Monthly Archives: February 2013

Everyone’s free, To upgrade their clone –

Yes, it’s a bad parody =D And there are chunks I couldn’t think how to redo.


Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ‘115.
Upgrade your clone.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, good clones would be it.
The long-term benefits of clone upgrades have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience…
I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the speed and agility of your frigates; oh never mind; you will not understand the speed and agility of your frigates until you get pointed.
But trust me, in 2 years you’ll look back at your kill reports and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fun they really could be…

You’re not as bad as you imagine.

Don’t worry about your skill plan; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to jump a carrier through a gate.
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind.
The kind that a dev implements in a dev blog you didn’t read.

Do one thing everyday that scares you.


Don’t be reckless with other people’s ships, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don’t waste your time on revenge;
Sometimes you’re ahead,
Sometimes You’re behind.
The race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults;
If you fail in this, put a bounty on them.

Keep your old kill mails, throw away your old loss mails.


Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your Life.
The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of ammo.

Be kind to your structure, you’ll miss it when it’s gone.

Maybe you’ll mine, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll station trade, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll fly a titan, maybe you’ll hit jump instead of bridge.
Whatever you do, don’t Congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either.
Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s.

Enjoy your ship, Use it every way you can… Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people Think of it,
It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own…

Dance… even if you only dance in triangles.

Do the tutorials, even if you don’t remember them.

Do NOT read battle clinic, it will only make you get podded.

Get to know your CEO, you never know when they’ll be gone for good.

Be nice to your corp mates;
They are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on.
Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were a newb.

Live in Null Sec once, but leave before it makes you hard;
Live in high Sec once, but leave before it makes you soft.


Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, theCSM will lie, you too will get bitter, and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, the CSM did what they were told and newbs respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to trust you.
Maybe you have a tech moon, Maybe you have a some plex; but you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your clone, or when you post on the forums, you’ll look dumb.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the clone thing…

Market Data API – What I’d like

There’s been a bunch of posts on the forums about how cache scraping is bad and against the EULA and how CCP Sreegs hates it. Now, it’s been said by some GMs that it’s ok, so that’s not something I’m going to go into.

Sreegs did say that, while he doesn’t like scraping for market data, he’d prefer to see that in an API. This is something I heartily agree with. We need a source of market data, available outside of the game. There’s a few things which I’d want from it, however.

  1. The data, while accurate, shouldn’t be ‘perfect’.
  2. To make 1 work, this means you don’t get to ask for data for a particular item, in a particular region, at the current time. No requests for specific data.
  3. It should, however, be timely. For common data, I should be able to get it fairly up to date.

The thing is, right now, I have a source just like that. It’s EMDR. And it’s pretty much perfect. A firehose of market data, to do with as you please.

It’s not an ideal source for use with spreadsheets. You’ll need something listening to it 24×7, and then processing it. But that’s what eve central does right now. It’s what I do right now. I do provide exports of the data, for use in spreadsheets, which quite neatly takes care of this.

So, the actions I think CCP need to take:

  • Define a rarity list of items and regions. Common items and regions should be updated often. Rare ones less often. So if you’re listening to it, you should get the mineral prices in jita every 20 minutes or so. Imp navy large emp smart bombs in 760-9C, however, should be maybe once a day
  • Set up a zeromq (or similar. No real queue, just a stream) end point for people to subscribe to. Maybe add an IP level filter to allow people to subscribe to it with their eve accounts, with an ip address. It’s not suitable for the general person, but it’s perfectly good for the enablers (such as myself)
  • Sit back and watch the data stream out.

Yes, it’s not a minor job. But it should reduce the number of characters who just sit in a market hub requesting market data once every 2 seconds.

And it totally removes the possibility of people poisoning the data (unless they provide a service themselves)

Reactions Tool

The first thing I want to say is:
Ugg. It’d be nice if CCP actually put all the information for reactions into the SDE.

Anyway, what with the NOTEC thing, and Mynna suggesting that people might want to do some alchemy, I thought I’d look into the numbers myself. And hence, I give you:

It’s a fairly simplistic tool, and it doesn’t do any kind of sorting. But it will give you some quick figures on ‘this might be worth running;. Bear in mind, the simple reactions need 3 silos and a simple reactor. The complex ones need 3 silos and a complex reactor. You’re going to want at least a medium POS. So that’s around 200 million per month, just to break even. can give you an idea of what you need. One simple reactor and 3 silos will take up a chunk of that medium POS.

I was interested to see that, if you are to believe the market could absorb it, you could make more isk just selling the platinum and technetium directly, rather than reacting it into platinum technite.