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JournalistI’m Matt Wolfe, a writer for the New Republic who wrote a really long story about Benjaman Kyle — the mysterious man who lost his memory in 2004 and only just discovered his real identity and returned home to his family! AMA!

Nov 22nd 2016 by mattmwolfe • 46 Questions • 112 Points

Hello again! We’re the team behind Intel’s Compute Stick, the tiny computer the size of a pack of gum you connect directly to an HDMI TV or display. You may remember us from our last AMA about our Skull Canyon NUC, another small form factor computer.

They may not look it, but Compute Sticks are full-fledged PCs capable of running Windows 10 and Linux. That means you have the flexibility to do whatever you want — play games, stream video, get work done, run a server — and you aren’t limited to a walled garden of apps, as is the case with other entertainment devices with this form factor. So we’d love to answer your questions relating to Compute Sticks, from their development to technical details to how to use them. We’ll also answer questions about breakfast, horse-sized ducks, and whatever you’ve got. Bruce Patterson (/u/BrucePatterson-Intel), marketing manager, will be answering your questions today. And here’s proof.

Ask us anything.

ps. If you’d like to pick up a Compute Stick, keep an eye out for Black Friday deals from online retailers such as NewEgg and Amazon.

pps. We’re giving away 3 Compute Sticks at random, to random questioners!

Thanks all for a great AMA! Appreciate all the great questions and comments. I will do another check on this AMA later today and see if there are a few things that need to be answered. And the three lucky winners of Intel Compute Sticks are being communicated with right now. Thanks and happy computing!

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Have any of the Powells helped him financially? Why do you think the one brother would never speak to Benjaman?

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So what are the plans for Supergirl & Green Arrow releases?

They've been included as very exclusive gifts for such a small population of the Lego Dimensions playerbase, that still aren't being made available internationally, even with the limited promotions that are ongoing (No Green Arrow in my beloved Ireland, the land of Green!), and there are plenty other countries that are overlooked.

Will they see fair light of day for us all?


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What are some good white elephant gifts for $20 or less?

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My boyfriend used to work in the ER as a scribe before he started medical school. He swore that on nights there was a full moon, weird things would happen. People would, for some reason, be more aggressive/emotional than usual, leading to strange or violent injuries. There was such a correlation, people (doctors, nurses, staff alike) would mark the date of the full moon on the calendar just so they weren't blindsided by an especially busy night. He always tried to get that day off, but of course, it wasn't always up to him.

My aunt, who's also an ER nurse in a different city, apparently swears the same thing. My mom's best friend, another ER nurse in another city, has also been remembered to say the same thing.

Have you noticed any correlation?


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Is there a NUC that supports Linux hibernate yet? Or does that still brick the device?

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I don't think they've helped him financially, but only because he hasn't needed them to. He's started working at a new job and he's receiving Social Security -- finally -- so he's actually doing OK moneywise.

As far as Robert, I don't know, but I suspect that his absence is rooted in the same reasons Williams left -- trauma and a painful past.

I was surprised, though, that he had no apparent interest in reconnecting, even under these circumstances. I mean, if I had a brother who wrote me out of the blue after 30 years saying, "Hey, I've had amnesia..."


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That is a question I've been asked a few times on Twitter, and I don't really have a definitive answer for you - so for that I will apologise - exclusive content is a part and parcel of videogames, however we do listen/read peoples thoughts and comments... so like I say I can't give you a definitive answer... but I hear you

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Socks. You can get ones with funny prints which may seem ridiculous, but will come in handy when you keep putting laundry day off.


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Yup! It's actually a really common superstition. I think it's probably all in our heads, but I swear we have the craziest patients, especially psych patients on full moons!

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I'm looking into getting an answer for you. Hold on.


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Did you ever ask the police why they never opened a criminal investigation about a man beaten, naked and hurt behind a Burger King?

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And you're a superstar for saying as much Arthur. I would never have expected any form of an answer to that question because it was entirely an hostile question (and even outside your area of expertise, fully understand these calls are all Marketing) - but I know it's a hot topic for us nuts on the game and there was little hope of it escaping attention with or without comment.

Please do all you can to keep sharing our passion for collecting! We have money, we want to give it to you! We just find ourselves denied that opportunity and that's bonkers. Exclusive content is all well and good, but only when it's actually on sale.

Huge Kudos to all on the design team nonetheless. Am 29 and haven't played a game this much, or this fun in years. It's 100% smiles no matter if you're going through the base game, the worlds or Level Packs and that's a true achievement.

Thanks for answering.


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Question 2 : Notifications are great, and we also CamelX3 a lot as well. Camel misses certain things (other retailers, coupons, additional discounts taken at checkout, lightning deals) so if you want the absolute best price, it's best to get a little more coverage.

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Oh man, I'm an ED nurse and I would never go back to the floor. On the floor, if you get a fucking asshole patient, they are yours for 12 hours, and they will probably be there when you come back tomorrow too. Multiple doctors round and put in new orders all day, multiple meals, accuchecks, bed changes, baths, med pass for all of your patients scheduled at the same time and they all have 15 meds each. Oh, and did you need something? Have fun paging the doctor 20 times while your patient yells at you for not having the order yet. In the ED, you have that patient for maybe 4 hours. They can't eat or drink until testing is done and then you can throw them the one sandwich you have in stock if they want it. Don't like it, they can order once they get upstairs or get their own food when they leave. No bathing, limited toileting. You get your patient, you assess, draw blood, monitor, and provide meds as needed, then send them on their way. It's great.


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Thanks, I'm on my 5th NUC, the other 4 have been RMA'd and a refund issued. I've talked to other Linux users of the NUC and they seem to agree they're a bit finicky.

I want to love them, the form factor is fantastic, as is the performance when all is going well.

Thanks for your time.

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Yes, a lot of people asked about this, including me. The Richmond Hill PD's answer was that there was no evidence that he was the victim of a crime. There was, actually, no direct evidence -- contusions, bleeding, etc... -- that he had been beaten. However, it seems likely that SOMETHING did happen to him that could have merited investigation. The official incident report on the case, however, indicates that the officer thought BK was just sleeping.

In the PD's defense, hospitals in Georgia have a mandatory-report, where if a patient is determined to be the victim of a crime, they have to tell police. The hospitals that BK visited didn't do this. Make of that what you will.


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Definitely Kudos to the design team... our designers are FAB!

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Question 1: We recently wrote a piece about Amazon Basics which might interest you: http://thewirecutter.com/blog/should-you-consider-amazonbasics/


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100% agree. I don't think I could EVER go back to the floor. The only other area I could see myself in would be trauma ICU, but even that I'm not sure if I'd really enjoy as much as ED.

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Still working on an answer. This week is tough to find the right technical folks (everyone seems to be on vacation besides me - not bitter). I may not be able to respond right away, but I will get back to you. Thanks for your patience.


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I'm going to add some questions from yesterdays thread, if you don't mind.

Do you think his accusation regard to Colleen Fizpatrick is true? He seems to be genuine regard to his amnesia, but he also comes across as exploitative and burnt many many bridges in his Benjaman identity.

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With my limited reflexes at age 45, a penchant to achieve 100% in the game, but also only so much valuable free time, the most annoying stuff are some of the races. The lighthouse race in the Scooby Adventure World took me embarassingly much time to succeed (hours!stretched over days!). Also runners-up for too hard races: air and underwater in Simpsons world and Mines of Moria (starting point) through Minas town. My question: Are children and young adults while playtesting your beta product way more successful and you have to keep the difficulty artificially high? Or didn't you test with older, less experienced candidates? Currently I'm playing LEGO Marvel Super Heroes from my pile of shame (good game/excellent humor) and there it is again: Frustratingly hard air races combined with Super Heroes' own sub-par gamepad functionality on PC.


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Four things: 1. Thank you for your reliable reviews. 2. Any rec'd laptop bags (not backpacks) less expensive than your briefcase recs? 3. Bluetooth headset rec for dictation s/w (spec, Dragon for Mac)? I didn't see it mentioned in recent reviews.. 4. Sugg: How about a new section just for baby-related stuff (we're expecting our first..). Thank you!

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How was work this week?


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I've been dealing with this for a year or so, a bit more time isn't going to hurt me ;)

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Thank you so much for doing that!

Regarding the Colleen question, I couldn't figure out how to verify what happened with his account one way or another. They had conflicting descriptions of what happened. Unfortunately, 23andMe won't release account data, so there's no independent verification. It was, in sum, a very bad he-said/she-said situation.


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I hear you on the races - we do spend time trying to balance them, both focus testing with kids, but also occasionally older casual gamers. There are the odd one or two that can be bothersome - I remember one in LMSH around the statue of liberty that I had trouble with when I was reviewing it pre-release... but we try to ensure they are all achievable

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Answer to 4: Baby-related gear is something we're definitely considering expanding our coverage on and we make sure to log all these requests and suggestions from readers, so I'll make sure to make a note. Also, congratulations!


