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Pete Smith has been shared in 22 public circles

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Martijn van der Meulen5,976A few people have asked me about my Chrome OS circle, so here you go. The best Google+'ers you can find here that know about all things Chrome OS, Chromium OS, Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.Shout if you want to be included or if you recommend someone.2013-03-03 14:16:5024231224
Martijn van der Meulen4,540I'm sharing my latest curated Chromies circle! This circle consists of some great Chromebook & Chromebox users.I know quite a few of my followers are very passionate about their Chrome OS devices and it's great to share some insights so feel free to add this circle. If you ever need help or advice then you're always welcome to ask!2012-08-30 19:48:23213605
Christopher G Morin849Last Guild Wars 2 Circle share before the game starts !2012-08-23 12:39:43387025
Randy Culler3,593This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included#kindlefire #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheday #circlecount2012-08-10 13:25:23139404
Randy Culler3,511This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included#kindlefire #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheday #circlecount2012-08-03 19:29:01138001
Randy Culler3,055This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included#kindlefire #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheday #circlecount  2012-07-26 17:02:48134414
Randy Culler2,573This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included#kindlefire #circleshare2012-07-12 11:02:34127011
Randy Culler2,204This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop a comment if you'd like to be included#kindlefire #circleshare #publiccircles #circlecount #publicsharedcircles2012-06-21 11:00:06126512
Randy Culler2,170This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop a comment if you'd like to be included #kindlefire #circleshare #publiccircles #circlecount #publicsharedcircles  2012-06-16 12:54:28116412
Randy Culler2,107This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included#kindlefire #circleshare2012-06-01 10:35:221091035
Randy Culler1,951This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop a comment if you'd like to be included #circleshare #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #circlecount #kindlefire2012-05-12 12:26:03102503
Randy Culler1,833This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included #circleshare #kindlefire #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles2012-04-26 10:43:0399001
Peter Edenist1,012This is my main friends circle (listed by relevance).... Includes a lot of my scifi, browncoats and Hard Scifi circles. Resharing for Friday. Please reshare if you find this circle of value. Will seperately share #Browncoats and #hardscifi circles over the next few days! #engagers #sharedcircles #scifi #awesomesaucepeople2012-04-13 12:43:18500209
Randy Culler1,612This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included #circleshare #kindlefire #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles2012-04-13 10:59:2696800
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Randy Culler1,152This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included2012-03-15 17:01:00741001
Rich Galvan368I haven't shared this Circle for a bit. This is my Chromebook Circle. I've had my Chromebook for several weeks now and there is very little to complain about. I'm really liking it.My Circle has 97 members (including myself). Help me Smash 100! Let me know and I will add you to my Chromebook Circle. Also, add me to yours!I'm also a:Wristwatch FanaticTech NUTMember Raider NationRock n' Roll Junkie.blah blah blah...:-)2012-02-13 05:00:1997501
Randy Culler902This is my shared circle of #kindlefire users. Comment if you'd like to be included.+Shared Circles on G+ +Shared Circles Google+2012-02-04 14:02:4462301
Randy Culler843This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included2012-01-27 12:07:2552011
Randy Culler790This is my shared circle of #kindlefire users. Comment if you'd like to be included2012-01-15 14:05:1946000
Rich Galvan368Happy New Year!Time to share some circles. Feel free to circle back or not. I feel, the more the merrier.I fully intend to get a Google Chromebook this January. So, I am trying to build a community of Chromebook users. Only 43 so far so if you have one, let me know please !2012-01-03 18:16:2444800
Sergey Mohov269Just my Gamedev circle updated. Awesome people are awesome! Thank you for keeping this community going. It’s been great reading your updates.2011-12-18 17:15:045001417

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Most comments: 126

2014-08-12 12:01:22 (126 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

MS presser from Gamescom 2014 is starting now!

Most reshares: 2

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2014-07-23 17:55:44 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s) 

This deal doesn't seem to be live yet (or I'm not looking in the right place) but once it does, you can get a month subscription to the Marvel Unlimited service for 99 cents. Special San Diego Comic Con-related price, it's usually $10/month I guess.

