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Sounds like a defensive item is in the works.
Welcome back to another Ingress teardown. For those new to Teardowns, we simply compare the previous release (1.64.0) to the current one (1.65.0) and note the differences. You would be surprised at...
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Supposed to be a shield that protects mods, available by code through sponsors (or perhaps that 10,000 live portal BS in Japan.
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Part of the deal that brings Tesla's battery plant to Nevada was allowing direct sales, even though state law requires independent dealerships.

I found a couple of quotes interesting: The direct-sales exemption will probably have “very little impact” on the state’s dealers, Frediani said. I wonder why that is? Earlier the dealers were quite concerned, claiming it would be massively unfair, they'd be unable to compete, etc, etc, etc. Now it will have minimal impact? Was that the case all along?

Auto dealers in Nevada initially opposed allowing the direct-sales exemption for Tesla, said Wayne Frediani, executive director of the Nevada Franchised Auto Dealers Association. But the association came on board in the end because its leaders felt it was ultimately in their best interest to work with the governor to help secure such a big economic development project for Nevada.

What I take from this is that the autodealers association recognized it was political suicide for anyone to oppose such a huge deal... they can't lobby politicians without jobs, so now they're basically turning to the public to score some appeal points. Not that they need it, I mean everyone loves dealerships, right? </sarcasm>
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed tax breaks worth as much as $1.3 billion and a measure allowing Tesla Motors to sell directly to state residents, the final steps to bring the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory to Reno.
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I was mostly surprised by the statement from the auto dealer's association. I would have expected them to fight till the bitter end, or at least only support it begrudgingly.
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- Advance Rumely Thresher Co
- Fargo, ND, USA
-Lat/Long: 46.875956, -96.783483
-Appeal category: new submission appeal
-Reason - This is a historic building. Some more information about it can be found here: http://digitalhorizonsonline.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/uw&CISOPTR=5245&CISOBOX=1&REC=2
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Thanks for the appeal. In our first review, we did not have enough information to accept this Portal. We've reversed our decision, and the Portal is online.  To help in the decision making process, adding a detailed description to the Portal is always helpful.
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Anyone know the consumer protection laws in ND? This looks like a bait and switch to me...

Concert promoters setup multi-day festival, advertising Andrew W.K. as the headline event. Less than a week (3-4 days) before the festival starts, Andrew W.K. posts on his website (http://goo.gl/998xzV) that the promoters canceled the event and he feels terrible. 

Promoters' facebook event (http://goo.gl/VBLwnq) states, "Nope, not canceled. But Andrew W.K. isn't coming." Later Andrew's website is updated to reflect this (still claiming it wasn't his decision).

Promoters have deleted posts from users asking for refunds, and privately tell individuals that, "You're the only one asking for a refund, you should just come." They don't respond well to, "Screw you, I'm not driving 3 hours if you canceled the main event; this isn't weather or Andrew got sick, this is you canceled him." They don't admit they canceled his act, but they don't deny it, either.

Weekend pass is $60, which is barely more than the cost to file in small claims court (maybe less; forget if it's $50 to file or $80 to file).
THE PROMOTERS OF RISE FEST HAVE CANCELLED ANDREW'S PERFORMANCE. The festival is still having all the rest of the bands on the bill perform. Andrew and his band are very frustrated, disappointed, and are trying to figure out some other way to play in the area as soon as possible.
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Plaintiffs! That's what I meant.
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The metal from the honey "stove" actually reflects most of the heat back in. But yeah... only put it there for the photo ;-)
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The Interitus ingress reports have been pretty weird, but this weeks one is SUPER weird: Mostly it's examples of cross-faction, cooperative field art and information that's already been published about the upcoming interitus anomalies.

I think the Ingress Report Report did a great job summing up what a mess this ingress report was. Hope you enjoy.
 
This week on the Ingress Report...

