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Nov 26th 2016 by Expo_Education • 38 Questions • 5376 Points

We are some of the foremost leaders of the microbiology field, three of us are national academy members. Dan Portnoy is working on Listeria and collaborating with Aduro Biotech to help reach a cure for cancer. Michael Thomashow works to understand the mechanisms to help plants handle freezes and drought, in order to reach the potential of crops. Steven Lory works to understand how soil based bacteria cause diseases. John Mekalanos is the former chair of microbiology at Harvard and works on the mechanisms and vaccine development for cholera.

Here is the link to each of our labs and proof: https://mcb.berkeley.edu/labs/portnoy/Portnoy_Lab/Welcome.html

http://imgur.com/QqHDpIZ

http://mekalanoslab.med.harvard.edu/

http://imgur.com/VhHkwMN

http://lorylab.med.harvard.edu/

http://imgur.com/BwMn27i

https://prl.natsci.msu.edu/people/faculty/michael-thomashow/

http://imgur.com/Cw7Ome3

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You said that I could ask you anything... What do you guys eat for Breakfast? I'm actually always curious what kinda diet people have around this region.

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How cooperative are you with other scientists working on the same subject? Do you help each other and share ideas if you share the same goal?


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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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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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How cooperative are you with other scientists working on the same subject? Do you help each other and share ideas if you share the same goal?

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Daizfa: oats

Aba: porridge (Meagan: this is different than the porridge you are used to probably, this is made from millet and is a drinkable, thick liquid)

Janet: tombrown (another form of porridge)

Frank: banku and hot pepper


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Sorry for deleting my comment it was an accident. but what i said was that i really do my best to help my ex students and collaborators, and I said less helpful to competitors, as the first response quotes. this does not mean not helpful it means less helpful than the extreme amount that I grant to my students.

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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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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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Sorry for deleting my comment it was an accident. but what i said was that i really do my best to help my ex students and collaborators, and I said less helpful to competitors, as the first response quotes. this does not mean not helpful it means less helpful than the extreme amount that I grant to my students.


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First of all, thank you for the fantastic job you do :) what would your pupils like to be when they grow up?

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How do you simply but adequately describe the dangers of antibiotic resistance to the lay public? Every time I try to describe it, people don't listen, don't fully understand, or both.


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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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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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How do you simply but adequately describe the dangers of antibiotic resistance to the lay public? Every time I try to describe it, people don't listen, don't fully understand, or both.

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dzifa: i want to be a medical doctor.

JANET: I want to be a pilot.

Aba: I want to be a banker.

Frank: I waNT To be a Journalist.

Faustina: I want to be a news castor.


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Dan Portnoy: among the problems is that bacteria that are normally of no threat, but are resistant to antibiotics, can then pose a very large threat especially to those who are immunocompromised once the antibiotics are administered.

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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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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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Dan Portnoy: among the problems is that bacteria that are normally of no threat, but are resistant to antibiotics, can then pose a very large threat especially to those who are immunocompromised once the antibiotics are administered.


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Hi everyone!

I work in a public middle school in Berkeley, California.

What are your favorite books?

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Stupid question, but is it possible that some peoples immune system is strong enough to kill off Gonorrhea on it's own? Couldn't we start searching for people who have stronger antibodies to create new vaccines? As an example of James Harrison.


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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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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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Stupid question, but is it possible that some peoples immune system is strong enough to kill off Gonorrhea on it's own? Couldn't we start searching for people who have stronger antibodies to create new vaccines? As an example of James Harrison.

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Dzifa: Cock crow (Elsie: this is an abridged version of classical stories, poetry, drama, etc.)

Frank: A novel entitled Julie's dance.

Aba: Summertime at Saint Claire's


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Dan Portnoy: That is difficult, and is actually part of of the problem in finding a cure for HIV. generally for our purposes though the answer is no

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Thanks


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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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Dan Portnoy: That is difficult, and is actually part of of the problem in finding a cure for HIV. generally for our purposes though the answer is no


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Hi guys! What's the most interesting thing you've learnt at school so far?

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What have been the most impressive recent discoveries in terms understanding how soil microbes affect human beings? Or how they affect crop development?


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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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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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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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What have been the most impressive recent discoveries in terms understanding how soil microbes affect human beings? Or how they affect crop development?

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Frank: Learning about time and money in maths, and it helped me to learn how to manage it well.

Dzifa: the reproductive system in science

Faustina: food and nutrition


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Steve Lory: Soil micro bioms - better understanding of the community of bacteria that is involved in harming or benefiting crops and human health

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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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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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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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Steve Lory: Soil micro bioms - better understanding of the community of bacteria that is involved in harming or benefiting crops and human health


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Are the students able to participate in school club activities? Soccer, baseball, basketball, etc.

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Can you say anything regarding what that understanding is?


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


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Have you ever met any celebrities on the clock?if so, could you talk about it?

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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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Can you say anything regarding what that understanding is?

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Yes! They participate in several clubs. For instance, Aba participates in basketball and Frank participates in 4H, using their minds and hands to create things such as soaps.


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There is a correlation between those communities and the health, but we do not have evidence of causation yet.

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


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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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No, I haven't. I work in the MD suburbs just outside of DC so I wouldn't be too surprised if a politician or someone of a similar caliber came in. I actually used to work as a veterinary technician before I was an RN and had a famous Wizards player bring in one of his dogs to our clinic.


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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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There is a correlation between those communities and the health, but we do not have evidence of causation yet.


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That's great! I sent over a little support for you guys on the donation page. I'm a junior high school teacher in Japan. I wish you and your students all the best!

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How do microorganisms get lead in them in the first place?


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Will all 3 Powerpuff Girls have separate minifigures? And will they have Lantern Constructs, like Supergirl?

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Hey I was a vet tech (LVT) for many years and absolutely loved it. I worked at a large-referral-specialty hospital and I was able to meet several celebrities who needed our services. Not any A-listers or anything but more tv personalities (reality shows and a certain pastor to a mega church). I work in a human hospital now but miss the animals every day. Do you ever miss it?


