Business Name:  Computer Service Tower

Staff/Proprietor:  

Name

Race

P.S.A.

STR/S TA

DEX/ RS

INT/L OG

PER/L DR

PS

IM

RW

MW

Special Abilities

Skills

Equipment

Gloopurp

Dralasite

Technol ogical

25/45

40/40

45/45

60/80

 

4

20

20

Lie Detection 5%

Computer 5, Technician 4

Albedo Screen

Business & Computer Tower  Frontier Date 14.112
  Early in the day at the City Computer, Con sits at the terminal.  He logs into the system. And selects the option for vital records data base.  He searches the name Adrianna Anderson...ACCESS DENIED.  He tries her maiden name...ACCESS DENIED.  He tries his name...ACCESS DENIED...Odd?  Could his patrons have done this?  He left her without saying goodbye.  He never knew about the birth of their child.  Why were they hiding this from him?  He cursed them.

  Con is brought back to reality by a conversation nearby.  "Roxella, stop!  Leave it alone.  We can't keep poking around.  These people will kill us. They are evil."  says an overweight, eye glass wearing fellow to an Auburn haired, green eyed woman.  "I'm done Roxie.  They threatened to kill us!  I don't know about you., I would like to live."  With that he picked up his back pack and left the room.  Behind him she called

  "Duncan.  Duncan come back here!"  Duncan never looked back.

 

 

 

 

Item

Mass

Avail

Cost

Quantity

Computer skills training and accreditation

-

-

100 per 5 days

 

Customer:

 

 

 

  

Goods/Services:   COMPUTERS

A computer is a sophisticated electronic machine that can receive and analyze information. A computer works by running programs. Every program is available in six levels. The higher levels are more complex and able to handle more information. Each program requires a certain number of computer function points in order to operate. A function point is a measurement of a computer's ability to process information. Higher-level programs have a higher function point requirement. The Computer Program list shows the number of function points a program needs.

When a character buys a computer he actually is buying individual programs and the hardware needed to run them. For example, when a character buys a level 1 Analysis program (1 function point), he gets not only the program, but also a computer circuit module that can process a 1-function point program. A computer's level is determined by totaling all the function point requirements of the various programs and finding this number on the Computer list. If more programs are added to the computer later, its level may be raised.

Level

Function points

Mass

1

1-10

3

2

11-30

8

3

31-80

20

4

81-200

100

5

201-500

300

6

501+

800+

Cost :1000 credits per function point of programs determines cost of computer.  Function points also determine computer Level and physical size as per the tables below

EXAMPLE: A small inter-steller business run by "Slingshot'' Simmons buys a computer to keep track of its finances. Simmons buys a level 2 Analysis program (2 function points), a level 2 Commerce program (6 function points) and a level 1 Information Storage program (2 function points). The computer needs a total of 10 function points, making it a level 1 computer. It costs 10,000 Credits. If Simmons later adds a level 2 Robot Management program (4 function points), his computer has 14 function points, making it a level 2 computer.

Structure Points. A computer's weight in kilograms also is its number of structural points. Thus a level 4 computer that weighs 100 kg could take 100 points of damage before it stopped working.

Power Sources. Level 1 to level 4 computers are powered by parabatteries of the same type as the computer's level. Level 5 and 6 computers use power generators type 1 and 2, respectively. Computers will operate for at least one year before their batteries must be recharged. Power sources must be bought separately.


Programs

1

2

3

4

5

6

Order Program Level

Alarm

1

2

4

8

16

32

 

Analysis

1

2

4

8

16

32

 

Bureaucracy

2

4

8

16

32

64

 

Commerce

3

6

12

24

48

96

 

Communication

3

6

12

24

48

96

 

Computer Lockout

1

2

4

8

16

32

 

Computer Security

2

4

8

16

32

64

 

Damage Control

2

4

8

16

32

64

 

Industry

3

6

12

24

48

96

 

Infiltration

3

6

12

24

48

96

 

Information Storage

2

4

8

16

32

64

 

Installation Security

3

6

12

24

48

96

 

Language

1

2

4

8

16

32

 

Law Enforcement

4

8

16

32

64

128

 

Life Support

4

8

16

32

64

128

 

Maintenance

2

4

8

16

32

64

 

Robot Management

2

4

8

16

32

64

 

Transportation

3

6

12

24

48

96

 

Hardware Required

           

 

Hand Computer (7000 cr)

           

 

Customer:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Computer Programs
The standard computer programs listed below can be purchased by anyone in any store that sells computers or computer parts and equipment. A program's cost is the number of function points it requires, multiplied by 1,000 Credits.

Analysis. An Analysis program allows a computer to perform mathematic calculations and computations. Level 1 is basically a sophisticated calculator. At level 3 the program can do advanced algebra and calculus. At level 6 it can do all known mathematical calculations, including theoretical math.

