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JournalistIamA journalist and author who specialises in writing about the Dark Web AMA!

Nov 28th 2016 by OzFreelancer • 38 Questions • 190 Points

Howdy Reddit, we are indie pop trio Jukebox the Ghost here to answer all of your questions!

A bit about us; we have been a band for over a decade and we are releasing a live album this Friday (12/2) called Long Way Home. We hope you will enjoy :)

PROOF https://www.instagram.com/p/BNXbMZjB-Do/?hl=en

OKAY EVERYONE>>> THAT"S IT!!

Even with all three of us a different computers frantically typing we couldn't get to all of your questions but we had so much fun! Thank you for joining us here... we love you all dearly. So nice to hear from so many of you who have been listening to us for so long.

UNTIL THE NEXT TIME!

-Ben, Tommy, and Jesse

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Have you had any positive encounters on the dark web, or found anything that was humorous and not harmful?

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Hey, thanks for doing this. You guys have been one of my long-term favorite acts. Not a lot of EDM groups that make music people fall in love to and you guys have always been great about giving back to fans.

I will probably have a few questions if possible, but my first is regarding the structure some of the aesthetics your music / dynamic has. It has always seemed to me that your project is very much like two parts of a whole. When you were apart, listening to you separately was exactly like listening to one half of G&D. I think this comes from each of your background's and how you came up in the scene to some extend, Dave coming from playing clubs and Josh being more formally trained. Even the name "Gabriel & Dresden" has conveyed a sense of almost binary aesthetics. Gabriel has always made me think of the archangel an Dresden of the firebombing of the German city. Can you speak a little to how willfully structured this is, or how organic this all is? Is it just a circumstance of how it came together or is there something intentional and conscious behind this?


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

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Can you imagine a scenario where you may be cast alongside a Scientologist or would it not be allowed?


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

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


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Do you have a full list of where each song was performed from the live album?

Thanks for doing the AMA you guys are the best!

EDIT: I went to the Boston Show last year with u/robowtie (doesn't actually have Reddit) thanks for being our favorite band 😄 keep on doing your thing!

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Absolutely! Most of my encounters are positive. There are forums on the dark web dedicated to freedom of speech, drug law reform, etc and they are mostly very respectful and surprisingly troll-free.

I am a strong advocate for drug law reform - I believe prohibition/War on Drugs is killing people - so I was very interested in Silk Road when it first came about. It offered a safer alternative to people who were going to buy drugs anyway, by providing harm reduction advice and sellers who had public feedback, in much the same way as eBay or Amazon does. Silk Road had a philosophy of not selling anything "the purpose of which is to harm or defraud another person".

I really enjoyed all of my interactions with people in and behind Silk Road and I was sorry to see it shut down.


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We don't think anyone has nailed our dynamic better than this post. Your reddit screen name says it all! Bravo!

This IS just the way we are. We came together organically and that's how the project has always been.

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


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That would not be allowed from their end.

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


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

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HELLO!!!

We do have it all documented - it ended up being mostly Boston and Philly with a bunch of others tossed in there.

Thanks for being part of the AMA!

-ben


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In your opinion and based on what you have seen, are people inherently good or evil at their core?

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Hey Josh & Dave,

I had the honour of playing before you in Canberra, Australia a few years back and that's still one of the most memorable DJ experiences I've had, as you guys have always been a massive inspiration and I've got so many favourites from your discography. I wanted to ask if Ryeland Allison was a chance for a collab on the album (or otherwise) as the Attention Deficit stuff was always awesome, and was there a remix of Superstyling under the name, or was it a wrongly named mp3 that I grabbed many years ago?

Cheers and hope to see you guys back out here!


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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.

A:

Is it true they record your meetings and blackmail you with the recordings?


Q:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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HI! It's Maggie. We were floormates at GW. JUST WANTED TO SAY HI. I love watching you guys soar and kickass and be generally awesome. Tommy- can I get a JTG drawing of you three as Colonial Georges?!?!

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That is probably well beyond the bounds of my expertise to make a judgment call on, but overall I personally believe most people are good. I just think that the evil get a disproportionate amount of our attention.


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We remember that night, in the side room of that venue on an off night of the Creamfields Australia tour. Glad you had a great time!!

And also, great idea about Ryeland!! He's very talented and we will for give him a call and see if he wants to collaborate on the album.

Cheers!

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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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Yes, every "therapy room" is equipped with cameras and listening devices, as admitted by the "Church." Do they use it for blackmail? No, they use it to discredit you when you speak out.

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


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

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HI MAGGIE!!!!! HOWS IT GOING!?!?!?!?

-Ben


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That's one hell of a question! I just wish to add my two cents as per my study (crime, english literature). Evil doesn't exist. It's a word we use when someone's actions are so vile that we assume its not possible to get there through environmental factors. The more horrible truth is that it is possible to act such a way if your environment is truly awful (primarily in childhood). My experience is that a vast number of high vulgarity criminals were abused physically and/or sexually when they were younger. I am not offering excuses here and you can be more prone to crime through increased testoterone and things such as the 'warrior gene' but these arn't evidence of evil as they can and do exist in people who lead good, honest lives. The sad truth is we are all born human, and if a mixture of bad luck, chance and human environment conspires against you, a human is liable to act in a manner we might (wrongly) refer to as evil.


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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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How much did you pay to the church throughout your time there?


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

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


Q:

Hey! I love you guys and come to your shows whenever you are in Tampa. My question is how was your experience recording a live album?

Also, Tommy, can you please draw JBTG as a band of platypus sometime?

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I know what you are saying and I agree on an intellectual level. However, having seen and heard the deeds of Lux and Peter Scully, there is no other way to describe them, than "evil".


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THAT'S IT!!! :)

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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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Millions.

