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General Discussion / Re: all PVP is surprise attacks. Not lame, but what do we do?
« Last post by Vex on March 20, 2020, 04:11:17 PM »
If anyone here thinks that I have in any way been a "cowardly" roleplayer then let them speak now.

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I will just say, you don't know me or my career in this game Vex. I won't dignify your post with more than this, it isn't needed.

I don't know, or care, who you are, who you play, or why you decided to step onto that ledge, with that drama, since I didn't call you out by name.

Why the ellipses? Did you sit there and wait to see, if someone spoke up, before you hit POST?
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Non-Armageddon Discussion / Re: Coronavirus / COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2
« Last post by Saiseiki on March 20, 2020, 01:58:51 PM »
My industry is pretty well devastated.  Been calling around, trying to connect friends with other friends so people have a place to live come April.  This is a serious kick in the rear to me, personally, to start writing again.  All my fall-backs, which are typically pretty solid, have evaporated.
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Non-Armageddon Discussion / Re: Coronavirus / COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2
« Last post by Saiseiki on March 20, 2020, 01:55:09 PM »
I'm over here hoping this whole thing doesn't affect when my husband gets to come home. :( Not that I know when that is going to be anyway. :-\

I honestly don't even think he knows what is going on because they don't want them stressing about what is going on outside of their work. I almost emailed him about it, cause I tell him everything, but then thought better because like I said above, there's no reason to stress him out with what's going on when he needs to focus on his work.

Also it'd be really great if he was home so that I could go get groceries/necessities without having to bring along my almost one year old, with everything going on. Plus I can be in and out so much faster if I go alone.

Sorry you're dealing with that, Shaydee.  :(
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General Discussion / Re: all PVP is surprise attacks. Not lame, but what do we do?
« Last post by Krath on March 20, 2020, 11:17:30 AM »
When someone makes a move like that, and botches it, they litereally become public enemy number one because there's just not enough 'villains' to tackle or worry about.

In my Opinion, this here is the crux of the problem. Back in the day we had uber sorcerers of doom, staff avatars or not, Gith, and Tuluk. Most of the big baddies were staff run, which to me was fine. It gave the playerbase something to rally behind and work for, and assassins did get away. There were undead Lich kings, Demons that would posses PCs, all this cool stuff driven by the storytellers/Staff.

Staff made the change some years ago to have plots player driven and started. It seems that once that change was made the amount of villians in game, not player run, diminished greatly. So this only left PCs to be the "big bad guys" and be killed.

Those are my two, maybe three cents. I am not saying it is good or bad, it  just it what it is and seems to me.
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Non-Armageddon Discussion / Re: Coronavirus / COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2
« Last post by Shaydee on March 20, 2020, 10:52:55 AM »
I'm over here hoping this whole thing doesn't affect when my husband gets to come home. :( Not that I know when that is going to be anyway. :-\

I honestly don't even think he knows what is going on because they don't want them stressing about what is going on outside of their work. I almost emailed him about it, cause I tell him everything, but then thought better because like I said above, there's no reason to stress him out with what's going on when he needs to focus on his work.

Also it'd be really great if he was home so that I could go get groceries/necessities without having to bring along my almost one year old, with everything going on. Plus I can be in and out so much faster if I go alone.
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Player Announcements / Re: Did You Have a Son??
« Last post by FamousAmos on March 20, 2020, 12:21:32 AM »
PM me
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Non-Armageddon Discussion / Re: What Are You Listening To?
« Last post by tiny rainbow on March 20, 2020, 12:04:37 AM »
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Non-Armageddon Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by tiny rainbow on March 19, 2020, 11:51:10 PM »
Bill Gates Ask Me Anything about COVID-19.
Quote from: thisisbillgates
The question of which businesses should keep going is tricky. Certainly food supply and the health system. We still need water, electricity and the internet. Supply chains for critical things need to be maintained. Countries are still figuring out what to keep running.

