OctBurger Industries (OBI) thinks it can suppress information about its products and maintain its market share by bullying and threatening. And while Octavius has a long history of resolving issues through wars, duels and fights – this is none of those. OBI did not challenge Askume or me to a duel. This is not about an honorable (if bloody) solution to a dispute between parties. This is a feeble attempt to bully people into ignoring the fact that their products are inferior and easy to replace. This is a sad alternative to a lawsuit they know they would lose.
And the worst part about it is that they’ve chosen to make two Octavians their targets! Are they deluded? Have they been hitting the Oct Light too hard? Maybe this would have worked on a Sol, a Quant or a Hyperial . . . but when you call-out an Oct, you’re going to GET an Octavian — in your face.
Unfortunately, we have not been directly challenged … we’ve just had private bounties placed on us. Short of heading over to their corporate offices and shooting-up the place, we don’t have a lot of recourse. But maybe there’s something we can ALL do together. Maybe we can register our collective displeasure in a very simple, direct way: we stop buying and eating OctBurger Industries products! So … no OctBurgers … no Baby Bitz … no SlugNuggets … no BloodBlizzard shakes. And my guess is, that if a lot of us join together to do this, then maybe the OctBurger Board of Directors will wish we had chosen to come shoot-up the offices instead.
So I, personally, call on pilots — all pilots – to join me in boycotting all OctBurger restaurants and OctBurger frozen foods. To show your solidarity with us, just sign your name or leave a brief message in the Comments section below this editorial.
They can bounty a pilot or two. They can even double or triple the current bounties. But they cannot bounty everyone and they cannot hope to stand against our united opposition.
(Etruscera, Martius) OctBurger Industries (TRISE: OBI), makers of the Baby Bitz® semi-organic snack, has placed public bounties on members of the STCC, UUNN editorial management and pilot Askume in response to the publishing of a recipe for their Baby Bitz® product.
“OBI is overreacting and has no legal complaint,” said STCC Minister of Trade, Ferrix Charyb. “Firstly, the recipe was recovered from a salvaged DSS, and secondly is was clearly a recipe for a homemade product – not their industrial recipe.
“I’m sure the sodium and saturated fat content in the published home-recipe is far lower than in their mass-produced, frozen offerings,” he added.
(Wake) – Sunday’s awards ceremony for Solrain’s Reconstruction Days Holiday held during a Tour of the Solrain Planets delivered some things mundane, some mildly interesting, and quite a few surprises.
The Tour/Ceremony was conducted by Soria Speaker Demeter Garreth, even though this year’s holiday organizational duties (and campaign kickoff for her reelection bid next year) fell to the Amanra Speaker Cassia Verhal. Spaceborne activities were implemented by Assistant Tmolus Shaen of the STCC’s Cornea based Pilot Liaison Office. The tour began at Wake, flew through Cornea, and ended at Sol Core. Our dirtside sources on Amanra have hinted that Speaker Verhal was displeased that none of the pilot activities took place around her home planet.
As part of the ongoing Factional/TRI awards system cleanup effort, a new set of competitive event medals (Cesium, Platinum, and Antimony Medals for 1st/2nd/3rd), and a new participation badge (Captain’s Commendation, named for frequent event organizer CaptainCow) were not yet available for distribution. Director of Public Relations for TRI-Corp, Elle Rodan, said “VVe had some unexpected technicae issues. Please have patience! All vvill be made effectua soon.”
The following pilots will receive a Captain’s Commendation badge for participation over the weekend: Askume, Canuck, Elayne, hifly, FFK_Masssa, Filzi, Joker_GdI, MM_Massa, Narada, PodRider1, Radar, RedDwarf, Rosberg, Saroel, ShapeShift, and Sweithek.
Friday’s short track shuttle race, held in Wake sector, had the following results: Cesium to Rosberg (squad Q-Racing), Platinum to Filzi (Unbreakable), Antimony to Radar (=ACME=)
Friday’s station debris photo lottery: Narrow Canal to Radar (=ACME=); Outer Ring to PodRider1 (=ACME=).
Narrow Canal debris was confirmed to be fragments of Soria’s old Bravo Class orbital station, catastrophically destroyed in 416 BT by experiments based on Samons’ jump research.
Outer Ring debris was confirmed to be fragments of the Quantar Trade Depot destroyed by Hyperial in the Second GVB War, 86 AT.
Saturday’s DSS Decryption Contest was won by Narada (Q-Mining PLC) who at the time of awards had the only contest entries earning him the entire purse. Askume (Kraken Guard) turned in late but fully restored translation of DSS #3. Both pilots were awarded the Seeker of Knowledge medal, and their work can be found in the comments section here. These decryptions may well have important implications. [Editor’s note: readers may rest assured that UUNN will be following up with experts in the related fields…for discs 1 and 2. The Baby Bits recipe bears no further investigation.]
The Solrain Star was awarded to unsquadded pilot Elayne. Speaker Garreth received an updated awards list inflight from the office of STCC Premier Cristofore Parce that also included a Solrain Star for pilot -Dean- of SOL NAVY. Garreth had obvious difficulty giving the award to a member of the squad that as she said, “nearly cost [her] the election” and implied a political motivation behind the award.
The “loop” of Faction Missions begun on at the start of the weekend have crept along at a pace that can only be called glacial, considering the strong payout. The Solrain sponsored Hyperial FM has outpaced the faction’s own Sol Core mission by a near 2:1 margin, breaking the “loop” theory, which is no doubt another embarrassment for the office of Pilot Liaison.
For day 2 of the Solrain Reconstruction Days holiday, the theme is the Search for Arcane Knowledge. The STCC is publicly releasing the contents of 3 DSS’s that have been recently turned in by pilots. These are pristine discs, still encrypted, untouched by station research technicians. Pilots are encouraged to decipher the contents, and e-mail their findings back to UUNN (firstname.lastname@example.org). Pilots correctly decoding will be awarded the Seeker of Knowledge medal. The first pilot to do so for each disc will be awarded 1 million credits (max of 1 prize per pilot). STCC technicians will retain possession of the physical DSS and will validate the findings after they are submitted.