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


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Thanks

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YEAH TOMMY>>> PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

-ben


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Rather naive question: but why is there a need for a 'dark web'? Most would think it's a resource to obtain something illegal.

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What was the inspiration for As the Rush Comes??? ;)


Q:

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.

A:

If all Scientology's secrets were revealed tomorrow, which do you think would be most shocking?


Q:

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

A:

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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I wanted to buy your ghost imprinted socks, but I'm not a fan of white socks and how dingy they get rather quickly. How about black socks with white ghosts? Ghosts are white anyway. Just a thought!

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The technical term for the dark web is "hidden services". Hidden services are a way of creating a meeting place where the visitor can’t discover where the host is and the host can’t discover where the visitor is coming from. So the can be used in situations like providing meeting places for whistleblowers and human rights workers to communicate with journalists.

And, of course, that makes them perfect for illegal commerce.


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The verses were inspired by the experiences a friend had during a car accident. The chorus is an ode to the special feelings one can have on a dancefloor.

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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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When you reach the top of The Bridge (OTP 8) you will be told that God is a lie for LRH, and there are more levels ahead, that will cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars. There is no end to Scientology.

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


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

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yeah i agree


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Do you use TOR regularly while going searching? Do you use your own scripts to keep you hidden (when necessary of course).

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Have you guys ever used a ghost producer? If yes, what was your motovation?


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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?

A:

When you were a scientologist did you ever get any weird reactions from other famous people?


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Can you say anything regarding what that understanding is?

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

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

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

Thanks for answering.


Q:

Is there an official recording of Hold It In Deluxe Supreme* (I am ashamed) as a secret track on this album?

Love your music. Additionally, you guys have played on tour with more of my favorite artists. Ben Folds and The Family Crest, to name a few. Do you guys have any favorite tour-mates?

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No, I'm one of the majority who have sacrificed aspects of my privacy for convenience.


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No. We would never do that, our music is personal. We could never hand any part of that off to anyone.

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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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Weird reactions? No. I got appropriate reactions, "Why are you in this crazy shit?"

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


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

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We released Hold It In Supreme just to our Kickstarter backers.. but we may chose to make it public at some point.

My favorite tour-mates are Tommy and Jesse.

-ben


Q:

As someone who has a basic understanding of Tor, can you elaborate more on what you mean by this?

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Do you think the old trance sound is coming back? Do you have any plans on bringing back Motorcycle? When are you playing in Atlanta again? :P


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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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What OT level are you?


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

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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?


Q:

Hey tommy, it's Sy! First off, I love seeing you guys succeed. Congrats on the ever increasing success.

Back in Rome, you used to play beady eyes on acoustic. I could have sworn there were more verses than ultimately made it to the album. Am I right? If so, can you share a recording of the complete song?

Hope all is well buddy

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I mean that in most cases I don't use Tor to do my regular browsing. I like the convenience of auto-fill and sites remembering I've been there. I hate having to re-enter details every time I visit a page. So by default, Google remembers my searches and feeds them to Facebook to advertise to me, Reddit keeps me logged in, etc etc etc.

i.e. I've sacrificed privacy for convenience.


Q:

1) Yes, we do think the old trance sound is coming back. It's part of the reason we feel so inspired to make a new album. There will be a lot of that inspiration in the music that we're making and plan to make.

2) Yes, we are talking to Jes about making music again and hope she will make an appearance on the album.

3) No plans for Atlanta right now, but when the album is done we're planning on doing a full scale tour of the world.

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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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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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Sy! Holy shit! Hi/how are you??

There totally were more lyrics...Good memory. I never did a recording of it though!

(for anyone that's not me and Sy looking at this, I should add that we were apartment-mates when I studied abroad in Rome. I bought a crappy guitar while I was out there and wrote all of the end-of-the-world stuff while traveling/busking/bumming around Italy)

(fun times)

-Tommy


Q:

How does one get to the dark web anyways?

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I definitely second that. Never gets old. Always on my playlists.


Q:

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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Are you still in contact with any friends that are still part of the church?


Q:

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

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


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With only the base set, the buy options are always the same, so if you play with the same group people might settle in on strategies that they like (though the dice do introduce randomness). That's especially true for two-player games.

If you grab an expansion or two, however, the piles get randomly chosen (with a few rules to make sure that all die rolls are potentially meaningful) which changes things up a lot.

Even then, it's probably not quite as highly replayable as those two games, but that's a very high standard to meet.

Since I have your attention, I'd also like to thank you for all of the beautiful music. I've had some rough times in the past year or two, and your music has taken turns being a refuge and a way for me to express and process when I'm ready to.

And now, back to your previously scheduled board-game tangent.

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Download the Tor browser bundle from torproject.org. Launch the browser. Google or check Reddit subs such as /r/onions, /r/darknetmarkets, or /r/deepweb for URLs to directories or sites of interest and go.


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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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I am an SP (supressive person). You are not allowed to be in contact with an SP. I would love to talk to my former friends and see my goddaughter.

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


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

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Love this... makes it extra worth it.

Thanks for the rec... got xmas coming up. One of my fav things to do is get my family a game (that i know I want to learn) and then make them play it with me.


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I've always been curious about not engaging, but browsing the dark web. Despite what I hear, I worry about legal ramifications of just looking around. Am I safe to browse? Are there any consequences?

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What albums do you find yourself listening to when looking for inspiration? Or who'se sets do you usually trust to get the creative gears grinding? Are creative blocks something you still run into or have the many years of experience helped you build a system for you to avoid this in your process. What are some other non music related activities that help you feel/be creative? Whats your favorite natural phenomena?


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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!

A:

Have you seen the HBO documentary Going Clear? If so, would you say it's an accurate representation the church and worth showing to people?


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What are some common misconceptions about microbes?