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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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How do microorganisms get lead in them in the first place?


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Meagan: Thank you so much for your support! The kids actually have a couple questions for you!

Frank: I have a question for you. What time of day do lessons start in Japan?

Dzifa: What subjects do the kids take?

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John M: It is just in the environment around them and enters through diffusion. Most microorganisms actually pump out lead to stay healthy.


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hmm... probably not something I can say as we haven't revealed that pack yet... but if I was to say... wouldn't that be awesome... and we like to do awesome things... that may be an answer..

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I actually still do it! I am part-time in the clinic where I used to work full time (before nursing) and I usually work a couple of times a month. I love working with animals (even more than humans!) but they $ and little opportunity for advancement never made it a realistic career option for me.


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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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John M: It is just in the environment around them and enters through diffusion. Most microorganisms actually pump out lead to stay healthy.


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Woah like telekinesis?

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What percentage of your PhD candidates end up doing lab work they truly enjoy? How many of them actually make 50k+ for annual salary?


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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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Even if this nurse has treated a celebrity or any other person for that matter they are not allowed to talk about it. It would be a violation of the health insurance portability and accountability act (HIPAA) and can result in a lot a legal trouble if you do so.


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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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What percentage of your PhD candidates end up doing lab work they truly enjoy? How many of them actually make 50k+ for annual salary?


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Unfortunately, Professor Xavier has not yet established an academy in Ghana, yet.

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Dan Portnoy/John Mekalanos: I believe the majority of my students enjoy their work while in the lab, after that point, in their first real position perhapse half truly enjoy what they do., and the vast majority make an excess of 50k


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

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This is true. I can tell stories about my experiences but can't give any names or specific details.


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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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Dan Portnoy/John Mekalanos: I believe the majority of my students enjoy their work while in the lab, after that point, in their first real position perhapse half truly enjoy what they do., and the vast majority make an excess of 50k


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Hi Meagan, thanks for coordinating this. Some questions for your students:

  • How did you find out about these programs and how did you get started?

  • What's something you've learned from the foreign students you've been in contact with? What's something you think is important to teach them about yourselves, your culture, etc.?

  • What are your ideas on what you'll do after the program ends?

  • What's something you want to learn that the program doesn't currently teach?

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What are some common misconceptions about microbes?


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


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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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What are some common misconceptions about microbes?


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How did you find out about these programs and how did you get started?

Elsie: It was introduced to us by the former program manager at Exponential Education, Taylor.

What's something you've learned from the foreign students you've been in contact with?

Janet: They are friendly and very active, and some of them like eating.

What's something you think is important to teach them about yourselves, your culture, etc.?

Frank: How to dance to some of the tunes of our music and to speak some of our language, and how to sing our music

What are your ideas on what you'll do after the program ends?

Janet: Will try to dissect some animals myself.

Dzifa: I will try to advise the general public on the prevention of some disease.

What's something you want to learn that the program doesn't currently teach?

Frank and Aba: To learn more about the human body system than what is in the class

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Dan Portnoy: the misconception is that they are simple, however they are extremely complex.


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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 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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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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Dan Portnoy: the misconception is that they are simple, however they are extremely complex.


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Hey from El Paso, Texas!

What do yall wanna do with your educations in the future?

What kinds of things do you dissect?

How's the chocolate?!

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What is the coolest thing you have seen or learned in regards to microbio?


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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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I was reading an H&P once and the dr noted that the pt had saved the sputum she coughed up in a tupperware and brought it in to him. I gagged just reading about it.


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With newer technology like usb 3.0 do you think you could covert this pocket computer into a performance booster (by that I mean a a flash drive that could help processors compute data)?

A:

What is the coolest thing you have seen or learned in regards to microbio?


Q:

Meagan: Hello! Please see the above response to your first question.

Everyone: a frog, grasshopper, shark liver, worms, and sheep heart

Frank: I like chocolate because it is produced from my country.

A:

Mike Thomashow: That there are some naturally occurring bacteria that exchange genetic information with plants, and actually change the plants genetics in a way that benefits the bacteria.

Steve Lory: the power of bacteria to cause the death of humans, and the power of humans to combat that.


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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.. :)

A:

Oh dear god! That grosses me out thinking about it too. I had a patient once who brought in a mucus-y stool sample in a wad of toilet paper. Super gross.


Q:

This is a clever idea! We have actually looked at this in general and right now there doesn't seem to be a realistic path to make it work. The primary challenge comes down to getting two processors (the one in the compute stick and the one in the other computer) to find a way to split the workload efficiently. It shouldn't be impossible, but it would be very hard and not something that we are working on today.

A:

Mike Thomashow: That there are some naturally occurring bacteria that exchange genetic information with plants, and actually change the plants genetics in a way that benefits the bacteria.

Steve Lory: the power of bacteria to cause the death of humans, and the power of humans to combat that.


Q:

Thanks for the response! This is a cool AMA

If you have time i have a couple more questions

Which was your favorite to dissect and why? Which didn't you like?

Would you be interested in trading a little Ghanaian chocolate for a bunch of Mexican candy if possible? I'd love to trade the experience with you!

A:

This has peaked my interest, what do you think is an interesting example of this happening?


Q:

Hello Arthur, we met last year when you are nice enough to grant me a tour of Tt towers.

As you probably know I, alongside packattack04082 and Bricks to Life, recently discovered a cameo from everyone's favorite paranoid schizophrenic scientist in the Portal 2 story level of Dimensions. This makes me curious, what's your favorite Easter egg or secret that people may not know about that you've included in the games you've worked on?

A:

I had one of those exact same patients vomit of the side of the bed and INTO MY FUCKING SHOE... That was the day i started keeping a whole second set of clothes in my locker, down to the socks/underwear and shoes


Q:

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

A:

This has peaked my interest, what do you think is an interesting example of this happening?


