|Posted - 2010.05.27 02:42:00 -
First of all, I apologize if this is a repeat topic, however I saw nothing in the list of existing CSM issues that matched this.
My proposal relates to launching jobs remotely into player owned POS labs and assembly arrays. Currently this can be done only if the blueprint in question is based in a corp hangar at an NPC station in the same system as the tower with the labs/arrays.
I would like to propose the following additions to this system:
A) Blueprints based in the storage of a mobile laboratory or assembly array can be used to install a job into a slot of that array/lab only.
B) Blueprints based in a corporate hangar array can be used to install a job into a slot of any lab or array anchored at the same POS.
C) Research jobs that produce an output (copying/invention) can have their output directed into the storage of either the lab the job was installed in, or a corporate hangar based at the same POS as the lab.
The current system as it stands has several shortcomings:
1) The requirement for a corp to rent office space in a system for no other reason than to permit remote research. This is an additional (and IMO unnecessary) cost thrown on top of the expense of buying and fueling the POS and arrays.
2) Hisec systems that contain no NPC stations (Such as Ahtulaima in The Forge) are a wasted oppurtunity for research POS's. Yes you can set up a tower and labs, but you will have to physically be at the tower every time you want to install new research jobs.
3) The need to constantly shuttle research products from tower back to station hangar breaks the production continuity and makes "remote research" not really that remote. Here is an example involving tech II invention and manufacturing:
-I have a POS in system X with 1 Mobile Laboratory and one equipment assembly array anchored and online.
-I have done my homework in advance and loaded the lab and the assembly array with all the required datacores, data sheets (if required) and manufacturing materials for my intended end product.
-I have a T1 BPO for item Y based in an NPC station corp hangar.
-I am physically located in system Z, 5 jumps away, where I like to run missions.
-I install a copy job remotely from system Z using the BPO into the POS lab, it produces 20 copies. When the job is completed and delivered the produced copies are deposited into the specified output tab of the labs storage.
-I must now fly from system Z to system X just to remove the copies from the lab and place them in the NPC station corp hangar. Once done, I return to my mission running home.
-I remotely install several batches of invention jobs using the 20 BPCs into the POS lab. Those jobs that are successful, are again delivered into the lab storage.
-I must now fly once again from Z back to X just to move the Tech II BPC's from Lab into station hangar. After, I again return to system Z.
-I can now remotely install manufacturing jobs using the T2 BPCs into the POS assembly array. When completed, the products are delivered into the assembly arrays storage. I return to X for a third time, collect my product, and profit.
Not very fluid is it? And with the proposed development of EVE Gate one day becoming a tool for research/manufacturing management, it needs to change. Installing jobs form a web browser certainly seems feasible (and cool, I love the future intent of EVE Gate) but you're certainly not going to be able to fly your BPC's back and forth through a web browser.
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