I dunno enough about comics to know if Marvel Unlimited is any good so if it isn't, sorry for the spam! :)

Most plusones: 51

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2014-07-25 12:46:42 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 51 +1s) 

Bioware sent me an email with this in it.. new game coming, I guess?

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2014-09-18 21:27:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

New game announced, sure, whatevs. Old games on sale on Steam? Color me interested!

New game announced, sure, whatevs. Old games on sale on Steam? Color me interested!___

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2014-09-16 19:20:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Xbox is streaming some Forza Horizon 2 junk. So far just talking to the devs but hopefully gameplay is coming.

Xbox is streaming some Forza Horizon 2 junk. So far just talking to the devs but hopefully gameplay is coming.___

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2014-09-13 04:11:37 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

Sad news. Man I LOVED Lode Runner back in the day. Sheesh and there was no save so you'd leave your computer on for DAYS hoping the power wouldn't go out. 

Sad news. Man I LOVED Lode Runner back in the day. Sheesh and there was no save so you'd leave your computer on for DAYS hoping the power wouldn't go out. ___

2014-09-04 15:06:54 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Next week is a great time to grab and Xbox One, as 'select retailers' are throwing in a free game of your choice with a purchase. This even applies to the Forza 5 or Madden 15 bundle; you still get a 2nd free game.

Microsoft REALLY wants to catch up to Sony. 

Next week is a great time to grab and Xbox One, as 'select retailers' are throwing in a free game of your choice with a purchase. This even applies to the Forza 5 or Madden 15 bundle; you still get a 2nd free game.

Microsoft REALLY wants to catch up to Sony. ___

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2014-09-02 19:34:26 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s) 

Game dev types might be interested in this...

Game dev types might be interested in this...___

2014-09-02 19:27:02 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

I think this is getting clobbered and is a little slow to load but it's kind of a good "get in the mood for Destiny" toy.

I think this is getting clobbered and is a little slow to load but it's kind of a good "get in the mood for Destiny" toy.___

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2014-08-31 13:56:17 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Lola went for a swim then rolled around in the sand. When she was done she looked like some kind of zombie dog. SCARY!

Lola went for a swim then rolled around in the sand. When she was done she looked like some kind of zombie dog. SCARY!___

2014-08-19 15:38:45 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

About an hour ago Chrome suddenly started auto-playing YouTube videos on several of my machines (granted with synced settings). My boss told me it started doing the same thing for him last night.

Has anyone else seen this and has anyone found a fix? I tried restarting Chrome and even rebooted my system but no joy. It doesn't seem to be limited to a particular site, either. 

I'm seeing there are extensions that stop videos from auto-playing but I'd rather not use one if I can avoid it.

Any ideas? So weird and so random.

About an hour ago Chrome suddenly started auto-playing YouTube videos on several of my machines (granted with synced settings). My boss told me it started doing the same thing for him last night.

Has anyone else seen this and has anyone found a fix? I tried restarting Chrome and even rebooted my system but no joy. It doesn't seem to be limited to a particular site, either. 

I'm seeing there are extensions that stop videos from auto-playing but I'd rather not use one if I can avoid it.

Any ideas? So weird and so random.___

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2014-08-15 14:05:11 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Got an email about this game Stash this morning. It's a turn-based MMO with housing and crafting and stuff that looks interesting. Something different.

They're running a kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/frogdice/stash-no-loot-left-behind-pc-mac-linux-consoles) with a pretty modest goal of $50,000

They note in their email this is their 3rd kickstarter and say their earlier games (Dungeon of Elements and Tower of Elements 2) shipped on-time. 

Here's the main page: http://frogdice.com/stashsplash/splash.html

I thought of +Jane Smith when I first saw it. 

I'm guessing the overland stuff, in particular, is using very early prototype art for the characters and stuff. 

Got an email about this game Stash this morning. It's a turn-based MMO with housing and crafting and stuff that looks interesting. Something different.

They're running a kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/frogdice/stash-no-loot-left-behind-pc-mac-linux-consoles) with a pretty modest goal of $50,000

They note in their email this is their 3rd kickstarter and say their earlier games (Dungeon of Elements and Tower of Elements 2) shipped on-time. 