Q:

Which was your favorite to dissect and why?

Dzifa: The frog, because during the dissection of the frog, I was surprised to hear that the frog has a teeth.

Which didn't you like? Janet: The shark liver. (Elsie: the kids did not get to dissect it, they watched a video as we cannot get this organ here)

Would you be interested in trading a little Ghanaian chocolate for a bunch of Mexican candy if possible? I'd love to trade the experience with you!

Everyone: Yes!

Meagan: PM me so we can arrange it.

A:

Mike Thomashow: Crown Gall Disease.


Q:

Ha - that's a tricky thing to answer... we like to try and put secrets, nods, hints, and all sorts of references in the games - but some of them take a while to find... and also take a while to pay off... so stay tuned for an answer on that one in the future ;0

A:

Haha, yeah I keep a set of scrubs in my car, I didn't think about the shoes/socks though. Maybe I'll start keeping some in there too.


Q:

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.

A:

Mike Thomashow: Crown Gall Disease.


Q:

Is your program, LUV Global Doctors Anatomy, geared towards sparking an interest in medicine as a career?

Are the student dissecting cadavers or something else? How involved are the dissections scientifically—are you explaining organs, veins, and nerves, etc?

What do your students want to do career wise?

A:

Thank you very much for doing this AMA! What advice to you have for a senior post doc that would like to stay in academia (in the process of applying for assistant professorships now) but is worried about getting funding in the future? I should mention my postdoctoral advisor consistently had anywhere between 3-4 R01s in the past, however is down to only one and hasn't been able to obtain anymore in the last 3 years despite publishing in immunity, nature immunology, cell host microbe and plos pathogens.


Q:

Will there ever be a standalone LEGO Simpsons video game? Like Hit and Run but LEGO? I'm sure there is enough material to source? :~P

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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?

A:

Thank you very much for doing this AMA! What advice to you have for a senior post doc that would like to stay in academia (in the process of applying for assistant professorships now) but is worried about getting funding in the future? I should mention my postdoctoral advisor consistently had anywhere between 3-4 R01s in the past, however is down to only one and hasn't been able to obtain anymore in the last 3 years despite publishing in immunity, nature immunology, cell host microbe and plos pathogens.


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Elsie: There is that aspect for gearing them towards medicine, but there is also a health aspect, encouraging them to take care of their bodies.

The kids are only dissecting organs in that class. They are quite involved scientifically, the organs and such are explained as part of the class.

Meagan: Please see the above response on the kids' career interests.

A:

Dan Portnoy/John Mekalanos: I think if you truly love science you should just go for it, make sure to hold on to much of your post doc research to get you ahead, and do your best to join a program that matches your interests and goals. There will always be money for creative and interesting science with possible applications, however the future of funding is unclear to us as well.

Edit: Please feel free to ask more questions, we love to help people in your situation.


Q:

I've no idea sorry...

A:

There's a law called EMTALA that requires patients to get the same level of care regardless of insurance status or what insurer they have. My hospital requires you to pay either a co-pay (determined by your insurer) or put down a $250 deposit. This is all done after the patient has seen a provider - either an MD, PA or NP. Registration is not legally allowed to ask for a patient's insurance before they are seen. If the patient cannot pay the copay or deposit, the hospital cannot force them to, and they will be billed later.


Q:

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.

A:

Dan Portnoy/John Mekalanos: I think if you truly love science you should just go for it, make sure to hold on to much of your post doc research to get you ahead, and do your best to join a program that matches your interests and goals. There will always be money for creative and interesting science with possible applications, however the future of funding is unclear to us as well.

Edit: Please feel free to ask more questions, we love to help people in your situation.


Q:

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

Also, I am a student in college studying the ocean, what do you want to learn more about?

A:

Thanks Dan and John for your honest responses, particularly concerning the future of funding. I have interests in cyclic dinucleotide signaling independent of sting or ddx41 as well as examining additional P. aeuruginosa derived pamps in the context of innate immunity. Do you think this is considered "too basic science", particularly since my postdoctoral advisor thinks I should focus more on disease models?


Q:

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

A:

How difficult is it to get a job in nursing?


Q:

So you're telling me that there could be a 3G dongle at the end of my 3G dongle?

Seriously though, I love my NuC - it is a complete bang for my buck! Great work guys!

As this has to be a question:

  • Apart from making your TV smart, what other purpose is the Compute stick intended for?
  • Do you see the compute stick be of any competition to Raspberry Pi? Are you guys even thinking of that direction? Or is it completely different.
A:

Thanks Dan and John for your honest responses, particularly concerning the future of funding. I have interests in cyclic dinucleotide signaling independent of sting or ddx41 as well as examining additional P. aeuruginosa derived pamps in the context of innate immunity. Do you think this is considered "too basic science", particularly since my postdoctoral advisor thinks I should focus more on disease models?


Q:

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

Janet: Las Vegas, Hollywood

Faustina: India, Taj Mahal, Agra

Dzifa: Mexico City

Frank: Paris

Aba: Los Angeles

Also, I am a student in college studying the ocean, what do you want to learn more about?

Faustina: I want to learn more about aquatic organisms.

A:

We don't want to interfere the advice of your advisor as there are many different approaches. Dan enjoys advising and would be happy to help on a more private level, please private message for a more specific response as we don't want to step on any toes.


Q:

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..

A:

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.


Q:

For the average consumer, the compute stick is great for streaming content to a TV, playing light 2D games (think Minecraft or using it as as Steam console) or for taking with them when they travel and want a basic PC to plug into their hotel TV. For businesses, it is designed to be used for digital signage, kiosks, conference rooms and as a thin client.

As for Raspberry Pi, while there are some basic commonalities, Raspberry Pi is really targeted at makers and the compute stick is a full solution for average consumers, so we don't see them as competing.

