|The basic computer skill allows the character to operate a computer and display information. He can learn what programs are installed and find and displayed data files. A character can use this skill to display any information accessed in a mainframe computer's memory in whatever form he wishes: alphabetical, chronological, order of security value, etc. It is especially useful for getting lists of files, personal records, and raw, unprocessed data that is recorded on an A/I (Storage) maxiprog. A character receives a + 10 bonus if he is trying to display information about a maxiprog he knows. Once a character displays information successfully, he never needs to roll to display again with that computer, unless it is altered.|
A specialist can use this skill to display any information in the computer's memory. It is especially useful for getting lists of programs that are stored in the computer, personal records, and raw, unprocessed data that is loaded and waiting to be fed into a program. A specialist gets a +20 modifier if he is trying to display information about a program he knows. He can automatically display information about programs he wrote in the computer. If a specialist displays an item successfully, he never needs to roll to display it again.
If a computer has a Computer Security program, characters must break or bypass this program before they can display information. Defeating a security program involves a decoding process that can take a long time. Characters trying to break security must spend 1-10 hours working at the computer.
Success Rate: LOG + 20 + skill level - computer level
Success Rate: LOG + 10 + skill level - computer level
Success Rate: (LOG / 2) + skill level - program level