Here's the main page: http://frogdice.com/stashsplash/splash.html

I thought of +Jane Smith when I first saw it. 

I'm guessing the overland stuff, in particular, is using very early prototype art for the characters and stuff. ___

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2014-08-15 01:22:34 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Interesting quote from this piece:

“When combining life-to-date sales of Xbox One and PS4 after nine months, and comparing them to the combined totals of nine months of sales for Xbox 360 and PS3, sales of the newest consoles are larger than the prior generation by close to 80 percent,” said Callahan.

Remember all the "consoles are dead" stories we had to suffer through before these machines launched?  WRONG! People were just ready for something new. 

Interesting quote from this piece:

“When combining life-to-date sales of Xbox One and PS4 after nine months, and comparing them to the combined totals of nine months of sales for Xbox 360 and PS3, sales of the newest consoles are larger than the prior generation by close to 80 percent,” said Callahan.

Remember all the "consoles are dead" stories we had to suffer through before these machines launched?  WRONG! People were just ready for something new. ___

2014-08-14 13:29:10 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Any wireless security experts around? I was looking at my router today and it said there were 30 attached devices, which seemed a little extreme even for our nerdy household.

Upon closer inspection I saw 11 connections from the same MAC address, all connected to different IP addresses. Most of them were 192.168.1 address (the private IPs my network uses) but others were 10.187., 10.174. and other 10. addresses

In many cases the device name is ANDROID-6226D263909CE581 but sometimes it is UNKNOWN.

I can't figure out what this is, and mostly I want to know if some neighbor has sniffed out my password. Our security is set to WPA2-PSK [AES] but I'm not using MAC address filtering. 

Any thoughts?

Any wireless security experts around? I was looking at my router today and it said there were 30 attached devices, which seemed a little extreme even for our nerdy household.

Upon closer inspection I saw 11 connections from the same MAC address, all connected to different IP addresses. Most of them were 192.168.1 address (the private IPs my network uses) but others were 10.187., 10.174. and other 10. addresses

In many cases the device name is ANDROID-6226D263909CE581 but sometimes it is UNKNOWN.

I can't figure out what this is, and mostly I want to know if some neighbor has sniffed out my password. Our security is set to WPA2-PSK [AES] but I'm not using MAC address filtering. 

Any thoughts?___

2014-08-12 12:01:22 (126 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

MS presser from Gamescom 2014 is starting now!

MS presser from Gamescom 2014 is starting now!___

2014-08-11 13:23:22 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

I almost ruined FF14 for myself. Caught myself trolling the "Worlds" forums looking for a random guild to join. Joining a guild is always the death knell for me in an MMO because then I feel obligated to log in, so I don't log in due to my rebellious nature. :)

I almost ruined FF14 for myself. Caught myself trolling the "Worlds" forums looking for a random guild to join. Joining a guild is always the death knell for me in an MMO because then I feel obligated to log in, so I don't log in due to my rebellious nature. :)___

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2014-08-10 22:32:18 (38 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s) 

So +Aaron Couture was going on about how he was going to try FF14 again even though he hates it, and +Dusty Monk has been talking about his time back too. 

So I caved. I tried to roll a new character on Dusty's server but it was closed to new characters, and I only found that out after I'd spent time crafting my new guy and had become attached, so I just started on Marlboro at random.

I'm having a hell of a time so far. Started late last night and hit level 14 this afternoon. That means GuildLeve's (mini-instances basically) have been unlocked and I've been queuing to PUG them and been having fun. 

They've also added (??) level 50 boss encounters in the open world. At least they seem new to me. These guys don't seem to be aggro so they don't grief us lowbies trying to level up, but it's fun watching a swarm of level 50 toons descend onthe... more »

So +Aaron Couture was going on about how he was going to try FF14 again even though he hates it, and +Dusty Monk has been talking about his time back too. 

So I caved. I tried to roll a new character on Dusty's server but it was closed to new characters, and I only found that out after I'd spent time crafting my new guy and had become attached, so I just started on Marlboro at random.