Eventually we will have some digital certificates to show who has recovered or been tested recently or when we have a vaccine who has received it.
“Different people and different cultures will probably feel differently about having an invisible medical tattoo.”
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delivered, along with a vaccine, by a microneedle patch .. quantum dots, tiny semiconducting crystals .. invisible to the naked eye but easily seen with a special cell-phone filter, combined with an app that shines near-infrared light
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conducted by M.I.T. bioengineers .. The work was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and came about because of a direct request from Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates himself
infrared quantum dots delivered to the skin by microneedle, Science Translational Medicine
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mitigates the potential cultural opposition to visible skin markings .. this invisible, “on-body” technology opens up new avenues for decentralized data storage and biosensing applications
video attached ("780  nm  LED illumination  source  focused  on the  shaved  area of  the  rat, a  NIR-adapted  smartphone,  a spring-loaded microneedle applicator, and a QD-loaded microneedle patch. Prior to application, no NIR signal was visible on the rat, but was apparent in the microneedle patch")
(apparently anesthetized but uncomfortable viewing)



Trusteeship Council chamber, UN, Geneva, [source]
id2020-and-partners-launch-program-to-provide-digital-id-with-vaccines
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program to leverage immunization as an opportunity to establish digital identity was unveiled by ID2020 in partnership with the Bangladesh Government
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Since last year’s summit, the ID2020 Alliance has been joined by the City of Austin, UC Berkeley’s CITRIS Policy Lab and Care USA .. several other partners are working together with homeless people and the service providers who engage with them
nec-and-simprints-join-forces-with-gavi-to-extend-vaccination-coverage-with-biometrics
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Biometric fingerprint technology from Simprints, NEC’s reinforced authentication engine, and Gavi’s immunization experience and expertise will be combined by the organizations to help create digital identities for children between one and five years of age, linked to complete and accurate medical records.
id2020-to-kick-start-digital-identity-summit-at-un-with-pwc-support
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New York, 19 May 2016 -- ..ID2020 Summit to create technology-driven public-private partnerships to achieve the United Nations 2030 .. Goal .. identity for everyone on the planet.
Enabling a sustainable Fourth Industrial Revolution
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openly and actively promote a global ‘tech for good’ campaign .. disseminate, in conversation and collaboration with the media and technology firms, information about how unintended consequences and adverse effects are being mitigated, and how technologies are being developed and deployed to realise social and environmental goals.
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14. The G20 should recognise and support the work being done to give every person in the world a unique digital identity .. by 2030 .. identity for all, including birth registration’. ID2020, in partnership with the Gavi foundation (an alliance who collectively vaccinate circa 93% of the world’s population), aims to harness the 4IR .. recognition before the law .. access to justice, public services, banking, visas etc.



"Galvanizing event/crisis" for sure
I feel like there's some really good intentions from some (less so PWC's motivations for having every potential employee in the world is barcoded!) for people that might consent (but why not just talk and ask instead of cattle-stamping?), if scaled back a lot more from "everyone in the world" megalomania :o

MIT Technology Review
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breakthroughs that will truly change how we live and work.
    Unhackable internet
    Hyper-personalized medicine
    Digital money
    Anti-aging drugs
    AI-discovered molecules
    Satellite mega-constellations
    Quantum supremacy
    Tiny AI
    Differential privacy
    Climate change attribution
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General Discussion / Re: all PVP is surprise attacks. Not lame, but what do we do?
« Last post by Lizzie on March 19, 2020, 11:01:42 PM »
I'm surprised the realism players havent voted more on this issue.   

I agree there is a lack of ways to hurt another character at times, other than death.  Yet, once a pc gets to the point of killing another pc, shouldnt effectiveness matter?   Contract hits arent taken out with a 40% chance of success, and tactically "rocket launcher tag" is always stupid.  If you cannot afford to take a counterstroke, dont let the other guy survive to hire a murderer or report their problem to law enforcement.

I dont think Arm has a social "dueling" culture.   If anything, long winded rivalries are the games of the nobility.  The rest of the world is savage and final, right?

Realistically, someone would shoot the other with a gun and there would be no combat scene at all.

The dueling culture aspect is demonstrated via brawling and unarmed combat, and sparring weapons with the mercy flag toggled on. There's also the roleplayed aspect via the "three-cuts" dueling style of various and sundry tribals and others.

I'm fine with quick deaths, if I know I'm outmatched and will die anyway. Better to get it over with and submit an app for a new character than have it take forever and have to ooc that I have to log out and let's continue tomorrow.
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Original Submissions Discussion / Re: What would you like to see next?
« Last post by Barsook on March 19, 2020, 08:42:24 PM »
Sorry for the rez, but is it possible to see what sorts of virtual tribes that players made and how much detail they gone into?
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