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@  Paladin : (22 May 2017 - 11:43 AM)

where's GALVATRON in MP form dammit?! he didn't even get in for the anniversary year...

@  TheMightyMol... : (22 May 2017 - 11:35 AM)

I'm still waiting on the rest of the Dinobots.

@  Robowang : (22 May 2017 - 11:24 AM)

The Decepticon MP cassettes are probably my favorite MP figures so far. Fantastic little dudes.

@  Bass X0 : (22 May 2017 - 11:23 AM)

I want a Masterpiece Blaster if only because I'm fond of the Masterpiece cassettes and want Takara to make more. They should also do Slugfest and Overkill since they were in the cartoon too, even if it was only very briefly.

@  Robowang : (22 May 2017 - 11:21 AM)

I just want the Chip figure. The only Autobot cars I have or want are G2 Sideswipe and Hot Rod.

@  Paladin : (22 May 2017 - 11:14 AM)

another Autobot car. "yaaaaaay."

@  Benbot : (22 May 2017 - 11:02 AM)

I haven't been this excited about a new MP since the Datsuns! He looks amazing

@  Robowang : (22 May 2017 - 11:01 AM)

I love the little human figures with the MP line. Is it just young Spike, Future Spike, and Daniel so far?

@  Robowang : (22 May 2017 - 11:00 AM)

And it comes with Chip Chase! I will order just for that! Holy crap!

@  Bass X0 : (22 May 2017 - 10:55 AM)

Whoo! Masterpiece Sunstreaker!

@  Anonymous X : (22 May 2017 - 10:40 AM)

Less said about the Sinclair Microdrive, the better...

@  Anonymous X : (22 May 2017 - 10:23 AM)

I had two ZX Spectrum games on cartridge. Played 'em loads as it beat having to wait ten minutes for unreliable tape loading...

@  Rycochet : (22 May 2017 - 09:25 AM)

Super Bootspork!

@  Bass X0 : (22 May 2017 - 08:45 AM)

I remember doing the same for my ZX Spectrum.

@  DeltaSeeker : (22 May 2017 - 08:40 AM)

I remember loading games on my Vic20 from an audio tape.

@  Paladin : (22 May 2017 - 08:37 AM)

anyone remember "Chex Quest?"

@  Robowang : (22 May 2017 - 07:13 AM)

I never played those. I had, like, two-color bootleg files of Donkey Kong and stuff like that with 50 games on a disk.

@  MEDdMI : (22 May 2017 - 07:11 AM)

not pure text games, but you still had to use text input to do stuff. "PICK UP flask", etc

@  MEDdMI : (22 May 2017 - 07:05 AM)

I think those were the old King's Quest/Space Quest ones

@  Robowang : (22 May 2017 - 07:02 AM)

I remember floppy disk games! Never gamed enough to own one that was more than a disk, though.

@  MEDdMI : (22 May 2017 - 07:01 AM)

I remember booting things from DOS, and games that were like 10 floppy disks big.

@  Robowang : (22 May 2017 - 06:57 AM)

*dies*

@  Robowang : (22 May 2017 - 06:57 AM)

Oh man, the days of Realplayer and AIM and man, I can't believe how long ago that was.

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 May 2017 - 01:00 AM)

ugh, RealMedia was pretty awful. RealPlayer was so bloated and buggy, I tried to avoid it

@  siccoyote : (22 May 2017 - 12:17 AM)

I remember downloading Realmedia episodes of Beast Wars Season 3, days after they were shown in Americ, but the quality was terrible and the guy who did it wasted half of a stereo audio track because he recorded it in mono. Took many hours to download

@  TM2-Megatron : (21 May 2017 - 09:55 PM)

Yeah, I remember those days. I had a bunch of Quicktime clips from Beasties/Beast Wars and Reboot, most of which I had to leave the computer on overnight to get, lol

@  Steevy Maximus : (21 May 2017 - 09:49 PM)

I remember when it took 3 hours to download a 240p, 2.5 minute movie trailer

@  MEDdMI : (21 May 2017 - 09:02 PM)

and there weren't any rocks yet, they were all space dust

@  MEDdMI : (21 May 2017 - 09:02 PM)

I remember when there was no internet

@  Telly : (21 May 2017 - 08:55 PM)

dont remember what it was called, but i had an internet answering machine software back in the day. turn it on when i was online and i wouldnt miss a call. would leave it off if i didnt want to be bothered though lol

@  Noideaforaname : (21 May 2017 - 08:46 PM)

Remember when it was either the phone OR internet? Remember when photos had to be developed? And if someone decided to take pictures of their eye you couldn't tell until you got the film back?