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I worked an extra shift this week (I usually only work three 12 hour shifts a week) for overtime pay so I'm pretty exhausted. I work again tonight (I do night shift, 7pm-7am) and this will be my 5th night in a row. I try to do all my days in a row if I can get back on a normal sleep schedule during my days off.

It was pretty busy on and off the last couple of days. Saw a ton of sick kids and my first flu + patient of the season. We also had a lot of high acuity (sicker) patients.

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Did some research and talked with a couple of guys in the lab who remember this issue from when it first came up. They believe that the issue has been addressed with the BIOS update V.358 which came out on November 5 (there is now a 360 available as of yesterday). Here's the link to the release notes for this 360 release and you can see the relevant fix under teh 358 section. If you get updated to this BIOS and are still seeing the problem please respond back so I can inform the team. And of course you can always reach out to Intel Customer Support or the Intel Community if you desire (I'm guessing you are already well versed with both of these!)


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What do you think was the reason that none of his extended family ever saw him on all those media platforms through the years? Do they not watch Dr Phil in Lafayette?

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Thanks for doing this Arthur. I have several questions to ask.

  1. When updates are released, could you guys provide patch notes, letting the community know what has been fixed / addressed? Many of the posts on the /r/legodimensions subreddit revolving around updates consist of questions about what has been fixed.

  2. The new content delivery system has had some issues for both Wave 6 and Wave 7. I think that this is a good system for allowing users to select what they want to download, but at the same time there have been bugs creeping in, such as the current A-Team bug. Will you guys consider going back to the way that year 1 content system was delivered?

  3. TtGames looks like a cool place to work. Could you describe a typical day at your office?

  4. Along the same lines, if someone were interested in wanting to work for TtGames, are you guys currently hiring for your teams? What skills do you look for in a candidate?

  5. As one of the moderators of /r/Legodimensions, I would really like to see more community interaction with TtGames, other than Twitter. Would you guys occasionally break out away from Twitter and comment to /r/legodimensions and GameFAQs? Both of those seem to be the most popular places for Lego Dimensions forums.

    Most of the current interaction revolves around posting on social media and the typical response to anything posted is a PR slanted response. Not from you directly, but on the official Twitter / Facebook accounts. Personally, I don't like Twitter, and I don't post much to Facebook, but I have messaged the official page a couple times. I've come away a bit frustrated feeling like I was talking to a robot instead of a person.


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I could have sworn I saw a post from you folks that said you were looking at couches. I was pretty surprised, since there are so many different kinds, but I would certainly take your word/help on it. Are you going to be doing a review of couches anytime soon or is it up and I'm just not seeing it?

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Are there any situations that you see on a regular basis that just make you want to say "oh no. Not another one"?


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Thanks for doing this AmA. I love the idea of the stick. I'm really turned off by the lack of openness.

It seems you've gone out of your way to make it extremely hard for people to install an open OS on the stick.

And then the version you do sell with Linux pre-installed you have crippled spec-wise compared to the windows version.

Why? And: why?

Thanks.

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Great question. I was kind of flummoxed by that, but then I thought about it for a little bit and it made sense. BK had a really small social network, so there actually wouldn't be that many people in Lafayette who would be in a position to identify him after he'd aged 30+ years. And, while 4 million people watched the show -- which sounds like a lot -- that's only about 1 percent of the population. Personally, I never saw that episode or any article with BK's face prior to 2014, and neither had most of the people in my social network. So, it's possible.

Furman, I can tell you, never watched Dr. Phil.


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my pleasure... answers for you: 1) we don't usually release patch notes, usually we are trying to add content, fix things up etc, and out efforts go into that rather than details of what was fixed.. i promise you it's not that interesting a read. 2) in order to deliver more content, especially across all formats (including those that have limited memory/storage) we had to change our strategy - we've unfortunately had a few teething issues - which we are addressing as quickly as we see them... I'd suggest if you have an issue - let us know. 3) It's a fab place to work - typical day? In 19 years I don't think I've had a typical day... and that's not BS either... today I was looking at 3 different projects, reviewing content, discussing story, brainstorming etc... each day is pretty exciting. 4) We are constantly hiring - it's hard to find talented people... but the right candidates need to be people that can be team players, have huge amounts of talent, and have cup hands... but enthusiasm, and a passion for games goes a long long way! 5) It's a tricky one - like a lot of developers we don't really interact with the community as much as we should - but it's maybe one of those things that we should look to do moving forwards - we're pretty open to conversation on social media - you have to remember that sometimes we can't talk about things, just because we can't (unnannounced projects, hardware etc) but we'll always try and be open where possible... I try not to be a robot... but there are times when you get someone furious about something cussing you etc - and they want a response - obviously it's not happening - but I try and reply to most people, even if it's just a case of saying I can't answer..

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Our sofa guide is still in the works; hopefully will be up in early 2017. When we explore new categories, it can take us a bit longer to bring the guide to fruition since we want to make sure we're being as meticulous and thorough with our research and testing as we are with the other product categories we cover.


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Oh yeah, most definitely. One of the most annoying things I see is that soooo many patients treat the ED like a clinic, coming in for very minor issues that could easily be handled at an urgent care or could wait until a patient sees their primary care provider. It congests the whole department, drastically increases wait times, and makes it much harder for patients with true emergencies to be seen. What bothers me even more is when these patients fail to understand that they are NOT an emergency, and thus will have it WAIT. People refuse to understand when a sick patient is taken from the waiting room to a room before they are. I try to explain to these individuals that the ED does not work on a first-come-first-serve basis, and that the sickest patients are seen FIRST. I can't count the number of times people have yelled at me, cussed me out, or became aggressive due to the wait time - I work in a VERY busy ER. It's the most frustrating thing ever when people who aren't even that sick have such a sense of entitlement and don't give a fuck if someone else is dying and needs medical attention BEFORE them.

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Hi AlvinQ - while it may not seem this way, we are not trying to make it hard to install different OSes on to the stick. In our first generation, we did offer the version with Linux (Ubuntu specifically) that you refer to. Our thinking on the decreased specs was to hit the lowest possible price point. However, we got the very feedback that you are providing us and decided that in the future we wouldn't choose the OS for you but rather sell sticks either with Windows or simply with no OS installed at all. And we would keep specs of the no-OS sku that same as the Windows sku. Currently there are no-OS versions of the stick of Atom, Core m3 and Core m5 processors. Hopefully one of these will meet your needs.


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I'm curious about how long investigative articles like this get written.

How much time and resources could you give to the investigation, and how was it paid for during the long time when nothing was being turned up? Were you allowed to just go off and try to keep digging? Did your editor/publisher just let you keep going with the investigation or was it being worked in between more immediately published articles?

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Thank you for your work and this AMA. Regarding patch notes and community interaction: From my flightsimming hobby I know about an example where stringent communications and lists with patch items and planned improvements aided in abetting the community's discontent. IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad survives in a niche with very few customers worldwide. (Don't know the numbers - without Russia no more than a five digit number, I guess). The online community in flight sim forums can be very toxic if they feel that developers are not fulfilling their every demands. The developers at 1CGS managed to reach out to many of their critics with Developer Diaries backed up by a good product. This particular Developer Diary entry deals with what is still to do and what they plan to improve. I don't think that TT games and LEGO Dimensions have to worry about their existence if there are no patch notes. But you could learn a thing or two from 1CGS' example.


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Thanks for the work you guys do. I have a dozen of your recommendations and the dishwasher is getting installed on Friday. Any parenting stuff on the horizon? Holy hell the baby market is filled with overpriced garbage.

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Have you ever seen anything which was too gross for you to handle?


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You really botched linux support for a long time (while having a version that was pre-installed with ubuntu). Many people had to stay on 3.16 when 4.3 was a thing. Why did you not mainline proper audio, s3 (and lower) states and sdio?

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Excellent how-the-sausage-gets-made question. The short answer is it's very, very hard and I got very, very lucky. I started reporting this is 2014, when I was freelance. That February, I paid out of pocket to go see BK in Florida. I kept reporting, on and off, for the next year, in my spare time. (At the same time, I was working another, full-time job.)

Finally, in the spring of 2015, I pitched it to an editor at First Look Media (which publishes The Intercept) Eric Bates, who -- to his enormous credit -- agreed to pay for the piece and cover additional expenses, even though the case hadn't been solved and didn't look like it was going to be solved anytime soon. This was a very unusual arrangement, considering the story didn't have a third act. By sheer luck of timing, the very skillful CeCe Moore happened to crack the case a few months later. Eric eventually moved over to TNR and, long story short, the article went with him.

Generally, whether as a staff writer or a freelancer, these articles are enormously difficult to get written and I got extremely lucky to get the support I did.


