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I have always felt larger vehicles were less safe than smaller ones because they have a greater chance of injuring and kill me when they crash into me compared to smaller vehicles. There should be crash tests done to test how likely they are in killing and injuring passengers of other vehicles as well as how they protect occupants.
 
Think SUVs and big trucks are safer? Think again.
For every 450 kilograms added to the weight of a car, a vehicle becomes 40 per cent more likely to turn an otherwise survivable crash into a fatal collision
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A shout out to +Henry Loo .  You're gonna love this article.
 
Happy Birthday Copyright Bombshell: New Evidence Warner Music Previously Hid Shows Song Is Public Domain - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150727/16042931768/happy-birthday-copyright-bombshell-new-evidence-warner-music-previously-hid-shows-song-is-public-domain.shtml wow
Last minute evidence that completely turns a legal case on its head doesn't come about all that often -- despite what you see in Hollywood movies and TV shows. The discovery process in a lawsuit generally reveals most of the evidence revealed to...
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Just passing the word on the latest Android security alert.
 
This is a really sparse article. I think, and correct me if i am wrong here, but if you disable "Automatically Retrieve MMS messages" in the settings to Messenger or Hangouts then you should be fine.
Booby-trapped MMS messages and websites exploit flaw in heart of Android.
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When I first started using Google+, I was disappointed to find that no one I knew was on here. That prompted me to search around for other people to interact with. As a result, I have been able to connect with a variety of people with whom I share common interests. At the time and even now, many who criticise Google+ compare it with Facebook. The world doesn't need another Facebook. Google+ adds something new to the world of social networks and I have had the pleasure to be a part of it since almost the beginning.
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Slippery slope here. If they can block web sites because of money, I can see the government going further. They may block web sites of any organisation or individual who shows any opposition to the government like opposition parties.
 
For governments accustomed to wielding their power to regulate local activity, the Internet has long been a source of frustration. From music sites to Uber to AirBNB, online services represent an enormous challenge to conventional government regulation,…
For governments accustomed to wielding their power to regulate local activity, the Internet has long been a source of frustration. From music sites to Uber to AirBNB, online services represent an enormous challenge to conventional government regulation, which typically relies on a jurisdictional hook to compel compliance. While most reputable global companies can ill-afford to simply ignore laws or court orders, there are still websites that o...
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The Power Grid game rules leave it up to players to decide on how to determine the areas to use in any particular game. I have decided to come up with a way to randomly choose starting areas. By using the randomiser tables, you can just roll dice to determine starting areas. I came up with these tables so that when determining which areas to use, every possible combination of areas will have an equal chance of being used. The tables list all legal combination of areas for a 3, 4 or 5 area game. Simply roll the dice indicated on the table and look up the list of areas. Where the table says, "Re-roll", re-roll all dice until a result other that "Re-roll" comes up.

The primary link is for the file download page for the US and Germany map that comes with the base game.  Here are the links for the other expansions/maps:

Deluxe (North America and Europe):  https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/119024/area-selection-randomiser-table-north-america-and

Australia & Indian Subcontinent:  https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/119025/area-selection-randomiser-table-australia-and-indi

Benelux/Central Europe:  https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/119027/area-selection-randomiser-table-benelux-and-centra

Brazil/Spain & Portugal:  https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/119028/area-selection-randomiser-table-brazilspain-portug

China/Korea:  https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/119029/area-selection-randomiser-table-china-and-korea

France/Italy:  https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/119030/area-selection-randomiser-table-franceitaly

Northern Europe/UK & Ireland:  https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/119032/area-selection-randomiser-table-northern-europeuk

Québec/Baden-Württemberg:  https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/119033/area-selection-randomiser-table-quebecbaden-wurtte

Russia & Japan:  https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/119034/area-selection-randomiser-table-russiajapan
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In had a chance to play Dragoon here at Gencon. This game you each play a dragon. Humans started settling the land around your lair. You can either demand that they pay you tribute or simply raze their villages and towns. Doing either of these or catching a thief that is roaming the lands will net you money. The player who reaches a total of 50 money wins.

I really like this game. There are lead changes and players coming from behind often. I feel that no one is really out of the game even if they fall behind early or if someone gets an early lead. The game take a few turns to get going as in the beginning, there aren't very many towns in play yet. Once it gets going, their is almost always something happening on any player's turn.

