Best of all, though, Erik was the only man Lois had met in the past twenty years who hadn’t asked about her most famous story. He was interested in her as an administrator, not as a reporter.
“I had an idea about the network thing,” he said, leaning forward to brace his elbows on her desk. “It’d be more costly going in, but you’d save yourself a lot of trouble in the long run.”
“Oh really?” Lois asked, intrigued.
“Switch over to the new Kal processors in your central servers,” he said, his eyes excited. Lois felt her heart plummet, but Eastlake didn’t notice. “They’re faster, they’re more energy-efficient, and they require almost no maintenance.”
“They’re new on the market,” Lois said through numb lips. “No one knows how much maintenance they require long-term.”
“Nah, the L-Tech research and development facility’s been using them in all its mainframes for seven years,” Erik said with a dismissive wave of his hand. “Not a single burnout. Upgrading them is easy, too. They are heavier than silicone chips, and when you’re running as many computers as L-Tech is, that means you have to reinforce the floors, but you won’t have that problem here. And, L-Tech is going to come out with a new memory module specifically designed to work with their processor … but you didn’t hear it from me!”
Lois felt her stomach plummet. L-Tech was Luthor’s company, somehow. He ran it through a long chain of intermediaries, since he was still wanted on two murder charges in Metropolis, but she knew it was his. The Kal processor proved it – and from what Eastlake was saying, more Kryptonian-based technology would soon be on the market.
Yes, as promised, it's starting to heat up. :D