@  Steevy Maximus : (21 May 2017 - 06:02 PM)

You're making us old farts feel old!

@  Foffy : (21 May 2017 - 05:20 PM)

Not me! I couldn't have known that in 1991! I wasn't even born yet!

@  Bass X0 : (21 May 2017 - 01:03 PM)

You only just realised? Everybody else has known that since 1991.

@  unluckiness : (21 May 2017 - 10:34 AM)

Holy jeez, Guile's theme does go with anything.

@  Nevermore : (20 May 2017 - 04:34 AM)

The "humans as processors" bit was also used in season 2 of Dollhouse.

@  Pennpenn : (20 May 2017 - 04:27 AM)

I just remembered, I wonder if the scene in Thor 2 with the kids showing the abandoned building with glitchy reality was inspired by the Animatrix short that had the same concept (but could handle it more interestingly)

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 May 2017 - 03:59 AM)

That is nonsense. Also, some men in black suits and sunglasses will be arriving at your doorstep shortly. Please cooperate and it will go much easier for you.

@  Whirl Maximus : (20 May 2017 - 03:42 AM)

It's not bull, the elite are using the 90% through wifi for their Androcide agenda. Learn the undisprovable truth.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 May 2017 - 03:26 AM)

I think there was an early draft where the machines were using humans as processors with the whole "only use 10% of their brains" bull.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (19 May 2017 - 11:35 PM)

Wasn't there an early draft where they weren't using humans for that?

@  Pennpenn : (19 May 2017 - 10:26 PM)

Yeah, makes the Matrix seem more like a nature reserve than a source of power, and I get the feeling the whole "humans as a source of power" was done pretty much to justify the machines keeping humans around at all without making the machines seem sympathetic.

@  TM2-Megatron : (19 May 2017 - 10:23 PM)

But after watching The Second Renaissance, I honestly wouldn't be surprised if the machines still felt some lingering moral imperative to allow the human survivors of the war some kind of life rather than committing genocide. They did everything in their power to avoid the war in the first place

@  TM2-Megatron : (19 May 2017 - 10:21 PM)

It seems like reverting to solar power would be infinitely preferable to having to maintain The Matrix and everyone hooked into it, and all the associated hardware

@  TM2-Megatron : (19 May 2017 - 10:18 PM)

Although I think I remember hearing somewhere that the "clouds" darkening the sky are actually swarms of constantly-muliplying nanomachines? No idea if that's canon or not, but if it is it seems like that'd be something the machines themselves could figure out how to undo if they really wanted to

@  TM2-Megatron : (19 May 2017 - 10:16 PM)

I dunno, for all their technical achievements those humans seemed just as shortsighted as in the present. And they were desperate by the time that was done, so it wouldn't surprise me if they just thought "ah, we'll figure out how to undo it later"

@  Pennpenn : (19 May 2017 - 10:00 PM)

Also gotta wonder if the humans had some idea of how they were going to fix the sky, presuming they won out, because otherwise they were basically commiting suicide out of spite and the Matrix would be the only reason humanity is still alive.

@  TM2-Megatron : (19 May 2017 - 09:07 PM)

One of the first things I thought myself after my first time through it

@  Pennpenn : (19 May 2017 - 08:58 PM)

Every time I watch "The Second Renaissance" I get the feeling I'd probably end up getting shot for being a machine sympathizer.

@  Noideaforaname : (18 May 2017 - 10:36 PM)

Yeah, Ghostbusters. Specifically the episode where they check out the live action Hollywood "adaptation."


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#21 Robowang

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 01:20 PM

QUOTE(Kalidor @ Feb 24 2012, 12:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm less concerned whether certain repaints are made available and whether or not there's a Botcon than I am about the dozens of people who have had their data breached and their money stolen or the dozens of people who have yet to be made aware of this issue and run the risk of their finances being compromised.

Given the amount of reports from both here and the GI Joe Club, I personally feel we've reached beyond the threshold of "a reasonable belief that there might have been a breach" and Funpub is obligated under law to notify those who've done business with them of a possible breach. Not only are they in violation of the trust between customer and vendor, but quite possibly the law. A law that carries significant financial penalties if found guilty.

