Thank you for reading my scribbles.
You need to read all of my previous comments to get an idea of where I am going and the differences between the Halo Universe history and Buffy's universe history. I have already commented and thanked the previous reviewers for their ideas on Kinsey, the Trust, politicians (urk), and some others.
Remember that this story begins in the fall of 1997. The internet was in its infancy outside of DARPA and the Universities. Maximum bandwidth to a house was about 384Kbps and that really cost you a lot. Most people in 1997-2000 were still connecting to AOL via a telephone modem due to cost reasons. This does hamper, slow down Cortana. So she has to focus her surveillance and cpu time. She is not omniscient and even today would not try to be like the NSA (trying to spy on everyone all the time). Its truly a waste of effort, unfocused and ultimately far less effective than targeted surveillance.
Cortana focuses on immediate threats to Xander and their operations. She doesn't care if you are a plain old bank robber, unless you take her money.
Because this Universe is different from the Halo one, I am using current USA weapons development and technology trend lines for Cortana and Xander to have fun with. So yes the ships will not be plug ugly and blocky as the UNSC ships with only one real weapon (MAC gun) which is a "rail-gun" also known as (AKA) Kinetic Energy Weapon (KEW).
The UNSC weapons are by even todays standards crap (aka French). The Bungie/Microsoft Halo ships are really bad engineering designs for even space faring warships. They sort of look cool for the Hollywood types but no engineer would build ships like those even today.
In the Halo/UNSC Universe the UNSC DID NOT have force field/energy shields, energy weapons, cloaking/stealth shields or use a lot of battlefield robotics (aka Terminators sent against the Covenant). At least they didn't have these weapon systems until the last three years of the war and only because they ripped them off the Covenant. Who got theirs from scavenging Forerunners tech (aka Ancients?).
When Xander and Cortana meet the Goa'uld, their going to acquire Goa'uld technology also and blend that into their known tech.
So expect sleeker ships and far more deadly ships. Can you say "Overkill." Because only the academic elitist snobs talk about "overkill" like that is bad. For men in combat there is no such thing. You want to stay alive. You want your people to stay alive. You want to make the battle or war really short, so you can go home and kiss your wife/girl friend and kids. If that means exterminating all life within a hundred miles of your position in ten minutes flat, then that is a good thing. You and your buddies WANT to curb stomp your enemies.
Anything less means the enemies chance to kill you and your buddies just went way up. That is not good.
College students who are working DARPA or other kinds of projects for their graduate thesis are being paid. They work for money or for a huge tuition break (grants). Only evil communists believe that people should work for free. TANSTAAFL (see classic Sci-Fi author Robert A. Heinlein).
You are correct that College and Universities don't practise the best computer or network security, even today. Especially back then. So Cortana is taking advantage of that.
I think Senator Kinsey is going to have a very unpleasant experience with the vicious side of Cortana and the ruthless side Alex/John. He might not even survive it. I haven't written it yet but thanks to a previous Reviewer I have been sketching out the plot.
I would take suggestions. Dangle him over a hungry nest of Tyrhrocks or throw him into a Ter’Ghar pit? Maybe use him like a piñata?
In my younger days I spent to much time in Washington D.C. and met many politicians. In my experience it is rare to find one that actually is a human being. I mean they are not already a narcissistic sociopath or psychopath.
Most of them are scum and really should be in prison (rape, paedophilia, theft, embezzlement, treason and murder).
A some of them that I met, should have been tossed into a wood chipper feet first (serial rape, paedophilia, treason and murder).
I have a very low opinion of politicians and zero trust in them. They've earned it.
In the Halo Universe their MAC gun could only accelerate a slug up to 0.30 Light Speed. That was the best they could do. Bungie screwed the pooch on that one. In space there is no filthy atmosphere to give the engineers headaches, so a 25th Century Rail Gun should be able to do at least 0.90 Light or 168,750 miles per second (mps) [270,000,000 kps]. Same thing for launching plasma bolts (particle beams).
Almost two decades ago we built experimental rail-guns and were getting 15 kps with 25 kg 'bullets'. Today the US Navy awarded a contract last month to build a ship KEW canon that is slated to fire 90 rounds per minute, 25 kg round, at 5.2 kps. Which is a shot 7 times faster than current naval canon fire. That KEW round would tear even a World War II battleship to shreds (18 inches or 45.7 cm of steel armor). Now up the velocity for space warfare engagements. Ouch!
Now throw in lasers, masers, grazers, x-ray lasers, hellbores, antimatter and warp/hyperspace warheads. All of these have already been envisioned. All except the last one, has already been experimentally made and tested. Our engineering and material science is not up to making them reliable enough for an 18 year old gorilla to use. But battlefields have seen the use of weapons laser since 1973 (first use) and mass battlefield use in 1991 (Gulf War I). The Russians used in 'combat' a high power Maser in 1986 to shoot 'down' seven satellites in orbit (two of them were our spy satellites, which did not make us very happy).
Cortana and Xander are going to bring the engineering and material science for mass production of all the weapons I mentioned above.
Xander and his friends are going to get the best toys for big boys and girls.
When they uncover the SGC and NID... well Cortana will turn them inside out for making better toys for Alex and the Slayers.
On the question of Alex having a harem.... I've already written the next chapter and proofing it. Alex has been ambushed by Cortana and Willow again and they have put him into a position that he didn't want to be in.
Not a harem but you'll have to wait and see what they're going to do to him.
Cortana will get into the NID and SGC's computers in chapter 18. I'm working on it. So cool your jets.
I have a real job to make a living and the best I can do per chapter is about one every four to eight weeks. Sometimes the words flow and sometimes they don't for days. So you'll just have to be patient.
I wrote the first fifteen chapters while I was bored working a job in the middle east. When I got back I kind of uploaded them, warts and all.
Thanks to you reviewers and some volunteer editors telling me where my perspective or spelling or grammar mistakes; they have been revised to there current better state.
Thank you all for helping me.
Thank you Sajuuk.