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

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


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Want to do a game night?

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In most countries it is not illegal to simply browse the dark web. The exception is child abuse sites - it may be illegal to view images or videos.


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  1. Wow that's a hard question to answer, because we own so many albums and we listen to a lot of them to try and find that almighty inspiration. Some that have recently been listened to, Depeche Mode - Violator, The XX's debut album, Yazoo - You and Me Both, The Cure - Pornography, Massive Attack - Blue Lines, The Postal Service - Give Up, Red Hot Chili Peppers - BloodSugarSexMagic.

  2. Creative blocks happen all the time. There's really no magic formula to get out of them, but one we've found that helps for us is to try and find other music that's inspiring. Whether it be something current, something old, maybe it could even be as simple as going out to hear someone else DJ. For us to get where we're at now and ready to make a new album, it was listening to our vast collection of older trance music just to remember how good dance music can be.

  3. We love to go out and explore nature when we're stressed or feeling uninspired. The further away from civilization, the better. Get lost in the woods with the birds and other animals. Flowers, trees and the smell of the grass. Gets us out of a funk every time.

  4. Our favorite natural phenomena are thunderstorms. We don't get to see them often in California, but when we're out on the road, we never miss the chance to have the windows open or be outside (but not under a tree) when there's one happening.

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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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Very much so. I thought it was very accurate. I was shocked how accurate it was for not coming from Scientologists. I wanted to see more stories about how it affected children. The systematic recruitment of members' children. I wish it would have told the story of how Scientologists give their children to the "Church." It protects the life source that is continually bolstering the religion. But, I think they did an amazing job and they cleared the path for people like me to speak about it. HBO was very brave in taking it on. As is A&E, as it will be the first network is do a full series about it.

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


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

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absolutely!


Q:

Tor, look it up. It is it's own browser. It looks like an onion.

A:

Congrats on reaching (and exceeding) your goal on Kickstarter already! What got the ball rolling for you both to start on a new album after a decade-long hiatus?


Q:

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

A:

Considering that Scientology is consistently painted in such a negative light how did you maintain the commitment to Scientology for so long?


Q:

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

A:

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?


Q:

Jukebox! You guys don't have many collaborations on your albums. Is there anyone you're dying to work with, or are you just three men, united by one supernatural being and an antiquated music player?

A:

Download at torproject.org


Q:

We were feeling inspired to make more than just singles. We've been experimenting with so many different sounds and tempos in the two years we've taken off from releasing music. And we finally feel like we're to a place where we can stretch out and do this over the course of a full length album.

A:

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.


Q:

Because i was taught to believe that the controversy was due to people being unaware of what Scientology was truly doing in the world which was good things. I also felt the press was focused on making fun of Scientology and not what was important, so it was easy to turn away from the information. And also a major part of Scientology is learning how to fight your critics. If i wasn't fighting I wasn't being a good Scientologist.

A:

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

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


Q:

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

A:

I appreciate your question but am unable to make sense of it.

We are Ben, Frankinsense and Mir. United by the great spaghetti monster and a casette-player. Desperate to collab with Celine Deon on an album of patriotic music.

-ben


Q:

What site or sites took the place of Silk Road? What are the big markets now?

A:

What is trance for you? :)


Q:

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

A:

Was there a secret group of people or friends you had in the church that doubted it? Or did you feel alone.


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

Hey guys! I've been listening to you all for a couple years and saw you at the 9:30 club last year.

How do you decide what order the songs on a record will be in? Is it just random, or do you all have a special method?

Thanks!

A:

The ones that came immediately in the wake of Silk Road were Sheep (which exit scammed, and later the owner was arrested), Black Market Reloaded (which always ran as Silk Roads little brother, but became so popular after SR shut down, the owner got spooked and shut down, after letting everybody withdraw their Bitcoin. He got away clean) and Silk Road 2, which was opened by former staff of Silk Road and lasted a year before remaining staff were arrested (although the initial Dread Pirate Roberts 2nd got away).

The biggest ever were Evolution and Agora, both now gone.

Current market leaders are AlphaBay and Dream, though there are dozens of other smaller markets.


Q:

Trance to us is music that takes you somewhere and let's you feel many emotions.

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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.


Q:

I felt alone. If you ever confided in friends then you were (as policy dictates)... reported and turned in. Very 1984, very George Orwell.

A:

Mike Thomashow: Crown Gall Disease.


Q:

I've no idea sorry...

A:

Tommy and I can be pretty picky when it comes to picking the track order of a record. There's no particular method to it but it's important to us to put each tune in a good spot that makes listening to the record enjoyable. A nice spread of ben and tommy tunes, throw in a mellow tune when the energy is getting tiresome. Some songs are just perfect openers and some perfect closers. The middle is tricky. Tommy and I actually each independently came up with the same exact track order for "Let Live & Let Ghosts" - Jesse


Q:

This was a test. You passed. (obviously)

Folks, this guy is legit.

A:

Are you a fan of the Dresden Files?


Q:

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

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

A:

Do you think there are members of the cult of Scientology reading this AMA?


Q:

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.

A:

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


Q:

did you guys have a "big break" moment?

A:

This gal is legit...


Q:

No, not really.

75. By: gabrielanddresden
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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.


Q:

Do I think? I know. Hi Karin Pouw and members of OSA! If any Sea Org member is currently reading this and works for OSA and wants to leave, I will help you... including Karin.

A:

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

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


Q:

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

A:

We don't think of any moment as being a 'big break' moment. We have had some important moments though... Playing on Letterman was huge (Donald Trump was the other guest (though that is not why the moment was huge for us)). First big supporting tour, which happened to be with Ben Folds was important as well.

-ben


Q:

People actually order drugs overseas to be delivered at home, or did I just misunderstood that?

A:

What are some of your favorite 80s songs to remix?