That in itself should be enough to generate a response from the company, to either say "No, we can assure you that NO BREACH occurred" or "We believe a breach might have occurred" If they can't guarantee the former, then it means they do have a reasonable belief that it could have been. Failure to notify its customers in the amount of time that has passed is illegal.

Secondly, if writing to Hasbro will help reveal the scope of how many people are actually being affected by this, then it gives them the opportunity to investigate and come to a conclusion so that consumers aren't forced to draw their own.

Being worried about trivial things like club toys in the future is missing the point of this issue when people's personal and financial information are being sold to criminals around the world, Many fraudulent charges COULD have been prevented if the legally mandated notifications were given out.

Such irresponsibility not only affects the club or its customers, but it affects banks, the vendors where fraudulent purchases were made and Hasbro itself. Thousands of dollars, if not more, of money and time being wasted all because someone at the club didn't want to 'admit fault'.

This is a very serious issue and by now something should have been formally stated either way from the Club regarding a breach.


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Posted 24 February 2012 - 01:53 PM

I don't think we need to ask for an online merchant to comply with PCI DSS. That's up there with asking a driver to stop at a red light. If you don't, you get a ticket. If you process cards without PCI DSS compliance, you get fines from the payment card merchant. Enough violations, and you get CUT OFF. That's why merchants are as liable as the processing companies. If you keep on going with non-compliant processing companies, why should the CC companies trust you? They're the ones footing the bill for fraud.

As for yanking the license, meh. Hasbro would probably do that only if and when they had an alternative lined up. I've got metric tons of misgivings regarding FP as a customer-facing business in the event planning market, but a scorched-earth policy isn't going to get us anywhere. At the end of the day, I'd wager that if FP were to lose the license, it would either be to someone waiting in the wings, or Hasbro would take it in-house, if anything.

More than likely, though? Pulling the license would mean that we'd be left with a website and no convention, and maybe some mail-order exclusives via HTS.

It's not desirable, but neither is credit card fraud, and I value my financial security over some plastic toys and lining Brian Savage's pockets.



#23 lightsyder

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 05:17 PM

Just had to cancel my card. I renewed my membership and bought runabout after the switch over. Mine was hit for $400 in airline tickets.



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Posted 24 February 2012 - 05:30 PM

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Just had to cancel my card. I renewed my membership and bought runabout after the switch over. Mine was hit for $400 in airline tickets.


And for clarity's sake, did you ever use that card on the club site prior to the switch over?

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 05:45 PM

Fun Pub has released a statement:
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 06:30 PM

QUOTE(Chris McFeely @ Feb 24 2012, 05:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(lightsyder @ Feb 24 2012, 10:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just had to cancel my card. I renewed my membership and bought runabout after the switch over. Mine was hit for $400 in airline tickets.


And for clarity's sake, did you ever use that card on the club site prior to the switch over?


yeah, i made a couple of purchases through the site last year and called in a membership renewal so they had my card already on file.

So, what kind of charges did people see? mine were for Jet Blue Airways...



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Posted 24 February 2012 - 06:44 PM

Wal-mart, Gamestop, Nutritional Supplements, etc. Depends really on the 3rd parties that then bought the stolen information from the hackers I think.

QUOTE(Kalidor @ Feb 24 2012, 01:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm less concerned whether certain repaints are made available and whether or not there's a Botcon than I am about the dozens of people who have had their data breached and their money stolen or the dozens of people who have yet to be made aware of this issue and run the risk of their finances being compromised.

Given the amount of reports from both here and the GI Joe Club, I personally feel we've reached beyond the threshold of "a reasonable belief that there might have been a breach" and Funpub is obligated under law to notify those who've done business with them of a possible breach. Not only are they in violation of the trust between customer and vendor, but quite possibly the law. A law that carries significant financial penalties if found guilty.

That in itself should be enough to generate a response from the company, to either say "No, we can assure you that NO BREACH occurred" or "We believe a breach might have occurred" If they can't guarantee the former, then it means they do have a reasonable belief that it could have been. Failure to notify its customers in the amount of time that has passed is illegal.

Secondly, if writing to Hasbro will help reveal the scope of how many people are actually being affected by this, then it gives them the opportunity to investigate and come to a conclusion so that consumers aren't forced to draw their own.

Being worried about trivial things like club toys in the future is missing the point of this issue when people's personal and financial information are being sold to criminals around the world, Many fraudulent charges COULD have been prevented if the legally mandated notifications were given out.

