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Actor / EntertainerHello, I am Josh Thomas creator of the TV show PLEASE LIKE ME. AMA!

Nov 27th 2016 by RealJoshThomas • 38 Questions • 2077 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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This is a question and an apology in one. I am a 23 year of Melbournian who around 5 years ago saw you leaving the peel nightclub and shamelessly ran towards you screaming "josh thomaaazsssssssss" as you gave me a look of terror and hailed a cab. Firstly, I want to apologise for this.. drunk, 18 year old me was an embarrassment And secondly, I wanted to ask what you tend to do in situations similar to this? Do you ever feel flattered by crazy drunk people, or is it mostly just super irritating?

Ps I love your show It is amazing

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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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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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If I was on the street in the middle of the night I would have been scared, just quite genuinely afraid.


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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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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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Hi Josh, I'm a huge fan of Please Like Me. In what ways are you different from Josh on the show? Do you think that writing it has helped you understand yourself?

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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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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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Its so hard to know how well you understand yourself because maybe you are being delusional or maybe you are being self-loathing. I just don't know.


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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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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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Josh, love ya work mate. I just wanted to say thanks for such a great show. Not just for the non-standard, honest LGBT characters (which I appreciate), but also for the honesty around mental health. Some stories, especially the episode "Scroggin" (just Josh and Mum hiking through Tasmania), have felt very real to someone who had to grow up with a Mum who suffered depression.

So thanks, mate.

Since this is supposed to be used to ask a question: I saw some blow-back you had recently about the line about bi guys in the past. In your reply (which was good, by the way, and I totally understand what you were trying to say, I think) you spoke about TV Josh in the third person. I was surprised to find that I had made the classic mistake of forgetting that even though this is pretty real content, it is just a character you are playing there, if only one who seems very similar to you... So, do you find difficulty keeping that separation? Some people close to you would obviously know what's really you and what's just drama for TV, but I imagine that not everyone would get that difference...

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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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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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Haha yeah, it is hard. And when people meet me they have per-conceptions and some are true and some aren't and it's a weird thing to have to navigate.


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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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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


Q:

is it just incredibly gratifying to cast hot boys to be your love interests on the show?

also, the camping episode with you and rose is one of my favorite episodes of tv ever! season 4 is chalking up to be great so far! :]

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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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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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We don't usually intend to cast such hot boys, I just always think they're the best at acting. I've been questioning lately whether my judgement gets swayed by symmetrical faces.

Also we don't ask them to take their shirts off, a few times we've gotten to set and the boy has taken his shirt off and he's so fucking ripped and I've just felt a bit embarrassed that everyone thinks this is the boy I think I deserve.


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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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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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Josh, American who loves the show. In particular, as a gay man in his mid-twenties it's nice watching a show without LGBT tropes being shoved down our throats. Two questions 1) Favorite winter cheese? It's a matter of life and death 2) What classic witty Josh comment can I make to convince my American friends to watch. No pressure

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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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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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WHAT IS A WINTER CHEESE AND WHY ARE CHEESE RELIANT ON SEASONS? Is this a thing? This seems like a thing I would know about.


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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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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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its a cheese you eat in winter. winter cheese

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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'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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You can eat any cheese in the winter? My cheese preference isn't seasonal.

Delice de Bourgogne is obviously the best cheese.

Where are you from?

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


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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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I'm pretty sure it's a cheese made in winter- when the milk is creamier and fattier. Tends to be aged for longer, also.

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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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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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SOMEONE GET ME SOME OF THIS CHEESE.

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


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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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What made you guys choose the intro song "I'll be fine" and how often do you guys jam out on set to it? (Because you know we all do every episode).

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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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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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I can't believe I am not sick of this song yet. I truely love it.

I stumbled across it on Triple J unearthed.

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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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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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I'm a writing professor at a university in Florida. My students have a hard time conceptualizing and managing time in their fiction. I use your show as an example to teach about how much time we use to tell a story. Your show covers hours in some episodes, and seemingly weeks or months in other episodes (I'm thinking of season 3 episode 1: covering the beginning of Arnold and Josh's relationship). How do you decide what's important to cover in an episode?

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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?


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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)?