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Thanks

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We're definitely thinking about covering parenting stuff in the near future! Also, depending on what age range you're looking for, we just put together a pretty great guide to the best learning and STEM toys we love: http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/learning-toys-and-stem-toys-we-love/


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I don't really have a choice to not do anything "gross". I really hate working with sputum and respiratory secretions but I have to suck it up and do it anyways. I usually just put on a mask/face shield if it really grosses me out. I once had to put a nasogastric tube (feeding tube that goes from the nose to the stomach) in a patient who had a small bowel obstruction. He had basically been puking up fecal matter and blood because of the blockage. The smell was probably the most disgusting thing I've ever smelled. He had also vomited all over himself and the ground. But I still had to do it anyways :(

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nicman24 - I understand your frustration as we do hear this from our Linux supporters on a somewhat regular basis. The simple (although I realize completely unsatisfactory answer to you) is that Intel has to make priority decisions on what OSes to support for each of our processors. And there are simply some combinations of processors, OS and features that do not end up getting supported at the end of that analysis. I am no expert on this but this is my understanding of why we are in this situation.


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I'm curious about how long investigative articles like this get written.

How much time and resources could you give to the investigation, and how was it paid for during the long time when nothing was being turned up? Were you allowed to just go off and try to keep digging? Did your editor/publisher just let you keep going with the investigation or was it being worked in between more immediately published articles?

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Are all three Powerpuff girls in one pack together? You said that "pack" and those "figures" and new "molds" So is that hinting that we will get a pavk eith 3 characters?


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Do you guys have any recommendations for wireless sport/gym earbuds?

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How difficult is it to get a job in nursing?


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I've played with the compute stick and I'm wondering about heat. How are you resolving the heat challenges while trying to improve performance on something this small?

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Personally, the fact that BK had struck such a chord on Reddit was part of the reason I ended up writing about him.


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you have too keen an eye... can I claim a typo on "pack"... for "packs" ?

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We do! We have a guide dedicated specifically to wireless exercise headphones. You can check it out here: http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-wireless-exercise-headphones/


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As you probably know, there's a significant nursing shortage which is only projected to worsen in the near future. It's quite easy to find a job if you have nursing experience already. It's tough for newly graduated RNs out of school to find a job because it's REALLY expensive for hospitals to train brand new nurses and they pose a liability risk to the hospital since they are so inexperienced. Most hospitals have new graduate RN programs with several months of extensive orientation. It makes it even more difficult if you have an associate's degree rather than a bachelor's because there is a huge push for bachelor's to be the entry level degree for RNs even though RNs with associate's and bachelor's practice under the exact same scope of care and can do the exact same job.

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That is the ultimate question. Obviously you can solve the heat problem by simply degrading performance of the processor, but that is a rather unsatisfactory approach. So the first step is to choose the right processor. We are utilizing ones that we specifically engineered for ultra thin laptops and tablets, so they are more efficient (performance per watt of power) than a typical processor. Then it comes down to system design. the placement of every component in the system matters to optimize where the heat is being generated and to maximize cooling opportunities. And finally we work with some of the best suppliers in the world for thermal cooling devices (fans, heat sinks, etc) to ensure that our devices are the best balance of size, performance and thermals.


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I'm a little confused. Your article states that Fitzpatrick ran the DNA first and came up with the Powell connection before Kyle cut off all contact. Do you think she wouldn't have eventually traced him to the right Powell family? I'm not trying to discredit Moore, she and her team did the grunt work, but Fitzpatrick seemed to be on the right path, and her work with LER/BST proves she's capable of it.

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  1. What's the likelihood of classic LEGO games and properties (e.g. LEGO Racers, LEGO Island, LEGO Adventurers) appearing in year 3 or a hypothetical year 4?

  2. How hard is it to design the Adventure Worlds for each franchise, i.e. which locations to include, which NPCs to provide quests, which puzzles to have players solve, etc.?


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Would having personal experience help? I had a daughter who had a brain tumor that ended up making it necessary for her to have a trach, gtube, and ventilator. She had episodes of respiratory failure when she got upset and needed to be bagged by whoever was with her which was almost always me, on top of the regular trach care and tube feeding and whatnot. I was basically her nurse for 3 years without actually going to school. Now the next logical thing seems to be nursing school since I already have so much experience. I know that experience will help me in school because she was such a complex patient but I've wondered if it'll matter when I need to find a job once I'm done.

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I bought the Skylake i5 NUC. It's lovely and snappy on Xubuntu 16.04. I can't say "well done" enough.

Do you have plans to support any of the BSD's? As far as I know True-OS and maybe DragonflyBSD are the only ones that support Skylake graphics.

And on that topic, do you have any NUCs planned for Coffee Lake and Cannon Lake?

I'm rather curious if and how you guys use Linux too.


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I can't answer that about Colleen -- I know she expected to, but I don't understand the intricacies of the work well enough to say with authority one or another.

I would not, however, characterize CeCe Moore's work as grunt work, at all. The work she does is not easy, she's extremely skillful, and she and her team devoted a lot of time, without compensation, to working on BK's case.

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hmm... I'm not sure about the answer to your first. We love classic LEGO properties.. but not sure of them in Dimensions... but that doesn't mean we won't ever visit them. In answer to your second - it's very hard to make sure that each adventure world is authentic to the brand, and also fun and exciting, but the adventureworld team are amazing.. they manage to get references to everything in them, and do a fab job... they are the reason the adventureworlds rock!


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I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter :( I don't think it would hurt to mention your experience with your daughter, especially once you get an interview. I wouldn't go so far as to put it on your resume, since it's personal experience, but definitely mentioning it during the interview - and giving it as a reason for wanting to get into nursing - would help give you a step up above other candidates with no experience. I would DEFINITELY recommend trying to get a job as a CNA (certified nursing assistant) while you're in school though because having direct patient contact in an acute care setting makes you look much better from the perspective of the hiring manager. In my state, after you finish your first semester of nursing school, you can apply for your CNA license. Good luck!

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Glad that you are liking your Skylake NUC! The graphics support decisions are made at the processor level and not within our organization. I believe that you are right today about the BSDs that are supporting Skylake graphics and I am not aware of any additional ones being worked on.

As for future NUCs, while I am not able to publicly talk about unannounced products, we have no intention to stop producing NUCs for future generations of processors, so stay tuned!


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Does Furman have any contact with Robert? I know Robert didn't respond to e-mails but there has to be other ways to contact him.

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Hello, there. Have you ever considered Looney Tunes for LEGO Dimensions?


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If you know the show, how would you compare your view of doctors in the ER vs. the way things were portrayed on "Nurse Jackie"?

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Very exciting device... 2 questions: 1.I just built a desktop PC with my son, mainly to get him excited about how these "magic gaming boxes" work ;-) ... Is this the end of Desktop PCs?

2.Couldn't you have come up with a cooler name? "Compute stick" doesn't really capture the excitement or potential of these little beauties! ;-)

Thanks for the AMA... And the technological inspiration!

Cheers,

Hewlett!


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Thanks for the question. Not that I'm aware of. I don't think anyone in the Powell family has spoken to Robert for a while. I can say, from my experience, he doesn't take phone calls.

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I <3 Looney Tunes... but in answer to your question we consider everything... that doesn't mean that it makes it, but we consider everything..


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Out of all the "medical" shows I've seen, I think Nurse Jackie comes the closest to reality. I think that's due in part to the writers being nurses and actually working in the medical field. There are definitely still parts of the show that are unrealistic which is frustrating but it's far better than most other shows. I also have heard of some nurses who have gotten addicted to narcotics and fired after they were caught, but I heard it all second hand. It's a little bit difficult for me to compare the hospital Jackie works at to mine because All Saints is a trauma center, whereas the hospital I work for is not.

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So glad you are getting your son exciting about computers - Intel is always looking for future employees!

To your questions - no, the compute stick doesn't spell the end of desktop computing, although it might transition some of the lower end PCs into devices like this. But the reality is that if you need high performance compute and/or graphics, a more traditional PC is still the way that you would want to go.

  1. LOL - I have gotten a lot of flak for the name since this came out. Yeah, it's too exciting, but it does at least tell you a bit about what it is (hopefully).

BTW - loved you in Stargate: Atlantis!


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Was he ever in a romantic relationship during all this time?

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I have enjoyed the PC LEGO games for years, and love the idea of Dimensions, but it's not available for PC, and even if it was, the toys are not of as much interest. Have you considered a game-only version for the PC, with the various packs available as DLC?


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Most of the time you don't get closure. If there was no apparent cause for the death we don't find out.

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Are you guys getting enough sleep?


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Thanks for the question! No. Or at least, not that he told anyone about or anyone was ever aware of.

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you aren't the first person to have said that - unfortunately the game isn't available on PC.. I'm not 100% sure of the reasoning as I wasn't there on day 1 of the project when those decisions were taken. I hear your suggestion though.. :)


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Like the other person said, we often don't get to follow up on many of our patients because we really don't have them for more than 12 hours at the max before they're either discharged or transferred to the floor. This patient was a medical examiner case (autopsy) and there would be no way of me finding out at this point what they discovered was the cause of death. I really wish I could find out though.

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Always! The brain doesn't work well without the right amount of sleep!


