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Swipe away 👻👻👻 in this #Halloween #GoogleDoodle Score: 91640

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I'm getting significant stream lag on my Nexus 5. Framerate is less than 1 FPS, but each individual frame has high quality. It started late August (around the 25th?).

The problem looks similar to other reports at - however, that got closed 10 days ago and I'm still seeing it. My other phones (ex. Oneplus One) seem fine.

I got Vysor Pro and tried changing video decoders, but that didn't seem to do anything.

Vysor Pro 1.2.5
Chrome Version 55.0.2859.0 dev-m (64-bit)
Windows 10.0.14393
NVIDIA GeForce, driver version 372.70 (29 August, though the problem started before this)

Nexus 5, running Android 6.0.1 MOB30H (rooted)

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ToS PSA: To avoid restrictions on legal rights (esp if you buy coins), must send an email. 30-day deadline approaching!

The Pokémon GO Terms of Service automatically restrict your legal rights if you do nothing, including barring you from any class action that might happen. But the restrictions are "optional" - they go into effect if you ignore it for 30 days.

If you want to preserve your legal rights, you need to send an email to and say that you would like to opt out.

This isn't a threat against Niantic, or obligation to start a case, or anything like that. This is just to keep your options open, in case something ugly happens in the future.

You only have 30 days to do this, so it is nearing the deadline for most players. Send the email now!

Link below is to the reddit thread I posted, which also has a sample email you can use (fill in the blanks).

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The +Niantic Project  Fails to Maintain Control of +Ingress 
Capabilities of company to handle future geolocation games in doubt

9 December 2015 - San Francisco, CA

In this writer's opinion, it would be worth reconsidering an investment based upon this company's ability to accurately determine the locations of players in an Augmented Reality game.

The globally popular game #Ingress  , recently spun off by Google into a new entity (Niantic Labs, has been plagued since that time with unscrupulous players "spoofing" - using techniques to falsely report their location in the world and the game.

At the same time, freelance "gear sites" have been selling pre-leveled accounts and in-game items through eBay and by directly advertising in the game's player-communication channels.

+Niantic Project  seems unable to effectively address these issues, and has not publicly acknowledged them as affecting gameplay.  It's not clear if the issues persist because of staffing/resource limitations of a spin-off/start-up effort, or simply because of an inability to address the technical challenges.  But in either case, there are reports of many long-time supporters reducing play or leaving the game entirely as a result.  Alluding to the Ingress tag line, "It's TIme To Move" , one veteran player quipped, "Anyone who plays Ingress by actually moving now is a chump, it seems."

In New England, several players who frequently coordinate "fields" (virtual in-game triangles between different map locations) as part of the game have simply elected not to participate in a global fielding challenge that is part of an event series known as "Abaddon."  Gameplay seems futile so some, as remotely-controlled accounts create and destroy "links" and "fields" - which are used for scoring the game regionally and globally.  

An inquiry among players reveals dozens of incidents that have been reported through Niantic Labs' support channels:  Players "appearing" in restricted military bases, on remote islands, and on mountaintops in the game - without actually being there.  While some accounts have been disabled, others have not, and this appears to be a "cat and mouse" game between Niantic Labs and the rogue players.  One "spoofer" recently declared in the game's public communication channel that the account being used was purchased as a "pre-leveled" account, and even provided an eBay link.  That player's account remains active, and was recently used to place fields over the nation of Cuba.

The frustration among players is palpable.  "I really just do not understand how Niantic can sit by and let this happen," fumed one, "They are alienating their most experienced and dedicated player base by allowing this. It's baffling."

Niantic Labs' CEO and Founder +John Hanke recently announced an effort; backed by an initial $20M in funding from Nintendo (NTDOY), the Pokémon Company, and Google (GOOG); to produce a mobile game in the popular Pokémon franchise called "Pokémon GO." There seems little doubt that the technology used for Ingress was a significant part of this decision, but it remains an open question if the new entity will have sufficient resources or technology to handle these challenges as effectively as it did previously, when it operated entirely as a resource within Google.

The possibility of a children's game ultimately dominated by cheaters, as appears to have happened with Ingress, is a prospect that should be of concern for any brand or investors.

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editorial Opinions represented are that of the author, and no other person or entity  Copyright (C) 2015

#Niantic   #Ingress   #spoofing   #game   #Pokemon   #Nintendo  

posted to Ingress/COMM for comment

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Was a bit disgusted when this got into an Indiegogo newsletter and I saw $200k+ worth of crowdfunding money sunk into this product. :/ I believe the FDA would have regulatory authority, as it appears to claim that it would diagnose vitamin/mineral deficiency.  I reported the product to the FDA at
and recommend others do the same.

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Update 10/2/15: Memorial contributions can be made here - Full post:

Update: *+Cody Cooper* has let us know that Quinn (Wilsburg) did not make it. The family is currently notifying friends and family and will let us know of memorial plans.

Most of you have seen Umpqua Community College in today's headlines; a shooter has claimed the lives of 10 individuals with another 7 seriously wounded in a small town in Southern Oregon.

There were two Ingress agents on campus at the time and we have not been able to locate one of them, +wilsburg961​, as of 5:30pm.

Wilsburg's family is working with local officials to locate him, and his brother, +Cody Cooper​@cooper961010, will let us know as soon as they have any word.

@cable0570 was on campus as well, and is safe and sound.

In the wake of today's tragedy we have seen an outpouring of concern and kindness from agents all over the world, thank you. Updates will be provided as we hear more information.

News story (live updates):

Blood Drive: 

Donations for victims and their families:

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Hey guys, hoping we're all on one PvE team instead of random factions!

Here's something I posted on reddit to get people ready for community-building.  Glad to see that +Juan Lopez seems to have volunteered to be the first sacrifice. :p

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Excited for this!

Niantic better not mess this up though....
We at Niantic, Inc. are excited to announce Pokémon GO, a new project built in collaboration with The Pokémon Company and Nintendo Co, which will be coming to players everywhere in 2016.  This ground breaking game sets Pokémon loose in the real world for the first time. 
In Pokémon GO, players will be able to catch, trade, and battle in the real world by utilizing location information. Pokémon GO’s gameplay experience goes beyond what appears on screen as players explore their neighborhoods, communities and the world they live in to discover Pokémon alongside friends and other players. 

Pokémon GO will be available for download at no charge on the App Store and Google Play in 2016. See the trailer here:

#Niantic  #PokemonGO

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Now that I see there's some demand for it, I have 5 invites to Google Contributor to give away, as well.  (It's more popular than I expected!)
Anybody want an invite to Google Contributor?

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When I think back to the #nymwars  from 2011, I remember feeling disappointed and saddened by Google's original policy, which in essence cargo culted Facebook's oppressive policy. It took a consistent few years of pressure from inside and outside the company, but Google eventually changed course in favor of allowing any non-abusive name (e.g. no zalgo text glitching, no hate speech, anything else goes). I'm glad to be on the right side of history even if my employer wasn't initially onboard, and am sad that Facebook is still in the stone ages in terms of bleating the "real names make people safer" line. Real names don't make people safer.

Opinions my own, and not Google's.
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