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Va kaip viskas vyko. O aš sėdėjau namie ir klausiausi operacijos zello kanalo - visai smagu ten jiems buvo ;) 
The night of March 17th brought 50 shades of blue over the sky in Lithuania. 50 RES fields were made, ranging from 889K MU to 1.13M MU (largest field over Lithuanian territory). 47 of the fields went through the checkpoint, with at least 45M MU in total.

This operation, LTcoverPart2, was an extension to the successful LTcoverPart1 (https://goo.gl/3U64ka), which took place on January 21st. The aim of Part2 was to extend the fields in order to include Vilnius and achieve a 1M+ MU field. This meant moving the southern corner more to the south, into Belarus.

With the help of Belarus contact @Garmoniya, 12 suitable portals were selected. Key gathering phase started right after the LTcoverPart1, and by mid-February all the keys were collected and exchanged. February 24th (Friday) was chosen as the date of the operation.

That Friday morning greeted us with the teams prepared and ready to go, cleaning areas negotiated, alerts assigned, and... breaking news that, against all odds, the Shard #12 (http://www.thrakazog.com/magnus/#t=ShardHist&s=12) was to land in Kaunas in the early hours of Saturday. Of course, the fielding operation was cancelled. Most of the participants were redirected to capture the shard, which they swimmingly did (https://goo.gl/POnVTS).

After the excitement of the shard game wore off, the discussions about the next date of operation were started. March 17th was chosen as a date suitable for the most, but not all agents. More people had to be recruited to replace those that had other plans. Most of the preparatory work had to be done anew. Only one advance blocking link (96km) survived for a whole month until the second date.

The last week before the set date was spent in heavy anticipation, watching our RES friends in Belarus fighting a fierce battle for the Shard #42 (http://www.thrakazog.com/magnus/#t=ShardHist&s=42). Luckily for us, the shard movements did not interfere with our plans, and Belarus side, despite being sleepless and exhausted, still managed to gather a team to participate in the cover operation.

On the operation day we planned to have the first field up at 11PM and finish all the linking before the checkpoint at midnight. With about 880km of linking corridors to clear all 20+ teams were on the move by 9PM.

One of the challenges we wanted to tackle more effectively this time, was the threat of green agents throwing crosslinks from their home areas, once they notice our movements. Thus we planned the routes of all teams so that they finish their cleaning work in those problematic areas and stay there until covered by a field. Some teams were sent out with the sole purpose to keep watch. We also had several teams on hold in Vilnius and Kaunas ready to react to any unforeseen events.

The eastern side was somehow an aberration because all the crosslinks were blue. At the last minute a decision was made to send out more teams in order not to give ourselves away prematurely by starting to flip our own portals. One team had to drive almost 100km just to throw one Jarvis right before the linking phase.

All the cleaning went as planned. Only two unexpected crosslinks popped up - one from Utena, and one from Veliuona. Both were made by casual linking of passing-by ENL agents. Kaunas ENL agents, from whom we anticipated some opposition, made only a few suspicious moves and then disappeared from the radar completely.

The first field went up at 11.04PM, and the greater part of the linking went as planned. However, the portals in Belarus were not lit up as quickly as anticipated. Three minutes before the midnight we had to make a decision whether to make the biggest field thus closing two unlit portals under it, or to wait for them. We chose to wait. The last links were made on the mark of the hour, but those three last fields were logged after the checkpoint. Thus we made all 50 layers, as planned, 47 of them before the checkpoint.

Because of all the agitation nobody captured the exact MU count of all the fields. The linking was divided into 6 cycles, each cycle closing fields from a different anchor. The first two fields were 889K and 893K MU respectively, the second cycle (12 fields) started with 955K MU fields, the fourth cycle (12 fields) had fields over 971K MU, the fifth (10 fields) – over 1M MU, and the last and largest field was 1.13M MU. Conservative calculations give an estimate of over 48M MU in total, with at least 45M MU going through the checkpoint.

