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I've seen a lot more talk in Twitch streams about Star Citizen since their presentation at GamesCom on Friday, and that just makes me smile.

In case you missed it:

Full Presentation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-3YBuFI3iI

Nothing but the 3.0 Alpha gameplay demo (due EOY 2016):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GucYhhLwIxg

The haters are getting less and less ammunition to use against the game. The big point of contention that still remains is the time required to complete this project. Yeah they are taking longer than they originally said by a long shot. The game has also grown far beyond their wildest dreams back in the Kickstarter days. As a relatively large backer, I am satisfied with their progress. I'm willing to wait for what I see forming here. I'm looking forward to CitizenCon 2016 in October. We should see much more of Squadron 42, and even maybe a release date for SQ42.

I found out about the game a little over 2 years ago via G+. Someone, I don't remember who, posted an intro video about what Star Citizen was. I was hooked....and backed a couple weeks after seeing that video. Here's hoping this video does the same for someone else who hasn't yet heard of it. Had I found out about the game back when it went to Kickstarter, I probably would have backed it then, but for some reason it stayed off my radar.
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Game looks cool been looking at the youtubz all day. LOL
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And nose :) 
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Something to be aware of if you ever have played Guild Wars 1 or 2:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/comments/4vx9tz/gailes_account_got_hacked/

Gaile Gray a former community manager edit: sorry she returned to her role and changd titles to the Forum Communications Team Lead, had her GW1 account compromised via social engineering with a bit too friendly CS agent.

Here's the official response on the subject:
https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/game/gw2/Account-hacking-incident

and the associated reddit thread:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/comments/4w0bcp/official_statement_account_hacking_incident/

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Completely disorganized Lallapalooza Security checks at Union Station going home from work tonight. Security held passengers wanting to walk out to the platform inside the station until the train arrived and the passengers got off the train. When they started to let us onto the platform...they started trying to search bags. When I got to one of the security guys he told me to open my bag and hold it up for him to search. I had my bag in my left hand and my dinner in my right hand from Corner Bakery. I told him my hands were full. He repeated it, I bent down to open one of the zippers on my bag....and then asked him if he wanted to search it...he told me to move along.

The kicker here is that you could walk over to one of the other platforms, walk to the other side of the train platform (Monroe entrance) and move over to the platform the train was coming in on and walk to where you wanted to be on the platform. No one was being stopped on the other end of the platform...as a bunch of people who entered from the Monroe Street entrance were waiting on the platform.

Also, the train arrived 3 minutes late and left 16 minutes late....because they held all the passengers and it took them that time to do their "security check".

Told the dude in the White shirt, who was obviously in charge, to "End this bullshit" as I passed him.
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So I've been thinking about an interaction I had with the service team at a local Ford dealer.

I needed a new battery as the battery had been taking a shallow charge for a while. I also needed to know why my AC was no longer blowing cold air. I took it to Ford because I had some available credit thereto take care of my battery. I dropped it off in the morning...expecting it back that night. I also expected phone calls during the day for an updated status on he AC after they did a diagnostic.

I got the call and learned the following:
-the battery was indeed at the end of its life and needed to be replaced.
-the negative battery terminal was rusted out making the connection to the battery loose at best and probably contributed to the state of the battery.
-my AC compressor had a leak and needed to be replaced...they couldn't just recharge the AC refrigerant as it would just leak out again.
-they found other things wrong that I should get fixed immediately and for $75 more they could do a more deep inspection to get all the details. They didn't tell me what they found wrong.

I chose to take care of the battery completely...to solve my issues with starting my truck. I also chose not to take care of the AC compressor as the part is a bit more expensive than I can afford now.

That last item is my bone of contention...correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't that amount to extortion?

I have no problem with fees for deeper inspections...as long as I am told what was found in the first place. I paid $150 to do the AC inspection...to find out my compressor has a leak. I knew I had a problem and needed it fixed. They suggested the deeper inspection to make sure something else wasn't wrong. As my truck is 14 years old...I agreed because I figured there probably could be a leak or something. Now I know something else is wrong...but they are withholding that information unless I fork over more money.

Quite a shady business practice if you ask me. I think I may have a chat with someone higher up at the dealer about that. Or maybe someone in corporate.

For those interested...this is Friendly Ford in Roselle, IL
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Sent a tweet to the Official Ford Twitter account. I got a reply back from the Ford Service twitter inquiring about the situation. I let them know what happened in a DM and they are forwarding on the information to the appropriate individuals both at the dealer and at corporate.
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Picked up a couple deals so far.
The day has arrived and it's time to drain that extra cash laying around, here's just a few of today's Amazon Prime Day deals.
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Well my Metra train broke down at Galewood....this is the scene as we prepare to move over to the other platform so another train can pick us up.
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I've never been one to really use Android Pay even though I have it available on my phone....but I sure as hell would disable Samsung Pay (if I had a Samsung) after reading this at least until they fix this specific exploit.
The tokens that are used to make purchases can be easily stolen and used in other hardware to make fraudulent transactions.
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so for the hack to work the scanner has to be within a foot or so of your phone. The app on most Samsung phones is only active after the user unlocks the app with there fingerprint.
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Got this earlier this morning from shapeways.....time to reset your password if you've used them in the past.

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Hi,

We are currently investigating an incident involving unauthorized access to our systems. The intruders may have accessed some user names, email addresses, and shipping addresses. They did not access any model files. Additionally, the intruders did not access full credit card information because we do not store such information on our systems. We have not observed any actual misuse of your user information.

