Yanno, I ate this stuff up as a kid in 1979 and I guess I never thought about it much until now — but for an outer-system probe like the Voyagers, a ready-to-transmit signal followed by a wait for acknowledgment at outer-system distances using light-speed signals doesn’t sound like the most efficient way to do things. IIRC, the actual Voyagers just sent their information back and the big DSN antennas on Earth soaked it up.
I dunno. Maybe Tan-ru’s cousin or the Borg or whoever pimped Voyager’s ride futzed with the programming or something.
“WHY HAS THE CREATOR NOT ANSWERED?”
If I had a nickel for every time someone’s said that in the depths of despair…
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