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  1. Haven't been around for a while, nor played anything, which pretty much brings my time here to a close. As some of you know my wife passed away last May and now I've got more issues. I've been in and out of the Dr's for a while now, I'm now under the care of 4 different Dr's, and a therapist across 3 different hospitals as well as working with a Palliative Care Team. One of my daughters has moved back home because the Dr. doesn't think I should be living alone for safety reasons and I've had to give up driving. I was on my way to the store one day and suddenly had no idea where I was, where I was going or where I came from, another time I got so confused at an intersection I had to switch places so my daughter could drive so I haven't driven in a couple months. Seems I have something on the Parkinson's Disease Spectrum, likely Lewy Bodies Disease, but the hard diagnosis will require time, observation and more testing. I'm having serious memory issues and confusion as well as Resting Tremors in my right arm, balance and gait issues, etc. I'm also having hallucinations though currently only in dim light situations. It's not overly surprising, except that I thought Alzhiemer's. I've been having symptoms for a few years now but with my wife helping to compensate, after 32 years together she could pretty much read my mind and made a point of adjusting her routine to balance mine. Anyways, I enjoyed my time here, even when at odds, you're a good bunch and I wish the best for all of you.
  2. Lewis was one of the Big Six civil rights leaders.... His credentials as far as civil rights isn't a subject of opinion, it's documented fact. On the other hand Lewis is over the top with his "Illegitimate President" talk. At least as PEOTUS Trump is easy to bait, there was no doubt some tweet was on it's way, lol. The thing is Trump could only beat Hillary, and Hillary could only beat Trump. Hillary's 30 years of baggage could never hold up against a strong candidate, and Trump's Populist platform would have fallen to any Dem candidate that campaigned or at least sent someone like the VP candidate to the Rust Belt.
  3. Haven't been around much due to health issues, but these are 2 quotes about the hacking issue that stood out to me: Senator Schumer ~ “Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you, So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.” President Obama ~ “I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I — if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it,” We have a Senator saying the Intel Community has no issue with retaliating against a PEOTUS, and presumably a sitting POTUS, and the sitting President intimating that the hacks weren't enough that he would have lost.
  4. That's what happens when you raise a generation or two believing everyone gets a trophy and no one loses.
  5. The EC is laid out in the main body of our Constitution. What it basically says is the States get one Electoral Vote per Congressional Seat, which gives every State a minimum of 3 EC Votes and the votes of the EC are reported to Congress. That's the general outline of the EC. The States can elect the EC how they see fit as long as it is a "Republican" system. So they can have the people vote, or they could even directly appoint their EC reps with no vote by the people of the State. To remove the EC, which is a terrible idea, would require a Constitutional Amendment which would require 2/3 yea in both houses and then 3/4 of the States to ratify. What's funny is the people wanting a popular vote don't seem to realize that they already have one. No one votes for President or against another State. The popular vote is a State vote to elect an EC member and is only counted against votes in that State. The popular vote of the EC is for the President.
