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Seems that portals keys are now very rare.  In tests done in my area, people are finding that the chance to get a portal key is between 2 and 8 percent.  Assuming an average of 5%, that implies you'd have to hack a single portal an average of 20 times to get ONE portal key.

Quite honestly, this turns the "rural" version of ingress from a difficult game to a nearly impossible game.  With multi-hack now fixed (even for the version 1.0 client), it means that the odds of getting a portal key are less than 10% if a person is patient enough to sit around a portal for 20 minutes to perform all 4 possible hacks before burning out the portal.

If it takes 20-30 minutes to get to the portal to begin with, and the result is ZERO keys to take to the next portal for linking, there's very little incentive to even bother getting to a further portal.  Even if a single key is obtained, it won't be possible to maintain the portal with a key to recharge with.  It would be unreasonable to ask a person to make a 30 minute drive just to recharge a portal.

That doesn't even mention the ecological irresponsibility of making all those excessive road trips.

At this point, I think I'll just let all my rural portals decay (and won't even bother recharging them.)  Perhaps if ALL rural portals were allowed to decay throughout the world, Google/Niantic will get the message.

Perhaps not...

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I hear you, +Gary D.  I'm on Long Island, and portals are usually miles apart (which makes linking difficult for an L1/L2).  And, now with the lack of Portal Keys, creating links/Control Fields is very daunting.  Of the 5 portals I hacked on the way to work (two of which were hacked twice), I only got 1 key.  Now, I will have to spend even more time on my way home tonight to try to add to these links.

At least I'm getting some AP and XMP's for my trouble.  I need one more Control Field to be L4.  Maybe that will help me get rid of the L4 #enlightened  Portals by my house.  ;-)
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Some of the Post Office #ingress  portals aren't the easiest to get to.  For example, I found one that seems to be centered behind the building in a secure parking area.  In order to get close enough to hack it, I had to drive along the side of the building.  As it was late at night, it occurred to me that it wasn't the best time to have a curious police officer ask me what I was doing.  Here's the scene that I imagined...

Officer:  Sir, is there a problem?  What are you doing?

Me: No, officer.  I'm using my phone to hack the Post Office's Portal.

Officer:  Please keep your hands where I can see them, step out of the vehicle, and place your hands on the top of the vehicle.
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I noticed that a lot of them that COULD be accessed by car are placed JUST far enough from intersections to not be reasonable to get that way, and require parking somewhere and walking back to them.
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I've been contacted by the resistance... It appears there are a few unclaimed portals in my area, but finding them can be difficult in rural areas.  There are also several potential portals that should be submitted.

It's below freezing on a Saturday night and I have this strange urge to visit every post office I know of.  I suspect this "game" might become addicting.

I finally have a good reason to test the battery on this Note II.

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I checked the intel maps before deciding E or R, and it was mostly green marks in Western PA, so I picked R. There are a ton of submissions I'm going to have to make, though. Fire stations, memorials, etc. 
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My wife asked me what she should get me for our 10th anniversary.  I was in a good mood at the time, so I responded with "You've given me a great wife and 2 children; what else could I possibly want?"

This morning, I saw she purchased a hangman's noose on a credit card.
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Wow, the moderators on +xda-developers really get on my nerves some times.  I just got ripped by a moderator for sending him a PRIVATE MESSAGE giving him feedback.  According to him, my thoughts should be kept to myself and I shouldn't submit feedback.

Not only does each specific moderator have a different interpretation of the rules (which is fun for users to get accustomed to), but this particular SINGLE moderator is enforcing the rules inconsistently.  It almost feels like he rolls dice to see how to work with a given thread.
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Maybe contacting of the other moderators.

Good luck.
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Rural #ingress  is a slightly different game then what those in heavily populated areas play.  

Downtown:  In an hour of walking around, you can hack 30-50 portals

Rural:  In an hour of DRIVING around, you can hack 2 or 3 portals

Downtown:  At level 1, you can create dozens of links and control fields.

Rural:  You need to be at least level 2 to make a link and level 3 to enclose a control field (due to the much greater distances involved.)

Downtown:  Because of the large number of available portals for hacking, it's easy to collect a large store of resonators and XMPs.

Rural:  Take whatever numbers of items you might get downtown and divide it by 10 -- less portals mean less items.

Downtown:  10,000 AP takes 30 to 60 minutes to earn (depending on the number of unclaimed portals, number owned by friendlies and numbers owned by The Other Side.)

Rural:  10,000 AP might takes days (and hundreds of dollars in gasoline money.)  Once all the "local" portals are claimed by the one person playing in the area, it's impossible to gain anymore AP.  (I'd get my wife to play against me if I had another invite code...hint)

Downtown:  You sometimes have to go someplace odd to hack a portal (or bomb a resonator) and people look at you like your some kind of street bum.

Rural:  The "odd" locations are safer, as you only have to worry about black bears attacking.  The not-so-odd ones are very dangerous (no joke) as either the backwoods cops arrest you for "hacking the post office with your pocket computer" or the owner of the property chases you with a shotgun.  (At least I know those particular portals are safe from the other side.)

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A suggestion:  rural players don't always have an option to drive for an hour (or multiple hours) to play downtown... so perhaps give them some accommodations such as:  If the portal a person is hacking (or linking) is in an area that has very few other portals, increase the items from hacking and AP from links/CFs.  Use a limited multiplier that decreases as the players level increases.  (So a level 1 might see a very slight increase in a suburban area and all but the very high level would see an increase in rural areas.)  That limit might even be an inverted curve based on the greatest link distance a person can create by themselves.  (It's hard to find other portal players when you live in the middle of nowhere.) 

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Here's what rural ingress looks like. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B2sglkTKxxiQMVFwYXZnMUs5bFE
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Is there a way to report portal location errors in #ingress  ?  It's disturbing to drive down a private dirt road at 10:30pm in an area where everyone owns shotguns to capture a "post office" that is actually a block or two away.
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Just wondering, if  you use the error reporting feature built into Google Maps, for Post Offices at lest, will it move the portal?  I found 2 last night that are over a block away , one in a filed and one way down the street.  I used Google Maps to "Move" the marker to the correct place, but now I hope it moves the portal too.
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We are transitioning to CyanogenMod.org for all CM web assets and utilities.  More information in the linked post. 

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More on my XDA saga...

At this point, it seems there's only one thing I can do.  There appears to only be a single form of protest or complaint:  That being that I STOP sharing my work on XDA. 

I hate doing that, as I've always freely shared my android work, but it seems that at least one moderator on XDA would rather I go away than to contribute to the open community.  If XDA as a whole can't moderate it's own moderators, can't find a consistent set of rules, and work WITH the developers instead of against them, then what else CAN I do?

I wonder what the cyanogenmod team would do if I updated my gerrit submissions to include a licensing condition that my work can't be shared on "xda-developers."  (I wouldn't do that, of course, but it is an amusing thought.)
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Sometimes that moniker is correct. Usually its Forum Specific Moderator. 
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I'm not a political activist by any means, but this is just WRONG.  PA is going to be the new FL this year.  From "hanging chads" to "fuzzy fingers."  (This isn't my video.)
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