Q:

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

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

As this has to be a question:

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

What do you think Scientology will look like in 50-100 years? Do you think it has longevity or is it going to come to an end?


Q:

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?

A:

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.


Q:

What kind of bear is best?

A:

Yes, and it is becoming increasingly popular. Hundreds of millions of dollars (in Bitcoin) is going through the darknet markets.

If people are ordering drugs, particularly in powder form, for personal use, they can be flattened, sealed in MBB (moisture barrier baggies) and sent in a regular business envelope, indistinguishable from billions of other envelopes going through the postal system every day. The chances of a particular package being intercepted is very low.


Q:

Pretty much anything on the Mute, Sire or Fiction Records.

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A:

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.


Q:

I hope that its abusive practices come to an end. I'm all for people believing in things that are decent.

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

Teddy bear mostly.

Also nudists.

-ben


Q:

Well, I really had no ideia. I always thought deals like these were always made hand-to-hand, but now I understand that would defeat the purpose of using websites like Silk Road.

Guess I learned something new today. Thanks for answering.

A:

What the heck happened to you guys at Exchange LA this summer?


Q:

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

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

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

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

A:

How are they able to recruit intelligent people into what appears to be an obvious scam and cult?


Q:

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

A:

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 :)


Q:

A question for each of you:

If you were to be supervillains, what would your superpower be and why?

Also, pleaseeeee do another tour with The Family Crest, please and thank you.

A:

Thanks for asking :)


Q:

There was a problem with our laptop and after that show we marched on into the Apple Store and bought ourselves a brand new machine.

It was really hard on us to be in front of such a great audience and have equipment failure be the reason we could not perform. We apologize for it <3

A:

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


Q:

Most Scientologists are 2nd or 3rd generation, they were born and raised into an ideology and have been surrounded and isolated. It is all they know. They are victims. Most of the original Scientologists are all out and have spoken out. Unfortunately, their children were indoctrinated by them.... are still loyal, faithful and have cut off communication due to the policy of disconnection.

A:

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


Q:

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

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

A:

I would be the eggman... coocoo kaBLAM!

I would take eggs (fake of course, so as to be environmentally friendtly) and throw them at superheroes. I would have five arms - so i could throw many many eggs at once. Also I would be able to fly. I would use that ability to get to my fake egg factory in the clouds. I am cracking myself up.

-ben


Q:

You say most of your encounters on the dark web are positive. Do you think we all can still feel safe even though there are people hiding behind screens where human trafficking and abduction are present just right behind the screen? Is it better they are on the dark web rather than doing it all in front of the public eye?

A:

Why the fuck are you crowd sourcing the funds for your album? Sign to a record label or get a fucking loan


Q:

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

A:

Do the higher ups know it's a scam or do they really believe this crap?


Q:

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.

A:

Thank you so much for all you do, the LEGO games are always my favorite, and as a mediocre gamer, I'm always proud of myself for being able to 100% them. And I love that Dimensions has become the epitome of the LEGO Games!

That being said, I understand if you can't answer, but is there any chance that we might see more stud multipliers in LD?

And is there any chance for Star Wars?

Thanks again!!!


Q:

Favorite song off the live album?

(Thanks for the AMA!)

A:

Obviously any encounters with child abuse sites and hurtcore are not positive - they are the worst things imaginable. Naturally, I hope that law enforcement can track down the perpetrators (as they have been doing) and lock them away forever.


Q:

Well, this was our choice to make for ourselves and we're very happy with how it turned out. Sometimes you have to try something different and or scary to move forward.

A:

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)


Q:

The higher up is singular. And he definitely knows. however I believe most parishioners and Sea Org members (people who work for the "church") are int he dark and believe that they are doing amazing things for the world. And David Miscavige is directly responsible for that fraud.

A:

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


Q:

More stud multipliers? probably not.. as for other IP - never say never - but not that I'm aware of.. sorry.

And nobody is a mediocre gamer - we are all experts in our own fields... (I get beaten regularly in rocket league by my 13 year old daughter!)

A:

THE OFFICIAL RESPONSES, FOR PUBLIC RECORD

Jesse - Hollywood and Nobody.

Ben - Hold it in Supreme. Even though I know it's not actually on the album.

Tommy - Black Hole and Undeniable You.


Q:

Can law enforcement use bot programs to trawl the dark web or is associating a crime to a perpetrator to difficult online?

A:

Holy Christ you should be happy you fooled people out of their money to fund your project that isn't going to make any money for them at all. You really didn't have 30,000? I don't believe you.


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:

What is something the average citizen can do to help prevent Scientology growth?


Q:

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

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:

A) Love you guys. Like a lot.

B) Ever care to do a Covers album? I cherish my copy of "I Love You, Always Forever" and would love to hear you guys do a lot more covers in your own style.

EDIT: C) Which would you consider your best album, and why is it "Everything Under the Sun"?

A:

They can use all sorts of programs to trawl, but that doesn't help them find out who is behind the sites.

It is easy to find the sites. It's not easy to find out who is running them, or where in the world they are running from.


Q:

We didn't fool anyone. We have people who like what we do, and would like another album from us. And we want to give them a great one. One where we don't have to be on tour while we make it. So we can really focus on the music and only the music.

A:

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

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


Q:

Speak to your local councilmen/women about cracking down on the abuse of its citizens. I believe people have influences, they know judges, lawyers, police enforcement I think everyone bringing attention to these abuses can help. It takes a community to police itself.

A:

No, sorry.