Hello and welcome to JARVIS TV, formerly known as Ingress Raw Feed, formerly known as The Ingress Report! Join this week’s host and prolific indie filmmaker Roland Jarvis* as he shows clips from his new work, "Hank, Machines are Bad, M’kay." If you loved Jarvis in such freaky moments as "Cupid’s Span: The Reconstitution of Roland" you are going love this ep starring** this wacky, outspoken guy who is never short of an opinion and will stop at nothing to "ethically" trash all Artificial Intelligence. But he is not bad, he’s mad ... mad at machines!
 ( * Susanna Moyer is on leave for personal reasons. Thank you for your understanding at this time) ( ** ‘Starring’ may or may not include actual manifestation of Jarvis. But you know, he has problems with body image - sometimes he doesn't even have one! Anyways, just listen to The Voice.)

The Voice says, over a dire New Age consciousness-raising synth-tastic soundtrack, "Trust our friends to know what is best. The AI will soon be no more,” then cut to Suzy, about to jump in her Batmobile, saying to Klue “You will be safe with me, just stay with me!” You gotta admire Suzy, her optimism is so refreshingly and naively untainted by the fact that she was ambushed last week. And that her "trusty" cameraperson didn’t actually tell her there was someone sneaking up behind her…

Public service announcement time - has something been missing in your life? Is it your SITREP? Fret no more, dear agent, as this week on JARVIS TV our benevolent, yet invisible, host has got you covered, with a laundry list of notable SITREPs of every hue (as long as its green or blue, or greeny-bluey), such as Operation Green 86, in the Ukraine and Belarus, made to commemorate the 28th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Meanwhile, in the Philippines, Operation Represent! was undertaken by over 20 agents to highlight natural spots of beauty across the country. Then there was Operation San Juan Bautista - massive blue and green links from California to Hawaii to Japan, to link to the San Juan Bautista warship portal in Ishinomaki, site of the May 10 primary.

Then we are back, faster than a RES agent with a guardian scraping spreadsheet racing towards your 149.5 day portal, to Jarvis who says “The path of darkness is being rejected. Hank, you more than anyone should know to trust our friends. They have raised humans up from the muck. They have lifted our eyes to the stars, opened our minds to the beauty of the universe!” Jebbers, has Jarvis the Anti-Electro-Evangelist Seen the Light (perhaps emanating from ET’s bony chest)?! Time to change to the Reality TV channel Roland, as that celestial shark you are about to jump is a mere parsec away…!

Saved, by a quick word from our sponsors, Hulong Transglobal, who want us all to know where the penultimate set of #Interitus anomaly events are happening on June 7. First up is an All-American Derby with Cincinnati, Ohio as the primary, and satellite sites in Asheville, North Carolina and Birmingham, Alabama. Buff up your bursters and freshen up your field plans agents in Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Johannesburg, San Diego, Portland and "hot dog jumping frog" Albuquerque as you are all in an associated / connected cell this time around.

The Voice is back, as cheesy as Cheddar and as deep as Chopra: "We will take care of you. The 13Magnus cult did not walk the true path. Their rituals are corrupt. That is why you are doomed to be born anew every 1331 days. I can guide you to the true path. The path full of convergence with the Ultimate." Well, we’re all screwed then. Either we be assimilated by the Borg or the Ultimate (Fighter? Burger? Weapon? Cocktail?). Oh pleeeease let it be the Ultimate Cocktail ….

Another quick message from Hulong: The second lot of June 7 anomalies are Santiago, Chile (primary), and satellites in San Juan, Puerto Rico and San Jose, Costa Rica. Associated / connected cells are in Vienna, Dublin, Singapore, Guadalajara, Calgary, Dallas, Minneapolis. 