I'm having a hell of a time so far. Started late last night and hit level 14 this afternoon. That means GuildLeve's (mini-instances basically) have been unlocked and I've been queuing to PUG them and been having fun. 

They've also added (??) level 50 boss encounters in the open world. At least they seem new to me. These guys don't seem to be aggro so they don't grief us lowbies trying to level up, but it's fun watching a swarm of level 50 toons descend on them. 

And it's such a beautiful game. I forget that when I'm away from it... That dark rainy shot, I wish I'd had some kind of capture tool running because there was this lighthouse that just looked gorgeous as the beams from it's light swathed through the rain....___

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2014-08-07 19:53:47 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

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2014-08-06 19:47:10 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Twitch is going to delete your old streams! BWAHAHAHAA!

Increased Rolling Storage
+ Highlights will be saved indefinitely; however, they will now be limited to 2 hours in length. All prior highlights will be saved regardless of length. 

+ Increasing storage comes at a cost, and to make this change we have to remove the “Save Forever” option entirely for past broadcasts. 

+ Existing past broadcasts will be removed from Twitch servers beginning three weeks from today. 

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I guess a two hour "highlight' covers most of us though.

So if you stream for 4 hours couldn't you just save it as 2 2-hour highlight reels?

Twitch is going to delete your old streams! BWAHAHAHAA!

Increased Rolling Storage
+ Highlights will be saved indefinitely; however, they will now be limited to 2 hours in length. All prior highlights will be saved regardless of length. 

+ Increasing storage comes at a cost, and to make this change we have to remove the “Save Forever” option entirely for past broadcasts. 

+ Existing past broadcasts will be removed from Twitch servers beginning three weeks from today. 

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I guess a two hour "highlight' covers most of us though.

So if you stream for 4 hours couldn't you just save it as 2 2-hour highlight reels?___

2014-08-06 16:25:13 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

I guess Wednesday is my ranty day. Talking about Wildstar and how "everyone" is quitting (even though everyone isn't).

I guess Wednesday is my ranty day. Talking about Wildstar and how "everyone" is quitting (even though everyone isn't).___

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2014-08-06 15:54:37 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

LA Times talks about SOE's obsession with Twitch (and reddit)

LA Times talks about SOE's obsession with Twitch (and reddit)___

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2014-08-06 02:07:31 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Lots of PS PSP/Vita Persona sales this week. All are $4.99, regularly $19.99
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable

Lots of FF games on sale too. Full list towards the bottom of this post:
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/08/05/playstation-store-update-354/

Lots of PS PSP/Vita Persona sales this week. All are $4.99, regularly $19.99
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable

Lots of FF games on sale too. Full list towards the bottom of this post:
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/08/05/playstation-store-update-354/___

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2014-08-05 20:32:33 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s) 

9 Urban Fantasy books for 99 cents. I've read one of the authors (Lindsay Buroker) and I like her, though I haven't read this particular book. I don't know anything about the other 8.

Links:
Amazon
http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=71huw&m=3bDPFLoG0Z40Inr&b=3MQp7a1ktqtpNhL1gVigew

B&N
http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=71huw&m=3bDPFLoG0Z40Inr&b=AtRan33tCPyAy3Wk2C2ZAg

Kobo
http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=71huw&m=3bDPFLoG0Z40Inr&b=ara44kBySt5KjXRJMS32FQ

Smashwords
http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=71huw&m=3bDPFLoG0Z40Inr&b=B9LfRZWvLOCgtDtia6ljBA

Apple
http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=71huw&m=3bDPFLoG0Z40Inr&b=ELbe4qUnJ5SHh_5AidFi5Q

9 Urban Fantasy books for 99 cents. I've read one of the authors (Lindsay Buroker) and I like her, though I haven't read this particular book. I don't know anything about the other 8.