Q:

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

A:

A. thnxx!!!

B. Maybe! You're not the first to suggest it....

C. We haven't made our best album yet, duh!!! They all hold a special place in my heart because I'm equally sick of them all. But if I'm picking favorites for any reason: Let Live for originality, Everything for retro-ness, Safe Travels for consistency from top-to-bottom, self-titled for best arrangements and my two favorite songs in the catalog (Hollywood and Long Way)

-Tommy


Q:

Having just learned that people actually order drugs online through some of the websites that are in the dark web, what's the risk at ordering something from one of those websites?

Isn't it dangerous to give home addresses to people that are selling drugs? Can't you get burglarized or suffer any other type of crime by giving your address to someone who is selling ilegal stuff?

A:

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?


Q:

Was there a single breaking point that convinced you to leave the church? Or was it a long term struggle with the decision?

A:

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


Q:

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.

A:

I loved when you name was "The Sunday Mail," why did you change it?


Q:

The risk, overall, is lower than buying drugs face to face. That's not just me saying that, there have been significant academic studies into the darknet markets now, and the annual Global Drug Survey is backing up the empirical evidence with first-hand stories of the users.

The sellers (a) have more to lose by being caught than the buyers (b) are usually across the country or in another country altogether (c) make all their money from repeat business and good feedback.

Somebody who buys a few pills for the weekend is hardly worth burgling. And that's what most transactions on these sites are - small personal amounts for the person who is the end user.

A:

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.


Q:

Long term struggle, however, seeing the "church" attack those who were speaking out, those who gave their life, life savings, their children to this organization that were once considered exemplary Scientologists or staff members of the church to being liars, bitter apostates, and what ever vile sophomoric, vitriolic adjective they can find overnight says a lot about the organization.

A:

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


Q: DANGITSHARPLES
A:

It was a bad name. Plus, every article that was written about us either had the headline "The Sunday Mail Delivers" or "The Sunday Mail Fails to Deliver", and we just couldn't bear the thought of that continuing for the rest of our theoretical career.

-Tommy


Q:

What did you talk about with Lux ?


Q:

Over the past 10 years, I've seen my parents get deeper and deeper into Scientology. Decent reasoning, science and logic have done nothing to convince them to question the church. From someone who left, is there anything a loved one can do to help a brainwashed member see the truth, without ruining the relationship completely?

A:

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


Q:

and LEGO City Undercover

A:

Heard you guys at the 9:30 club in DC last Spring, any chance you all will put out a recording of the live version of "Undeniable You"? It gave me chills and was amazing!!


Q:

We didn't talk about anything. He was in the prisoner dock at the back of the court (basically just a seat behind a bench) and I was in a seat in front of him. About 4 days all up.

I did try and engage with his family members a couple of times, but they weren't keen to speak. They were, after all, going through the worst experience of their entire lives and I didn't want to be one of "those" journos who trample all over somebody's grief for the sake of a story.

A:

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.


Q:

If you want to get them out there is no way to do it nicely. There is no way to do it quietly. You have to challenge them by saying, "If you can think for yourself, if you have truly accomplished what scientology says you have accomplished, you should be able to speak freely on any subject. If you have completed the "PTS/SP Course" you should be able to confront and shatter suppression." You should ask them how is it then that you can't watch a movie called Going Clear or look on the internet if you are the elite of the planet and handling the planet's ills if you can't think for yourself. I only hope that your challenge will get them to simply look.

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:

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

A:

That live version is on the live record! It's probably my favorite track on the whole thing.

-Tommy


Q:

Always imagined the dark web as a creepy place with predators everywhere - is that what it's like?

A:

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!.


Q:

Are people actively being held prisoner against their will?

If so, how upsetting is it that the government and law enforcement does not act?

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

I saw you guys almost 3 years ago in a little town called Red Bank where you played a free concert. It was spectacular. You guys signed my tshirt. Hopefully I can make it to another concert soon and get that shirt signed again because it's seriously starting to fade!

My question is, have you guys ever considered doing a concept album? I've always enjoyed your songs that tell a story (like At Last and The Stars) and I was wondering if you'd ever write an album that was story based or had a universal theme.


Q:

Yes and no.

There are certainly creepy places in the dark web. The hurtcore sites are the worst, but there is also "regular" (wrong word but not sure how to describe it) child pornography, revenge porn sites and animal torture sites. These are all beyond horrible.

Then there are the sites that claim to offer hitmen or to provide access to "red rooms" (live streams of people getting killed, where you pay for the privilege of directing the action). These are scams and if you give them money, nobody will die but you will be out of pocket. I linked to some stories about them in the OP.

Much of the dark web is taken up with black market commerce. I don't have a problem with the drugs markets, because I do not believe in the War on Drugs, plus over the years I have found without fail that those sites encourage safe drug use (after all, a dead customer is not a repeat customer) and their forums and chats are full of friendly people whose ONLY crime is wanting to get high on something different than alcohol.

A:

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


Q:

It's very upsetting. I'm only an actress with a short window of interest. So it is up to the authorities who have to do something about it and the judges who are hearing cases of abuse, coerced abortions, being held prisoner, fraud, mental and emotional imprisonment. They won't look at cases to decide its a religion. They have to separate and look at the law. Your doctrine is abusive. It mandates that you abuse people.

A:

HAHA, They are all refraining from answering that one.


Q:

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

A:

We definitely would... we are also slowly but surely working on a Musical, which, i guess, Is kind of like an album based around a universal theme.

-ben


Q:

How did you first get into writing about the Dark Web, and the Dark Web in general?

A:

What has been the biggest challenge in creating this product?


Q:

How do the powers that be in Scientology keep their followers from reading anti-Scientology news, or your book? Why don't more scientologists leave?

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

Hey there!

I've been listening to your music for a while now and I've noticed that although a lot of time passes between album releases, you guys still have the same sound/feeling. (if that makes sense)

How do you gain inspiration for each of your albums/songs and still have the same type of sound?