  6. At the very least, he directly implied it.
  7. Doesn't Tokyo already have Air vending machines?
  8. Yea that's strange. It's not like we have different servers, etc for different regions so the email shouldn't have been US only. I don't mind the Store adverts since we don't have them in game. The only Store mentions in game I can think of is there is one early deed that gives you Points for the Store, and if you find missions that aren't part of the base game the tool tip also tells you what Issue you need to open it. Other than those you have to go to the menu to get to the Store or you can hot-key it. Here's a copy of the email, pretty much an exact copy of the other notifications. Important notice regarding Funcom forum data breach Inbox x Funcom <newsletters@newsletter.funcom.com> Aug 24 (4 days ago) to me Data Breach on Funcom Forums Having trouble viewing this email? Data Breach on Funcom Forums On August 24th, 2016, we discovered that user data associated with forum accounts on TheSecretWorld.com,AgeofConan.com, Anarchy-Online.com andLongestJourney.com have been compromised by a third party. We regret to inform you that the data breach includes e-mail addresses, user names, and encrypted passwords associated with forum accounts on these forums. Even though passwords were encrypted, these can be cracked and should be considered compromised. It is important to note that forum accounts and game accounts are separate and are stored on different servers using different security systems. Game accounts have not been compromised. The breach was possible due to a security fault in the vBulletin forum system. This security fault was corrected on our forums on August 19th, 2016, but we are unable to determine exactly when the data breach occurred prior to the fix. As a temporary security measure, we have reset all passwords for every forum account on TheSecretWorld.com, AgeofConan.com, Anarchy-Online.com and LongestJourney.com. The next time you try to log in you will be told your password is incorrect and you will have to reset your password to continue. If you have used your old forum account password on your Funcom game account or any non-Funcom accounts, you should also change your password on those immediately. We take this incident very seriously and will be taking measures to ensure it does not happen again. The bug that made this data breach possible has been corrected, but as a precaution we have taken our forums offline so we can conduct further investigations and ensure there are no more security issues before we bring them online again. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused. If you wish to talk to us, please get in touch with our customer service representatives via http://help.funcom.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you for your attention. Best regards, Funcom
  9. The difference is that FunCom has a history of being fairly honest and open with the playerbase. No double speak or it's what they didn't say that matters. They're very consistent on yes, no, not sure, let me get back to you. IMO, and others, they have earned and deserve the benefit of the doubt. When and if they break that trust, my opinion will change. Obviously they can't tell us everything or every detail but even then the Game Director has come out and said "I can't talk about that because of marketing." or whatever dept is holding up info. Not sure why you didn't get an email, I did, and everyone I play with did. It was sent on the 24th, the same day they found it. It's kind of strange that you got the Retrobag ad on the 26th since it was sent on the 25th.
  10. No. vB released a patch to fix the problem, FunCom deployed the patch, then a few days later they found that they had been compromised before the fix was installed (They said this directly in the post, though they did say corrected rather than patch ). They specifically said they didn't know the exact date the breach occurred. They also told us what data was where, 2 different servers for forums and game. They found out and reported all the info to us the same day,on the forums, social media and by direct email, no need to read it all skewed like it's Turbine.. Yea it seems I continually hear about vB security issues. Since I don't ever deal with that kind of stuff why do so many companies run vB and not something with less problems?
  11. Data Breach on Funcom Forums Published on (2016-08-24) To all Funcom Forum Members, On August 24th, 2016, we discovered that user data associated with forum accounts onTheSecretWorld.com, AgeofConan.com, Anarchy-Online.com and LongestJourney.com have been compromised by a third party. We regret to inform you that the data breach includes e-mail addresses, user names, and encrypted passwords associated with forum accounts on these forums. Even though passwords were encrypted, these can be cracked and should be considered compromised. It is important to note that forum accounts and game accounts are separate and are stored on different servers using different security systems. Game accounts have not been compromised. The breach was possible due to a security fault in the vBulletin forum system. This security fault was corrected on our forums on August 19th, 2016, but we are unable to determine exactly when the data breach occurred prior to the fix. As a temporary security measure, we have reset all passwords for every forum account onTheSecretWorld.com, AgeofConan.com, Anarchy-Online.com and LongestJourney.com. The next time you try to log in you will be told your password is incorrect and you will have to reset your password to continue. If you have used your old forum account password on your Funcom game account or any non-Funcom accounts, you should also change your password on those immediately. We take this incident very seriously and will be taking measures to ensure it does not happen again. The bug that made this data breach possible has been corrected, but as a precaution we have taken our forums offline so we can conduct further investigations and ensure there are no more security issues before we bring them online again. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused. If you wish to talk to us, please get in touch with our customer service representatives via http://help.funcom.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you for your attention. Best regards, Funcom
  12. Well I know the entire thing has been cleared, no mechanics on last fight yet. I do think the entire thing was done on challenge also though. I heard in the background narration that this was after the Witch King was defeated? Did I miss them showing this in game?
  13. So I see the new Raid has been beaten on Challenge while still on BR, lol. Honestly not surprising I suppose. Apparently they found the money and tech to do housing hooks?
  14. Update 1.15.5 Notes The Elite Ability changes seem pretty good. Lot's of new builds being discussed/tried. The Museum is awesome, I'm hoping this is precursor tech for housing. I think most of us are ready for Season 2, but the maintenance and balance passing Issues have given us stuff to keep busy.