This plays best with at least 3 players. The game can have 2 to 4 player's. I played a 4 player game and the pace was pretty good. We were all beginners and the game only took an hour and 20 minutes.

The game retails for around $70. The production value is quite high for many of the pieces. The prices representing the dragons are metal as well as the dice. The game board is a cloth map. This is definitely on my to get list when it becomes available.
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+Zachary Homrighaus Yeah. The dice are metal, too. The map and scoreboard are cloth. The retail version is supposed to have a redesigned scoreboard. I find the existing one to be too small and having the score track zigzag so much is a bit annoying. It can also be hard to see the exact score when you are not near the scoreboard.
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Using 2-factor authentication with older Android devices is a huge pain.  I was wondering why my HTC Desire Z kept giving me an error to log into my Google account for the past year.  I don't use it much other than a secondary phone.  I was having difficulty for almost a year now.  I finally figured out that it was the 2-factor authentication that I activated for my Google account.

Apparently, these older devices have difficulty with 2-factor authentication.  It just gives me an error.  If I turn off 2FA, I don't have any issue.  When I turn it on, none of the Google services and apps work and I keep getting notifications to login which I cannot do.

I finally managed to get my Desire Z working.  I'm not sure exactly how I got it working.  I think I turned off 2FA so I can login to my account on my Desire Z.  Then I updated Hangouts and Google Play services.  For some reason, Hangouts takes an awfully long time to login.  I thought the app crashed.  I eventually just left it.  Eventually, Hangouts managed to login.  Then I turned on 2FA and all hell breaks loose again.  Somehow, in Hangouts the login screen gives me the option of logging in via a browser which I did.  I selected always trust this device and managed to login.  After that, my Desire Z seems to work OK now.
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I've been playing Magic for 20 years now.  I've read may article on Magic, but this is the funniest of them all.
 
A Neural Network Designs Magic: the Gathering Cards, and It's Hilarious. "What happens when you feed the text of every Magic card ever made to a deep neural network and ask it to design its own cards? Part genius, part gibberish—and maybe a little poetry." http://io9.com/a-neural-network-designs-magic-the-gathering-cards-an-1719184054
What happens when you feed the text of every Magic card ever made to a deep neural network and ask it to design its own cards? Part genius, part gibberish—and maybe a little poetry. But mostly, it just makes you laugh your ass off.
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This makes me want to buy something from American Eagle.
 
How cool!!!
American Eagle's lingerie line Aerie is keeping things honest with its #AerieREAL campaign that features non-airbrushed images and regular girls over supermodels. Since Aerie's made the change a year and a half ago, sales have climbed considerably.
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This is from a friend of mine whom I play Magic with. We met online several years ago. I've played Magic casually for 20 years. I stopped in the late 90's when my casual group disbanded and my attention went to other hobbies. I ended up joining his group several years ago. I felt like a bit of a newbie at the time as I had I carefully read many of the newer and unfamiliar cards. We've been playing together ever since.
 
Yes, I am THAT Guy in Casual Magic
The Mana Pool is one of my favourite Magic: the Gathering
podcasts, and one of the few geared towards casual players. The most recent episode, #377 Aaron’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame , hit home as Aaron talked about being THAT Casual guy: Aaron comes on to tal...
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Of the categories mentioned in this article, I would recommend different games.

Arithmetic -- Power Grid and Star Fleet Battles.
Co-operating -- There are so many.  Pandemic is the one that got me into co-ops.  My current favourite is Xenoshyft.
Sixth Sense (reading people) -- Sheriff of Nottingham is great for it because players are encouraged to mislead others.
Negotiation skills -- Lords of Vegas has a lot of wheeling and dealing.
Time management -- Pretty much any Euro game would do.  I would say Pandemic is a great example as you have only so much time to save the world.
Leadership -- Most games I have don't have a particular leader.  I have many co-ops and they are supposed to be co-op.  Some like Galaxy Defenders does have an alpha agent that resolves any conflicts.
 
The Best Board Games for Developing Valuable Real-Life Skills. What, no Scrabble?? http://lifehacker.com/the-best-board-games-for-developing-valuable-real-life-1714642211
Playing board games is a whole lot of fun, but some of the more difficult and complex games can actually help you learn things, too. Whether you’re trying to speed up your math skills or become a stronger negotiator, here are a few skills you can build (and the games that help you build them).
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Space Alert, Pandemic and Galaxy Trucker would give anyone a good grounding in IT project work. 😀
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