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There were a few references to Kyle having low emotional intelligence, as well as lacking romantic desires. Has he been formally diagnosed with autism or Asperger's syndrome? Were you able to learn whether or not he has a sexual orientation? Does he have any recollection of sexual or romantic experiences?

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You helped make my childhood great,and I am very thankful for that.Also,thanks for the Hero Mode in Bionicle Heroes,that theme is stuck inside my brain forever.

There was a level creator in Lego Indiana Jones 2 and Lego Harry Potter 1-4 ,if I remember correctly.Very limited,but still,It was pretty neat to make my own levels and think outside of the box.Things like that made me really want to pursue career in game development,which I'm trying to do today.My question is: What happened to those ? There wasn't enough time or something else ?

Hope you had a nice day,cheers to the TT Games team and congrats on winning the BAFTA :)


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when my husband was a resident he was doing an ED rotation. He saw someone for pain (idr the details.) Closed the curtain and stood there charting for a few minutes. He hears the guy immediately get on his phone "Hey man, I got 30 percocet! you wanna buy?" He just opened the curtain like...you know these aren't soundproof, right?

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I feel like you missed a marketing opportunity here. "...but our Intel Compute sticks don't need sleep and can run 24/7!"


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These are all really good questions, but I'm going to politely decline to offer information on William's medical history (other than the amnesia), sexual orientation, or other super personal stuff.

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Bionicle Heroes is going back a while :) I'll have to have a listen to that tune at some point to remind myself (been a few games in between then and now!)

As for the level creator - it was one of those things that we experimented with, whether it returns or not who knows - however LEGO Worlds is kind of an extension of those editors! All the best in your pursuit of game dev - it's definitely a very fun and rewarding job


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Wow, that sucks that you gave him the benefit of the doubt and he tried to play you like that :( It's patients like that who make us skeptical of everybody.

Or when I see that a pt is allergic to nsaids, tylenol, morphine, toradol, etc. I already know where we are headed.... Literally had a patient the other day ask for pain meds and rattle off the aforementioned allergy list and then you, the only medicine that works for me is IV dilaudid (claimed PO didn't work) and that he also needed IV benadryl and IV phenergan because it made him itchy and nauseous. Then tried to tell me I needed to push it straight into his port and then flush it with 10cc afterwards. Doc ordered it in a 50ml bag of NS and PO benadryl. Needless to say he was pissed, haha.

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That is a great point. Don't tell my boss, that I miss that opportunity!


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When did you start studying the historical context and examples of amnesia? Was it specifically for this article or long before?

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Hi there.

I used to be a massive fan of the LEGO games. LEGO Star Wars is one of my favourite games to this day. But for the last couple years I haven't enjoyed them, and I can tell you exactly why - the inclusion of voice acting. One of my favorite things about the games had always been the silent cutscenes, and how they used visual and physical comedy instead of dialogue, telling the story of whichever property was being adapted without using words. Now, I can sorry of understand why voice acting began to be included when you started to produce more original games not directly based on well-known storylines, like the LEGO Batman series. But when you do it with adaptions as well it just feels lazy on the part of the writers to me, as though they got tired of the difficulty inherent in silent cutscenes and visual/physical comedy.

Why was the decision made to begin incorporating dialogue and voice acting into the game? Do you think there ever will be games without it again?

Regards,
a former fan.


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Oesophagus is the British version of the esophagus if you were a confused 'Murican like myself.

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How do the specs of the 'Compute Stick' compare to modern day computers? How would the Compute Stick handle graphically intense games?


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Thanks for the question. I got interested when I was researching the article, though I'd always been interested in amnesia as a subject. It was reading through a ton of peer-reviewed papers on retrograde amnesia that I started looking into its history, which happened to be enormously colorful. I had no idea about Ansel Bourne or William James.

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Hi - I hear what you are saying... however we like to think that the voice work adds an extra layer of humour, as well as authenticity to our games.. When we were first putting voice work into LBM2 there were some of us that didn't know if it would work - but we all loved it... Have you tried any of the games with voice work? Maybe pick up LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (as it'll be about $10 probably) and give it a shot... I'd like to think we haven't gotten lazy... but thanks for your thoughts


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I don't work in the OR so I don't get to see any surgeries (except for minor bedside procedures). When I was in nursing school I saw one open heart surgery but they had already cracked the chest and the pt was on bypass so the heart wasn't beating and I left before they started it back up again.

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First off, the Compute Stick is a modern day computer! We offer a range of performance options starting with entry level compute sticks based on the Atom processor all the way up to one with a Core m5 processor in it - the same processor that is used in many ultra thin 2 in 1 in the market today. With that said, there are some limitations going so small. The amount of local storage is less than a typical desktop computer today and you don't have the ability to upgrade the device since it is not user accessible. And for graphically intensive games, the Compute Stick is not the right choice (if you want that in a small form factor, check out the Intel NUC line of mini PCs.


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When did you start studying the historical context and examples of amnesia? Was it specifically for this article or long before?

A:

When do we get to see the Powerpuff Girls unveiled? Before or after Christmas? (I've been excited to see them since E3)

What do you personally think of the idea of Earthworm Jim in LEGO Dimensions? And how plausable (edited autocorrect) would that actually be?

Are there any plans for Dimensions on the Nintendo Switch?


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What's your opinion on people who come into the ER because they've had too much to drink? Do you feel they're wasting valuable resources?

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Ive had an Intel NUC since 2013. Its primarily used as a PLEX MEDIA SERVER to watch my movie collection around the house and remotely in different locations and as such its always on.

Do you have any tips or tricks that could make my NUC more power efficient as an ‘always-on’ machine?


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Thank you so much, guys! I'm going back to my real life now.

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Not entirely sure... I'm sure it won't be too far into the future.. but probably post christmas.

Earthworm Jim? I loved the original back in the day! And none that I'm aware of - but anything is possible..


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Like other poster said, many people who come into the ED don't really even need to be there so I'm used to it. It can sometimes be difficult to determine if someone who's drunk is actually intoxicated or if there's something more serious going on. I had a patient once who was assumed to be drunk and triaged as such, but ended up having no alcohol in his system and his head CT showed a massive hemorrhagic stroke. He came in with garbled speech and confusion. EMS was called to the scene by bystanders who saw him wandering around outside. There are multiple similar instances when we assume that someone is either intoxicated or on drugs when their mental status is altered by something else so we can't just make that assumption and have to treat them accordingly. Even if they are just drunk, they can aspirate on their own vomit, fall and injure themselves, or end up intubated because of their excessive alcohol level.

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I'm assuming that you are already optimizing all of the standard windows power settings to get what you are looking for. Beyond that tale a look at Intel Ready Mode. This technology was developed with just this type of experience in mind.


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Do you know if he reconnected with Goetz and got his tools back? Also, how did Katherine Slater react to BK finding his identity? Have they spoken at all since their falling out?

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How do you feel about people pluralising LEGO as "legos"?


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For all of us medical students going through our ED rotation, what should we take away from the rotation and what things can we do to make your job easier?

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Has the team ever considered making an Ethernet model with POE?

Many displays lack powered HDMI or USB outputs to power the stick making for more power bricks to collect. I think a compute stick on the end of a POE cable would be great for a number of applications.


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I don't believe BK has spoke with Katherine, but I don't know. My understanding is the tools are in transit.

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It is one of the few things in life that irritates me... I sometimes will be watching a video and just shout at the screen... "IT'S LEGO NOT LEGOS" aghhhhh


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Ask the docs as many questions as you can. Try to be proactive and connect the dots. One of my favorite things about working in the ER is when you have a patient and don't know what's going on so you have to investigate. It's almost like solving a puzzle and the more information you get, the closer you get to a diagnosis.

Probably the best thing you can do to make our lives easier is to just be nice and courteous, not just to the nurses, but all the staff. It really goes a long way when MDs, med students, PAs, NPs, etc don't give off an egotistical "I'm better than you" vibe. I think respect goes a long way. Good luck and I hope you enjoy your rotation!

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We have looked into this! With the Compute Stick our primary objective was to make the device as small as possible so we decided to leave Ethernet off initially. However, we do see the desire for it in exactly this situation that you raise. As for POE, that gets quite a bit harder in part due to the size that POE adds, but even more challenging for the extra heat that is generated by providing power to the run a screen. Right now it is not realistic to do that in a device as small as a compute stick. There are some mini PCs in the market that have this capability, but nothing this small.

Love the idea though - any other great ideas for compute stick usages?


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I just read that at work. It was a pretty good piece of writing. The only question I have is: why didn't his other brother ever renew contact with him?

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Hey Arthur, thanks for doing an AMA with us. I was wondering if you'd be able to tell us whether Lego Dimensions (and other assorted Lego games) are planned to release on the upcoming Nintendo Switch?

Apologies if you don't know or aren't allowed to talk about that, and in that case what is your favourite lego game and why?


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Why is it that trips to the emergency room always end with me getting a fist full on OxyContin?

