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Derek Thorson (Thor)
Gamer, Computer Geek, Programmer, Gadget Nut, Dog Lover
Gamer, Computer Geek, Programmer, Gadget Nut, Dog Lover

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Want: The ability to disable showing the plus ones from everyone I follow (the opposite side of the "show my +1's to the world")
Want: The ability unfollow plus ones from specific people. (extending the ability to unfollow or follow collections from a specific person to plus ones as well)

I've seen all Star Wars movies up until the newest. Just got done seeing Rogue One. I'm of the mind that each and every Star Wars movie had a spot to fill including the prequels. I like the prequels....there were some obvious flaws in the prequels, but I don't really care.

I didn't go into the movie knowing anything about it other than it was building upon the already very familiar story. I didn't know where it fit in the story. I figured it out probably about halfway through. I knew what sequence of events I would be seeing at the end of the movie.

It was completely what I expected and I was not let down at all by it. It was so satisfying for me that I honestly shed a few tears of joy after I got back to my truck. I just thought it was presented beautifully. If you are a Star Wars fan, you owe it to yourself to go see it and try to do that without reading the stories deconstructing the trailers or the'll be happier with it if you do. Just ENJOY it...use your own brain to decide if you like it or not.

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Bravo advertising for you :P

Love this video.
Ok, Boeing ad, but DAMN inspirational

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When the hack results screen took up most of the screen. #IngressVintage

(Was on my original Nexus 7 tablet I believe)

(January 12, 2013) +Matilde Tusberti​​

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I think Google is suggesting I behave a certain

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If you're ever waiting on the north side of Union Station for the Metra trains to arrive in the cold months...the location below is where you want to be. The benches in the picture get exposed constantly to the cold wind coming through the sliding glass doors to the platform. The spot where I'm sitting is not only shielded from that...but also directly below a heating duct making the spot nice and toasty. No seat but I'll trade that for not having to keep my gloves on. This is track number 9.
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Something I'd like to mention. Outstanding support from EVGA.

I own an EVGA GTX 1080 ACX 3.0 8GB GPU.

They got reports that after some high strain testing, reviewers were finding that some parts of the PCB on the latest 10 series cards, were getting quite warm. Concerning warm. After a few people complained about this and complained about issues with their cards that could be attributed to overheating, EVGA responded.

They created a program where you could either send your card in to get some thermal pads applied to resolve the potential issues or you could sign up to get a kit to apply your own set of thermal pads supplied by EVGA (completely free of charge). I took the latter option. I received the kit a couple weeks ago....but hadn't gotten around to performing the upgrade.

Then, last night I had probably the worst freeze up of the video card that I have experienced since I got it. The video just died in the middle of playing Watch Dogs 2. This was after a few hours of playing the it had ample time to warm up. The video didn't come back at all despite my best efforts. I could still hear the music of the game playing, so I knew the game hadn't frozen.

I had a few freeze ups prior to this occurrence, but nothing quite that bad. The drivers would usually reset after a short period of my monitors going dark. Everything would resume fine, and I could continue playing. This time made me decide to apply that thermal pad kit.

EVGA, when releasing this upgrade kit, stated that it was an optional upgrade that should not be necessary in the vast majority of cases. I guess I was one of those cases where this kind of upgrade was a good idea. My system was showing the signs of overheating after long gaming sessions.

So I performed the upgrade. It was simple enough. I have been building my own PC systems for about 20 years now, so managing the cooling on my system is not something new to me. It was my first time touching the GPU though as I usually leave the stock cooler in place on my GPU's.

They provided complete instructions on how to take apart the card and apply the new thermal pads. And the installation was a success. After a long gaming session tonight, I had absolutely no issues with any freezing, even after several hours of play. This is an initial test, but things look good.

So thank you EVGA for listening to your concerned customers. I was not one of the customers posting concerned threads on reddit, but I found out about the thermal pad kit program after you announced it and before you shipped them. You didn't have to do it. You could have just stuck by the original cooling solutions you created. But no, you admitted it could be an issue, and gave owners the option to mitigate it. Again, thank you.

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Interesting article on the thought that Ubisoft put into what would no doubt otherwise be quite a nauseating game for a lot of people. I myself, have only experience discomfort in VR once, and that was due to low framerates. I wouldn't say it was nausea, but I wasn't my normal comfortable self. I have not had any discomfort from stuff that typically causes nausea in VR yet, so I'm counting myself lucky so far.

Well...looking for work again. My former company let 35 people go yesterday, about 25% of the company. I'm still working on updating my resume but the short and sweet version is that I'm a Front End Web Developer who has experience with .Net primarily.
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