You’ll recall I sent him the tiny pin size device that I recovered from the new InterBionics building after the “fight” with that fucking ninja. [see post I Hate Ninja, 9/18/04] Not to digress, but if I ever catch that bastard, I’m going to judo chop him in the clavicle. I don’t know how you tell ninja apart, so perhaps I should just judo chop any ninja I encounter on basic principle.
Anyway, I sent him the pin device to see if he could give me any info. At the risk of pissing off my paranoid and ultra-secretive gadget guy, I thought I would post an excerpt from our chat:
X9: The device you sent me is a KOMA probe, an advanced eavesdropping apparatus. Where did you get it?
VM: I can’t really say. I had to pummel a ninja to get it. [I am a shameless liar]
X9: Was pummeled ninja planting this KOMA somewhere?
VM: In a building that’s under construction.
X9: It’s a very advanced design, a transmitter that powers itself by absorbing ambient heat. Commonly buried in a wall or ceiling, it’s designed as a permanent listening device. Embassies around the world have them planted in their walls. They absorb and transmit vibrations to a receiver… [There follows two paragraphs discussing RF Output Range, frequency stability, what the acronym KOMA stands for, the empirical method, blah blah blah] ...and the only way to counteract KOMA surveillance is to detect them before they are planted or to overload them with massive vibration activity, like an earthquake.
VM: It sounds very high-end.
X9: KOMA surveillance is usually only employed by wealthy and advanced governments and corporations. It’s cutting edge technology. Where did you find it again?
VM: Can’t say. Can you tell who designed it or made it?
X9: I can tell you exactly who made it.
X9: I made it.
Shit. My Guy made it? I just kind of assumed that he made gear for the hero set, not villains and ninjas and shit. I'm naive like that. What does this mean? Is this bad?
X9: You still there?
VM: Yeah. You sell these things retail, direct to clients, or is it a wholesale thing? Any idea who would be using it?
X9: I can’t say.
So there you have it. I have a feeling that if I was smarter, I'd be able to make sense of this. As is, I'm just getting paranoid now. I had the KOMA thing in my house, in my Secret Chamber - what if it was transmitting, what if They can pinpoint my location? I did wrap it in foil...
VM: Hey, one last thing: would wrapping it in aluminum foil stop it from transmitting?
Great. Ninja are going to kill me in the shower, I fucking know it.