A:

Would you all ever plan on releasing a compute stick development kit for diy projects? The compute stick size-to-power ratio is much greater than some of the small single-boards out there


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No clue. I was never able to speak with Robert, despite much effort.

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Interesting question... obviously I'm looking forward to picking up a Switch when they launch... as for us - we've already announced that there is a LEGO City remaster in the works that will be coming to Switch early next year (as well as PS4, XBoxOne and PC) - so of course we'll be releasing titles on switch... but for now that's the only game we have mentioned - I'm sure it won't be the last though:) My favourite LEGO game... too many - they are like children - all favourites for different reasons..

HP - because I love HP - and it was a really exciting game to work on. DC/Marvel - love comics - so always fun to work on the Superhero games... plus getting to meet Adam West/Stan Lee etc - who wouldn't love those..

LEGO Batman 1 - because it was the first LEGO game I worked on from start to finish, and holds a special place in my heart for that... it was also the birth place of some staples of current games, like characters in peril!


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I dunno, are you asking for oxy?

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That is a very interesting idea! We have not thought about that for compute stick, but I think it could be a real option at some point.

Intel does offer the Galileo board which might provide some similar capabilities.


Q:

If tomorrow you woke up beside a dumpster in a different state, naked and with no memory, how long do you think it would take to identify you?

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Big fan of the Lego games, especially Dimensions. Now, some questions.

1) If Year One franchises were to be given Battle Arena's retroactively, who'd get what?

2) Who's the Red Dwarf fan, then? I can't overstate how happy I was too see it's inclusion, I still think it could have gotten it's own packs though. ;P (Also, a friend of mind made the spinning JMC logo animation on the screens in the Medi-Bay area.)

3) Are there any franchises you would have loved to have put in, but can't either due to not being child-friendly or not being able to get the licences? If so, what's your ultimate number one "no go" franchise? XD

I don't expect any of these to be answered, but keep up the good work anyway.


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My mom's a nurse, do you know her?

A:

I compare all single-piece, low-powered computers like this to the Raspberry Pi, since the Pi defines that niche.

What about the Intel Compute Stick causes it to cost 3x what the Raspberry Pi 3 does?

Am I wrong in assuming that your latest Intel Atom processors are relatively comparable to a Pi's ARM processor?

I tried and failed to comfortably run a web browser on my Raspberry Pi 3. Can device handle Firefox?


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11 years, give or take.

Serious answer? I'm in a bunch of social networks -- school, friends, family -- where my absence would be noticed pretty quickly and efforts to find me would, I hope, happen almost immediately. The question, then, would be whether whoever found me knew enough to add my name to a database that my loved ones could search. If the person who found me contacted a law enforcement agency and that agency knew what it was doing, they'd add me to the FBI's national database of unidentified persons -- a relatively new feature -- pretty quickly. This database is searchable by any law enforcement agency in the US. At that point, so long as my physical features (height, weight, hair color, etc...) had been entered accurately, the people looking for me on the other end -- assuming they were also working with the police -- would be able to find me pretty quickly by entering that same info into the database from their end. If all that happened, I think I'd be found inside of a week. But, if the people who found me didn't contact anyone and just waited for my memory to come back, then much longer.

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glad to hear it!

1) sorry - Battle Arenas are year 2 only... sorry. 2) A few of us actually... and that particular hidden area went in by chance - a bit of banter in the kitchen area - then boom... 3) Ultimate number 1 no go franchise?... Human Centipede?!? surely... or maybe Hostel - that's not really ideal...


Q:

Yes. I know all the nurses in the entire world.

A:

I can understand that comparison, many people view it that way. There are a few reasons why the Intel Compute Stick costs more than a Raspberry Pi does. The first and foremost is that Raspberry Pi is targeted at makers and others than want to develop on it. The Compute Stick is a full, ready to use computer that is targeted at mainstream consumers. And things like including Windows, a full enclosure, on board storage and the like add to the costs as well. As for running a web browser on the compute stick, that is no problem. The current Intel Compute Stick is also capable of 4k output for streaming video and the like to television sets (one of the main consumer usages)


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From your perspective, how did Benjaman react to hearing about his true identity?

From the article, it seems like Benjaman had a very neutral demeanor and was not easily excitable. There are a few moments of great emotion described in the article, however. First, when he heard from CeCe Moore that he was correct about his birth date all along. Later, when he reunited with his brother and the two hugged.

It's hard to gauge any of his true emotions about his situation. I'm sure there are tons of feelings, but what was your assessment of his emotional response?

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Do you think the Marcaline problem will be fixed by December? Will we see all powerpuff girls


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How often do people come in with things stuck in their asses? What's the weirdest thing you've ever witnessed or heard of being pulled out of an ass?

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Just wanted to thank you for the NUCs, they are amazing! We use a lot of them where i work for our projects.

My question is, what are the biggest problems in creating computers that are so small and make them work without blowing up/overheating?


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I would say shock, giving way to a mix of relief and anxiety. The birth date moment was the only time in which he reacted with something like really strong emotion. From my experience, he tends to return to an equilibrium very quickly.

The first trip to Lafayette was hard on him. I think he liked seeing his brother a lot, but the city didn't hold a lot of happy memories.

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It's a known issue - if you encounter it please please let customer service know... a resolution is being sorted asap... And yes... Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles :)


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I already answered this question above

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So glad that you like the NUCs! We have been really excited about the how much people have taken to NUCs and mini PCs in general. What sort of projects are you doing with NUCs?

As for your question, you have identified the exact primary challenge of making tiny computers - heat. Anytime computer components are functioning they generate heat and the smaller the package the harder it is to get rid of that heat. Fortunately we have a team of incredible engineers that are thermal experts who have developed some really creative solutions for dissipating heat (without generating a ton of fan noise) in both our compute sticks and our NUCs.


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Would you consider your and Benjamans relationship to be a particular close one at this point? Do you think there are any others that know the in's and out's of his life/ personality/ thoughts like you do?

A:

3 questions about lego city pack:

1: im sure you are including chase as figure. is he having like an skill for switch his suits? like finn has with his swords 2: are you making it as a level pack or a story pack? 3: the freeworld will be the WHOLE city as shown on wii u or just an area?


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Thanks for asking. I got to know Benjaman pretty well when reporting this, but I think there are certainly others -- Furman and Katherine for sure-- who know him better than I do. I came to like him quite a bit, though.


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ok - I can answer the one question in terms of is Chase a minifig - yes he is - I've seen pics of him online - so that news is out in the wild :) In terms of the other questions - I'm not sure it would be Chase if he wsn't able to do what he could do in the game the pack is based on right... :) As for the other question - you'll have to wait and see - sorry, can't say much more...

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In general, I'm anti-theft!

The compute stick is designed with a security notch in the back end of it, designed to allow someone to secure the device when that is needed. We have many applications where compute sticks are being used where theft could be a problem, such as college campuses, but this has not been an issue with the product.


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Are you guys still in touch today?

A:

Were you on the development team for Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue?

That game was a big part of my childhood and some gameplay tropes such as immediate turning in the opposite direction resulting in a specific animation before returning control to the player and zip lines you can jump onto and off of are present in games such as Lego Batman 2 (zip lines) and probably some in the other games as well, and all of the lego videogames have seemed to have the opposite-direction - control - animation thing. :)


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Been trying to get my boss to look into these. The lenovo mini's are like $1000 each and all we use them for are display units on 60"-70" touchscreen TV's.

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He actually has an arrangement with the reality TV show people where he is officially forbidden from speaking with journalists. So, even if we were in touch, I'd not be able to acknowledge it.


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Ha - yes I was... we like to think that every game we have ever made at the studio has helped teach us something.. and that game was no exception... and yes somethings that work in a game end up forming things for the future games... nice of you to notice!

A:

The compute stick could be a good solution for you. Good luck with your boss!


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Did you ever get the feeling he was milking the entire predicament? i know it was hard to gauge veracity - but any feelings on this?

A:

do you ever plan to do a poll where people can vote for charectears from past franchises?


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Hello!. Thank you for all your efforts guys!.

Now, my question is, is there any limit of how small a NUC or a Stick can be?. Do you plan to make them any smaller in the future?.

Thanks!.

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As above, I'm fairly certain he wasn't. Only he knows, of course, but if he was milking it, the cow wasn't offering up much of value.


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I doubt it - it takes a long time from deciding on a character to having it made and in the shops - over a year - so I think when you may have seen those polls on other games ultimately all of the toys exist and they just roll out the winning one first... sorry

A:

We are always looking to push the boundaries of what's possible and what seems impossible one day, becomes reality the next. So while we do not currently have plans to develop a product smaller than a compute stick, I certainly would expect that there will be products sometime that are, and probably not too far into the future.


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The article states that BK was nearly blind from cataracts when found. Is there any way to know how long he'd been in that state? I'm asking because people might remember a blind man more than one with normal vision.