Although we protect your password with a hash in an effort to prevent malicious attackers from misusing it, to err on the side of caution we suggest that you reset your password at your earliest convenience. You can reset your password by logging into your account, navigating to the account settings page, and following the directions there for changing your password. If you use your Shapeways password for any other site, we recommend resetting the password for those sites as well. We encourage you to use strong passwords and not to reuse your Shapeways password on other sites.

As part of our investigation we are actively coordinating with law enforcement and reviewing and reinforcing our security procedures. If you suspect that someone is attempting to gain access to your account or solicit your personal information, please contact us at service@shapeways.com.

We apologize for the disruption and the extra work this requires from you. We take your security extremely seriously and will do our best to assist you through this process at service@shapeways.com.

Best,
Peter Weijmarshausen
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Shapeways

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I can deal with my Google+ feed filling up with Pokemon Go posts. The Ingress community will deal with Pokemon Go posts filling up the community. My G+ feed is filled with people who played Ingress...so I expect some of them will play PG as well. Ingress is related to PG, and the support from Niantic is just as shit as it was with Ingress, so the natural thing that will happen is people playing PG looking for help within the Ingress community.

But god damnit...just because you think you need to share Pokemon Go, doesn't mean you should. I'm seeing shit from the game in places I didn't think I would ever see it in. People are inserting it in places it has no business being.
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I appreciate the people who, though they are posting about Pokemon, put their posts in collections I can unfollow. Doesn't mean I don't want to see other things that person has to say....but collections make it easy to pick and choose what subjects you want to hear about. Those who don't...just lose me as a follower....looking at you +Phandroid use the tools you have available to you so you can stop annoying your followers with the Pokemon crap.
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hehe cool
They wanted Google Maps' Street View, but instead of waiting they made their own maps using sheep.
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Yes I played Ingress for a while, IGN: Thor. Now leaving my second retirement. I intend to play casually.

I'm a gamer. I love games...it is interactive storytelling. I play from my couch. I play on both my Gaming PC as well as on Consoles. I currently own a PS4 and a PS3. I haven't seen the need to buy an XBox One yet. I just see more exclusives that I care about on the Playstation side these days. I'm tired of the PC/Console war. Each has it's merits.

I'm more a fan of Scifi than Fantasy...but either will do so long as the story is good enough. I love epic storylines.

I love gadgets. I put up with Apple for a few years as an iPhone user before dropping it completely and starting over with Android...and I haven't looked back since. I'm now convinced that pure Android is the way to go after having dealt with a few non-pure devices.

Computers are my life, that is why I am a PC Gamer. I grew up learning to build my own web pages, and only recently have I turned that into a career after graduating college at 30 (yeah I had some hiccups along the way). I'm heavily into front end design (html, css, javascript), and have been learning the .Net ropes for a few years now (C# mostly at this point).

Though I've tried Linux, it never stuck with me. I've always been a Windows guy.

I mentioned before that play Scifi and Fantasy games, well I also love movies and TV in those genres. I'm a Trekkie (DS9 is my favorite), Whovian (Tennant followed by Smith of the new Who, Baker in third from Classic Who), Browncoat, and a fan of Star Wars (I love the original 3, and like the prequels, they could have been done better but aren't worthless). Those are my big 4 but I'm certainly not limited to those. I'm also a fan of The Walking Dead (almost completely up-to-date on the comic), Breaking Bad, Game Of Thrones (have read through 5 at this point), Burn Notice, Fringe, Family Guy, and Futurama, among many others.

I'm a dog lover, but I find Catruday posts just as amusing...I just don't like living with cats. In my spare time I help out a local resuce, by doing any web work they need to have done. I did have a dog, named Malcolm, which I got from that rescue. Unfortunately, I had to put him to sleep in December 2015 due to him getting oral cancer. This eventually prevented him from eating or drinking, and it was just his time. He was the best dog I have ever lived with, without a doubt. I will get another dog again, but he has set the bar which every other dog I run into in my life will be measured against. RIP Malcolm

I don't post a lot, but I do share on occasion, but primarily with my circles. I don't get real political or religious on here, as I like to enjoy my time on G+. If you fill my stream with partisan politics or religion, expect to be blocked. I can tolerate Right-Wing politics more than Left-Wing (I consider myself a Libertarian)...but even then I have my limits. I just don't enjoy discussing politics or religion. I stick to the policy that it is impolite to discuss those topics in public. Keep it to your circles/communities people.

To anyone adding me hoping that I will add them back: I will only do so if I find what you post (either through your profile or your comments) interesting. I do not auto-add back and I usually don't review who adds me...but I thank you for adding me anyway. I hope you enjoy what I contribute. :)
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Ingress (retired): First L8 Resistance Player in the Chicago Area, Lead the team that put up the first L8 Portal in the Chicago Area, Part of the initial Chicago Resistance leadership
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I needed my battery replaced, which they did same day. However, after they did their "multipoint inspection" they said the basic things looked ok, but that they needed to do another deeper inspection for $75 to look over other things more closely to determine what was wrong. They would not tell me what else they found that looked wrong. I'm sorry but if you notice something is wrong, even if you don't know exactly what was wrong, you tell your customer what you found, you don't hide behind another $75 charge. That is extortion. Shortly after that experience I started experiencing grinding on my front right wheel. I took it to Midas to get it repaired, and they gave me a full list of the things that looked immediately wrong with my truck and the costs involved with repairing those items. They also answered my questions about how those problem items would affect my drive and if there were any warning signs I should look out for, for further problems. That's what I should have gotten at Ford. I will not be doing business with this particular dealer ever again.
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