Nathan Grayson reports on an epic battle fought between factions inside Eve Online, in which thousands of players participated. See that pic up there? Would you just look at that mess?
The battle, which saw a Something Awful-affiliated faction overwhelmed by Reddit-affiliated players and an impromptu group of allies, resulted in the destruction of ships worth tens of thousands of real-world dollars.
A Titan pilot of the ClusterFuck Coalition (a splinter of SomethingAwful’s notorious GoonSwarm) was attempting a “bridge” – which essentially allows other ships to warp to one ship’s point – but instead warped himself. Right into extremely hostile Pandemic Legion (a splinter of HoneyBadger/Test, aka, Reddit) territory. And when ships as valuable as Titans are involved, well, the stakes tend to get quite high. Naturally, everyone panicked. Reinforcements were hastily phoned-in, and then those reinforcements cried for reinforcements.
EVE WARNING: GAME MORE FUN TO READ ABOUT THAN TO PLAY.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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