Bureaucracy. A Bureaucracy program coordinates other programs. For example, a city could use the Bureaucracy program to coordinate Commerce, Communication, Industry, Law Enforcement, Life Support, Maintenance and Transportation programs. A Bureaucracy program can coordinate a number of programs equal to its level x 3. It is not needed unless the programs being coordinated are level 3 or higher.

Commerce. A Commerce program enables a computer to handle business transactions. Commerce covers such areas as banking, stocks, market trends, bookkeeping, imports and exports. A level 1 program could be used by starship computers to record the cargo manifest, passenger records and ship's books. A level 6 program could be used to coordinate all commerce in a city.

Communication. A Communication program deals with all aspects of communication, including news, entertainment and public service announcements. It can control radio, holophones and holovision communication devices. Higher program levels can handle more complex systems. A level 1 communications program might be used to handle communication and to provide packaged entertainment on a starship. A level 6 program could monitor all communication in an entire city.

Computer Security. Computer Security programs protect a computer against both physical and program tampering. A Computer Security program must be defeated or bypassed before a computer specialist can change any programs or interface two computers. Computer Security programs can also control physical defenses guarding the computer. A level 1 Computer Security program is simple code words that lock other programs, plus a simple recognition code such as a fingerprint reader. A level 6 security program sets up a complex system of codes and special directions, and guards the computer with robots or remote guns.

Industry. An Industry program deals with turning raw materials into products. It can be used for both agriculture and manufacturing. At level 1 an Industry program could run a starship's hydroponics system and machine shop. At level 6 the program could coordinate many large factories and farms.

Infiltration. Infiltration programs are designed to help a person with computer skill defeat the security on other computers and detect security overrides. There are six levels of infiltration programs. Each level will add 5% to the character's chance of success. The amount of time needed to defeat security or perform a security override when using an infiltration program is changed to 10-100 minutes. To be used, the computer with the infiltration program must be successfully interfaced to the other computer. Defeat Security is not required to make this interface. Infiltration programs require the same amount of function points as computer security programs.

Information Storage. The Information Storage program is passive. It is simply a record-keeping system. A level 1 Information Storage program could be used by a business to record its yearly sales data. A level 6 program could store an entire university library.

Space Ship Programs

Hardware

Program

Quant .

Life Support 1-2

300

1000

 

Life Support 3-6

500

2000

 

Life Support 7-12

900

2000

 

Life Support 13-20

1500

2000

 

Life Support 21-35

2500

3000

 

Life Support 36-60

5000

3000

 

Life Support 61-100

9000

3000

 

Life Support 101-200

18,000

4000

 

Life Support 201-500

30,000

4000

 

Life Support 501-1000

60,000

4000

 

Astrogation - Shuttle

1,000

3,000

 

Astrogation - System Ship

5,000

6,000

 

Astrogation - Starship

15,000

24,000

 

Astrogation - Starship Deluxe

50,000

24,000

 

Alarm

     

Computer Lockout

     

Damage Control

     

 

     
Installation Security. An Installation Security program coordinates the defense of an area. Higher-level programs can defend larger areas. A level 1 Installation Security program could lock a building's doors at a certain time and call the police if an alarm sct off in the building. A level 3 installation Security program would not only lock the doors and call the police, but could control pressure plate sensors, I-R scanners, holovision cameras, special weapons, etc. At level 6, the program could defend an entire city or starport.

Language. The language program enables a computer to translate known languages into each other and, at higher levels, to translate unknown languages into known languages. Higher level programs can translate more languages. Translating an unknown language requires at least a level 3 program.

Law Enforcement. The law enforcement program is used to coordinate the efforts of all law enforcers in an area. Higher level programs can control a larger area. The program can handle police calls, schedule patrols, monitor trials, control riots and scan for developing crime trends. A level 1 program could monitor traffic flow and patrol routes in one precinct, while a level 6 program could run an entire city police department.

Life Support. The life support program controls lighting, temperature control, weather prediction, heating and power plant control. A level 1 program can control the life support system on a starship. A level 6 program could handle all the life suppport functions of an enclosed city.

Maintenance. The Maintenance program handles standard janitorial functions such as cleaning, painting and basic repair. It can also coordinate services such as garbage collection, fire inspection and sewage removal. A level 1 program could maintain a starship. A level 6 program could coordinate maintenance for an entire city.

Robot Management. The Robot Management program lets a computer control robots. Higher level programs can control more robots. This program often is used along with the Industry, Security, Law Enforcement and Maintenance programs. The Robot Management program must be a least as high a level as the robots it is controlling. The number of robots that a program can control equals its level multiplied by its number of function points.

Transportation. The transportation program allows a computer to control a mass transit system, including traffic control and distribution of products. A level 1 program could control mechanized sidewalks, elevators and escalators in a building. A level 6 program could run all of the monorails, buses, subways and traffic control signals in a city.

