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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon Von Hayek Station is a city in the United States, and the various planets and moons have full-fledged nations on their surfaces. This is a direct violation of the 1967 United Nations Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, from which we can surmise that by 2148 the treaty is dead and buried.

In Mark's initial "Mark sez" column last week, Mark referred to Taro Watanuki as a hacker. Taro is actually an information broker, which is related to a hacker in the same way a fence is related to a thief. Information brokers don't break into systems and steal their data like hackers; they buy and sell data and intellectual property. Most brokers are legitimate business people. Whether Taro is legit or not, you'll find out later...

Super-secret message to Soviet Premier Faith: The lawyers have already been deployed. We have no way of recalling them once they have gone past the fail-safe point. The strange sound you hear will be my telephone melting.
(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs Doh.