Q:

It was after hearing about Silk Road from a friend in late 2011. I couldn't believe it existed. So I figured out Tor and Bitcoins and PGP and all the other stuff I needed to know and then went to see for myself.

I was blown away not only by the fact that people were buying drugs from an interface not unlike eBay, and having them delivered in the regular old mail, but that there was this vibrant, engaged community here. These were intelligent, nice people, who wanted to do their drugs of choice in a safe, non-violent environment.

I was also fascinated by the owner of Silk Road (who later took on the name Dread Pirate Roberts). He truly ran the place as some sort of libertarian utopia, complete with rousing epistles, education on libertarian philosophy, a book club, movie nights...

Who wouldn't be fascinated and want to write about it?

A:

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


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Great question. Because very early on in the brainwashing process, L. Ron Hubbard's "technology" teaches you that outside sources (i.e. The news, the Internet, books, magazines) are ALL LIES and hellbent on destroying something decent like Scientology. The AMA, and APA, and all "governments" do not give scientology its due because they have a vested interest in not healing people and not helping people. And Scientology is in the business of making people better. So Scientologists are taught that their safest bet is to get their info from the only true decent people...and those are Scientologists. And if they look on the internet, if they read time mag, they will be met with punishment at their expense. And, as a Scientologist...you have to confess that you've read outside materials, and that will be met with punishment at your expense.

A:

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


Q:

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

DANGITSHARPLES
A:

We say this all the time when people ask, but it's true: We all have very different music taste, but we can generally all agree on what the band should sound like. So even though each album has its own flavor from having different producers and intentions, we can't help but sound like whatever-the-hell-it-is that we do on every record.

More specifically for inspiration, caffeine.

-Tommy


Q:

How much do you actually know about the deep web, Silk Road & Bitcoin (what it originally was) and OPSEC?

A:

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


Q:

What is the most unusual 'corrective action' you've seen them physically do to someone?

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:

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

A:

Whatever happened to the passport thing you were doing for a while? I have a fairly full JtG passport that I've forgotten to bring to the last dozen+ shows because the original idea seems to have been forgotten about...


Q:

Fair bit. Did you have a specific question?

A:

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


Q:

The most abusive thing that I've experienced is seeing the victims being further victimized by an organization that claims these things did not take place... from physical, to sexual, to mental abuse.

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

The stamp thing turned into a bit of a logistical nightmare, so we've taken to 'notarizing' passports by writing the date and signing it. So we're a really lax government organization.

But yeah, it was our old label's idea so we got a little disorganized with it once we parted ways. Bring it and we'll backlog-certify those dates you didn't bring it for!!!!

Also hi Jeff!!!

-Tommy


Q:

help this is urgent does the deep web trustworthy enough to tell me if its bad to give alcohol to squids?

A:

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?


Q:

What do you think happened to David's wife?

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:

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

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

A:

Two questions:

  1. Are y'all fans of the power-pop band jellyfish? I hear them in your sound.

  2. Do you ever plan on doing concept based stuff again? Newest record is my favorite but I would love to see some Sci-fi jukebox again :)


Q:

If you can find a dark web Squid Facts site that is as good as Cat Facts, I would take their advice as gospel

A:

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


Q:

I actually do not know. Ask the LAPD.

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

A:

"Only Person in the world I can truly trust".

-ben


Q:

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:

What odds do you give of the whole thing collapsing once Miscavige dies?


Q:

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.

A:

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


Q:

Which one of you is the biggest and strongest boy?

Also I'm a huge fan of the classical piano covers. They're so good. Any chance that I could get the sheet music for those?

A:

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

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


Q:

The policies of the "Church" are the policies of the "Church." They will not change, and there will be someone right behind him ready to pick up where he left off.

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.


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

A:

I believe I am the most masculine and feminine member of this rock and roll band. -Jesse


Q:

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

A:

You are so brave for telling the truth about Scientology. Why are so many other people staying quiet? What can we do to help?


Q:

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

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:

Why hello there Juicebox the Toast, where are you guys in the process of recording your next album and can Jesse get an allotment of vocal parts more proportionate to his talents?

Your pal, not Steve (unfortunately)

A:

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.


Q:

Thank you! Watch our show tonight and spread awareness. It is bigger what people think. This religion is massive.

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

Jesse will be singing the entire album. We are tremendously excited.

Your pal, Ben


Q:

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:

Have any other actors come to you for support or help?


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

So stoked for the surprise AMA!

I've seen you guys so many times, in varying points of your career. I've seen you guys in small venues where you were openers or headlines at bigger ones.

What is your favorite type of crowd to play to? I vividly remember chatting with you all after one of your shows in CT a while back, I couldn't believe you were opening for some random band I had never heard of and I was front and center loving every second of it! Are the intimate environments nicer or do you like bigger crowds with more response?

A:

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.


Q:

The policy of the "Church" does not allow them to come to me. Former high ranking Sea Org members like Debbie Cook and former members like Katie Holmes are forbidden to speak to other SPs. Certain members are forced to sign agreements that does not allow them to speak to ex members.

A:

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


Q:

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

or maybe ....

A:

I think I speak on behalf of the band when I say the worst kind of crowd to play for is a seated crowd. It's terrifying. Not their fault, of course - if there are chairs, people sit. But terrifying nonetheless.

So, yeah...Dancing, general-admission crowds are the absolute BEST.

-Tommy


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:

Why do you think there are so many people in the entertainment industry in the religion?


Q:

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

A:

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?


Q:

Tommy, What type of effects do you use?

All- will you make more "hard/punk" songs like static??? Please

A:

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.


Q:

If you really look at the numbers at the entertainment industry, in comparison to the small number of scientologists that are celebrities, the number wouldn't even register. I think Scientology has done an amazing job convincing people that there is a great number of celebrities in the "Church."