A:

Can you please make a knuckles pack? I can help you with abilities

speed, strength, dig, glide, tracking, (maybe the spin dash), (maybe hyper knuckles)

I mean his model is in the game and you got the voice actor so why not?


Q:

What has been the biggest challenge in creating this product?

A:

I tried figuring this out at one point and found a lot of different answers about the rate of cataract growth. Some grow quickly -- like, months -- others very slowly -- years. There was a rumor that some news accounts printed early in his case about the cataracts coming from exposure to the sun, from when he'd been unconscious. This is wrong for two reasons -- he was only unconscious at night and cataracts don't work like that.


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if only toy manufacture were that easy ;0 thanks for your offer of help though..

A:

The primary challenge with developing a product this small is optimizing all of the tradeoffs that need to be made. Which features are absolutely required, which can you live without? How much performance is enough without increasing the amount of cooling that is needed (which would increase size, cost and/or noise)? All of these questions (and many, many more) were addressed in the initial development of the product.


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I know your piece was just published, but am not sure when it was actually finished. Have you kept in contact with Benjamin after the fact or do you think you will? Have you developed a bond or friendship or was it simply business?

A:

Also a question from GameUnboxingReviews, are we close to learning what the next standalone LEGO Game is?


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has there been any trade offs yet that you're not 100% sure about?

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The final draft was completed not long before publication. I got to really like him as a person. Regarding our relationship now, see above.


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Every day we are closer to knowing... I know that Ben will appreciate that answer!

A:

I know that we made some poor decisions on our first generation product, sacrificing WiFi performance for a simpler and smaller antenna design. We already changed that with our second gen device. The other 'mistake' on the first gen was only putting one USB on the device to save space. We have already addressed that as well after a flood of complaints from our customers. Right now, I feel pretty good about the tradeoffs in the 2nd gen of devices as the customer and industry feedback has been quite positive.


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Did Matt answer your question about his relationship with Benjamin now? I'm curious about that but I don't know what he means by "see above".

A:

Did you have anything to do with Lego Universe? If so, what are some of your experiences with it, what are your thoughts on it and why it failed?


Q:

I remember reading an article about the then emerging technology called Bluetooth being a solution looking for a problem.

Which are the most common problems you see the stick being used to solve?

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Oh yeah, sorry. BK has a weird arrangement with the reality TV people where he is now forbidden from talking with journalists. So, even if he and I were in contact, I couldn't acknowledge it.


Q:

I had nothing to do with it - sorry... it wasn't developed by TT Games...

hmmm...

A:

Primarily compute stick is designed to bring an entry level PC into spaces where a standard PC is either too large, too much of an eye sore or consumes too much power. For commercial applications, there are lots of digital sign usages where the low power and tiny size is optimal for their application. For consumers, being able to bring basic compute to a TV without having a computer visible is often desirable.


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How would you describe the fallout from Glass?

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can i consider gizmo and stripe taking the genetic sunblock as canon as to how they can go into the sun ?😂 i'm like that pls say yes

do you know what the lego worlds count down on twitter is for?

that's all i gots thank you and everyone at Tt take care


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I'm looking forward to the world we're entering regarding external GPUs. With TB3 allowing for 40 gigabit throughput, you can actually run an external GPU on a NUC or laptop with little-to-no bottleneck.

With that being said, the few external GPU enclosures using TB3 that have been announced so far are extremely expensive. Is it possible we might see Intel produce their own?

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I'm a freelancer and this is the first thing I've ever written for them and when the Glass incident went down I wasn't even working as a journalist, so... bad?


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Definitely canon right... right... ?!?

The Worlds countdown - yes - I know what that's for... so make sure you look out when the countdown gets down to zero... ;0 I can't tell you as it'll ruin the countdown - sorry.

And that's all you've got... darn... :) thanks

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External GPUs do create some exciting opportunities. And i agree that today they are quite expensive. I don't expect that you will see Intel do their own, but we are working with the industry to encourage more companies to look at doing them which we think will help create some that are more entry level.

BTW - ever see the external GPU that someone created themselves? Pretty cool!


Q:

About how many times in the average workweek do you blame Stephen Sharples for stuff going wrong?

/r/dangitsharples

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How small realistically do you think mini-PC's and/or "stick" PC's can get?


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EVERY DAMN DAY!

Though it's usually Wil's fault... SHarpey still gets the blame!

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We are always looking opportunities to make things smaller, faster, cheaper, etc. If you are looking for a traditional PC (ie. use Windows) devices like the stick are generally as small as they can be today. I expect that we will continue to see this size shrink, but it is not clear how much benefit there is to keeping going much smaller. However, there are already tons of computers that are much smaller - smart watches and the like are all computers, but they don't have the full PC experience that I think you are referring to.


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My husband and I get a huge kick out of the Lego Dimensions games, glitches and all. Storing all of the sets is getting to be a bit tough. Have you seen any creative storage solutions made by fans?

Also, which packs have been surprisingly popular with players of the game?

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Thank you, yes I was referring to "full PC's" as it were. I personally think that once Stick PC's get powerful enough many people won't see a need for a traditional desktop, I guess it may just become a question (as always) of performance.


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In terms of storage solutions - the best one I've seen was a huge round multi level shop storage rack - it had about 5 shelves that could be spun round - like a huge cake stand... very impressive...

packs that have been surprisingly popular... hmmm.... Doctor Who (though not a great surprise)... but Emmett was super popular... they're all popular in their own way... Glad you enjoy the game though. apologies for the glitches.. we fix them as soon as we are aware of them!

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Yes, that and if there is any additional cost that is needed to support such a small form factor. Today the components we have to choose are more expensive than standard parts. But if the industry as a whole moves towards these devices, that would of course drive down those costs to parity with the traditional parts today.


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Hello! I'm a huge fan of LEGO Dimensions, and I'd first like to thank you!

Now, down to business:

  1. Will there be more Level Packs for Year 2 then there was for Year 1?

  2. Will all Teen Titans Go! main characters (Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Beast Boy, and Starfire) be playable?

  3. Will there ever be a direct continuation of the main story from Year 1 (not just the keystones and Easter eggs in the Story Packs)?

  4. Will we ever see new characters from previous franchises?

  5. Will the LEGO City Undercover pack be a Fun Pack?

  6. Will the Powerpuff Girls have unique head molds?

  7. How many packs have yet to be announced?

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Thank you for your innovation to make usable, powerful, mobile computing a reality!

What's the one thing you wish would be technologically feasible to implement but as of yet isn't in the computer sticks or NUCs?


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ok let's see which of these bits I can answer... 1) not sure - as I wasn't involved in year 1 so off the top of my head can't do the maths sorry. 2) Errr... they are not all minifigs, I'm not sure which ones we've shown imagery of - but we're trying some cool stuff for those characters 3) - that's one that I can't give a definitive answer to - but who knows 4) Something we've discussed - again - a never say never answer 5) All of the packs are fun right... right... I'll get my coat 6) Most definitely - and they are awesome 7) Errrr.... can I say no comment and not get flamed?

oh and it's thanks to a lot of amazing people in the studio... I'm just an iffy front man for the day:)

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For compute sticks, the number one thing that I would love to be able to do is power the device directly over the HDMI port, rather than needing an external power supply. We are getting closer to making this real (some HDMI ports now support superMHL which might make this possible in the future) and that would be huge benefit to the compute stick experience.


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First of, thank you for making these great games. I played almost all of them, and i love them. So here are some questions:

What property that you worked on benefits most from the lego license?

Do you have a hard time balancing for what license you make a dimensions pack, and for what license you put out a full game?

Are there any plans for a non Lego game by the studio? (I adored Toy Story 2 back in the day)

(i'm sure you'll get this one allot, but i'm going for it anyways.) What's a property you would love making a lego game out of?

Thanks for reading, and keep up the AMAZING work!

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This is the first I've ever heard about this! I'll be checking it out after I read this AMA

My question:

Do you think this technology will be invested in by NASA to alleviate payload restrictions for satellites, exploration devices, etc in the near future?

Are these devices able to meet rigorous standards to provide long-term capabilities to the dedicated exploration of space through telescopes and/or spacecraft?


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Thank you for playing them! Keeps us in a job :)

Answers: Property - they all benefit in different ways.. but the LEGO license allows us to tell stories in different ways.. so for me LEGO Harry Potter was a great interpretation of some epic stories, but then I loved what my colleagues at TT Fusion did with the LEGO City game, which was an original story - I think the LEGO license itself means that we can add fun, charm, humour, whimsy to pretty much anything... (Or I'd like to think so!)

The Dimensions/Standalone game question is tricky - could we ever have made a full standalone Goonies game? Probably not - but it makes for an epic level pack... however there are some IP's in Dimensions that would make epic standalone games - so it's tricky really ... we're just hoping that we've given people a good mix of IP's to pick from.

Non LEGO game? Interesting one - we've had great success with the LEGO games - however there was TT before then, as you note - and we had great times back then too - Muppet Racemania anyone ?!? However who knows how things will pan out - I never thought I'd get to make LMSH, so anything could happen.