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


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Season 1 all the episodes occurred over a day or 2 and I found it so challenging. Almost all TV does this, which forces you to cram a lot of plot points into one crazy weekend. It feels a bit unreal to me. Then in Season 2 I realised WE DON'T HAVE TO DO THAT IF WE DON'T WANT TO. What I try and do if we will span a long period of time is have a strong focus - so that episode is (mostly) Josh and Arnold. The most recent Episode of Season 4 is (mostly) just Josh going on various dates.

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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


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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.

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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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Hey Josh, thanks for doing this. When you were on Talkin' 'bout your Generation, was the constant bickering between you and Shaun Micallef all in good humour on both sides, or was Shaun simply a prick?

Edit: This is a genuine question, your reactions were often convincing to the point that I felt bad for you. But it could simply be a testament to your acting skills.

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

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


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Haha I think it was good humour? I hope so!

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I've no idea sorry...


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

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Mike Thomashow: Crown Gall Disease.


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Thank you thank you thank you for the show! It always makes me feel better. My question is: have you ever thought about directing a film? And if so, what kind of film? From Russia with love. x

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


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

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

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Thank you 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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Hello! I get so excited when people in Russia are watching the show because it's ILLEGAL! How thrilling I get to be illegal.

I have thought about doing lots of things. We're still not sure about a S05 of PLM, when that gets sorted out I'll update my resume and go door-knocking.

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


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

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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.


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Yeah, illegal! But I'm going to order all the DVDs one day, I promise

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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.


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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.
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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?


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I don't mean illegal because you are pirating it, I mean illegal because its gay in Russia. If you live in Russia you have permission to pirate my gay show.

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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 :)


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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.

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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.


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what should I do with these old chicken bones from dinner?

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

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

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


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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:

You should make a stock, obviously.

A:

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

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


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

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


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In PLM, I found it interesting that Josh and Arnold were so quick to explore an open relationship. How prevalent do you believe non-monogamous relationships are in the gay community, and what made you want to put something like that on the show? For what it's worth, I thought it was a cool move :)

A:

Are any regular LEGO games in development? I don't expect details or anything, just, since LEGO Dimensions story packs and all that, normal LEGO games seem to be being incorporate into Dimensions and I just wondered, are any regular games are in planning or development?


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.


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Yeah, I think really common. I think when you grow up being told you will marry someone of the opposite sex and get married and have kids and have to come to terms with the fact that isn't true then it's easier to question the other relationship rules, like monogamy. Arnold makes this point in the show and JOSH disagrees with him, but in real life I take ARNOLD's POV.

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Absolutely... don't forget that at TT we have a number of teams, all of them working hard on various projects. We always have exciting things up our cup hand sleeves... so fear not 2016 has been great, but there is lots to look forward to in the future


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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)

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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.


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This show has defined some really key moments in my life -- so much that happens is extremely relatable. I have two little questions:

You keep pushing the boundaries of Australian TV - what's the network reaction like and is there anything they have completely vetoed that you were disappointed by?

How much was the Season 1 discovery of Josh's sexuality like your own?

Thank you!!

A:

I for one am hoping against hope for a full-blown Doctor Who game myself - there's easily enough material for a series of games, let alone one.


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?


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Once the Americans made us VFX (CGI) tom's dick smaller (he was wearing underwear) because they thought it was too distracting. I fought and I fought and I lost. And people think I'm not a good friend to TOM.

To actually answer your question - Both networks are pretty chill and let us get away with what we like.

The Season 1 discovery is a bit different to my own - in real life I met a boy and fell in love with him and it convinced me to hunt him down and come to terms with my sexuality. In PLM we had to get this all done in around 7 minutes, so instead of JOSH falling in love he met an incredible handsome man which forced him to come to terms with his sexuality quickly or miss out.

A: DANGITSHARPLES

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

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

A:

No, sorry.


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Will Caitlin Stasey be in anymore of season 4?

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Why are the driving controls in your games always complete shit?


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?


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Yes but not heaps, they are drifting.

A:

I actually thought that the handling in our version of WRC on PSP was ace... that said - I appreciate the comment ... we like to hear anything and everything, positive and negative.


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

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

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


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Josh, I'm a massive fan of the show. Love the existential dread and really clever way of covering mental health issues in a super non-judgmental and dreary way.

