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EVE Online Battle Breaks Records (And Servers) 308

Posted by Soulskill
from the blame-it-on-the-torrents dept.
captainktainer writes "In one of the largest tests of EVE Online's new player sovereignty system in the Dominion expansion pack, a fleet of ships attempting to retake a lost star system was effectively annihilated amidst controversy. Defenders IT Alliance, a coalition succeeding the infamous Band of Brothers alliance (whose disbanding was covered in a previous story), effectively annihilated the enemy fleet, destroying thousands of dollars' worth of in-game assets. A representative of the alliance claimed to have destroyed a minimum of four, possibly five or more of the game's most expensive and powerful ship class, known as Titans. Both official and unofficial forums are filled with debate about whether the one-sided battle was due to difference in player skill or the well-known network failures after the release of the expansion. One of the attackers, a member of the GoonSwarm alliance, claims that because of bad coding, 'Only 5% of [the attackers] loaded,' meaning that lag prevented the attackers from using their ships, even as the defenders were able to destroy those ships unopposed. Even members of the victorious IT Alliance expressed disappointment at the outcome of the battle. CCP, EVE Online's publisher, has recently acknowledged poor network performance, especially in the advertised 'large fleet battles' that Dominion was supposed to encourage, and has asked players to help them stress test their code on Tuesday. Despite the admitted network failure, leaders of the attacking force do not expect CCP to replace lost ships, claiming that it was their own fault for not accounting for server failures. The incident raises questions about CCP's ability to cope with the increased network use associated with their rapid growth in subscriptions."

Comment: Re:how do you test it? (Score 2, Insightful) 329

by tehfrr (#28567447) Attached to: HIV/AIDS Vaccine To Begin Phase I Human Trials
not necessarily. Perhaps older people who are late in life that want to help benefit humanity. Not that they would be lining up to volunteer, but certainly someone would. I would think its safe to assume if the did in fact contract HIV, they would probably get the best health care available to keep it in check for the rest of their lives.

Comment: Re:And nuclear power? (Score 1) 705

by tehfrr (#27469429) Attached to: Obama Calls For Nuke-Free World

The ancient, prototype nuclear plant (the ones installed all over the western world in the 1950's and 1960's) DO require the very same enrichment cycle that nuclear weapons require.

Sorry, wrong. The current light water reactors in the US run on up to 5% enriched U-235 (and cannot use anything higher due to regulation). For nuclear weapons it takes over 20% at least, usually over 90%.

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