An Interview with RazorsKiss

by Ares Kiden

This time, instead of doing The (Unregulated) Update, I decided to interview the pilot RazorsKiss — who made news recently by destroying an automated TRI transport ship in unregulated space. I thought it might be interesting to get an idea of his motivations.

This interview was conducted before TRI Corporation decided to place a bounty on him. Continue reading

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The (Unregulated) Update

unregulated-updateVol. II, No. 1 – by Ares Kiden

After a rather lengthy hiatus, The “UU” is back!  But I won’t bore you with the details . . .

Flux-Hunt In-Progress
The Samwise Memorial Flux-Hunt is in-progress and has apparently gotten a number of veteran pilots to jump back into the cockpit, including Ambrosius, Audi, J_Prime, MadCat, Nammoc, Nessos, Noodles, Orome, Slopey and Yozho (to name a few I noticed).  Apologies to any I missed.  Kudos to RazorsKiss who organized the event, which will be running through 118.2.3.

Corporate Blues
First OPL announced layoffs on Outpost and Octavius Core stations … then Cromforge announces inventory and production cuts, and even more layoffs.  Things don’t sound good for either of those giants.  No peep yet from the Solrain mega-corp, Tens & Piney, but I’m sure investors are watching them closely.

New Flux Patterns
A few weeks ago, pilots began noticing some changes in the was Conflux have been spawning.  Changes have been noted in Aman Hook, Blasted Corner, Bronci Rift, Hyperion Gate, Inner Aman, Main Gate and The Stith (did I miss any?).  Pilot RazorsKiss (who seems to be one busy dude these days) has created an updated Conflux “threat map” and it can be found HERE.

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The (Unregulated) Update

unregulated-updateVol I, No. 7 by Ares Kiden

Well I went on holiday … and I stayed a lot longer than expected.  But my mom finally kicked me out so I’m back with another UPDATE!

Pilots Stay Away in Droves
The holiday crowds were in stealth-mode for this year’s Reconstruction Days with minimal participation in the organized events (“minimal” is a generous term here).  Some blame was put on the numerous protests of the recent Speaker’s election but it’s hard to believe that was the sole reason.  I really liked the “What’s Your Story” contest about The Henge.  I guess I should have entered.  I would have WON.  (My theory is that it was a VERY ancient, VERY huge trampoline.)

Landmark Election
Well the recent Solrain election for the Speaker’s Chair for Amanra was a landmark in a number of ways.  A long-time incumbent was unseated.  TWO challengers ended up tie in the popular vote, forcing a runoff in the STCC – which has not happened in a long time.  Supporters of Verhal have hit the streets in droves, with protests in boroughs and cities across all three planets.  While there has been no violence, there’s been unrest-a-plenty.  Protesters have contended that Hyperial was instrumental in influencing the election. Continue reading

The (Unregulated) Update

unregulated-updateVol I, No. 6 – by Ares Kiden

Sorry that I’ve been away a while.  Here’s an update of some recent news . . .

Ship Broadcasts Repeated Gibberish
Pilots have reported that Rauder-1 has been periodically broadcasting hex code over the F5 global chat channel.  Some pilots have replied, but have received no response. Rauder-1 is the test-drone which was originally tested by Hyperial on 117.4.14 (see article below).

New Timeline Resource
A new historical resource has been launched in a cooperative effort between TRI-Databank, the Sarath V Memorial Library and UUNN.  The new resource is an interactive timeline, which updates the old JOSSH timeline and includes some interesting new functionality.  It can be accessed HERE. Continue reading

The (Unregulated) Update

unregulated-updateVol I, No. 5 – by Ares Kiden

Subspace Transceiver Repaired
Pilots finally rallied to repair  the subspace transceiver in The Narrow Canal, and Solrain pilots are once again happily receiving KTRI broadcasts.  There is still no word on how the transceiver was damaged in the first place.

Octs Debate DSS History
The Octavius Emperors from Ares Prime and Martius seem to be having a dispute about the historical fragment recently found on a DSS.  What is being lost in the whole “whose sword is bigger” debate is the fact that this thing might be one of the oldest pieces of history we have found to-date and may even hint at our roots. Continue reading

The (Unregulated) Update

unregulated-updateVol I, No. 4 – by Ares Kiden

Yes, I’m late this week.  It has been a slow news week and I was HOPING something interesting would happen.  But alas …

Dorator Signs DSS Agreement with Hyperial
In the not-at-all-surprising category, Dorator Tecnologies R&D signed an agreement with Hyperial late last week, where Dorator will be receiving all DSS and UCs sold by pilots to Hyperial station. Dorator calls it a win-win since Hyperial was not using the artifacts for anything and Dorator will get them for a very attractive price.

Engineers Quietly Leave Amananth
With absolutely no fanfare (and by this I mean they sneaked out), the multi-corporate team that had been working at Amananth to help figure out how to repair the Antiflux CP, has disbanded and been transported back to their respective home spaces.  TRI Corporation officials insist that this does not mean they are giving up.  They simply felt that it was not necessary to be on-site at this point — an felt the team needed to refresh and reboot. Continue reading

The (Unregulated) Update

unregulated-updateVol. I, No. 3 – by Ares Kiden

Engineers Report “No Answers” on Antiflux Factory
Well we finally received a report from the Multi-corporate Engineering Team at Amananth — and the news was not awesome.  While the fact that the engineers are still puzzled after trying a couple of different approaches is a bit concerning, the other part of the report was an absolute BOMB:  “. . .  The explosions on Amananth station apparently destroyed all of the backup data on the Antiflux systems and hardware, and DPDQ does not seem willing or able to reproduce it. . . .”

So that means, if we can’t figure out a way to fix this — no more Antiflux!  Do you think MAYBE we need to throw some more resources at this problem?

Dorator shares a “Freebie”
We’ve known for a while now that Dorator was going into the DSS business.  Over the last 10 days they’ve kicked things off with two DSS purchasing events, and then just a day after the second event, they publicly released the first dataset. Continue reading