I'm reading a free ebook from Tor.com--Old Man's War, by John Scalzi. (Tor, by the way, is giving away one free ebook a week if you register there, and they are available in PDF or iPhone-friendly html format.) Anyway, this book concerns an interesting variation on the draft--asking senior citizens to enlist, then downloading their consciousnesses into superhuman bodies, and giving them, in essence, a new lease on life to help humanity. One aspect of their new military life is the implantation of a computer--the BrainPal™. As this excerpt (wherein our protagonist is getting to know his BrainPal™) demonstrates, not everyone is thrilled with their new toy...
Many BrainPal™ users find it useful to give their BrainPal™ a name other than BrainPal™. Would you like to name your BrainPal™ at this time?
"Yes," I said.
Please speak the name you would like to give your BrainPal™.
"'Asshole,'" I said.
You have selected "Asshole," the BrainPal wrote, and to its credit it spelled the word correctly. Be aware that many recruits have selected this name for their BrainPal™. Would you like to choose a different name?
"No," I said, and was proud that so many of my fellow recruits also felt this way about their BrainPal.
Your BrainPal™ is now Asshole, the BrainPal wrote. You may change this name in the future if you like. Now you must choose an access phrase to activate Asshole. While Asshole is active at all times it will only respond to commands after it has been activated. Please choose a short phrase. Asshole suggests "Activate Asshole" but you may choose another phrase. Please say your activation phrase now.
"'Hey, Asshole,'" I said.
You have chosen "Hey, Asshole." Please say it again to confirm. I did. Then it asked me to choose a deactivation phrase. I chose (of course) "Go away, Asshole."
Equally amusing: other recruits have named their BrainPal™s Bitch and Satan, among others. Those feisty seniors...