What would I love to make into a LEGO game... ? I'm running out of those - Marvel / DC / Harry Potter / Goonies etc... I've ticked loads of my boxes already

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The compute sticks that we are selling today are not designed to meet the requirements of space (they are not radiation hardened for instance), but the foundation of what we have developed could be utilized to develop such devices.


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Thanks for all your work. Will we have see online co-op in any if the games?

Any chance we will see The Flash in the future of LEGO Dimensions?

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Do you guys think that in future everyone will only have a monitor on their desk, and a stick that plugs into that instead of modern rigs and consoles? Are you working towards that future, or are you more interested in desktop PC area? And the last question, how much do you guy get paid and what degrees and what languages you need to speak to get a job?


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thanks ;0 On-line co-op is something that is regularly discussed - for now we firmly believe that couch co-op is the right thing for our games, we want to encourage people to play games together - not virtually, but really together... whether that changes in the future or not - who knows - but we regularly review the situation. There really aren't enough games that you can play together in multiplayer... so we pride ourselves on filling that gap... As for the Flash - you never know... there is actually a little Flash Easter Egg already in year 2... sorry spoilers..

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That is an interesting idea! We are always looking for new ways to innovate in the compute space and that is an idea that we have talked about as a possible future state. Will be interesting to see if/when we get there.

As for jobs, Intel obviously has a very wide range of employees with vastly different skill sets and experiences, and the pay range is as diverse. Likewise, language requirements vary by the role and location of that job. If you are interested in working at Intel, please check out our Jobs at Intel site


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Hey, any chance were getting battle worlds for the past adventure worlds that we have? (I.e. Doctor Who etc)

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I was quite impressed with the iGPU performance on the Skull Cannon NUC, and after looking at indiegogo/Kickstarter projects like the Smach Z and the GPD WIN, it made me wonder: Is there a possibility of Intel joining the party of handheld computers?


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I don't think so no - a lot of work goes into the Battle Arenas, and we made a decision to have those for year 2 packs only.

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Interesting. Intel tends to try to develop new products in spaces where we feel that other companies are not currently servicing. In places where we see others engages, Intel typically tries to see how they can support those companies with the right technologies to make their devices optimal. So I wouldn't expect to see Intel develop a competitive product to these, but hopefully they will continue to be based on Intel.


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  • What's your favorite franchise in LEGO Dimensions and which franchise did you enjoy implementing into the game the most?

  • Will the Powerpuff Girls have custom head molds or not?

  • What has been your favorite level you've worked on in LEGO Dimensions?

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Is your product purchasable on Latinoamerica? and if so, are you shipping a crippled or nerfed version?


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Favourite Franchise - Harry Potter / Goonies PP Girls - Yes... just don't tell anyone I told you ;0 Fav level - probably Fantastic Beasts level 2 - inside Newt's case :)

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Yes, the standard version of the Intel compute stick is available in Latin America, although there are some countries where tariffs might make it hard for the product to be sold there.


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I get that you're unable to discuss actual agreements, but what's the franchise YOU would like to see the most in Dimensions?

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Thanks, I'll check it on Amazon store on my country, it's a shame that some retailers make it hard for such a good product to be slowly introduced on the market or available for only a small portion of the population, I'd love if you could get a fine product like this at a reasonable price for different countries but it might prove to be hard right now.


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It's already there.... GOONIES!!!! (well and Harry Potter) I soooooo wanted that... Other ones are ones that nobody has ever heard of that would never happen... Battle of the Planets and Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors... :)

or maybe ....

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I can't take credit for the idea. The idea actually came out of one of Intel's labs where they are constantly working on new and innovative technologies. When the lab came up with the idea and a potential approach to make it into a product, that is when my organization took over and did the work to make it a real product and get it to market.

As for compute stick 2, we are actually already on our second version of the compute stick (huge improvements were made in WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities, added a second USB port and marked graphics improvement). As for a future generation of compute sticks, I can't speak to specifics, but we would look to continue to improve overall performance and to find one or two additional new technologies to bring into the device. To keep up to date on the latest, make sure to keep visiting our compute stick page.


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Will we see more packs for previously done franchises in Dimensions?

Would love to see more for Lord or the Rings and Fantastic Beasts!

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This question is more about how a cool project comes to be from a giant company like intel.

This is a pretty niche project, obviously not something just anyone wants to buy. I know some companies allow team to pitch a product and if they like the idea they will take a chance on it. Is that how something like this becomes possible?

Also, I'm extremely glad when I see support for Linux.


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More for LOTR... Really?!? Or do you just want a Sean Bean minifig :)

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Great question. At Intel a lot of our company's focus is on the main things that we do - produce the best processors in the world. But we have technology labs that spend all their time working on creating new possibilities (the idea that led to the compute stick came from one of these labs) as well as small product development teams (where I work) that take the best of these ideas and figure out how to make real products out them. And we are simply measured on if we can do our job profitably - if we can we get to keep doing it!


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I love your work. I said yesterday that I've played the all but 5 of the Lego games to completion with a significant other and that these are great because they aren't competitive. How do you feel about the demise of couch coop? Playing in person with friends non competitively is so much more fun and intimate.

Edit: also it would be great to see Lego Artemis Fowl. You should reach out to Eoin Colfer about that :p

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I like the concept of those compute sticks, but what's always preventing me from buying one is their tiny amount of RAM. Why aren't there versions with more RAM available?


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Demise of couch coop? NEVER!!! We are here - stalwarts of the industry - making sure it remains forever!

On a serious note though - we love hearing peoples stories of who and how they play our games - playing games together rocks! Reminds me of growing up playing games together with friends!

Is it bad that I had to google Artemis Fowl... (sorry!)

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Today our Core based compute sticks have 4GB of RAM in them (earlier versions had less). The reason for the size of the ram is that most of our customers have told us that 4GB is enough for what they want to do and they aren't willing to pay for additional RAM. Obviously that is not true for everyone, such as yourself, but that is reasoning behind our decision.


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Since there is an upcoming Excalibur Batman fun pack even though a Batman figure already exists, it seems like the door isn't closed to variants of existing characters. Is there any hope for more content in this vein, such as a Batman 66 Team/Level pack, or a Fiona and Cake pack for Adventure Time? Also, amazing game and an amazing studio. Everything you guys do is solid gold.

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Hi thanks for the ama. What are the major drawbacks your see compared to desktops? I'm looking to replace my desktop, do you think this would be viable?

Do you think there could eventually be gaming pc sticks?

Would you consider launching pc sticks in 'tiers' a la iPhone S, SE, C?


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60's Batman pack... OMG... why haven't we done that... Loved that level in LBM3...

DANGITSHARPLES
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Thanks for joining the AMA! The major drawbacks compared to a tradition desktop - in general there are two: less performance and no upgrade path since you can't open up a compute stick. So if you don't need to upgrade your device (without upgrading the whole stick) and if you only need a basic computer, the compute stick could be a good option for you.

For gaming, you can do light 2D gaming (think Minecraft or Steam console) today on the entry level stick and some slightly more robust games on our high end sticks. But it is not a replacement for a gaming rig!

The sticks do actually have different tiers - we sell versions based on Atom, Core m3 and Core m5 processors. Check our website for details on all the different versions.


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Hi there, Arthur! Here are some questions I would like to ask!

  1. Have you finish developing the Wave 8 (after Wave 7.5) packs? If so, when will you reveal it?

  2. Will Chase McCain have the ability to switch uniforms like what he had from his previous game?

  3. Is The Goonies' level based on the movie or not?

  4. Will LCU have a level pack?

  5. Will Starfire be playable as a character for LEGO Dimensions?

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When can we expect a flux capacitor to come from Intel research?

I wanted to say that I've been using computers for 25 years and it's absolutely incredible the advances that Intel has made in technology and miniaturization. Kudos to your team and to Intel for always driving innovation.


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hi - answers for you: 1) errr.. no - people still working hard on 7.5 and 8.... very hard!!! Probably news on those post holiday... though I may be wrong.. 2) I'm not sure it would be Chase if you couldn't - right? 3) YES YES YES.... however we let you play the story from Sloth and Chunk's perspective!!! It's awesome!!!! 4) LCU has a whole game :) .... (sorry) 5) you'll have to wait and see... and don't want to spoil the surprise... (cough - yes)...

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Thank you! There are days when I'm pretty amazed by what our engineers continue to do as well.


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Hey Arthur, thanks for doing an AMA and thanks for being a huge part of my childhood. I'd like to ask a few questions.

  1. What was your favorite LEGO game to develop and which one is your favorite overall.

  2. Were there any plans for a Bionicle Heroes sequel? That game was amazing to me as a child and it still is. Which leads me to another question.

  3. Is there any chance of seeing a Bionicle Heroes re-release on PC and next gen consoles?

  4. Do you prefer LEGO games with voice acting or without it?

Thanks in advance for taking the time to answer these questions! :D

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Hi, Intel team!