Links:
Amazon
http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=71huw&m=3bDPFLoG0Z40Inr&b=3MQp7a1ktqtpNhL1gVigew

B&N
http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=71huw&m=3bDPFLoG0Z40Inr&b=AtRan33tCPyAy3Wk2C2ZAg

Kobo
http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=71huw&m=3bDPFLoG0Z40Inr&b=ara44kBySt5KjXRJMS32FQ

Smashwords
http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=71huw&m=3bDPFLoG0Z40Inr&b=B9LfRZWvLOCgtDtia6ljBA

Apple
http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=71huw&m=3bDPFLoG0Z40Inr&b=ELbe4qUnJ5SHh_5AidFi5Q___

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2014-08-01 08:40:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

Really enjoying my new phone (the LG G3) and in particular the camera. With my old phone, the ancient Galaxy Nexus, the camera seemed to get steadily worse as the OS was updated, to the point where it was useless unless you subject was completely still.

Now... MORE PICS OF MY DOG! lol(a)

Really enjoying my new phone (the LG G3) and in particular the camera. With my old phone, the ancient Galaxy Nexus, the camera seemed to get steadily worse as the OS was updated, to the point where it was useless unless you subject was completely still.

Now... MORE PICS OF MY DOG! lol(a)___

2014-08-01 03:41:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

It took me until TONIGHT to notice the "Daily Login Reward" section of that store window that pops up every time you log into #Firefall. Boy do I feel dumb!

It took me until TONIGHT to notice the "Daily Login Reward" section of that store window that pops up every time you log into #Firefall. Boy do I feel dumb!___

2014-07-31 22:16:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Bioware sent out another "Chosen" teaser today, but they broke their site in doing so. There's a date listed: 8-13-2014. The email links to a video but so far I haven't managed to get the site to load in order to play it. URL is http://www.youve-been-chosen.com/spark-teaser/

OK finally got through to the site and the actual video is on YouTube: 
YOU’VE BEEN CHOSEN: Spark Teaser

Bioware sent out another "Chosen" teaser today, but they broke their site in doing so. There's a date listed: 8-13-2014. The email links to a video but so far I haven't managed to get the site to load in order to play it. URL is http://www.youve-been-chosen.com/spark-teaser/

OK finally got through to the site and the actual video is on YouTube: 
YOU’VE BEEN CHOSEN: Spark Teaser___

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2014-07-31 20:47:38 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

So the level cap is 20 but here's a level 29 titan. WTF, right?

Well if you watch carefully when the dude is looking at his paper doll, there's a tooltip that says "To increase your level above 20, find and equip armor which contains Light."

and also that after cap, exp creates motes of light. 

So I guess character cap is 20 but gear cap is some soft number that is at least 29...

So the level cap is 20 but here's a level 29 titan. WTF, right?

Well if you watch carefully when the dude is looking at his paper doll, there's a tooltip that says "To increase your level above 20, find and equip armor which contains Light."

and also that after cap, exp creates motes of light. 

So I guess character cap is 20 but gear cap is some soft number that is at least 29...___

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2014-07-31 15:22:19 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Go win yourself a PS4!

Go win yourself a PS4!___

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2014-07-30 22:08:29 (34 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

I'm still really excited about Destiny...  though I'm troubled by the emphasis on Raids -- no matchmaking and they take 'a couple of hours' for you and 5 friends. 

I'm still really excited about Destiny...  though I'm troubled by the emphasis on Raids -- no matchmaking and they take 'a couple of hours' for you and 5 friends. ___

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2014-07-30 20:47:00 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

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2014-07-30 20:19:43 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Pinging +Chris Smith since we were just discussing this case this morning.

Pinging +Chris Smith since we were just discussing this case this morning.___

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2014-07-30 17:56:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Faith restored. Thank you, +Polygon

Faith restored. Thank you, +Polygon___

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2014-07-30 14:43:29 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

510,000 Wii U's sold over the course of 3 months. 

510,000 Wii U's sold over the course of 3 months. ___

2014-07-30 13:40:51 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Update: Polygon has cleared up any lingering misconceptions about this story: http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/30/5951691/nis-america-pay-gaymerx-apology

Good to see. I've updated my own post as well. 

This situation has me really riled up.. +Polygon has handled this SO poorly.

Update: Polygon has cleared up any lingering misconceptions about this story: http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/30/5951691/nis-america-pay-gaymerx-apology

Good to see. I've updated my own post as well. 