Such irresponsibility not only affects the club or its customers, but it affects banks, the vendors where fraudulent purchases were made and Hasbro itself. Thousands of dollars, if not more, of money and time being wasted all because someone at the club didn't want to 'admit fault'.

This is a very serious issue and by now something should have been formally stated either way from the Club regarding a breach.


Couldn't have said it better.

Edited by Cyoti, 24 February 2012 - 06:47 PM.


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Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:23 PM

QUOTE(Hydra @ Feb 24 2012, 02:43 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't doubt that Hasbro will take note of the letter,
but what is the desired effect you're hoping for by organizing this campaign?

In other words, what is it you would hope to see them do about it?


If you've ever followed an unfolding catastrophe on the news - Katrina hitting New Orleans, the Gulf oil spill - then you've seen how people are psychologically disinclined to accept the true magnitude of a diaster, sometimes until it is staring them in the face.

This sort of thing is a wake-up call to make sure the powers-that-be understand that this is a very big screw-up.
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#29 Robowang

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Mail the letter!

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 09:12 PM

I'll mail one in. They need this license yanked and awarded to someone who will be more responsible and have done more than read "PR for Dummies".

I'll take my chances with a new organization, the customer service CANNOT be worse than this.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 10:41 PM

I see no reason to think there aren't at least a handful of professional companies waiting in the wings to bid for the BotCon license. Those companies who've made their bread and butter the last twenty years running Star Trek conventions have to be drooling for fresh meat, AND they have professional experience.

I hate to be That Person, but this is something that's been waiting to happen. Fun Pub has always been completely unwilling to admit to any mistakes, and their web site was pitiful from the day it went online. The first BotCon I registered for online, I got a pre-paid Visa because it was frankly obvious that it was a security breach waiting to happen. I let my guard down after that, and now I'm extremely lucky that my bank decided to randomly replace everyone's Visa debit cards with Mastercards last fall and that I was waiting for a bonus from work that's scheduled for the beginning of March to renew my membership and register. I dodged that bullet, but knowing how close I was to not being able to pay my rent or my bills on time turns my stomach. Knowing that some of my friends can't pay their bills or their rent on time because of it is almost as infuriating. Why didn't they warn everyone and start investigating the moment it was obvious to everyone else that something was horribly wrong? Because they have always been completely unwilling to admit to any mistakes. This is just part of an ongoing pattern.

I've always made it pretty clear that I'm not a fan of Fun Pub, but I think BotCon is bigger than them so I haven't stopped attending. I would still prefer to see the con in the hands of someone professional and competent. Now that what was clearly in the cards years ago has come to pass, I can only hope Hasbro is with me. I don't want to see them lose the license for this. I want to see them lose the license for a litany of reasons. This is just the worst thing they've done.

#32 Chip

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 12:04 AM

I haven't read every report; how far back do these breaches go? Back in August, I had a problem with my card that I've never been able to account for.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 02:19 PM

QUOTE(Chip @ Feb 26 2012, 12:04 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I haven't read every report; how far back do these breaches go? Back in August, I had a problem with my card that I've never been able to account for.


At least back to April 2011, it seems:

http://www.allspark....showtopic=84493

http://www.tfw2005.c...rd-numbers.html

I haven't had a problem with my card until recently, but I suppose it could have been from any of the purchases I made from the Club, depending on how long the hackers decided to sit on the info before using it.

I used the card to buy Cheetor and Ramjet (April 27, 2011), the BotCon Iacon Package (January 28, 2012), and Over-Run and SG Drift (January 30, 2012 - no errors during checkout and before the changeover to the new CC processor), but didn't get hit until February 18, so I guess the breach could have occurred with any one of them...

I needed to renew my membership (expires 3/4/12), so I snail-mailed a money order using the little renewal reminder I received the first week of February to them yesterday...hopefully it reaches them before my membership expires/the deadline for Runamuck passes.

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#34 Chip

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 05:32 PM

Sounds like they got me too, then. I know these things happen, and if I had any sense that Fun Pub had made a good faith effort to secure its transactions and that they had made an honest attempt to contact the people affected, I wouldn't be angry. They've chosen to fail on both counts.

Edited by Chip, 26 February 2012 - 05:33 PM.


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Posted 26 February 2012 - 08:39 PM

Can't blame you for your opinions, but I really think they just need to make major changes in management style.
They also need a person who specializes in site design doing work for them full-time.