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

I don't have a ton of pedals, but I lean on my Barber Tone Press Compressor and my GHS Double Barrel pretty hard. Other than that, a shitty tremolo pedal I got in high school, a holy grail reverb, and a digitech whammy.

As for the hard/punk songs, we tend to steer away from that camp these days with Jukebox but I keep writing them! These days they get funneled into Narc Twain, another band I play with that tends to mostly live in the end-of-the-world/punk-ish sphere that Static inhabits. You might dig it! http://narctwain.bandcamp.com

-Tommy


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:

do you remember what your initial reaction was upon first seeing the course materials for OT3?


Q:

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

A:

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

/r/dangitsharples


Q:

Hey guys!

I loved getting to see you perform 3 times on the Rock Boat this pst year, bummed you guys aren't going to be there this coming year!

What were each of your favorite moments from the cruise??

A:

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.


Q:

Yes my first reaction was "Are you all fucking nuts?" and then I looked at my mother and said "What kind of bullshit did you get me in?" My only option was to leave, but at the time my family was not ready to go. The "church" told me I didn't need to believe it, just do it. And they always pose this question: "Are you ready to leave everything you've ever known?"

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:

EVERY DAMN DAY!

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

A:

Stingrays, Queen Night, Jager shots at noon -Jesse


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:

Do you personally feel like you're being watched/tracked/etc by the church for doing everything your doing?


Q:

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

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

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

A:

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

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

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


A:

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


Q:

I am. I'm okay with it because I knew what I was getting into and I knew the policies of the "church" and what would happen by my speaking out against it.

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

Your reddit username wins awards, both nationally and internationally.

-Tommy


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:

I've been a huge fan since the early days of KoQ (was watching at 11, now 24!). Did you ever find that your religion interfered with your work in a way you would turn town any potential jobs, either for your own religious reasons or advice received from members?


Q:

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

A:

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:

Hi JTG! You're my favorite band ever, and I've seen you three times in Columbus. Hoping for a fourth soon! My question is simple: Why Hava Nagila? I love every live rendition you do, but why the fascination? I'll keep tuning into your lives even though I know this is what I'll get. Keep on keeping' on! We love you in Columbus!

A:

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.


Q:

I was punished for doing Stuff magazine because it was too racy. They would not want us to do anything that would be considered not "becoming of a Scientologist." I see they have since changed their stance of what they believe is "becoming of a Scientologist."

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

Hava Nagila is the greatest song ever written and we are its loyal evangelists.

(we were practicing to play a Jewish wedding and had the burning desire to lovingly troll our fans)

(we will probably continue to troll)

(apologies in advance)

-Tommy


Q:

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

A:

How are children treated in Scientology?


Q:

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

A:

Is everything awesome?


Q:

Is there any way I can watch this past year's HallowQueen show? I watched it streaming live last year and you guys rocked! Was it by chance recorded?

A:

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.


Q:

As old spirits in little bodies who have returned to Scientology... children are treated as adults.

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

We didn't record this years show... but we are making the event annual, so you will have many more opportunities to see and hear it. (hopefully)

-ben


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:

Are you safe?


Q:

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

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:

What is your favorite sandwich?

A:

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.


Q:

Yes, I feel very safe. I have the support of my family and friends. And, I feel strangely protected by the world at large.

A:

resounding laughter


Q:

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

hmmm...

A:

Crunchwrap Supreme

-ben


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:

What's is the single most horrible thing you encountered in the ""church""?


Q:

any chance ever that celiac disease can be cured?

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:

Hi guys, long time fan- been to at least 7 of your shows- usually go with my brother. Why did you decide to make the "Jukebox the Ghost" album more pop-py (like pop rock) than the last two? Are you headed more in the mainstream direction? (Still love that album, but Safe Travels is still my fav)

A:

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!


Q:

I would say the "church's" Fair Game policy, and how they systematically go after anyone who publicly speaks out against them. Anyone who speaks out against the "church" is seen as an enemy.

A:

Everybody: None of us feel qualified to answer that question


Q:

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

A:

We are getting really excited about the new record... isn't clear cut one way or the other. We are definitely aware that there are positives and great things in each of our records that we want to make sure stay with us.

-ben


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:

What do members actually gain from being a member? How is it made worth all the money and time they invest?


Q:

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

A:

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:

Favorite all-time novel(s)?

A:

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.


Q:

They gain a purpose. They gain a group. They gain a sense of accomplishment (awards, certificates). They gain an education that in the real world LRH states would be equivalent to getting a "PHD in life." You become an elitist. That you have all the answers in life. If you have a question about life, you are made to think that Scientology has the answer.

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:

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

A:

Lonesome Dove Kavalier And Clay Anna Karenina Love also all the Harry Potters and His Dark Materials.

ALSO - just read Ready Player One and lost my shit.

-ben


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:

How different would you say your view of Hollywood is now compared to when you were on Saved by the Bell and did your experience with Scientology effect these views versus if you never joined them?


Q:

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

A:

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:

Do you have an Slayer covers recorded and if not, why aren't you doing this right now?

A:

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

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

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


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When I was a Scientologist I saw Hollywood as a dark, lost bunch of souls that needed saving. Now I see it as any other business and that we're all just trying to do right by ourselves, right by our friends and family and that people outside of scientology are not bad.

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


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

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We paused the recording so that we could answer this question. THANKS FOR RUINING OUR SLAYER COVERS ALBUM.

-ben


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

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

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Are there any sexual malpractices that occur in the church?


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Is harvard actually that much better than a state college?

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

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


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What do you think is the purpose of the universe?

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


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I have read stories on the internet. I was told personally by a few people that I personally know that there was sexual abuse. When I was 16 and working for a "senior Scientologist" who was in his late 30's, he had sex with a 16 year old friend of ours. And the "Church" handled it internally. All abuses are dealt within the "Church" as it is an enemy act in the "Church" to prosecute another member. Please do not take my word for it, just google the words "Scientology and sexual abuse."