My favourite episode is Scroggin in season two, where your character and his mum are walking through Tasmania. What was filming that like, and was it based on a real experience?

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and LEGO City Undercover


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.


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My mother and I have never been on a hike, I did that hike with Hannah which triggered the idea. (It also triggered the idea of adding Hannah to the cast.) Some of the things said about mental health are from my personal life and some are from research that we did - it was a really interesting process writing that episode because I had to try and answer 'Why do people try and kill themselves?' Of course, there is no answer. But I needed a point of view, and I hadn't ever seriously tried to answer it for myself after my mum's attempts.

Filming was interesting, it was national park so we could only take a crew of 11, including cast. We had no wardrobe department and I did my own make up. (The scene where JOSH and MUM are swimming was shot with full crew near melbourne because Tasmania is freezing)

A:

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!


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:

Is there much of a real life inspiration for the Josh/Arnold relationship? I've been in one for 5 years which is similarly frustrating at times. Curious to see whether it's possible for it to get better and/or how ending it works out. The practical reality of loving someone who has mental health issues doesn't get a lot of airtime.

A:

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


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:

Just every relationship I've ever been in or seen.

A:

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 :)


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:

American fan, your humor is greatly refreshing in such a dull world. I'm curious as to what you do to your hair now since it has improved so much. And are you still dating that one guy that made a cameo in season 2?

A:

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.


Q:

What has been the biggest challenge in creating this product?

A:

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


Q:

Yes I am still dating him! His name is Josh and he is perfect. That cameo in season 2 (We go on a date and he tells me he had a Reiki massage and I tear him apart and he leaves the date) is based on our first date! But instead of getting upset he stopped getting Reiki massages. I wanted to give him the opportunity to play out that day as if he had left- like a sliding doors moment. His performance in that scene is so good I think - his disdain for me really leaps off the screen. Yikes.

A:

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

DANGITSHARPLES

Q:

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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did you break up Josh/Arnold just so you could have a bit of fun with casting some absolute hunk-of-spunks? also what is actually going on under the covers during sex scenes? how are these scenes filmed? do you keep your pants on out of courtesy to the other actors? genuinely curious. thanks!

A:

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


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


Q:

YES WE KEEP OUR PANTS ON. OF COURSE! If you see bums then the boys are wearing socks over their penises. If you don't we are in our underwear.

A:

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


Q:

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.


Q:

Are you really that mean to Tom in real life? Also, will we ever see Geoffrey back on the show?

P.S. I saw you in a red cardigan getting money from an atm on Rundle st about 8 years ago.

A:

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?


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:

Geoffrey is back in ep 5 of this latest Season.

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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...


Q:

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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do you actually make all the dishes that are in the episode titles? and which dish has been your favorite so far?

A:

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


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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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Ahh I get asked this a lot and I don't make the dishes but I hate telling people that because it is just so CUTE to me that people think i am on set baking.

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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..


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!

A:

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.


Q:

Hi Josh, it's 2:08 a.m. in Canada and I'm going to go to bed after I send this so...

I really like your show! I reviewed the premiere of this season and enjoyed it. Although, I have to admit I don't know how I feel about the latest few episodes. I guess what I'm trying to ask is...

Why couldn't Josh/Arnold be endgame in your world? I think that whole breakup could've been avoided if they talked to each other like human beings. Was it the plan the whole time to break them up for some other drama? I want to suggest this show to my friends but it's hard to know that I was invested in this relationship only to have it feel like severely wasted time. Sorry for being rude, I really do love your show. I say all of this as a huge fan of the first three seasons. I'm just finding this season a bit hard to like is all. I am looking forward to the rest of the season. And I am continuing to tell my friends to watch it.

Cheers.

A:

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?


Q:

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

A:

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


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Hi Laura,

The sadness and loss you feel for their relationship to me says we've made you feel how people feel after a break up and that is what we wanted to do.

I don't think because they broke up that their relationship was a severe waste of time, they shared some beautiful moments together. They both learnt things from each other and grew and changed and then they stopped loving each other and now it's time for them to move on.

The thing is: people break up. I know you think it is my fault because I am the author but it is not my fault, it is JOSH and ARNOLD's.

A:

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!)


Q:

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.


