theseus2x wrote:Sinrus wrote:The Bracer doesn't "know" anything, it's a machine. In this page we see Parson typing information into the bracer. Furthermore, the fact that the percentage of success changed when Ossomer's info became available means that the bracer itself doesn't know what the composition of any forces are.
My point is the bracer couldn't possibly have had the information needed to make that calculation. Nor could Parson. Nor could Charlie. Yet it came up with a number that actually (in retrospect) seemed viable. Charlie and Parson were both impressed.
Parson seemed impressed. Charlie really didn't, just pleased with himself for thinking of using it.
The bracer just made a probability prediction that didn't require knowledge it didn't have. In fact, I was kinda surprised Charlie didn't already know about the decrypted at the time that conversation took place. If he didn't, he was about to find out imminently, just because of the exponential growth of the decrypted. What are the odds of any particular side getting intel on such a rapidly growing force in relatively short order? Without knowing any particulars, I'd say it's bloody likely.
And really, that's all the bracer said. It essentially used common sense. I was thinking that Parson was just trying to hedge his bets to see if he could weasel out of his deal with Charlie, not that he expected the info to be worth that much.
Parson's line (and especially his phrasing) to Charlie was more a way to deflate Charlie than it was confirming a "power" of the bracer.