A:

We don't want to interfere the advice of your advisor as there are many different approaches. Dan enjoys advising and would be happy to help on a more private level, please private message for a more specific response as we don't want to step on any toes.


Q:

By many projections the west African nations of Ghana and Nigeria are poised to do very well economically in the next 20 years or so, which is in time for middle school students like yourselves to be in position to take on leadership and institutional roles.

Are you particularly excited for the future of your country and see yourself building a life there? Or do you lean more toward the modern African Diaspora and see yourself settling abroad when you come of age?

I wish all of you all the best!

A:

How worried are you guys about antibiotic resistance, a potential 'superbug' of sorts?


Q:

How does the process of level packs go? Like does everyone get together and (re)watch the movie together and jot down notes and ideas? p.s. I'd love to see Bruce Campbell and/or Kurt Russell in Lego Dimensions somehow.

A:

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.


Q:

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?

A:

How worried are you guys about antibiotic resistance, a potential 'superbug' of sorts?


Q:

Meagan: Thank you for your question! Please see the above responses by the kids to ThePlumLeaf's question.

A:

Everybody: We all believe this is a very relevant and imminent problem.


Q:

That's one thing yes... we will watch the movies again and again, read the books, fan fiction - everything... the number of hours of research that we do for each pack (and our main games) is pretty huge!!! It was also amazing getting some of the younger members of the team to watch Goonies and Knight Rider for the first time :)

A:

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!


Q:

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)

A:

Everybody: We all believe this is a very relevant and imminent problem.


Q:

Hi guys!

What do you do for fun in your spare time?

Cheers from Brazil!

A:

Thanks for doing this! I was wondering if you could recommend any books that are must haves for people interested in microbiology? I have my old textbook from university but I'd like to learn more for fun.


Q:

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 :)

A:

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"?


Q:

This is exciting, in the planing stage what was the target demographic?

A:

Thanks for doing this! I was wondering if you could recommend any books that are must haves for people interested in microbiology? I have my old textbook from university but I'd like to learn more for fun.


Q:

Faustina: reading and drawing

Dzifa: writing stories and jokes

Janet: drawing and browsing the Internet

Frank: dancing and singing

Aba: playing video games

A:

Dan Portnoy: Microbe Hunters by Paul DeKruif, it is the book that made me excited about science, and I give it to every single student who leaves my lab.


Q:

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

A:

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.


Q:

The targeted markets were really three fold - mature market consumers (to be able to add smarts to their TVs for streaming, light gaming, web surfing, etc.), emerging market consumers (first PC), and commercial applications (digital signage, kiosks, thin client)

A:

Dan Portnoy: Microbe Hunters by Paul DeKruif, it is the book that made me excited about science, and I give it to every single student who leaves my lab.


Q:

I was a foreign exchange student in Ghana back 2010, so I understand the rote situation. Are there any teaching styles or techniques that you as students would like to see your teachers use? Such as reciprocal teaching, group style discussing, anything like that? (sorry, I'm a teacher now, so I find this stuff cool)

A:

Do any of you brew beer and if so what is your favorite yeast strain?


Q:

and LEGO City Undercover

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

Do any of you brew beer and if so what is your favorite yeast strain?


Q:

Faustina: discussion

Frank: using the Internet in class sections

Janet: debating

Elise: activities in the classroom

Meagan: Thanks for your question! This is a challenge we try to address with all of our programs, trying to make it more of an interactive learning environment, using games and activities as much as possible.

A:

No, sorry.


Q:

Oh there are so very many... it's one of those things though, finding the right fit... we're always thinking what would/wouldn't work.. As for the E3 bar bill... let's not mention that hey... let's just say we were very thirsty!!! However I did get pictures of Jimbot drinking girly cocktails which was most amusing!

A:

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.


Q:

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.

A:

No, sorry.


Q:

Howdy, y'all.

My question is; after receiving a proper education, do you kids plan on staying in Ghana and trying to find work/improve the country, or do you plan on moving to more economically sound countries?

My parents are immigrants and moved from their home countries so that our family could be prosperous in America.

Basically, where (geographically) do you educated kids see yourselves in 10-15 years?

A:

About 4 years ago in my microbiology class i asked why not manipulate virus's to kill cancer cells? Is that idea still in the air?


Q:

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

A:

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?


Q:

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?

A:

When you've researched bacteria, have you found any interesting bacteriophages which blew your mind?


Q:

after receiving a proper education, do you kids plan on staying in Ghana and trying to find work/improve the country, or do you plan on moving to more economically sound countries?

Janet: I will stay in my country, but go to another country for fun

Faustina: Move to another country because the sun is too scortchy here

Frank: Yep, I will stay in my country to develop it and make a star out of it. I will make Ghana developed to make it like the other countries.

Aba: I will stay here

Dzifa: I will move to another country to experience another way of life

Basically, where (geographically) do you educated kids see yourselves in 10-15 years?

Dzifa: Washington, D.C.

Faustina: Paris

A:

John Mekalanos/Dan Portnoy: They are. It is very much in the works and that was a very good idea. One interesting example is that the herpes virus could have some applications for certain brain cancers. There are currently no examples that are FDA approved however to the best of our knowledge.


Q:

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 :)

A:

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.


Q:

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.

A:

Dan Portnoy: Not recently, sorry for the bad response edit: a word


Q:

What STEAM class do your student like best?

A:

Will this cure for cancer ever become ineffective? For the example, the Flu virus had evolved and the vaccinations at the time became ineffective.


Q:

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.

A:

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


A:

Will this cure for cancer ever become ineffective? For the example, the Flu virus had evolved and the vaccinations at the time became ineffective.


Q:

Aba: I like the Inventors class.

Janet, Frank, Faustina, and Dzifa: I like the Anatomy class.

A:

Cancer is not an evolving system, so it cannot develop across the population to become resistant, however within the particular person the cancer can mutate to be more resistant. edit: The type of cure we are referring to is that of immunotherapy.