If FunPub loses their license, the excellent network of fan involvement in official TF fiction may also evaporate.
One thing I can compliment FunPub with is that they know how to make excellent use of the knowledge of the fans.

I like what Fun Pub has created in terms of fiction, and a lot of that owes to their connections to the fans.
If another group suddenly came in, we might not get that anymore.

I hear you about the managament issues, but I think we should really consider everythign that might end up happening if
the license was lost.

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QUOTE(Trixter @ Feb 26 2012, 12:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I see no reason to think there aren't at least a handful of professional companies waiting in the wings to bid for the BotCon license. Those companies who've made their bread and butter the last twenty years running Star Trek conventions have to be drooling for fresh meat, AND they have professional experience.

I hate to be That Person, but this is something that's been waiting to happen. Fun Pub has always been completely unwilling to admit to any mistakes, and their web site was pitiful from the day it went online. The first BotCon I registered for online, I got a pre-paid Visa because it was frankly obvious that it was a security breach waiting to happen. I let my guard down after that, and now I'm extremely lucky that my bank decided to randomly replace everyone's Visa debit cards with Mastercards last fall and that I was waiting for a bonus from work that's scheduled for the beginning of March to renew my membership and register. I dodged that bullet, but knowing how close I was to not being able to pay my rent or my bills on time turns my stomach. Knowing that some of my friends can't pay their bills or their rent on time because of it is almost as infuriating. Why didn't they warn everyone and start investigating the moment it was obvious to everyone else that something was horribly wrong? Because they have always been completely unwilling to admit to any mistakes. This is just part of an ongoing pattern.

I've always made it pretty clear that I'm not a fan of Fun Pub, but I think BotCon is bigger than them so I haven't stopped attending. I would still prefer to see the con in the hands of someone professional and competent. Now that what was clearly in the cards years ago has come to pass, I can only hope Hasbro is with me. I don't want to see them lose the license for this. I want to see them lose the license for a litany of reasons. This is just the worst thing they've done.


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Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:04 PM

QUOTE(Hydra @ Feb 26 2012, 08:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can't blame you for your opinions, but I really think they just need to make major changes in management style.
They also need a person who specializes in site design doing work for them full-time.

If FunPub loses their license, the excellent network of fan involvement in official TF fiction may also evaporate.
One thing I can compliment FunPub with is that they know how to make excellent use of the knowledge of the fans.

I like what Fun Pub has created in terms of fiction, and a lot of that owes to their connections to the fans.
If another group suddenly came in, we might not get that anymore.

I hear you about the managament issues, but I think we should really consider everythign that might end up happening if
the license was lost.

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I think the problem is, and why the folks who hope for a new company are openly hoping for one, is that FunPub is a rather small outfit. "Major changes in management style" would seem to mean replacing the existing management, which more or less consists of one guy; Brian Savage. And from what I understand, FunPub is so small that it basically ceases to exist if he's 'replaced'. The other alternative would be if Brian Savage undergoes some manner of self-induced "major changes" that finally addresses the litany of complaints the fandom has about how FunPub runs itself, and presents itself to the fandom. But the current record seems to indicate this is unlikely, or we would've seen the Club's website, forums, and infrastructure move out of the 1990s. And Faxing would have stayed there, where it belonged.

But that's my layman's opinion, and it could be entirely wrong.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:08 PM

It's not just you.

Fun Publications seems more like Brian Savage Inc then it does a "separate" company.

Edited by MrBlud, 26 February 2012 - 09:14 PM.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:11 PM

QUOTE(ShinRa Inc @ Feb 26 2012, 06:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And Faxing would have stayed there, where it belonged.


My own opinion...

There's nothing wrong with having faxes. They're quite good for many things, even today, and they should remain an option.

They simply shouldn't be the only option. Nor should I be shared an extra fee for using them (that is, the "processing fee" to register for BotCon via Fax is, I think without double-checking the form which is in my work office, $25).

(We shouldn't be charged a fee for registering online, either, but at least that fee is a smaller one. Pick a price, and roll whatever you need to in that price. Don't add additional fees for every possible option one could use!)

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:30 PM

They've e-mailed past members too (according to their latest e-mails).

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:45 PM

QUOTE(Powered Convoy @ Feb 26 2012, 09:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
They've e-mailed past members too (according to their latest e-mails).

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Oh hey, lookie there. I've received it.