This situation has me really riled up.. +Polygon has handled this SO poorly.___

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2014-07-29 20:51:43 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

Favorite toy...

Favorite toy...___

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2014-07-28 03:27:28 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

If I had a kid I'd be all over this. What an awseome invention. Check the video to see them in action (can't embed it in G+ I don't think). Basically you buy a 'bundle' of 37 balloons that fill with water all at once. Each is on a straw with a strong rubber band holding them on it. When they're full and you shake the 'cluster' of balloons, they slide off their straws and the rubber band seals them up. No tying, no stretching the neck of a balloon over a hose.

+ points for the balloons being natural rubber with some kind of additive that makes them bio-degrade quickly. 

If I had a kid I'd be all over this. What an awseome invention. Check the video to see them in action (can't embed it in G+ I don't think). Basically you buy a 'bundle' of 37 balloons that fill with water all at once. Each is on a straw with a strong rubber band holding them on it. When they're full and you shake the 'cluster' of balloons, they slide off their straws and the rubber band seals them up. No tying, no stretching the neck of a balloon over a hose.

+ points for the balloons being natural rubber with some kind of additive that makes them bio-degrade quickly. ___

2014-07-27 04:31:50 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Tonight we watched 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes followed by 1968's original Planet of the Apes (which I hadn't watched in a long, long time). Both were interesting in their own way. The 1968 one was interesting just from the point of view of being reminded of how movies were put together that long ago. Also jeering at Charlton Heston's acting was fun. 

There were also some neat homages in the 2011 movie to the 1968 one, which were also fun to pick out. 

Tomorrow we might have to move on to Beneath the Planet of the Apes. As I recall, the Apes movies went downhill REALLY fast, but we'll see.

Tonight we watched 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes followed by 1968's original Planet of the Apes (which I hadn't watched in a long, long time). Both were interesting in their own way. The 1968 one was interesting just from the point of view of being reminded of how movies were put together that long ago. Also jeering at Charlton Heston's acting was fun. 

There were also some neat homages in the 2011 movie to the 1968 one, which were also fun to pick out. 

Tomorrow we might have to move on to Beneath the Planet of the Apes. As I recall, the Apes movies went downhill REALLY fast, but we'll see.___

2014-07-25 20:23:06 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

So classic story for anyone in a technology job...

I went to a Verizon store to upgrade my phone today. There's like a 15 minute wait for an assistant so I'm just hanging around and nearby a Verizon dude is helping this woman with her phone.

Turns out she has a virus (says the employee) and he needs to wipe the phone. He starts asking her if she has her data backed up and she's like "Say what now?" and he's talking her through what a virus is, how they're going to fix it, blah blah blah and she is just BAFFLED by all of this.

Then they start the process and it takes a while and they're chatting and it turns out that she is the manager of the IT department at a credit union somewhere around here. "If you can access your account with no problems that means my team is doing its job!" she says proudly.

So yeah, the person in... more »

So classic story for anyone in a technology job...

I went to a Verizon store to upgrade my phone today. There's like a 15 minute wait for an assistant so I'm just hanging around and nearby a Verizon dude is helping this woman with her phone.

Turns out she has a virus (says the employee) and he needs to wipe the phone. He starts asking her if she has her data backed up and she's like "Say what now?" and he's talking her through what a virus is, how they're going to fix it, blah blah blah and she is just BAFFLED by all of this.

Then they start the process and it takes a while and they're chatting and it turns out that she is the manager of the IT department at a credit union somewhere around here. "If you can access your account with no problems that means my team is doing its job!" she says proudly.

So yeah, the person in charge of IT at a credit union does not know what a virus is. Makes you feel like your money is safe, doesn't it?___

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2014-07-25 12:46:42 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 51 +1s) 

Bioware sent me an email with this in it.. new game coming, I guess?

Bioware sent me an email with this in it.. new game coming, I guess?___

2014-07-25 03:33:42 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

I dutifully followed the tribe into #Warframe tonight. I'd played a tiny bit on PS4 with BlamefulGecko but never on the PC. So far having fun. One thing they don't tell you is how to toggle yourself to solo for the tutorial missions. I was in the 2nd one with two other people running frantically through it so I couldn't really hang out to listen to instructions. 