Q:

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

DANGITSHARPLES
A:

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.


Q:

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.

A:

Cancer is not an evolving system, so it cannot develop across the population to become resistant, however within the particular person the cancer can mutate to be more resistant. edit: The type of cure we are referring to is that of immunotherapy.


Q:

Hello! hope everything is well! Teachers, how do you prepare for lessons without all the necessary rescoures? Dont mean to be rude! Thanks

A:

Does the microbiology community have any plans to analyze Donald Trump's "hands"?


Q:

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

A:

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?


Q:

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!.

A:

Does the microbiology community have any plans to analyze Donald Trump's "hands"?


Q:

Elsie: Basically, you use some activities, like discussion and other materials (maybe a picture) when you don't have the item itself.

A:

HAHA, They are all refraining from answering that one.


Q:

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:

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.


Q:

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.

A:

HAHA, They are all refraining from answering that one.


Q:

Hello Meagan, Elsie, Frank, Dzifa, Faustina, Janet, and Aba! I'm an educator here in the US and I have my degree in the STEM field.

Meagan and Elsie: Is there anything in particular that is not within the standard curriculum you wish to teach your students (ex: cool science projects or lessons, certain books, life lessons, specific historical events)

Frank, Dzifa, Faustina, Janet, and Aba: What do you like most about your teachers? What do you want to learn more about?

A:

Do you think the Spartans will beat the Wolverines next year?


Q:

Thanks so much for doing this! The Lego video games were some of my favourites growing up- especially the original Star Wars ones.

Which of the Lego games did you personally enjoy working on the most?

A:

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?


Q:

What has been the biggest challenge in creating this product?

A:

Do you think the Spartans will beat the Wolverines next year?


Q:

Is there anything in particular that is not within the standard curriculum you wish to teach your students

Elsie: The LUV Anatomy class is good because what they are studying is not actually in the regular Ghanaian curriculum. So that is beneficial for them when they go to the next level.

What do you like most about your teachers? What do you want to learn more about?

Aba: They are friendly.

Dzifa: They teach to the understanding the pupils

Faustina: They sometimes crack jokes to make the class interesting.

What do you want to learn more about?

Meagan: Please see previous question; they want to have more art and music classes. Thanks!

A:

We have asked a MD/PHD, who practices medicine, their opinion on this question, and she said that you really need to have a love for medicine, if you have a preference for research perhaps you should consider moving to another field.


Q:

My pleasure... every game I've worked on has special memories... for various reasons obviously - but they are all special for some reason or another.. Harry Potter is one - 3 great years over 2 games... LMSH - because it was something we never thought we'd get to make... oh and I got to meet Stan Lee... yay! But they are all great fun...

A:

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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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.

A:

We have asked a MD/PHD, who practices medicine, their opinion on this question, and she said that you really need to have a love for medicine, if you have a preference for research perhaps you should consider moving to another field.


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Hi, I'm from India. I was exposed to the world via the internet only when I was in highschool so these are my questions.

What did you notice in the kids that was very similar to kids in USA?

And kids, what about the rest of the world surprised you the most?

A:

I dont know if im too dumb to grasp the answer (or if you are just blatantly ignoring my question as a joke, but its ask me anything so that would be kinda rude), or if it doesnt make sense


Q:

Will we be able to create our own levels in Lego dimensions in the future?

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

I dont know if im too dumb to grasp the answer (or if you are just blatantly ignoring my question as a joke, but its ask me anything so that would be kinda rude), or if it doesnt make sense


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Meagan: It's actually kind of surprising how much is similar! I'm always impressed by the creativity of kids. They don't have much in the form of entertainment. That is very different (like toys are less common, as is technology in general). However, what is universal is the ability of a child to make anything into a toy or a game.

The kids are gone now, so sorry! But to try to answer your second question, Ghanaians are often surprised at things like my ability to type quickly (basically computer and tech skills). Also in an earlier question, the kids were talking about how they thought the American kids in their partner school liked to eat a lot! So perhaps they would be surprised by our love of food too?

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OH, our bad we meant to send this response to another question. haha.


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I doubt it - the technical side of Dimensions, and the fact that we allow so much on the toypad means that it's unlikely to be something that can be done - however don't forget that LEGO Worlds allows you to create stuff... though please don't take that as a blatant plug - sorry..

A:

I dunno, are you asking for oxy?


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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.

A:

OH, our bad we meant to send this response to another question. haha.


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To Frank: What about being a journalist appeals to you the most? I've been considering the occupation myself.

A:

How have inventions like the life straw and other water filters helped the fight against Cholera.

Also, what are some major hurdles in the development of a Cholera vaccine?


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Hi, I'm 45 years old and favor "Harry Potter Years 1-4" and "LEGO City Undercover" as best TT games. I also bought enough LEGO Dimensions stuff to 100% year 1. My question: Nearly all of the LEGO TT games I've played contained bugs/glitches, which is normal for any complex software product. But those glitches, which are well known in community forums, never get patched after release! (For example: The LEGO Movie Game Red Brick collectible in Bricksburg hub - bench object cannot be broken into building objects under certain circumstances.) What budget percentage does TT Games and WB Games allocate for bugfixing after release? Or shorter: How's your bugfixing?

A:

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


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?

A:

How have inventions like the life straw and other water filters helped the fight against Cholera.

Also, what are some major hurdles in the development of a Cholera vaccine?


Q:

Frank: I want to be a journalist because I feel like my people need news, they need information about ongoing activities. I feel like I can speak publicly on behalf of others.

A:

John Mekalanos: 1.anything that provides pure water is an effective intervention in controlling cholera, especially in epidemic situations 2.The major hurdles: there are vaccines already in existence, however they are very difficult to manufacture. This means that the largest hurdle is developing a cheap and easy to vaccine that does not require a cold chain (does not have to stay cold until the admission)


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We try our hardest to find and fix everything before our games come out - and like all developers unfortunately despite the thousands of hours of testing find things slip through the net. Trust me we do all we can post launch to find and fix issues, and have people that trawl forums and websites, occasionally we actually struggle to reproduce the more obscure issues, and we have to reproduce them to fix them. All I ask is that if you find issues please let us know via customer service, or directly on social (oh and Harry 1-4 is one of my personal favourites!)

