Ben Goldstein [from QEC]: We thank you for your continued support of the Galactic News Agency. Remember, starting with tomorrow’s broadcast, your old QECs will no longer receive GNA broadcasts due to the DQEC Transition. Stop by your local Galactic Tech Emporium to buy one today. Keep in mind the free DQEC offer has already ended.
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[“Our Shining Federation” plays]
[Jaan Sechs leaves his lab and goes up to Ranway who is piloting the space cruiser. “Our Shining Federation” is blasting from Jaan’s QEC in his lab.]
Reble Ranway: What?
Jaan Sechs: You know about the thing?
Reble Ranway: What thing?
Jaan Sechs: They awarded Tomasino citizenship and residency for the QEC.
Reble Ranway: I wonder what the news guys will have to say about it. Probably won’t be good. Do you th…
[A 1 KHz tone is heard as a deafening volume]
Jaan Sechs [shouting]: I’ll go turn it off-
[Sound fizzles out]
Reble Ranway: I hope you enjoy your QEC without sound…
Jaan Sechs: Oh damn
[Exit Jaan Sechs]
Reble Ranway [shouting to Jaan]: See if A&L Finances responded to my message yet!
Jaan Sechs [still shouting]: No can do!
Reble Ranway [turning around to face Jaan Sechs, still yelling]: WHY?
Jaan Sechs [even louder]: I CAN’T LOG IN! NOOOOO!!! INTERNET!!!!!
Reble Ranway: We’ll have free wifi soon.
Jaan Sechs: How?
Reble Ranway: Going to meet an old friend.
Jaan Sechs: Ohhhh. I’m going back to the lab.
Reble Ranway [shouting]: DAMN IT JAAN! YOU LEFT THE FUEL SIPHONS OPENED AND SPILLED HALF THE EMERGENCY FUEL!
Jaan Sechs: There’s more in the unused pitcher I stuck in the fridge.
Reble Ranway [looking at glass]: the WHAT??
Jaan Sechs: The emergency fuel isn’t poisonous! It’s basically just the old cooking oil with some other things. I make it in the lab every so often. Besides, it’s not like I’ll have anything to do since we won’t get GNA anymore…
Reble Ranway [now looking at QEC]: The federation doesn’t broadcast over QEC anymore?
loud “tap tap tap”
Jaan Sechs: Stop uploading our conversations! They’ll know where we are at!
Reble Ranway: Who’s going to pay any attention to this anyways?
Jaan Sechs: You’re right.
Reble Ranway: Of course!
Jaan Sechs: Who is James Tomasino anyways and why did he get credit for the QEC? I thought it was invented by Juan Yin or Yin Juan, or someone on a different ship…
Reble Ranway: We don’t know he is, let along who made the QEC. A lot of people claim they made it. Now others are unknowingly getting credited for propaganda purposes!
Jaan Sechs: Well then, back to the lab. I’m just gonna turn this of-