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Depends on the person and the school.


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

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

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is that a band?

-ben


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Hi, Intel team!

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

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

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

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

  4. Do you use any old computers today?

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As a psychologist, I am curious what you observed as mental health 'treatment' with Scientology? In addition, I am aware the 'church' is against psychology; how was this opposition demonstrated within or by the 'church'? Finally, in your opinion how prevalent are mental health difficulties with the Scientology community?

Thank you for your time.


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

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


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What's the inspiration for the Hava Nagila livestreams on Facebook?

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

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The "Church" doctrine thinks that fields of psychology and psychiatry are a sham. They deny mental illness and afflictions. They promote that you can heal your psycho-sematic issues with their "technology." They will get in the way of people taking medications. They will prevent people from getting the real medical help that they need. and in some cases have caused suicides because of it. Scientology is mentally abusive because we are all taught that we are responsible for everything.

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


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

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our jew-ISH heritage!! -Jesse


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Where are these manufactured?

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From what I've seen of Scientology, it seems like there is a major difference in treatment between celebrity "followers" and folks in Sea Org who are tortured, locked in the Hole, beaten publicly by Miscavige, etc.

Did the news of this mistreatment find its way to celebrities and general "members" of the Church who weren't in Sea Org? Or were people left completely in the dark?


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

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Hi there.

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

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

Regards,
a former fan.


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If you absolutely HAD to add a fourth member to the band, and it could be anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

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They are manufactured by one of our partners in China.


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No, and if they did hear about it, we were told that those claiming abuse were lying. Then I would have been interrogated and even punished for asking.

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


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

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Harry Nilsson, dead.

-the whole band


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

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

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

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

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What is your overall opinion on organized Religion now? Did your view on say Christianity change?


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

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

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

Now, down to business:

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

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

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

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

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

  6. Will the Powerpuff Girls have unique head molds?

  7. How many packs have yet to be announced?


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Is there a chance of the album "Jukebox the Ghost" being available on vinyl?

Also, any future Acoustic tracks planned and any desire to record another track with Secret Someones?

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


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Yes my view of religion changed in that I am no longer a bigot against people's religious beliefs when it doesn't harm other people, promote killing people for their beliefs... like extremism. But if religion brings you comfort, hope, and a sense of community, I say "whatever works for you."

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


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

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

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our self-titled album on vinyl is currently out of stock, but we could reprint some at some point in the future. future acoustic tracks will certainly happen! we'd love to record another track with secret someones. they are dear friends of ours but currently everyone is busy doing their own thing. If you'd like to hear more of their music, check out Bess Rogers solo, Zach Jones & the Tricky Bits, or Lelia's new future project Jupiter Winter! (: -Jesse


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

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Out of all the rumors surrounding Scientology, which one is true and hits home the hardest for you?


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

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


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Hello!

Long time fan.

Do you ever see yourself returning to the more quirky stylings of your earlier music? I love the latest albums, but miss the weirdness that sold me on your music.

Thanks for the music and stellar shows. You have so much fun every time I see you, and I think that'll reflect on the live album.

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


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I don't what rumors we're referring to here. I haven't read anything that has been inaccurate.

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


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

but never a turkey... sorry

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I think you'll be pretty pumped to hear the new stuff we have cooking. It's got the arrangement sense of the new stuff, but the outlandishness of our old stuff. And the semi-retro-ness we explored with Everything Under the Sun.

-Tommy


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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?

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Did being a Scientologist help your acting career?


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

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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.


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I'm sure there were tools that helped me to be able to communicate better, not be nervous when I walked in the room. Acting classes would have been cheaper. Or maybe staying in Brooklyn a little longer would have been more beneficial to my acting career.

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


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

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How can we destroy scientology?


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

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

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

cheers, James

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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.


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I don't want to destroy Scientology. I only want them to admit to the fraud that they promote, to not deny the confidential upper levels of the religion, so people can decide if they want to spend $250K and their lives doing it. That they admit to the policies of Fair Game. That they allow people to decide for themselves where they get their information. That they admit to disconnection and leave families the fuck alone.

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


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

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We can (almost correctly) assume that celebrities receive special treatment because of their status - could you elaborate more on that? For instance, how would your experiences in the church differ from someone who is not a celebrity?

And a follow up - do you think that more celebrities would like to break free from the church but are afraid because of the repercussions? Is there any merit to the claim that there's so much dirt on them that could be exposed that they may not want to leave?

Hope you convince others to follow your path!


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

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

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

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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.


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We had special course rooms in separate parts of the buildings. Any complaint we had about the outside world was met with agreement from the "Church." We were serviced differently, we had supervisors doing courses in our homes, giving special schedules to celebrities. Staff was interrogated by the Church. Often times there were Sea Org members working for celebrities in their homes, personally working for them. I know of one celeb who had a sea org member working in their home and sea org members were averaging $25/week. The labor laws don't apply to any church therefor they were made to work ungodly hours, forced into interrogations if making human mistakes around the celebrity.

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


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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:

Former Sea Org member in recovery here. What do you hope to accomplish with your expos'e?


Q:

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?

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.


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Greater awareness. Exposing the truths. Not letting to continue to let them bully people into silence and submission.

A:

Hey there... thanks :)

tip/secret?

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

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

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


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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:

Are you an theist now or does another religion seem more appealing?


Q:

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

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

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.


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No, I'm not an atheist. It's not about being anything now. I do have faith in God. I do not judge people for their faith. I judge people who use religion to hurt people. I don't believe in a religion that shuns people for their beliefs, or that you should hurt people for their beliefs.

A:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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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!)


Q:

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

A:

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