A:

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


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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.

A:

John Mekalanos: 1.anything that provides pure water is an effective intervention in controlling cholera, especially in epidemic situations 2.The major hurdles: there are vaccines already in existence, however they are very difficult to manufacture. This means that the largest hurdle is developing a cheap and easy to vaccine that does not require a cold chain (does not have to stay cold until the admission)


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What a fantastic thing to do! I am a teacher in Ireland - I teach 6 and 7 year olds. What is the school day like in Ghana? What time do you start and what subjects do you do?

A:

With the way that academia is going these days, are you becoming more likely to suggest industry to grads/postdocs than previously? It's approaching 100s of good applicants/tenure track gig at decent schools. As a recent postdoc on the academic job hunt from one of your schools (rhymes with 'Barvard'), shit's getting real out there.


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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?

A:

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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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?

A:

With the way that academia is going these days, are you becoming more likely to suggest industry to grads/postdocs than previously? It's approaching 100s of good applicants/tenure track gig at decent schools. As a recent postdoc on the academic job hunt from one of your schools (rhymes with 'Barvard'), shit's getting real out there.


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Aba: We start at 7:30 or 8 am

Everyone: math, science, english, social studies, Twi (local language), religious and moral education, information and communication technology, basic design and technology (vocational skills, such as cooking, art, etc)

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John M: You are correct, that is the way it is going. I am more likely to suggest it but it is of course not the only option. Industry is somewhat high pressure due to need for a product.

Dan Portnoy: They are very different, If you have any interest in teaching you should definitely stick with academia. if you want strict research both will fit your purposes. Personally we all prefer academia due to the cutting edge nature of the science and the freedom of academic pursuit.


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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...

A:

I already answered this question above


Q:

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!

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John M: You are correct, that is the way it is going. I am more likely to suggest it but it is of course not the only option. Industry is somewhat high pressure due to need for a product.

Dan Portnoy: They are very different, If you have any interest in teaching you should definitely stick with academia. if you want strict research both will fit your purposes. Personally we all prefer academia due to the cutting edge nature of the science and the freedom of academic pursuit.


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Hello from Denmark! I went to Ejisu a few years ago - the temple is cool, and I had the best food in my entire Ghana trip in the hotel at the opposite end on the big road. It didn't seem to have a name at the time as it was under construction. Is it done now?

More relevant to your Ama - what aspirations do you have?

A:

What do you guys think is the future of probiotics in topical applications?


Q:

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

/r/dangitsharples

A:

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


Q:

What do you guys think is the future of probiotics in topical applications?

A:

Elise: I think you are referring to Anita hotel, which is finished.

Meagan: Yes, that hotel is quite nice!

what aspirations do you have? Aba: My aspiration is to become very popular in Ghana; and I want to become a banker.


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John Mekalanos:Topical applications and probiotics are not strongly related because probiotics are generally ingested. That being said there could be a probiotic to help our skin or other topical locations. I am optimistic about probiotics because it is an unexplored field that will largely be impacted by synthetic biology.

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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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John Mekalanos:Topical applications and probiotics are not strongly related because probiotics are generally ingested. That being said there could be a probiotic to help our skin or other topical locations. I am optimistic about probiotics because it is an unexplored field that will largely be impacted by synthetic biology.


Q:

This is such a cool AMA! I just wanna know: what types of music do you like?

A:

What advice do you have for medical students? Have you ever seen "sketchy micro" and what do you think of it?


Q:

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?

A:

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.


Q:

What advice do you have for medical students? Have you ever seen "sketchy micro" and what do you think of it?

A:

Janet: Foreign gospel; R&B

Frank: Reggae

Faustina: Rap

Aba: Gospel music

Dzifa: Inspirational


Q:

We have asked a MD/PHD, who practices medicine, their opinion on this question, and she said that you really need to have a love for medicine, if you have a preference for research perhaps you should consider moving to another field.

A:

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


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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.

A:

We have asked a MD/PHD, who practices medicine, their opinion on this question, and she said that you really need to have a love for medicine, if you have a preference for research perhaps you should consider moving to another field.


Q:

If you could visit any other country in the world, where would you go and why?

A:

The microbiome seems like it's an emerging field, with lots of different kinds of research. How important do you tihnk the field is going to be moving forward? Are things like novel therapeutics and even microbiota manipulation going to become a primary focus of researchers or is it simply too nebulous?


Q:

Is everything awesome?

A:

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?


Q:

The microbiome seems like it's an emerging field, with lots of different kinds of research. How important do you tihnk the field is going to be moving forward? Are things like novel therapeutics and even microbiota manipulation going to become a primary focus of researchers or is it simply too nebulous?

A:

Janet: Las Vegas, Hollywood Faustina: India, Taj Mahal, Agra Dzifa: Mexico City Frank: Paris Aba: Los Angeles


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John M: we generally have quite a lot of enthusiasm for microbiom research.

A:

You know how that goes right.. Of course Everything is Awesome.. and cool when your part of a "TT" team...


Q:

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.

A:

John M: we generally have quite a lot of enthusiasm for microbiom research.


Q:

Hello from the US!

what's the most interesting thing you guys have learned from dissection?

Also, what does a normal school lunch look like?

A:

I got a microscope for my 7 and 8 year old. They are bored of the prepared slides that came with it. I remember peeling onion skins and looking at them in biology. Do you have other interesting suggestions?


Q:

Would it be possible to see a lego Island remake in the future?

A:

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?


Q:

I got a microscope for my 7 and 8 year old. They are bored of the prepared slides that came with it. I remember peeling onion skins and looking at them in biology. Do you have other interesting suggestions?

