Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Great Lesson for Rookies

The True Stories from the First Decade of EVE is something that makes me very happy. I also have a good story and I want to share it with you.

However – I still don’t have enough money to pay my subscription and even if I pay it I still need to buy a good graphics card, I found a good one in a local place, costs like 50 Euro, Palit Nvidia GeForce GT620 PCI-EX2.0 2GB DDR3 64bit, DVI/HDMI/CRT, I really like it, but maybe later. Finding a good job and ensuring a steady income is the priority now.

So, the deadline comes near, I think I can’t make it in time, that’s why I will post my story here.


Today I want to tell you a story that brings me back to YC 112 and the times when I was roaming the skies with the guys from the first Capsuleer Corporation that I joined. It doesn’t exist today, but memories remain and they are so bright. It is a story of respect and amazement.

It was the time when our officers invited us, rookies, to participate in a low-sec roam. We were instructed to buy some cheap and affordable frigates and meet our fleet commander at a rendezvous point. Our corporation headquarters was in Sasoutikh and we were supposed to roam the nearby systems for pirate rats and capsuleers. We were five or six men and our commander had the opportunity and responsibility to guide us through the roam and safely bring us back home.

We gathered together and headed to the nearest low-sec system. It was fun. We were instructed on how to bring up the watchlist, set up our voice communications and we were told the basics of roaming. We were exploring various places in each system, splitting up and seeking for targets. We found a lot of Sanshas – small fleets of frigates in belts, and there were cruisers and battleships too. This was the first time when I actually attacked a battleship with a frigate. The excitement of battling these large spiky ships was something memorable. It was a notable example on how even a small group of T1 frigates and one destroyer could tear apart a battleship escorted by a cruiser and two or three frigates.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Bots and Rogue Drones


Sentinel here.

I got a message for you. It’s about some disturbing events that may arise pretty soon. Well, what I’m gonna show you may look like some kind of contrived conspiracy theory, feel free to perceive it that way, doesn’t really matter, it’s all good.

Most of us are pretty aware of a new sort of AI technology that is used by some capsuleers, helping them amass wealth in a pretty passive way. Not sure how many of us know that these individuals have put some serious effort in developing cybernetic forms of organ attachments – something similar to the ancient concept of Positronic Brains. Such “organs” are well known to be used in developing of Androids. In our case things are a little bit different, since these capsuleers tend to use their own clones as hosts for the artificial attachments mentioned. The result is a strange symbiosis that represents human bodies with man-made cybernetic devices, implanted in their brain and other vital organs. Yes, we all call them Bots.

As these devices work together with the body organs, they use the advantages of human perceptions and activate predefined action chains, depending on present events. These Bots are programmed to take advantage of all available spaceship, planetary and starbase interface that is provided by various authorities in order to keep a good level of usability and accessibility to all the technologies used by pilots and citizens of New Eden. Having such power, Bots can adapt to various situations, more or less, taking decisions, surviving in dangerous places and so on. In general – they imitate actual capsuleers and even fly their spaceships. Like humans on autopilot. Most Agents take them for real pilots and work with them, giving them Missions and rewarding them when they complete tasks. Capsuleers on the other hand can easily distinguish Bots.

If you ask me, the endeavor of creating these “artificial capsuleers” deserves admiration. We all know that being a pod pilot is not a joke. There is serious technology involved, serious weapons, serious education, great responsibilities, great danger and great opportunities. Giving this challenging life to man-made creations is… brave. Very brave. And dealing with the consequences that may arise of such actions may require iron will and personal strength.