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Hey, I've been loving your show! Been watching it in iview, and as always, you're incredibly funny but in a real and not cheap-laugh kind of way. Just wondering if you've got any tips for Australians interested in getting into TV writing/directing? Or at least, how you got there?

A:

3 questions about lego city pack:

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


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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.

A:

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


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I started as a stand-up.

The shows I have seen get made are usually because someone at the network is a fan of the person wanting to make the show. They get really passionate and convince everyone else at the network. So: If you want to make a show you have to make fans.

How do you make fans? I dunno.

A:

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


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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.


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Have there been any audience reactions to characters or stories that have surprised you? My friends and I have very different opinions on Patrick, Arnold, Tom, Hannah, and pretty much everything that happens. Have there been reactions you've wanted to respond to or explain?

A:

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

/r/dangitsharples


Q:

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?

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?


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Yes! There has been many, many times this week I've wanted to go on the internet and stand up for JOSH. Everyone is hash-tag team Arnold but I think both ARNOLD and JOSH have behaved pretty poorly this season. It is my view that Arnold had fallen out of love with Josh but wasn't brave enough to do the break-up. Arnold stopped being playful with JOSH and kept trying to starts fights because he was pushing JOSH away. The internet doesn't seem to see it like this. BUT... we try very hard to keep the waters murky about who is 'good' and who is 'bad'.

I love all the characters and think they are all good, like most people

A:

EVERY DAMN DAY!

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


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:

Has directing a few episodes of the show given you a new perspective of your character? Has it changed the way you'll write for him in future episodes?

A:

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

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

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


Q:

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?

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:

It's definitely taught me a lot of technical things about acting but I am not sure it made me reconsider my character.

A:

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


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:

What's the real chance of a season five? I'm asking for a friend! Or that's what I wan't you to think.

A:

This question is a very short one. It is about the Powerpuff girls. So will all the Powerpuff girls be playable character or just two or one? THANKSS!!


Q:

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?

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:

We had a sense that this might be the final season so it is written to end, if necessary. We hope that it isn't the end and are trying to work something out. x

A:

I'm not supposed to give the answer to this one - but all 3 :)


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

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


Q:

Hi Josh, love the show.

It's a cheesy question (not winter cheesy, whatever that is), but what would be your favorite episode or storyline arc thus far? I have quite a few episodes overall, but just to highlight two I loved: (SPOILERS AHEAD FOR OTHERS: Champagne with Josh + Claire post-abortion, and Scroggin' with Josh and Mom post-Ginger's suicide)

As an aside: I think you and your team did an amazing job with Ben's storyline with whole cerebral aneurysm thing. It honestly gave me flashbacks to my own joyous (he says facetiously) hospital times.

A:

Is everything awesome?


Q:

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?

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:

Ahh I don't have a favourite, it's hard for me to see the show clearly after having worked on it.

A:

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


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 inspired you to get the idea to make PLEASE LIKE ME?

A:

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


Q:

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

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:

Haha, it's about an awkward gay boy with a bipolar mother. I didn't look very far for inspiration.

A:

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


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:

Hi Josh!

I once asked at a live show in Brisbane about 5 years ago, how old were you when you first masturbated and I'm still waiting on an answer.

In lieu of an answer to that, do you have anything in the works for after Please Like Me?

A:

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


Q:

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.

A:

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


Q:

What did I say back then?

I just don't know, TBH. I'd tell you, I just don't know.

NO I HAVE NOTHING IN THE WORKS - DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS?

A:

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

hmmm...


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:

Hi Josh! Simple (or not) question here, but what has been your favourite joke in the show so far? Thanks in advance!

A:

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


Q:

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.

A:

any chance ever that celiac disease can be cured?


Q:

This is not quite answering your question but... Matt Saville who directed most of the eps reminded me of this joke I cut from Ep 1 Season 1.

Tom: But you've had sex with so many girls! Gah! What a waste of vagina. Josh: Tom, Vagina isn't a finite resource. Okay? It's not like I could have given the vagina to a homeless person.

Is this funny? Should I have left it in? There are a LOT of vagina jokes in that ep already.

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:

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:

Hey Josh! Do you have any plans to return to stage stand up any time soon? Love Please Like Me! Cheers

A:

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.


Q:

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.

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:

I think my stage shows got a bit shit, to be honest. And now when I go on stage I feel a bit sick in my tummy and just want to be in bed.