A:

what's the most interesting thing you guys have learned from dissection?

Meagan: Please see past response from the kids.

Also, what does a normal school lunch look like?

Elsie: everyone brings their own lunch or buys from the canteen.

Frank: Jollof (Meagan:a tomato-type rice)

Aba: Fried rice

Dzifa: bread and sausage

Faustina: bread and sausage

Janet: brown rice


Q:

dirty pond water under the right microscope will be flush with bacteria. besides that you can have them scrape the inside of their cheek to try to see their own cells.

A:

Although we've been keenly watching Ben's conspiracy theories :)


Q:

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.

A:

dirty pond water under the right microscope will be flush with bacteria. besides that you can have them scrape the inside of their cheek to try to see their own cells.


Q:

2 questions:

1) Are students commonly allowed to ask questions of the teacher?

2) What are punishments for misbehaving and under performing?

A:

Why is there no crystal structure (or any structure for that matter) available for T4 DNA ligase? Like, what the hell? There are dozens of ligase structures available but not even a homology model for the one that is most relevant to molecular biology. Blind spot or is it somehow weird?

Secondary question: With the way that academia is going these days, are you becoming more likely to suggest industry to grads/postdocs than previously? It's approaching 500 applicants/tenure track gig at decent schools. As a recent postdoc on the academic job hunt from one of your schools (rhymes with 'Barvard'), shit's getting real out there.

(Grad students looking for a project, this would be a good one).


Q:
  1. Any plans to bring online play to the battle arenas?
  2. Will Year 3 have an event exclusive figure?

Love LEGO games! TT Games are flawless with every game.

A:

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?


Q:

Why is there no crystal structure (or any structure for that matter) available for T4 DNA ligase? Like, what the hell? There are dozens of ligase structures available but not even a homology model for the one that is most relevant to molecular biology. Blind spot or is it somehow weird?

Secondary question: With the way that academia is going these days, are you becoming more likely to suggest industry to grads/postdocs than previously? It's approaching 500 applicants/tenure track gig at decent schools. As a recent postdoc on the academic job hunt from one of your schools (rhymes with 'Barvard'), shit's getting real out there.

(Grad students looking for a project, this would be a good one).

A:

Elise: Yes, it is normal practice for kids to ask questions. Punishments vary. For underperformance there is no punishment, but for misbehaving it depends on the behavior.

Meagan: To add more information to Elsie's response, sometimes kids are afraid to ask questions in class sometimes, for fear of mockery. And corporal punishment is a practice in and outside of the classroom in Ghana. Of course, Exponential Education does not allow beatings as part of the programs we offer.


Q:

We are not structural biologists and therefore do not feel qualified to answer

A:

Thanks :) Though flawless is probably a little generous - we know that we can get better, and try to do so each and every game... Online for arenas - sorry no - we belive that mode works best as an offline couch coop experience. year 3 exclusives - not sure - sorry


Q:

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

A:

We are not structural biologists and therefore do not feel qualified to answer


Q:

This is absolutely wonderful! I'm tearing up over here. I used to be a math and science teacher, but now I'm a software developer. Most of my students hated being in school. Do you find that to be untrue with these students?

A:

Hello! I am a microbiology major currently because I like the idea of immunology and more! What are some interesting new developments/research in this field related to immunology?


Q:

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?

A:

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?


Q:

Hello! I am a microbiology major currently because I like the idea of immunology and more! What are some interesting new developments/research in this field related to immunology?

A:

Meagan: I actually find that most are relatively OK with being in school. I think there is a heavy focus here on education because it is an opportunity that much of the older generations here didn't have. There are naturally trouble kids and those that regularly act out, but I find it's more commonly because they are struggling academically and that is the best coping mechanism. It's less common that it's because they don't want to be there.

As well, corporal punishment is common and encouraged is schools and the home. This naturally affects students' perceptions of the classroom. They like teachers that don't beat them, simply put.


Q:

Everybody: the microbiom influence on the immune system, nervous system and metabolic system. But that is just one of many.

A:

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

hmmm...


Q:

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.

A:

Everybody: the microbiom influence on the immune system, nervous system and metabolic system. But that is just one of many.


Q:

What is your favorite holiday or event?

A:

For some people, especially the elderly, it is sometimes advised to be on permanent penicillin. Ignoring the antibiotic-resistance facts for one moment, is this sound advice? I always thought that keeping a healthy gut flora is just as important (and gut flora has been linked to immunity too!).. thoughts?


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

For some people, especially the elderly, it is sometimes advised to be on permanent penicillin. Ignoring the antibiotic-resistance facts for one moment, is this sound advice? I always thought that keeping a healthy gut flora is just as important (and gut flora has been linked to immunity too!).. thoughts?

A:

Janet: Christmas

Aba and Dzifa: Easter

Frank: Independence Day

Faustina: My birthday


Q:

Resident MD: Certain people with take antibiotics prophylactics. Generally speaking the less antibiotics the better, even in the case of some infections.

A:

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


Q:

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.

A:

Resident MD: Certain people with take antibiotics prophylactics. Generally speaking the less antibiotics the better, even in the case of some infections.


Q:

Hey guys!

What's your favourite form of entertainment? / Do you use the Internet much?

A:

What do you think of veganism as a cure to cancer?


Q:

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.

A:

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.


Q:

What do you think of veganism as a cure to cancer?

A:

Frank: acting, especially performing a stage act

Dzifa: dancing to local music

Aba: music

Faustina: dancing, especially Indian

Janet: music, especially rapping (favorite artist: Stone Boy)


Q:

resounding laughter

A:

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


Q:

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.

A:

resounding laughter


Q:

What's your favourite thing about the country you live?

A:

any chance ever that celiac disease can be cured?


Q:

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?

A:

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.


Q:

any chance ever that celiac disease can be cured?

