posted on Oct, 21 2010 @ 09:11 AM
Perhaps, but I do not think that you're taking into consideration the time lag involved between terrestrial to off world transmissions,
particularly to a craft that is well beyond any extraterrestrial satellites or relay stations we may or may not have beyond our orbit, so it is likely
that there will not be any software updates taking place between us and the Voyager 2, not to mention the likelihood of any number of possible forms
of interference that the craft could encounter in the medium of Space which we are still largely unaware of.
All things considered, one would have to conclude that whatever mishap the Voyager 2 encountered was not the result of some sentient life form.
For the sake of science, I'll give you the interference. I'm not saying necessarily, that it's the end-all-be-all of possibilities, as there are
plenty of things inside the solar system that are more capable of raging interference, than the interstellar medium.
That said, I didn't mean software updates between here and there, I meant updates in what they have at their disposal for piecing together the data on
their end. We can make unbreakable passwords, but we can't tell the difference between a stuck bit, and plain garbage? A flipped bit would have it's
own telltale signs, that any real programmer should find (in theory, anyway... I'm not the programmer type). Time lag, however, should have no impact
on the actual performance of the craft, malfunctions notwithstanding, the craft should still receive instruction, and we should still receive data,
albeit in a wider time _ The only real issue would be distortion/loss over the distance, due to interference, but again, that also has it's own
telltale signs, that NASA is able to filter out, and boost the received signal.
edit on 21-10-2010 by judgiebegoode because: derp moment in
quoting, put /quote but not initial quote block