Maybe I will return in a few years when I get my confidence back.

A:

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


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:

Is Ben bi/pan or doesn't choose to label himself? Having a character like him on the show is fucking awesome representation, so thank you for it!

A:

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?


Q:

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

Do you think there could eventually be gaming pc sticks?

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

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:

Ummm, I am not sure he would have a label for himself. He is dating a girl at the moment because he met a cool girl.

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:

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

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

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

A:

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


Q:

Basing this question off the last episode where Josh dates a bunch of guys, so it seems that you kinda know how the game works: how does one date? Especially if you're painfully awkward and can't finish a conversation without making the other person feel uncomfortable?

A:

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?


Q:

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

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

A:

Is harvard actually that much better than a state college?


Q:

OKAY, here is my best dating advice: be yourself.

Everyone says this with the implication being that who are is GOOD, that is not what I am saying. You, like me are probably a bit weird.

But if you be yourself and go and meet as many boys/girls/etc as possible then sometimes you will meet someone who's 'theirself' matches your 'yourself' and have a lovely time. Maybe for a night, maybe forever or maybe for 17 minutes.

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:

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

A:

Depends on the person and the school.


Q:

When I write tv shows with myself in mind, I often worry about being too self indulgent or if I can perform the role. Also, I worry my jokes aren't funny!

Does this happen to you/how do you circumvent self doubt when creating?

(also I love your show so so much thank you for making it)

A:

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


Q:

Hi, Intel team!

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

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

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

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

  4. Do you use any old computers today?

A:

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


Q:

Yeah, it's really challenging.

There was 2 weeks where we are editing episode 1 and every time we watched it through JOSH spends a minute dancing with a teddy bear on the bus and... it's just really hard to watch yourself do that and decide 'is this fun for other people?'

Self doubt is... everyone has it. EVERYONE. I think every writer feels like everything they've written that was good was a mistake. I have a self-portrait of Dr Seuss on my while called 'An artist worrying about his next book.' He drew it while he was writing 'The Cat in the Hat.'

A:

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


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

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.


Q:

Would you agree that the tone of this season (S4), at least so far, is quite different from previous ones? What influenced the new direction?

A:

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.


Q:

Where are these manufactured?

A:

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


Q:

I think all the seasons have a different tone, it's part of the challenge of moving the show forward and not being repetitive. Also Josh isn't 21 anymore, his world is different.

A:

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


Q:

They are manufactured by one of our partners in China.

A:

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


Q:

Did you go into this season expecting to see a "backlash" from some fans regarding Josh's behaviour toward Arnold?

A:

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?


Q:

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

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

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

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

A:

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.


Q:

I presume you mean JOSH. I do wish I had seen more backlash from people about JOHN's behaviour.

I have experienced this before with Geoffrey.

It's hard for me to understand why people think Arnold has been such an angel this season, TBH. He used to be playful with JOSH but now whenever JOSH does oversteps the mark (or is late for dinner) he gets shot down.

It is my view that ARNOLD isn't in love with JOSH anymore and is trying to start fights to convince JOSH to break up with him because ARNOLD doesn't have it in him to do it.

JOSH doesn't manage this well, of course.

A:

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:)


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

Hey Josh,

First, your show is super rad & important to me & my bf, us being v. anxious boys.

Second: I am having difficulty pitching your show to my friends in a way that convinces them to watch it. I may need to stop leading with 'THIS IS A V. IMPORTANT REPRESENTATION OF MENTAL ILLNESS & POWERFUL ART ETC.' What's your elevator pitch to get people on board?

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

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?


Q:

I've never been able to pitch it either.

A:

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

but never a turkey... sorry


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

Hey Josh, long time Reddit lurker here but I’ll come out of hiding cus I’m just such a huge fan of the show and have basically forced half my friends to watch it. Also not usually one to use the fact that it is my birthday today as manipulation but, well, PLM is like the Beluga Caviar of TV shows. Two questions: 1) Who’s your favourite character from the show? 2) Who do you love more – Tom or pancakes?

A:

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


Q:

I've been very tempted to try picking up one of the compute sticks or NUC boxes soon... Just curious if you thought that Intel may eventually start partnering with TV display manufacturers to integrate the Compute Stick functionality in TVs at the point of manufacture (similar to how some TVs are being sold now with Roku integrated), or if the future roadmap for the compute stick is only for these to be sold individually as they are now?