But that much I remembered from my PS4 days so I did the next one solo... and that was about as far as I got. Now I gotta go get resources to build the thing to get this inhibitor off my leg.

Only thing I haven't decided yet is the controls. I kept switching between controller and mouse & keyboard. I think I need to rebind either spring or crouch... trying to do that sprint then crouch to slide under things... in other words holding down shift & control & W all at once... is beyond me. 
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I dutifully followed the tribe into #Warframe tonight. I'd played a tiny bit on PS4 with BlamefulGecko but never on the PC. So far having fun. One thing they don't tell you is how to toggle yourself to solo for the tutorial missions. I was in the 2nd one with two other people running frantically through it so I couldn't really hang out to listen to instructions. 

But that much I remembered from my PS4 days so I did the next one solo... and that was about as far as I got. Now I gotta go get resources to build the thing to get this inhibitor off my leg.

Only thing I haven't decided yet is the controls. I kept switching between controller and mouse & keyboard. I think I need to rebind either spring or crouch... trying to do that sprint then crouch to slide under things... in other words holding down shift & control & W all at once... is beyond me. 

Anyone have any suggestions?

It's really astonishing how good 'free to play' games have gotten, isn't it?___

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2014-07-23 17:55:44 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s) 

This deal doesn't seem to be live yet (or I'm not looking in the right place) but once it does, you can get a month subscription to the Marvel Unlimited service for 99 cents. Special San Diego Comic Con-related price, it's usually $10/month I guess.

I dunno enough about comics to know if Marvel Unlimited is any good so if it isn't, sorry for the spam! :)

This deal doesn't seem to be live yet (or I'm not looking in the right place) but once it does, you can get a month subscription to the Marvel Unlimited service for 99 cents. Special San Diego Comic Con-related price, it's usually $10/month I guess.

I dunno enough about comics to know if Marvel Unlimited is any good so if it isn't, sorry for the spam! :)___

2014-07-23 12:56:29 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

So I have a suspicion that #Destiny  is doing random-matchmaking based on geography. Maybe that's common; I don't do much MP on consoles (or anywhere).

I was just noticing that last night in my zone was a player with a gamertag having to do with WolfPack (which is the local college team name) and another had something something NC (and I'n in North Carolina). 

Maybe it was coincidence, or as I said maybe this is how all games do it and, let's face it, most account names don't imply geographic location.

So I have a suspicion that #Destiny  is doing random-matchmaking based on geography. Maybe that's common; I don't do much MP on consoles (or anywhere).

I was just noticing that last night in my zone was a player with a gamertag having to do with WolfPack (which is the local college team name) and another had something something NC (and I'n in North Carolina). 

Maybe it was coincidence, or as I said maybe this is how all games do it and, let's face it, most account names don't imply geographic location.___

2014-07-23 02:56:17 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition is $8.40 this week for PS+ members (PS3 or PS4 version). 

Worth it?

If you're into DCUO on Playstation, the Ultimate Edition of that is $11.99.

Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition is $8.40 this week for PS+ members (PS3 or PS4 version). 

Worth it?

If you're into DCUO on Playstation, the Ultimate Edition of that is $11.99.___

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2014-07-20 22:00:25 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Carolina Pine!

Carolina Pine!___

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2014-07-20 19:53:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Pretty surprising list of the top MMOs in terms of revenue.

#3 is Tera, of all things! (The list is based on worldwide income and it's pretty clear that the Asian market is where it's at in terms of MMOs & revenue!)

Pretty surprising list of the top MMOs in terms of revenue.

#3 is Tera, of all things! (The list is based on worldwide income and it's pretty clear that the Asian market is where it's at in terms of MMOs & revenue!)___

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2014-07-19 14:21:20 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

I guess for people coming form the FPS world Destiny's mission structure seems weird, but as an MMO gamer it feels pretty much like business as usual.

I guess for people coming form the FPS world Destiny's mission structure seems weird, but as an MMO gamer it feels pretty much like business as usual.___

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2014-07-19 03:53:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

#Destiny  players may want to give this blog post a glance. There's a limited time PvP (Crucible) event that starts tomorrow at 5 PM ET and runs for 2 hours.

