Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Come Ambulation or Incarna we need robots.

Why won't we have robots?  We have drones, surely this far into the future we will have perfected the art popularised by Isaac Asimov and others for the metallic form.

I suppose the form doesn't always need to be metallic, in Blade Runner (based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick) they were called replicants and they looked human.

They certainly fucked like them.

New profession! Dress up as a bounty hunter in your little cubicle as Eve will be the natural progression from The Sims or Second Life or whatever the hell you were playing previously.

Then you can hunt the human replicants, though we probably cannot call them that for legal reasons, while they drip very real human fluid from their pleasure "sockets" as they run for their "lives".

A whole new level of gun fighter will emerge but with trick shots, now with semen!

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Dread Pirates!

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Recently the Messoya gate in Tasti has been camped from time to time most days by some pirates.

The composition of their fleet is very efficient, they have in addition to the usual BS and BC’s some guardians and other support ships.

I’ve spent some time watching how they operate and it’s fascinating to observe.  They will chase most ships except for pods and shuttles.  Most of the time they have a very fast lock and point ship which will end your ships life in a very short amount of time.

Once the gate camp goes up it is reported in the various intel channels I subscribe to almost immediately, but still I can watch the gate camp from a cloaked position and watch alliance and blue ships get trapped and destroyed time and time again.

The tools are there, people don’t use them, their ship gets destroyed, they bitch about it and the entire fault is theirs nobody else's.

The tools are out there so use them!

Removing the gate camp is tough, they smash anything small fleets, they run from a larger fleet only to reform later on.  What is required is a standing fleet in or near Tasti to keep the dirty pirates either docked up or elsewhere.

Who wants to baby sit the Tasti system all the time?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lost Count

So my original estimate of the “optional” patch count was seven.  I think we have surpassed that now, well at least I think we have as I have totally lost count.

I suppose it doesn’t really matter but it does seem that CCP has changed the patching process with much more of it being client side rather than server side.

Is this a good thing?  Well from my point of view it is as my Linux computers can now patch without having to manually download the patch file and apply via Wine.

However I have an unsettled feeling that all the clients out there are becoming fragmented as they have a mix of these “optional” patches.

Perhaps with the upcoming expansion/patch this will be brought back together?  Who knows!

My LP store still isn’t working, the text displays if you hover the mouse curser over where the text should be, but the text does not display.  It’s not a game breaker but annoying as now that the LP store doesn’t work I want to use it.

Human nature FTW!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Another Day Another Theft

So linked here are the details for the latest in game theft.  This sort of thing has happened plenty of times in the past and will again in the future so the names are unimportant, but the figures are.

Approx 110 Billion ISK was taken in liquid ISK and assets, the assets then sold back to the original owners as  "they were interested in reacquiring the stolen assets to save the time and considerable effort involved in sourcing them anew".

Doesn't that sound fishy?

Anyway the figures, lets round them off at 110 Billion or 110,000,000,000 ISK.

From the Eve Online store, ignoring the shipping costs a 60 day time card costs $34.99 in US dollars.

So the in game 30 day PLEX costs $17.50 (rounded) in US dollars, and approx 372 million in game currency (ISK).

So the stolen ISK would buy you 295 (rounded) of in game PLEX worth approx $5162.50 in real US dollars.

Eve is a harsh mistress.

Alliance PVP Tourney

Totally missed this, was hoping to attend but ended up being busy that night.  Turns out Wusti, the alliance CEO, won in a Vexor using sentry drones and smartbombs.

So my planned fit is buggered then.

So for the next tourney many people will fit ships to combat the previous battle. 

However fitting and training to fight the previous war doesn’t always help you with the next one.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Bleh

We've lost count of the amount of prequels, sequels and remakes of old time movies. Star Wars: The Clones was just such one that took the slippery slide to failure. Enough is enough! (Getty Images)
My interest in Eve has been dropping since the start of the month.  I couldn’t think of a good image for this so you get a Stormtrooper on a slide instead.

Trying to build the corp, essentially solo, has been an impossibility which I have now accepted.  So it is time to move into another corp in the alliance or out of the alliance, I have received offers for both.

So we will see. 

I was hoping the expansion would hit today but it has been split and pushed back until the 30th of November with subsequent parts to land in December and January.  I have yet to see anything that I’m terribly interested in but sometimes items are released out of the blue, all I can do is wait.

I have been on a couple of late night roams, one finishing at approx 1am, this just ruins me for the following day and night but on the whole they’ve been enjoyable.  Lost a BC on one when the FC stopped calling out targets past the first one. This would have made zero difference to our survival but we could have dropped a BC of theirs in addition to the BS and Frigate we killed.  As we were outnumbered and outgunned this was not a certainty, if anything the engagement was a good training run, a reminder, on how to do things, or how not too.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Six

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Six is the second smallest composite number, its proper divisors being 1, 2 and 3.  Six is also the number of “optional” patches we’ve now had for Eve that still have not fixed the problems!
My LP store still displays little information, I can view the information if I hover the mouse curser over each item but madness that way lays. 
So tomorrow we have the patch to introduce the 64 bit addressing system for in game items, in short it will allow more in game items and stops CCP having to recycle old item numbers for a very long time, perhaps forever (forever being the life cycle of the game and not the actual heat death of the universe forever).
What could go wrong?