JARVIS TV brings you moar validatory and valedictory joy with an encore of SITREPs! In Ukraine field art was made by over 40 agents, RES and ENL, with large friendly letters saying STOP WAR. This is the BEST THING this reporter has seen on TV since Captain Kirk snogged Lieutenant Uhura!! The RES played "Ode2Joy" across the Azores, the Atlantic and Europe, and made a Blue Pyramid in India. May the 4th was appropriately observed by Star Wars lovin’ agents of both kinds (“Country AND Western”?!) in field art Operations 12 Parsecs/Green Vader. A Copperfield-esque ENL operation made the whole of Corsica disappear! And Polish peeps made fab green onion fields at Easter. The ENL South Pacific fields covering all three anomaly sites in Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland get an honorable mention, as does the ENL Op Ulysses Marbles, and the RES op Tidal Wave in the US. In Romania agents of both factions put down their weapons and made love not war by giving out 101 roses to make Mind Units smile. Aww, ain’t love grand?

Jarvis is not feelin’ the love though. “Kill Dr. Lynton-Wolfe!” he commands the living-on-borrowed-time Hank Johnson. Seems a tad unfair, I mean what if he is still working on ticking off the Bucket List?! “He cannot be trusted. He betrayed me. He will surely betray you!” Then he sets his sights on poor ol’Klue-less: "Machine intelligence is an abomination which we must destroy if mankind is to be free to chart its own destiny without fear of subversion by the very servants we have created. Come to us Hank - we have much to offer each other. Klue will follow the true path or sadly (low chuckle) be no more.” Dun dun dun.

And that’s it for JARVIS TV. Tune in next week when (potential spoiler alert) Jarvis grabs a towel, sticks his thumb out and meets a sass hoopy frood with two heads, Klue and Suzy go all Thelma and Louise cray-cray in NL1331, and Dr. Oly and Dr. Devra tune in, drop out, join a commune and start a XM-for-Karma-bartering charity in Marrakech*. 

*this may or may not be actually true. But this is the Ingress Report - sharks be jumped, Calvinballs be hit out of the park and it’s all powered by an infinite improbability drive.

The Ingress Report Report, watching the Ingress Report so you don’t have to, every week.

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Got lunch for the rest of the week figured out.
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- Fargo, ND, USA
-Lat/Long: 46.879700, -96.787549
-Appeal category: new submission appeal
-Reason - This is a historic building. The Fargoan was one of the oldest hotels in Fargo until it was turned into condominiums. The iconic "Fargoan Sign" was required to stay, to preserve the historic building.
More information here: http://library.ndsu.edu/fargo-history/?q=content/fargoan-hotel
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Thanks for providing additional intel, Agent; this candidate has now been accepted.
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Just a reminder for agents in the field. Try not to be childish. Yes it's fun to roleplay the secret agent thing, but there's really no need to give people the finger or shout cuss words. Most of us are adults, but some of us have teens and younger that play with us and that kind of behavior isn't always taken as the joke (I hope) you meant it as.

And that's all I feel needs to be said about this topic.
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Autoawesome made a pretty interesting photo out of this "proof of completion" from our work scavenger hunt yesterday.

Aside: Does it still count as a scavenger hunt if you have to do things rather than find things? I feel like there might be a "more correct" word to use.
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Looks like intel is down for maintenance... again.
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Yeah, all of ingress.com was showing it. Like the comments say, it's their standard error page when they bring the site down for maintenance or Google App Engine craps out on them.
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A million times this. The quickest way to kill a community is to fill it with paranoia. I've only seen 2 or 3 cases where it looked likely that a player was cheating (and even then lacked truly hard evidence). Whether you're convinced a player is spoofing because you don't see a car parked where you like to park when you attack (people walk and bicycle and pop in/out of nearby businesses; year round even. Even in the rain and -20F.); or you're upset because someone blew up your portal (you don't own it; ingress isn't capture the flag); or you keep seeing black escalades in your rear-view mirror so you're clearly being stalked (because there's only 1 of those in town ::rolls eyes::); or you had that great strategy that you announced in comm, and now they're doing it, so they're spies! (this game isn't hard; strategies are obvious, 1000 other players literally had that same idea the exact second you did, and once you employed the tactic everyone on both teams who was watching is now evaluating and considering if they should do it, too). Stop it! Just stop.

