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Patricia Nunes

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Patricia Nunes
Biography and appearance
RaceHuman
AffiliationUnited States Navy
RoleSugar Grove engineer
 
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Patricia Nunes was an engineer working on experimental, top secret projects at Sugar Grove's Advanced Research Projects Division. Her achievement was the CX-15 or Project SIPHON, an attempt to develop an automated data exfiltration holotape, capable of scanning hostile networks, detecting data sources of interest, compressing the data, and extracting it for later analysis. By June 2077 it achieved a successful data compression ratio of 200:1, but the cost of iridium-infused magnetic tapes ($15 million per), and multiple personal use issues resulting in two lost tapes, forced the project to be put under tight control.[1] Access was strictly limited to covert operations specialists of Grade-V or above with prior authorization, with the head of the SigInt Analysis team forcing the system to log every check-out of the holotapes. After all, a single SIPHON was twice the annual budget of the entire SigInt Analysis division.[2]

As such, when Kyle Lockhart made a poor judgement call in automating his EMP testing for EX-72 PULSAR, SIPHON holotapes were a natural candidate, as the test data was fragmented across the mainframe and the system couldn't handle the volume, leaving him with no means to access the data, much less analyze it. His only hopes were dashed ever since the project was taken out from under his jurisdiction, as access was strictly controlled and he was not on the list of people permitted to access the holotapes. The strict controls instituted after repeated misuse also made "borrowing" it impossible. Nunes simply advised Lockhart to try with regular holotapes.[3]

Appearances

Patricia Nunes appears only in Fallout 76.

References

  1. Sugar Grove terminals: "CX-15 SIPHON - Data Exfiltration Program"
  2. Sugar Grove terminals: "9-22-77: SIPHON Holotapes"
  3. Sugar Grove terminals: "Research Log: 10/21/77"