I don't own a compute stick but it is awesome! Here are my questions:

  1. Did you ever expect the Compute stick to get this much love?

  2. Have you tried installing an old operating system on it?

  3. What is your favorite old computer and operating system?

  4. Do you use any old computers today?


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1) Favourite LEGO game... probably Harry Potter... or LMSH... 2) Not that I'm aware of :) thanks though... had fun making that one... it was an interesting project. 3) Doubt it'll ever get a re-release - sorry 4) OOOOoooohhhhh..... I like both... but I actually prefer the voiced ones... mainly because I love sitting in on the recording sessions.. and the voice actors are all awesome fun to be around

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  1. When we developed the concept, we of course were expecting success, but you never know with something new. It is great to see the excitement in the industry that this has created.
  2. I haven't personally, but our current compute sticks officially support Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. You can probably get Windows 7 to work, but older would definitely start having issues.
  3. I still remember fondly the first computer that was ever brought into our house, an Apple 2C+. My brother got it as a gift and he and I had a great time with it.
  4. No - now my idea of an old computer is anything that is more than about 18 months old!

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Will the Beetlejuice set ONLY be based on the movie, or do you have the rights to the cartoon? Cause an appearance by Prince Vince would be a hoot and a half.

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Hey guys! A few questions.

  • First, are you thinking about selling any accessories with it? I think it'd be cool to wear one around my neck or attach it to my keychain.

  • Second, which model would you recommend for a CS student who wants to just practice codng on Linux?

Thanks for doing this AMA!


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we went for the movie rather than both... sorry

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Intel does not have any plans to sell accessories with the compute stick. But i will note that the compute stick has a small security notch in the back end that could work for a lanyard if you are so inclined.

I would probably stick (pun intended!) with our entry device - STK1A32SC. This will come without any OS installed, so you can install the Linux distribution that you want. Good luck!


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Personally, I think Lego Dimensions has ruined the chances of us getting a lot of good possible stand alone Lego video games (ex: Doctor Who).

What are your thoughts on that?

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Where are these manufactured?


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really... I thought the exact opposite.. It's an IP that a few people at the studio are crazy about - but not everyone believes it has worldwide appeal... the popularity of that pack may be the thing that makes people realise how popular it is... but I think IP's can work in Dimensions, in standalones, and both - it's all about what people want to play I guess..

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They are manufactured by one of our partners in China.


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Hello Arthur!

I've been playing the TT LEGO games since the first LEGO Star Wars on PS2. I'm a fan and a customer for life at this point.

With the announcement of LEGO City Undercover coming out on Xbox One and PS4, are there any plans to release more LEGO games with original stories? I know Marvel Super Heroes was written for the game but I would love to see some new original LEGO characters or even the return of LEGO Island or LEGO Racers.

Also, are there any plans for LEGO games to expand beyond the puzzle/platforming genre? With the Force Awakens adding cover based shooting, it seems like you guys are expanding your gameplay styles and I'm really looking forward to what's coming next.

Two more questions then I'm done, I promise. What dream franchise would you like to add to LEGO Dimensions but can't due to the nature of the content? Specifically M rated games or R rated movies.

Last question: What's your favorite band?

Thanks for all the awesome games! Tell the rest of the TT they're doing a fantastic job! :D

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I've got an issue with SDIO on STK1A32SC device, running Linux. Kernel writes out stuff like this:

i2c_designware 808622C1:06: punit semaphore timed out, resetting i2c_designware 808622C1:06: PUNIT SEM: 2 i2c_designware 808622C1:06: couldn't acquire bus ownership i2c_designware: probe of 808622C1:06 failed with error -110 intel_sst_acpi 808622A8:00: No matching machine driver found 

I believe this means that SDIO on the device is entirely ineffective. What is the impact of missing SDIO, and is there any knowledge of a fix?

Edit: Never mind. Googling the issue finally tells me that this is likely only related to the external SD card support. I've not actually tried it. There's also a limited support now on 4.7 kernel.


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Hi there - glad to hear it... In terms of other things... you'll have to stay tuned... anything is possible. We like to try different gameplay styles - and are looking at some exciting things in the future... so yes, hopefully there'll be some great stuff for you to experience.

Dream Franchise... I think they're already there... Harry Potter/Goonies etc... I don't think there is anything missing... Favourite Band... hmmm. old band - Queen / New band - Bastille

And I'll tell everyone how awesome they are... honest :)

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Glad you solved this yourself! I'm just a marketing guy!


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Amazing tech you have here! Can these handle 4k Youtube video streaming?

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Yes! All of our current compute sticks can support 4k video (our first generation product did not)


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Hello,

My question :

1.what unique hardware components are present inside the stick apart from the normal ones that we have?

2.Can we use any OS for the stick? If no then what is recommended?

Thank you.

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1 - for the most part, the components in the compute stick serve the same function as those in more typical computers. However, every component is selected specifically to meet certain requirements around size, thermal performance and power usage. So they are different in that we have to choose ones optimized for this form factor. 2 - We sell the compute stick both with Windows 10 already installed and with no OS installed. If you purchase it without an OS, the OS that are supported are Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Linux. Many distributions of Linux should work although there can be a feature or two that won't function correctly depending on the driver support.


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Do you have any plans to release other devices similar to these? Such as a raspberry pi type device for those who need a bit more horsepower?

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The Compute Stick is currently planned to remain as a finished computer device, not really targeted for developers and makers. Intel does offer the Galileo board which is more along the lines of a higher performing Raspberry Pi.


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Have you seen or heard of anyone running Kodi on one of your devices? Can you comment on how you think your device compares to the Android powered sticks? Are you competing for similar markets?

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Yes, people have and do run Kodi on their compute sticks. It is a great way to get a better UI on your TV. As for Android powered sticks (I imagine you are thinking Amazon Firestick or Google Chromecast), there are some similarities (streaming content from Netflix for instance) but the Android powered devices are single purpose devices capable of doing one thing, streaming content. The compute stick is a full multi-purpose computer that is capable of not just doing a range of things, but also of multitasking and doing them at the same time. For instance you could be streaming the Thursday night NFL game while also tracking your fantasy football league and smack talking with your friends over IM, all on your TV at the same time. This sort of capability is only possible with full computer.


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Thanks for the reply. If this is the case, do you see the functions of the Xbox One as a bigger competitor then?

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In general, Xbox One could long term be a bigger competitor. Today however, consumers think of Xbox One as a gaming device first and in that sense I don't think most people would be comparing the two even though many of functions are similar.


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Have you considered building sort of a "docking station" where thermals wouldn't be a problem, more ports would be available and the CPU could run as fast as it gets (as they probably can, but passive cooling makes it no bueno)?

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So a place to dock the compute stick that would provide more outputs and perhaps some additional cooling for the stick? Interesting idea, although once it gets much bigger than a stick, I would think that people might just prefer to purchase a mini PC (like the Intel NUC) which would provide great performance than could be achieved with an external dock (the internal cooling will always be more successful that the cooling from the dock).

Just to clarify, the Intel compute stick is not passive cooling. It does have a very small fan inside that is used to maintain temperatures and allow for greater performance than passive cooling would.


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Hi Guys. I bought one of the first gen compute sticks, and really enjoyed it (I use it to play old console games with emulators and an XBox 360 controller), but I had a few issues I'd like to see improved. How have you guys addressed:

1 - The built in WiFi was weaksauce. Very slow xfer speed compared to other devices in my house, and it gets worse if you use a bluetooth device as they apparently share receivers. On top of this, wireless N is not supported, which means no Steam remote play (which is half the reason I wanted a PC in the bedroom).

2 - Setup was a pain in the butt as there was no way (that I could tell) to attach a bluetooth device without first using a physical KB, which can be annoying considering the device is plugged into the back of a TV and only has one USB port (I had to go out and buy a USB hub to set everything up).

3 - Performance left something to be desired. I imagine this has been improved with the switch from the Atom to the Core M; how big of an increase in effective speed can we expect to see with the Core M?

All that being said, I really like the device and will probably buy one of the newer ones, depending on their performance. Keep up the good work!

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Glad that you have been getting good use out of the first gen compute stick. All of your feedback is spot on and have actually been addressed in our second generation of products. 1 - WiFi in the second gen uses Intel fastest WiFi available today and even more importantly we went from a 1 x 1 antenna scheme to a 2 x 2. This means that there are now two antennas (rather than bluetooth and wifi sharing a single antenna) as well as two frequency that it can broadcast. The wifi and bluetooth are both markedly improved from first gen. 2 - yep, this was true. there was no way to do this previously. However, the new sticks allow you to pair a bluetooth device if they don't detect a keyboard or mouse in the usb ports during the initial setup process. 3 - Performance is significantly higher if you go to the Core M processors. Part because of the processor and in part because they have double the RAM (4GB instead of 2GB). If you got an Core m3 stick today, I don't think you would even compare it to the first gen atom stick that you currently have.