As soon as the outer fields were taken down for refielding, ENL agent @DonatasK started linking and fielding in Druskininkai. Luckily, all his activity fell right between two of our links, and didn't demand any additional cleaning. A few layers were lost when green agents @MeClon and @Watcher84 destroyed several portals in the center of Visaginas, and two more due to casual linking in Belarus during the refielding. Still, a total of 41 layers stood through the night until an ENL team from Vilnius came to clear Visaginas.

Other adventures of the evening included linking teams coordinating to intercept the guy who had all the keys, someone forgetting to take the key for a block and having to pick it up as a deaddrop on the crossroads, jarvis'ing a portal in the middle of a cemetery in complete darkness, horrible internet connection at the first anchor in Visaginas, having locals call the police on one of the linking teams because "they were sitting in the car acting suspiciously", being checked by customs, and picking up three drunken girls on the road right after the operation was over.

Participants: @SeletonXC (main org and planning), @TevukoDalgis (eye in the sky Kaunas), @Garmoniya (main contact in Belarus), @Aosiniao (eye in the sky Belarus), @Chateux, @Pazhystama, @Dzedajus, @Solesita, @Imantas404, @Namaarie, @Renapau, @Astamis, @Iceever, @MartynasAxe, @Akvi, @Wytka, @KickTheBucket, @Spaudikas, @Exonn, @INeedMoreTime, @jDeuv, @Alfux, @KanopaLT, @AcieverLT, @Monstras77, @Xestobium, @Fantomasas, @Rolis999, @Razira, @Kamiccolo, @Tarasz, @Malc01mm, @I8an, @XuanPedroXV, @Baltiec, @Nskycat, @Fischer2ew, @Dziunguciai, @RimasB, @Kristule, @Rpgtc

#RESWUEisAwesome #IntelIsNotACrime #Ingress #OPS #Sitrep
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50 blue shades...
#ingress
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Cinizmas atrodo protingai ir argumentuotai tol, kol tau jo nepritaiko atgal. Tada jis pradeda atrodyti įžedžiantis, skaudus ir net neteisingas, nepaisant to, kad ankstesnės jo savybės nesikeičia.

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Ruošdami projektą apie Lietuvos parolimpiečius pastebėjome, kad kiekvienas iš šių sportininkų kasdien yra priverstas susidurti su problemomis kurias spręsti, atrodo, turėtų ne jie patys. Šiems Lietuvą atstovaujantiems sportininkams dažnai trūksta sportinio inventoriaus, geresnių sąlygų treniruotis ir finansavimo. Parolimpiečiai susiduria su daugybe sunkumų, tačiau kai kuriuos galime jiems padėti įveikti visi kartu.

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Viena dešimtoji sekundės. Tik tiek gali skirti atletą nuo prizinės vietos. Parolimpiečiui Kęstučiui Skučui, besiruošiančiam išvykti į parolimpinės Rio žaidynes, tą dešimtąją sekundės dalį gali kainuoti per daug sveriantis jo sportinis vežimėlis.

Lietuvos sporto universiteto docentas bei buvęs plaukikas, dalyvavęs trijose parolimpinėse žaidynėse, Kęstutis šįmet intensyviai ruošiasi dalyvauti net dvejose parolimpinėse rungtyse. Jis varžysis su kitų šalių disko metikais bei lenktyniaus sportiniu vežimėliu. Tačiau pastarąjai rungčiai pasiruošti kol kas kebliausia. Šiandien didžioji dalis parolimpiečių žaidynėse lenktyniauja vežimėliais sveriančiais apie 6 kilogramus, o Kęstučio senasis vežimėlis sveria 12 kilogramų. Akivaizdu, kad gero inventoriaus trūkumas gali būti vienintelis barjeras tarp šio parolimpiečio ir medalio.

Naujas ir lengvesnis sportinis vežimėlis kainuoja apie 6 tūkstančius eurų, o tai nėra suma, kurią įmanoma lengvai sutaupyti pačiam atletui. Džiaugiamės sužinoję, kad kol kas Kęstutis sulaukė 3 tūkstančių eurų paramos naujam vežimėliui įsigyti, tačiau šių pinigų neužtenka, tad kviečiame jus padėti šiam atletui skiriant finansinę paramą. Nors spėti įsigyti naują vežimėlį iki šių metų parolimpinių žaidynių Kęstutis nespės, su gautais pinigais jis galės patobulinti jau turimą - įsigyti ratus, šiek tiek palengvinti rėmą. O ateity, įsigijęs naują vežimėlį, toliau sėkmingai treniruosis ir dalyvaus varžybose.