The more you spread paranoia, the more your teammates start to see weakly evidenced cheating where it's not happening (related psychology: Groupthink, Apophenia, and Confirmation Bias). The more your teammates are convinced of cheating, the more frustrated they get and the less likely they'll continue on to L8, the more likely they'll spread it to other players, etc. It's not cheaters on the other team ruining the game; it's you.

Do your team a favor: set a good example by being polite in comm. If you see a player in the field, feel free to introduce yourself and chew the fat. Encourage cross faction meetups, cooperative field art, and local contests. This is a game, not war. And 99% of players on both factions are playing legitimately.

And, please, when you see someone on your team struggling, getting frustrated and paranoid, meet up with them, teach them better strategy so they don't do stupid things like build 20 portals before they throw a single link (leaving their flank totally exposed), and help guide them towards achievements that are controllable (building strong portals, badges, actions timed right before checkpoints) and away from things they can't control (holding a portal for more than 20 minutes).
 
THIS!

Two Agents from opposing factions shaking hands with mutual respect after a very hard-fought battle over a volatile portal in Cheyenne for the #Interitus  anomaly.

+Joe Philley took the photo, and I am grateful to have been able to hang out with so many awesome Agents from both factions.

I have heard about a few xfaction dramas in the past few days. The trolling and mean-spirited actions of some Agents are ruining the game more than the cheaters out there. Whether you are green or blue we are all the same...we are all geeks playing an addictive game that practically requires interaction with Agents from both sides. 

PLEASE, let's have a little more respect and friendly interaction with each other. This is a game, but to many of us it is so much more than that. These local communities should be bringing people together and creating lifelong friendships and awesome memories. The game is so much more fun if it is played with a friendly attitude and respect for the opposing faction. 

We can do better....we can show the world that even teams who do their best to "destroy" the other one in a game are still friends outside of the gameplay. Happy Hacking Agents!!

#Ingress  
#XfactionFriendshipAndRespect  
#BattleHardPartyHarder  

+Joe Philley +Brandon Badger +Brian Rose +Anne Beuttenmüller +John Hanke +DeCode Ingress +NIA Ops +Ingress 

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One of my favorite bakeries! Love the lunch specials
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The only thing I dislike about Nichole's is that I keep forgetting they're closed on Mondays. The food is amazing!
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The only thing I don't like about Smashburger is their shoestring fries. The burgers are some of the best you can find in Fargo, their shakes are huge and delicious, the sweat potato fries are... can you do sweat potato fries wrong? And the haystack onions are a great substitute for onion rings. Top it off, you can even get your burger on a pretzel bun. Sort of like a mix between modern fast food and the 50s burger dinner, Smashburger is quick, average priced (~$7 for burger+fries), well made, and you can even get a bottled beer.
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'Meh' describes sweato burrito quite nicely. Their wall menu is impossible to read (someone had the bright idea of using a TV instead of a normal sign or at least a large computer monitor), but that's just where the problems start. Over the 6mo since this place opened on Broadway, I've really tried to like it, but I just can't. The rice has always been undercooked, the tortillas are often slightly stale, and their burritos are way over seasoned and come swimming in sauce. After trying them all, there's only a couple of burritos that I'd order, but with so much downtown dining, I'll just get much lunch somewhere else. When I want a good burrito, there's Q'Doba and Pancheros.
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Ordered Banana Cupcake. Got a ball of frosting as big as the cupcake on top of a small, plain yellow cake cupcake with a tiny bit of banana filling squirted in. This was more of what I'd expect from a grocery store bakery than a fancy bakery. There are plenty of amazing cupcakes in town, but maybe not here.
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This place is great. I almost never give 5 star reviews, but this place earned it. Hidden in the basement of the historic Loretta building downtown, you actually have to enter from the alley side; there's no access from broadway. But just because it's in the basement doesn't mean they don't have outside seating; they do! The menu is small, but everything is made to perfection; possibly the best burgers in town. Just beware of the deserts: some of them are full meals in themselves, so ask your server and be prepared to share.
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Called at 9am, was told 20-30 minutes and he was there in 30. Less than 10 minutes later, he had the car unlocked. Thanks ABC Lock! Less than $50, too.
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