Much as I find thinkagram-tapping unlikely or at least dissatisfying, I disagree with what others said that Charlie doesn't know who would be sending the thinkagram or that it would be taking place: he knows Maggie probably (Charlie is an information broker and surely an investigator par excellence, and he could have found out a lot about Maggie from querying, say, MK casters after the end of book 1; he also knows her through his hacking of the eyebooks she helped create).
BLANDCorporatio wrote:But I resent the implication that Charlie is eavesdropping on Parson's thinkagram.
Resent? Really? Don't let him get your goat. If anything, Rob's probably purposefully baiting us.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:But on the other hand, it again confirms that Charlie can do ANYTHING. Which makes it more glaring when Charlescomm DOESN'T. Charlie had the abilities and resources to crush GK, in full view of any royal, at any time now.
If thinkagram-tapping is possible, we don't know what the cost might be, or under what conditions it might be done. We do know that it wouldn't be smart for Charlie to ever have anyone else find out about it. You don't give away the fact that you can crack an enemy's communications. More importantly, to have royals know that he can hack thinkagrams paints a Titan-sized bullseye on Charlescomm.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:In fact, it's becoming less believable that GK was ever a threat! Why, their expedition at Jetstone was made up of a ground column, easily mopped up, while the Dwagon fleet was always assumed doomed under Jetstone.
The column was only for support after Spacerock's fall. It was weak because the dwagon fleet was so strong, strong enough to take GK even with its casters and even after the added surprise of the Faq fleet. But it doesn't matter how powerful the fleet is when it's stuck in Spacerock's airspace.
BLANDCorporatio wrote: And with Charlie capable to stop turns, and read minds, GK should never have got off the ground.
Why sell a turn's worth of services (and tip his hand, and make himself a target), if he can sell services over many more turns? Charlie isn't the most ethical operator, and we know he knows that the more problems his potential clients have, the more he can make.