A:

Sometimes I feel real sincere love for Arnold when I am writing him but he is not my favourite character. I don't have a favourite.


Q:

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.

A:

Intel is always looking for ways to innovate and that is not always about technology. Sometimes it is about how to get that new technology into the market. We think that the idea of integrating more technology into TVs could be very compelling, but there are challenges with how to upgrade that technology without having to throw away your expensive TV. So our starting point has been a device that is not integrated (the compute stick). That may not be the final answer on that but that is where we are today. We, and the industry as a whole, will continue to explore how it's best to integrate these compute with TVs as we move forward.


Q:

Are you ever going to upgrade your website?

Surely you had to try to make it this terrible. Is it a part of your quirky aesthetic.

A:

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


Q:

What is the most interesting use case you've seen for one of your compute sticks?

A:

What is the point of of a website? I have twitter/FB/Instagram.


Q:

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

A:

One that we are most excited about is one that LG just showed off at a trade show in Berlin recently and that was integrating a compute stick into their newest refrigerator that included a large screen on one of the doors. The compute stick powers the screen and the internal camera so people can track what is inside their fridge from the smart phones while their are grocery shopping! Pretty cool.


Q:

whod u say is the best kisser in please like me?

A:
  • 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?


Q:

What was the hardest thing to solve would designing the stick ? Airflow? The case?

A:

Me, obviously.


Q:

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 :)

A:

In general, the hardest thing was about thermal - how do you dissipate heat in such a tiny package. So airflow was definitely a big part of that (we went through many, many designs of different holes on the case to optimize airflow) as we the heat sink and thermal material on the processor, the selection and placement of the fan and overall selection of every component to minimize the amount of heat generated inside the device.


Q:

Was the episode 'Natural Spring Water' based on real events?

A:

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?


Q:

What advantages would the stick have over a Raspberry Pi? Would you guys be interested in making some phone app that could act as mouse and keyboard so I could use it for light Ubuntu usage to play simple games, listening to music and watching streaming in non smart TVs? Will ever be a tiny stick with a sata port or some other way to get big storage for it so I could use as a NextCloud portable box?

A:

Do you mean 'Have you taken MDMA?' Yes, for the sake of art.

We did not end up in hospital.

The Arnold taking the MDMA in spite of his anxiety disorder is based on real life.


Q:

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...

A:

I'll start with the phone app one first, because we have already done that! It is called the Intel Remote Keyboard app and it's available for both iOS and Android. It is designed so that you can have full access to your computer without the need for a separate keyboard or mouse.

As for comparing to Raspberry Pi, they really serve different markets. Raspberry Pi is designed for developers and makers who want to add on, program and generally muck around with the technology. The intel compute stick is design as a fully functioning cpmputer targeted at mainstream audiences.

As for your last question, we do not currently envision doing a stick with an external sata port, but it certainly is not impossible. Today you could do it over a USB 3 port.


Q:

as somebody who has never seen the show, I'm interested in all the hype friends of mine have around Please Like Me, what do you think this show has that makes it so popular? (aka why should I watch it ;) )

A:

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

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


Q:

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)?

A:

I know it's honest and it comes from the heart. I hope it's funny. I hope every episode has something in it that is surprising, that we haven't done before. Or, better yet that TV hasn't done before.


Q:

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

A:

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.


Q:

what socks color are you wearing atm??

A:

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


Q:

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!

A:

Black. Are you into socks, or?


Q:

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!)

A:

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.


Q:

what shows inspred you for the tone that you create on please like me? also What has been the most positive change (change that has recevied the best results) in your stand up comedy?

A:

So, any chance of a cameo? (username checks out)


Q:

Ahh it sounds real pretentious but we tried not to reference any shows when developing the tone, we tried to focus on my life/standup.

A:

Ha... that would be awesome... would he sing Best of You when left to idle?


Q:

Hi josh I'm drunk right now at my sisters 9th birthday party, should I tell my crush I like them??

A:

How old are you? I guess not very because you said 'crush' but then you are drunk so it's hard to work out.

Just grab them by the pussy, that's my advice.