Hand Computer: (Available F.y. 54)

A hand computer is a portable lightweight (2Kg) level 1 computer fitted with a shortwave radio and powered from a power beltpack.  The hand computer has the following level 1 programs: analysis, communication and information storage.  The communications program allows it to be interfaced with a larger computer via its short-wave radio.  Information can be passed freely between the two computers over the radio link, allowing the hand computer the access far larger amounts of data than it would be able to do with its restricted function point size.

 

Organic Computers

 

Cost

Cost

Level

Function points

Mass

Housed

Implanted

1

10

-

10,000

100,000

2

30

1

35,000

400,000

3

100

2

125,000

1,000,000

4

250

2

300,000

2,000,000

5

600

3

700,000

5,000,000

6

1500

3

2,000,000

10,000,000

Organic Computers: (Not Yet Available)

Organic computers are cousins of the standard Star Frontiers computer. Like normal computers, they are used to store and analyze information. However, they have many important differences.

Unlike a normal computer, which is made of electronic circuits, superconductors, and specially formed crystals, the organic computer is grown from molecules. These are organic molecules, the same kind that form the building blocks of plants and creatures. This makes organic computers much smaller than the normal computers. Organic computers, however, are not considered to be living consciousnesses.

Since the organic computer is grown, it cannot be expanded like a regular computer (by adding function points). Instead, an organic computer has a function point potential. This is the maximum number of function points an organic computer can use at one time (and therefore the maximum number of programs that can be used at one time). However, programs can be entered and then later removed from an organic computer without damage to the computer or the program. It takes one turn to change the program of an organic computer. Unlike normal programs, when a character buys an organic computer program, he is buying a set of pre-recorded instructions that tell his organic computer what to do. He is not buying the hardware needed to run the program. Different programs may be used at different times, but the potential cannot be exceeded by programs that are in use. The function points used by programs are the same as those listed for standard computer programs.

For example, Zir-zak, a Vrusk adventurer, has a level 2 organic computer. Its function point potential is 30. He is using the computer to manage certain areas of his spaceship. He could have a level 4 security program (16 function points), a level 2 life support (8 function points), and a level 2 installation security (6 function points) running at the same time. If he landed on a planet and wanted to use a language program, he would have to change one of the programs in the organic computer to do so. In this case, he decides life support is not needed and replaces it with a level 4 language program.

An organic computer may either be housed or implanted. A housed organic computer is much like a normal computer. The actual processing part of the computer is kept in a small tank filled with nutrients. Connections to it allow the computer to be interfaced with other computers and machinery. Its advantage is its extremely small size. An implanted organic computer is much different from a normal computer; it is surgically placed inside a person or creature and becomes part of that person's brain. Its power is obtained from the food the person eats. An implanted computer interfaces with other computers by a micro-transmitter/receiver that is part of the implant. The computer interfaced to will require a similar transmitter/receiver as part of its equipment. Programs for an implanted computer are read by the person and "stored" in his memory. The implanted computer then draws these programs out of the person's memory. A character may have as many programs memorized as his Logic Ability divided by 10. These programs may be of any level. If the character is ever injured to zero Stamina points or below, the implanted organic computer is destroyed. This is true even if the character is placed in a freeze field and later revived.

For example, Zir-zak (our Vrusk friend) has an implanted level 1 organic computer. His Logic Ability is 65, so he may store up to seven programs in his mind. The programs can be of any level, but Zir-zak may only use 10 function points at any one time.

Important: Characters with implanted organic computers do not become supermen! They simply have access to a computer at all times. If a character attempts to have his computer solve something with too many variables, it will be beyond the abilities of the program. With any program, the character must still supply exact instructions and data. Computers cannot guess outcomes or predict events without a great deal of information.

Organic computers may only be implanted at the largest of hospitals with the most advanced of techniques. The process is very expensive and requires one month of hospital time for each level of the computer. The table below lists all the information on function point potential, size, and costs. Computer Receptor Implant

The computer receptor implant will allow the user of the implant to be in contact with his computer at ranges up to five kilometers. The user simply "thinks" his request to the computer. The computer (if it has the proper program) will then send an answer to the user, where it will be "heard" as a thought in his brain. So long as the user stays within range, he will be in contact with his computer.

When a character buys a computer receptor implant, he is actually buying a special implant, an attachment to his computer, and a special transmission program. The implant is a micro-transmitter/receiver with special connections that attach to the nerve cells of the user. This implant must be surgically attached to the character (just under the skin). This work can only be done at an advanced hospital (referee's decision where) and takes two weeks. The computer attachment is a similar transmitter/receiver that connects to the computer. The transmission program allows the two transmitter/receivers to talk to each other, and uses one function point. This program has no levels. The computer receptor implant costs 50,000 Cr. Transmitter/receivers that attach to other computers cost 2,000 Cr each.

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