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1  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Opinions about what it would take to invest in Stardock and Frogboy again on: October 23, 2018, 04:08:27 am
Hey guys,
Long time lurker. I've been coming out of the shadows more with the lawsuit stuff. I've been around, and I'm sure at least one mod should recognize my nick from many bug reports submitted circa 2005 era or the Fred and Paul IRC chats.

I've got somewhat of a controversial question and it'd be okay with me if this gets deleted / edited / frozen.

I'm simply curious.

If Brad Wardell full on and completely asked the Star Control (Ur-Quan Maters) community for forgiveness, if he dropped the lawsuit, and tried his best to make it right to Fred and Paul, if he started trying to mend fences, if all of that, how many of you would live and let live, and even potentially buy Star Control Origins? How many would continue to invest in Stardock games?

I honestly don't know where I stand. In my personal life, I try to encourage people to work with people wherever they are, morally speaking. I try not to assume too much, but sometimes I have to draw the line and exclude people from my life (though rarely).

So, there is a part of me that thinks, he deserve forgiveness, and he does usually make good software. He deserves a positive reputation for his positive contributions. But his previous actions, which show his character, make it impossible for me to invest in him.

So, (long way around of saying it) I'm not sure.
What do you guys think?
2  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Slylandro missing in real life? Why? on: September 28, 2018, 03:19:54 pm
This isn't quite reddit, but I'd upvote each of you (and thanks for the nitpick, good point).

Biological organisms are adapted to live in specific environments. It is actually quite common with extinction events when environments change drastically.  For example, if the concentration of oxygen increased or decreased significantly, we might go extinct since we are adapted to inhale about 21% oxygen.

I think it is possible that once a species discovers technology, they start to change their environment faster and faster until eventually biological and cultural evolution cannot keep up with the technological changes, and things go haywire.  If this is the case, maybe all species go extinct once they discover sophisticated technology.  It seems more and more like this is a likely scenario for humanity, however, we don't know anything about how species on other planets might evolve, since we don't have any data about that.

Bret Weinstein talks a bit about this here:

It sounds like you're defining technology as the tools that allow extended adaptation from their natural environment. If so, and if 1) then shouldn't some species develop technology that can adapt to harsher environments (such as, say space)?
Then if so, aren't we back at my question? Why haven't we seen Slyandro like technologies?
Even if the original creators are not around because "things go haywire"?
3  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Slylandro missing in real life? Why? on: September 27, 2018, 09:25:30 am
Lets make a few assumptions,
1) AI similar enough to human life can exist
2) Technology can be advanced to the point that interstellar travel is possible within reasonable time frames
3) Aliens exist and in plentiful quantities (see Fermat's paradox)
Why haven't we (humanity) seen more probes like the Slylandro? Even within our star system?
Given enough aliens with enough technology, and AI then it becomes almost certain that an interstellar virus like the Slylandro seems inevitable.

(Feel free to doubt assumptions [I for one doubt 1])
4  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Stardock Litigation Discussion on: September 26, 2018, 09:28:36 pm
Okay, lets take that at face value. That could mean,
If Paul and Fred are compelled to pay the court costs
1)Then they should also be responsible for deciding when the litigation is over (unless there is some other clause that allows the publisher to decide on the duration of the lawsuit).
2)Then that should directly deincentive Brad's lawyers since getting the money from them may become difficult after the lawsuit concludes.
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