A:

Aba: Ghana is peaceful

Janet: Same

Frank: Ghana is beautiful with many attractive tourist sites and hospitable people


Q:

Everybody: None of us feel qualified to answer that question

A:

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..


Q:

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!

A:

Everybody: None of us feel qualified to answer that question


Q:

Currently in Kumasi, Ghana, as a volunteer. What are the kids thinking about the upcoming election? When i asked my JHS 2 classes they all wanted the NPP because they dont like the current President Mohama.

A:

Hi guys I'm a surface chemist, have you guys done much work into antibacterial surfaces? It's the field I'm hoping to do my pHD in! If you guys have had anu exposure to the field, what do you think of using surfaces to combat AMR?


Q:

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?

A:

Do you think these, or NUCs, are suitable for home micro-servers? I've been thinking about getting some hardware to play around with at home.


Q:

Hi guys I'm a surface chemist, have you guys done much work into antibacterial surfaces? It's the field I'm hoping to do my pHD in! If you guys have had anu exposure to the field, what do you think of using surfaces to combat AMR?

A:

Some of them like Mahama (NDC), and others prefer NPP, and one is for the PPP! So we have a good mixture here.


Q:

John M: It is an extremely exciting field that has only scratched the surface of its potential. it seems to have potential for AMR but we need to see results before we can say anything else.

A:

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!


Q:

For a microserver, a NUC is a great option that many people are using today. A compute stick is likely not as good of a fit since most people want to use their server for storing a lot of content (the compute sticks have limited internal storage). But NUCs can house up to 2TB internally and you can easily add additional external storage to them.

A:

John M: It is an extremely exciting field that has only scratched the surface of its potential. it seems to have potential for AMR but we need to see results before we can say anything else.


Q:

Such a lovely class! I have a question for the pupils: What 3D printing projects are you planning to do?

A:

Microbiology is my goal. Do you have any tips? I graduate this year and need to put together a CV and list of skills.


Q:

Are you looking forward to the new Dominos opening in ktown?

A:

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


Q:

Microbiology is my goal. Do you have any tips? I graduate this year and need to put together a CV and list of skills.

A:

Elsie: Solar lights and some toys at the end of the program


Q:

Everybody: do as much research in undergrad as possible, that will open many doors.

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The entire office is looking forward to Dominos!!! It'll make crunch time on projects more interesting!


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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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Everybody: do as much research in undergrad as possible, that will open many doors.


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Is harvard actually that much better than a state college?

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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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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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Is harvard actually that much better than a state college?


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Depends on the person and the school.

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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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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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Depends on the person and the school.


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Do you publish what you tried to do and didn't work? So that others can come along after you and continue?

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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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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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Do you publish what you tried to do and didn't work? So that others can come along after you and continue?


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John/Dan: generally not but sometimes in the context of another paper it will find it's way in. Research is driven by hypothesis, and we are often wrong in the beginning but that leads to something else.

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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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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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John/Dan: generally not but sometimes in the context of another paper it will find it's way in. Research is driven by hypothesis, and we are often wrong in the beginning but that leads to something else.


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What do you foresee as the biggest threat microbiologically (is that a word?) to a) humans and b) the ecosystem?

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can you guys ever tried to make a turkey out of legos?


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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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What do you foresee as the biggest threat microbiologically (is that a word?) to a) humans and b) the ecosystem?


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One very big one would be that of antibiotic resistant bacteria, besides that its the continuing emergence of viruses, including new strains of flu.

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err... no I haven't... an igloo yes... a banana yes... even a pineapple and cheese hedgehog...

but never a turkey... sorry


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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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One very big one would be that of antibiotic resistant bacteria, besides that its the continuing emergence of viruses, including new strains of flu.


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I understand that this isn't the focus of your field, but just out of curiosity; say if we were to make Mars habitable for humans, do you think we have to first make soil on Mars to host some microbes?

I always thought it would be interesting to sends some soil microbes and see how Mars changes.

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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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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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I understand that this isn't the focus of your field, but just out of curiosity; say if we were to make Mars habitable for humans, do you think we have to first make soil on Mars to host some microbes?

I always thought it would be interesting to sends some soil microbes and see how Mars changes.


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We think microbes enhance growth on this planet, we and others do not know what will happen on mars.

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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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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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We think microbes enhance growth on this planet, we and others do not know what will happen on mars.


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This is to Dan specifically I guess because it's specific to listeria. So do you work with the food industry or the FDA, or has your work helped, to combat listeria. Also if not what are you specifically researching in regards to listeria?

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Hi Arthur, Could you talk a little about the long term plan for Dimensions?

I've heard a 3 Year plan mentioned, would it be possible to extend the Game further into the future with new packs or is a "LEGO Dimensions 2" with a new starter pack , story etc a more likely possibility.

Really loved the inclusion of Red Dwarf within Fantastic Beats, is this a one off or maybe a test to see interest in a physical pack?

cheers, James


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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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This is to Dan specifically I guess because it's specific to listeria. So do you work with the food industry or the FDA, or has your work helped, to combat listeria. Also if not what are you specifically researching in regards to listeria?


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No, I do not. The vast majority of my research for cancer in some way.

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We like to throw in Easter Eggs... did you find Star Labs too? As for the longer term plan... sorry - not something I can go into detail on.. so when it's ask me anything, it's I'll answer some things... sorry.. that said anything is possible


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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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No, I do not. The vast majority of my research for cancer in some way.


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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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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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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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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.


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Hello Arthur!! TT Games is gradually becoming one of the major AAA company in the industry. That needs a whole long road to succeed it. Congratulations! Is there a tip/secret as part of the plan?

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Hey there... thanks :)

tip/secret?

It's like the Pepsi recipe, or the recipe to KFC gravy... super secret!

In all reality - we just do the best we can, and know that each time we start a project we have to try and beat the last one... the entire team try to make everything authentic, fun, enjoyable...

Games should be fun... and that's what we try to offer people... try...


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


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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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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!)