being used now. I'm having to double back from what I've learned about programming in my ECM suite and break out the old standards. It's like archaeology." Lana smirks. "I'd be really welcome to the help."

Gloria does not infact return to her seat, she'll let Lana sit first if she's off a mind to, but she does relax beyond at ease. "I taught myself while in school," she starts, "but I've had the chance to use those skills from time to time in the fleet, so I'll do whatever I can to help. One thing she didn't say though is exactly what the job entails, just that it had something to do with the ship's systems?"

"I did too!" Lana exclaims with a lift to her brows that derails quickly. "Well, I learned some of it in school, but some things you can't learn at school, or shouldn't learn in school, but that's beside the point." Tugging the bottom of her tunic to straighten it, Lana steps around Gloria and lowers herself into a seat at the front of the Ready Room, likely one she's far too new to get first choice on come game day. "Well, it's archaic code, right?" A beat. "So chances are there's all kinds of old exploit holes in it that people spent decades fixing, or maybe there's a chance it's older and close enough to analog that it's harder to crack into." Lana's legs cross at the knee. "I haven't received any specifics yet other than to study it, but I imagine eventually we're going to have to figure out whether the old code needs to be stripped and replaced, patched, or kept and taught."

"Study and understand, I can do that," Gloria replies with a smile, Lana's enthusiasm mixing somewhat with her own. "I do hope they commented copiously." She can dream. "Have you started working on any particular systems yet?" is the next question, "my speciality these days is electronic countermeasures and DRADIS if you want me to start there?" Of course, they're the same specalisiations as an ECO, but some overlap is to be expected. "I suspect doing a feasibility study for intergrating more modern flight controls and the like wouldn't hurt, but we really need to get a grip on what things are and what they do first."

"I'm on duty in about forty minutes," Gloria notes after a glance at the clock, "so there's no need to rush, but yes, I can start with the DRADIS. Could you also send me what you've done on the FTL, just so I have a reference point on what you're wanting done?" She nods along to the description of the code, it doens't sound too complicated, just long. "Or, in fact, do you want to sepnd some time tomorrow going over something together, so we both know what we're doing? I wouldn't want to go through a system and not pull out something that later turned out to be needed."

"You know, what?" Lana claps her hands together and sits up straight. Her hands shoot to the arms of her chair and she pushes up to her feet. "I've been sifting through it and taking notes, so I have a lot of notes, but I haven't changed or modified anything at all. Since we're doing this together, it'd be best if we just figured out our method, I could give you a copy of my notes, and we could just go forward from there. I've got a lot of simming three times a week, but if you're up for working on this over lunch, scheduled times, late nights, I'm kind of obsessing over it." Eager and bright-eyed, Lana checks her watch and then looks to Gloria. "Don't let me keep you up and I'll schedule-stalk you, and we'll meet up tomorrow and work out our game plan so this isn't just some one-person dominated thing that'll drive you up the wall?"

"As you wish sir," Gloria replies, although from her tone it doesn't seem like she's taking it as too much of an imposition. "I have some work I'm doing for Lieutenant Almaeda, but that's not something that has a strict time limits, so we can work it round this. Just let me know where and when tomorrow and I'll be there," unless she's in CIC of course.

"Great," Lana replies, narrowing one eye thoughtfully. "Not great that you're so busy. I think we're all on double-time right now, but the good news is that the Rhinos are down planetside so we could do a lot of our work down there, checking code then crossing it with the actual controls on the vehicle." Her lips twist into a grin and she points to the door, starting to walk in that direction, almost in offer to escort her to the hatch. "I'll have to look at tomorrow's schedule and get back to you in an hour or so, but I'll give you a few choices on openings so you don't have to prioritize too hard, Oates."

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