~mutters about game developers that expect players to schedule their lives around a game~

Ditto next Saturday on the 26th. They aren't saying exactly what the event is but that "Your rewards will be handsome and permanent." so presumably something that carries over to launch.

http://www.bungie.net/en/News/News?aid=11938

#Destiny  players may want to give this blog post a glance. There's a limited time PvP (Crucible) event that starts tomorrow at 5 PM ET and runs for 2 hours.

~mutters about game developers that expect players to schedule their lives around a game~

Ditto next Saturday on the 26th. They aren't saying exactly what the event is but that "Your rewards will be handsome and permanent." so presumably something that carries over to launch.

http://www.bungie.net/en/News/News?aid=11938___

2014-07-18 18:02:13 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Well I better release these before there's no point in doing so.

PS4 Destiny beta codes. If you use one please leave a comment so we'll know when they're all taken up.

2A28-BPN5-B7TE
PB3G-G7NL-9PA2
HLKN-8TN9-TD9L 
2CTD-DCN8-HQ5J 
BHEG-4CNT-BJ59 

And one for PS3:
KQJM-N6NB-7FFJ 

#PS4   #destinybeta  

Well I better release these before there's no point in doing so.

PS4 Destiny beta codes. If you use one please leave a comment so we'll know when they're all taken up.

2A28-BPN5-B7TE
PB3G-G7NL-9PA2
HLKN-8TN9-TD9L 
2CTD-DCN8-HQ5J 
BHEG-4CNT-BJ59 

And one for PS3:
KQJM-N6NB-7FFJ 

#PS4   #destinybeta  ___

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2014-07-18 12:21:02 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

It's probably just that I'm easily amused, but I dig the Grimoir 'trading cards' in #Destiny. Out of respect for 'spoilers' I using one of the very earliest ones you get as an example.

On the back of these cards is text telling you a little bit about the subject. You also get "Grimoir points" for each one you collect (and you collect them, it seems, just by encountering the topic of the card). I'm not sure if the points are used for anything or if they're just an indicator of progress.

This screenshot is from the web site, but the cards actually look better in the Destiny app on my tablet (you can enlarge them on the app).

For the beta lots of cards are just blank placeholders. Can't wait to see the full range at launch!

It's probably just that I'm easily amused, but I dig the Grimoir 'trading cards' in #Destiny. Out of respect for 'spoilers' I using one of the very earliest ones you get as an example.

On the back of these cards is text telling you a little bit about the subject. You also get "Grimoir points" for each one you collect (and you collect them, it seems, just by encountering the topic of the card). I'm not sure if the points are used for anything or if they're just an indicator of progress.

This screenshot is from the web site, but the cards actually look better in the Destiny app on my tablet (you can enlarge them on the app).

For the beta lots of cards are just blank placeholders. Can't wait to see the full range at launch!___

2014-07-17 19:51:52 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

OK I FINALLY got my PSN code entered and downloaded the Destiny beta. It was only a couple hundred megs!

The patch, however, is 10 GB  so.... that's still churnning away.

OK I FINALLY got my PSN code entered and downloaded the Destiny beta. It was only a couple hundred megs!

The patch, however, is 10 GB  so.... that's still churnning away.___

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2014-07-16 03:50:44 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

#Firefall  launch. Water no longer insta-kills you. Not sure how 'new' this feature is though. 

#Firefall  launch. Water no longer insta-kills you. Not sure how 'new' this feature is though. ___

2014-07-15 22:50:59 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Google has dropped their G+ real name policy. Henceforth I wish to be referred to as DJ Flathery Vamps.

Thank you all for your cooperation.

Google has dropped their G+ real name policy. Henceforth I wish to be referred to as DJ Flathery Vamps.

Thank you all for your cooperation.___

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2014-07-14 16:23:57 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Blog post OMG OMG OMG!

Hey do I have to be 80 before I do WvW? 

#guildwars2  

Blog post OMG OMG OMG!

Hey do I have to be 80 before I do WvW? 

#guildwars2  ___

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