Jūsų manymu tinkamą pinigų sumą, padėsiančią Kęstučiui priartėti prie reikiamo inventoriaus įsigijimo, kviečiame pervesti į šio sportininko sąskaitą: LT397300010070455789

Padėti galite ne tik pinigais, bet ir pasidalindami šiuo pranešimu! ‪#‎UzLietuva‬ ‪#‎Rio2016‬ ‪#‎ParalympicGames‬ ‪#‎Paralympian‬ ‪#‎LTeam‬ ‪#‎UžLietuvą‬

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Hmmm nežinojau, o pasirodo kai kurių užsieniečių vertinimu Lietuvoje vanduo iš krano yra nesaugus. Estijoje beja irgi. Tik Latvijoje jis tinkamas gerti iš krano. Nu labai įdomiai suskirstė. 

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Google Velykų proga nusprendė padovanoti Nik Collection visam pasauliui. Kažkada pirkau ir... nesigailėjau. Dabar bus nemokamas visiems.
Vienintelis klausimas kuris kankina daug ką: ar tik nebus tai vienas žingsnis link to, kad bus sunaikintas kaip produktas. Pagyvensim pamatysim. O kol kas - išbandykite. 
Today we’re making the Nik Collection available to everyone, for free.

Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.

The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities -- from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.

Starting March 24, 2016, the latest Nik Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we’ll automatically issue back to you in the coming days.

We’re excited to bring the powerful photo editing tools once only used by professionals to even more people now. 

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Sūnus paklausė: o DNR (struktūros modelį) galim atspausdinti mūsų spausdintuvu? Na kodėl gi nepabandžius. Pusdienis kalibravimui ir štai va jums prašom - vaizdinė priemonė. Gavosi netgi geriau negu tikėjausi :)
Bonusas man: sūnus išbandė openSCAD ir pripažino, kad paprastesnis naudojimui negu Blender'is.

#3dprinting #3dprinter #3dspausdintuvasnamie
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3D atviro kodo spaudintuvų pradininkai RepRapPro užsidaro. Inovatoriai neatlaikė kiniečių konkurencijos.

https://reprappro.com/

#3dprinting

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Dar viena istorija apie tai, kaip baimė žmones paverčia - nepabijokim to žodžio - kvailiais. Nes surakinti keturiolikmetį antrankiais ir išvežti tardyti į policijos skyrių už tai, kad atnešė parodyti į mokyklą DIY projekto laikrodį - kvailystė. Bet matyt visai dėsninga toje (ne-)saugumo paranoja persunktoje valstybėje. Bent jau man yra likęs toks įspūdis po kelių kelionių į JAV. Tačiau kas yra nuostabu ir įspūdinga tuo pačiu metu - tai kokio palaikymo vaikinukas sulaukė soc tinkluose. Nuostabu matyti, kaip mąstanti visuomenės dalis ne tik užsiima savireklama, bet ir aktyviai reiškia savo nuomonę dėl atrodytų eilinio berniūkščio istorijos. Nes ta istorija gali sukurti precedentą, kuris griaus tą pagrindą ant kurio statoma visuomenės gerovė. Net įdomu pasidarė, ar kada Lietuvoje sulauksime įvykio, kuris va taip paprastai pailiustruos, jog turim didesnę idėją vardan savo ateities, negu tik skaičiuoti ir lyginti kiek algos gali sumokėti vienas ar kitas darbdavys.

P. S. Ir neleiskime baimei užgožti proto. Nesvarbu - ar apie penale pieštukams tiksintį laikrodį, ar apie imigrantus kalbėtume. Tiesiog neleiskime.

http://makezine.com/2015/09/16/ignorance-fear-put-9th-grade-maker-handcuffs/
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