  15. It's a theater release, pretty good. Interestingly enough there was no WoW commercial.
  16. I gave the same qualifications for TSW as you did for LotRO, they are very similar in the points you originally posted. But even off you're second post calling in the WB card etc. LotRO could easily have better Customer Service than TSW, Larger potential bankroll, more time to set up and establish a streamlined helpful CM department. My point stands, it's not about F2P, being a small company or having a small playerbase, CM is about how the company decides to deal with customers and how they divide up the resources to maintain Customer Management. You don't need a call center to be effective and efficient for an MMO you do need to empower the CM people to be able to do their job and push them to do it well.
  17. TSW is an odd, small MMO operating for a small group of diehard fans and some random B2P players along with being known to have financial issues, and we have excellent customer service. No phone support either, but then again, the GM's seem to have far greater abilities to help in-game and all of the CM crew seem to really strive to resolve any issues you may have. Being a small company with limited resources isn't a formula for poor customer service, it's how the company chooses to deal with customers that matters.
  18. heh, FC's vice seems to be buying out bad games and not being able to fix them. I doubt we'll see another Lego disaster anytime soon. I do think we'll see more tie-in single player games like The Park, which is an idea that might be good. It manages to get people like me to buy those kind of games that I normally wouldn't buy.
  19. http://www.funcom.com/news/funcom_secures_future_development_through_multi_million_dollar_investment FUNCOM SECURES FUTURE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT Published on (2016-05-26) – Funcom secures investment to develop new games and execute the new company strategy; equity improves from -10 MUSD (negative) to more than +4 MUSD (positive) – Oslo, Norway – May 26th, 2016 – Funcom, the independent developer and publisher of computer and console games, today announced that the company has received a 6.3 million USD private placement investment. The company has also significantly reduced its debt by 7.7 million USD through a debt conversion process that has no cash impact on the company. As a result, the company’s equity has been greatly improved from -10 million USD to more than +4 million USD. The investment ensures a considerably healthier financial situation for the company that allows it to execute its new strategy, secure development on new titles, and continue to support its portfolio of live online games. “This investment is a major turning point for the company,” said Funcom CEO Rui Casais. “Funcom has been making great games for more than twenty-three years, but it is no secret that the company has had a strained financial situation in recent years that made it challenging to fully realize our new strategy and get back on the right track. This investment allows us to finally do that.” Funcom has been working since last year on preparing the company for its new strategy. Going forward, Funcom is focusing on developing both smaller and larger scale games simultaneously in both Oslo and North Carolina, and aims to experiment with new ideas, technologies, and business models on the smaller projects that will serve to benefit the larger projects. The first of these smaller games was ‘The Park’ which allowed the company to experiment with new technologies and acquire key knowledge on how to successfully launch on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Funcom’s largest project is currently ‘Conan Exiles’, an open-world survival game that will launch into Early Access during late summer 2016. The company announced last year that it has entered into a new partnership with Conan Properties making it the preferred partner for all PC and console games based on the ‘Conan the Barbarian’ brand, the first of which is ‘Conan Exiles’. The company’s strengthened financial situation also allows it to continue supporting and expanding its current live games. Funcom has one of the longest-running portfolio of online games in the industry, with ‘Anarchy Online’ currently going on its fifteen years in operation, ‘Age of Conan’ on its eighth year, and ‘The Secret World’ just about to celebrate its fourth anniversary. For more information about the investment, please see the official stock notice. For more information about Funcom, please visit our website at www.funcom.com. For more information about ‘Conan Exiles’, please visit www.conanexiles.com.
  20. My wife passed away this morning while sleeping. She had been home for about 2 weeks since a 3 week hospital stay where we found out the cancer was growing despite Chemo and had also spread to her brain. There's really not much more I'm up for saying except thank you for the well wishes and such.
  21. not to mention the whole double post thing not to mention the whole double post thing
  22. I thought Trait Points were already in the Store, or was that BB points? It seems I recall one or the other in the Store but with some type of cap.
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