By the Skin of Your Teeth
IT support in 休斯顿 was dangling by a thread, and billions were on the line. 杰瑞·约翰逊知道 休斯顿Tech could handle the load, but he was feeling the strain. “We barely missed being taken over by these beings, 查兹! You’ve got to listen to me.”
查尔斯·博尔登(Charles Bolden), former NASA administrator, was doing his best to remain unconvinced on the other end of the phone. “You’ve got some crazy ideas. 恕我直言——”
“我不想听. We were able to keep the malware from infecting our operations, 千赢国际官方下载自己的客户, and against my better judgment, NASA的男孩们.”
查尔斯有点生气. “Why against your better judgment?”
“Because I think if you make your bed, you’ve got to sleep in it. 但, NASA has the tech and ability to help defend against these extra-dimensional weirdos, so I told my guys to keep you safe despite yourself.”
“Don’t you mean extraterrestrial?”
“It turns out quite a few networks in the IT sector were destroyed… Jerry, we need 休斯顿Tech to expand operations to account for the load, or the economic impact could be devastating.”
“Well, we can’t turn back time. 还没有,反正. The fourth-dimensional Wi-Fi facilities of these extra-dimensional antagonists might be something we can utilize—”
“Not so fast, Jerry,” Charles took a breath. “Since you’re the only option for IT support in 休斯顿 right now, we’re going to need your help sourcing extra protection to keep these aliens from doing it again.”
“哦，我明白了. You want us on a leash so you can reverse-engineer all the coding yourself, is that it, Charlie?”
“当然不会了! I was the current administrator at NASA, today I’m just playing liaison! You and I both know 休斯顿Tech provides:
- IT For Manufacturing Companies
…and a lot of other areas. Between these responsibilities, your guys are going to be busy, and that’s the thick of it. It’s going to be a while before you can tackle some alien programming. If you’ve got guys on that, how will 休斯顿’s infrastructure stay functional?”
Jerry leaned on a window overlooking a parking lot at the back of the 休斯顿Tech building. He rubbed sweat from his forehead and sighed, glancing back at the many professionals going to and fro behind him. “You’ve got me there, 查兹.”
“Good, now when can we expect—”
Whatever Charles would’ve said was abruptly cut off. 电话没电了. “查兹? 查兹! Confound it; Reese! 发生了什么!” Jerry ran to the operations room.
Everyone was running around and the big screen blinked twice, then returned to normal. “Sorry, boss; just fended off an alien malware attack. We’ve still got control of IT support in 休斯顿.”
Jerry Johnson rubbed the bridge of his nose, redialing Charles after saying, “Good work!”
“杰里?” Charles sounded frantic when he picked up.
“It’s okay, we got a lid on it. Alright, we’ll wait on parsing that inter-dimensional code, but don’t cut us out entirely, okay? I promise you my guys can do more than your guys.”
“I’ll do what I can, Jerry,” Charles replied.