RICKER: (looks puzzled):  What the hell is "Microsoft"?

DATA:  (turns to answer):  Allow me to explain.  We send this program, for some reason called "Windows," through the Borg command pathways.  Once inside their root command unit, it will begin consuming system resources at an unstopable rate.

PICKARD:  But the Borg have the ability to adapt.  Won't they alter their processing systems to increase their storage capacity?

DATA:  Yes, Captain.  But when Windows detects this, it creates a new version of itself known as an "upgrade."  The use of resources increases exponentially with each iteration.  The Borg will not be able to adapt quickly enough.  Eventually, all of their processing ability will be taken over and none will be available for their normal operational functions.

PICARD:  Excellent work.  This is even better than that "unsolvable geometric shape" idea.  Make it so!

The Borg


PICARD: Mr. LaForge, have you had any sucess with your attempts at finding a weakness in the Borg?  And Mr. Data, have you been able to access their pathways?

LAFORGE:  Yes, Captain.  In fact we have found the answer by searching through our acrhives on late 20th-century computer technology.

(LaForge presses a key and a logo apears on the computer screen.)