Dirt Farmer Live Show Summary July 10th, 2016


Howdy Farmers!  Have you ever wished that you could listen to the Dirt Farmer Radio show, but you couldn't?  Maybe you were out plowing the back 40, or milking the cows, or even sowing some wild oats.  Maybe you haven't figured out how to join that new fangled contraption, the dirt box.  Maybe it's just a little too hard to hear the show.  Well Papa Dirt has a surprise for you!  We hope that you enjoy this week’s edition of the Dirt Farmer Gazette, a short summary of many of the important subjects discussed on the show.  If you like it, please remember to share with your fellow farmers!

July 10th, 2016


Runaway Bouquet Review

The Runaway Bouquet feature released to the game this past Monday. Much to the dismay of nearly every player the number of bushels needed to craft the Fruit Treats were excessively high. The FV STUDIO did give us somewhat of a break the next day by lowering the bushel requirements. This was great news to anyone playing this feature. The joy was short lived as we then realized that the Patterned Seashells, Queens Magnifica and Stick Zingiber Caveman Club Crops were not unlocked so they could be planted on other farms.


CONGRATULATIONS!!! to our WINNER of last Week's BATTLEGROUND Caveman Club Building & Treasure Parts Challenge (week ending 07.03.2016) Maida Witthuhn Pullen. This Week we have a DOUBLE Challenge: PATRIOTIC TREES AND FRUIT TREATS. The rewards for the winners of these Challenges will be Papa Dirt Prizes: your choice of ANY Unwither Ring or Double Statue from the Market. If you are not a member of the Battleground Group JOIN TODAY and invite your friends.


Great News for TREE FARMERS. After a Tuesday ENHANCE the Many Clowns Tree, Mini Banana Tree, Light of Life Tree and the Orb Shade Tree are working properly and can be reproduced in the Orchards. It seems many of you had noticed that you could not reproduce these trees. The enhance hit very early Tuesday morning. We even had to wake up Locke to get a post made, and he's very GROUCHY in the morning.


If leveling up is your passion Farmville's double points Caveman Club statue is now in the market for 225 Farm Cash. Early Wednesday morning saw the release of the DOUBLE CAVE POINTS STATUE, and please remember that you can win any DOUBLE STATUE or any UNWITHER RING by participating in any Dirt Farmer contest.



The Dirt Farmer wants to know. How many hours a day do you devote to Farmville?
54% say they play Farmville anywhere from 1 to 5 hours a day
29% say they are still diehard players...staying on the farm for 6 to 10 hours a day
14% snort a few lines of coffee and chug a few red bulls and keep playing for 11 to 20 hours a day
3% of those polled or an astounding 50 players are farming for more than 21 hours a day. If you think that's bad, another 50 people say they'd rather not say. Could they be playing farmville 25 hours a day 8 days a week???


Just a reminder farmers! On Monday, July 11, you will be granted the Big Chief's consent to unlock the SECOND EXPANSION "Mammoth Meadow" on the Caveman Club farm providing you have already met the other requirements - Upgrade the Rockmore Rotunda to Level 1, Unwrap 5 Mystery Presents in the Rockmore Granary, and Reach Caveman Club Level 24. If you complete all the requirements, you will not only unlock the Mammoth Meadow expansion, but the OOGA AWAKENS TILE as well.



If you are looking to BEAT the SNOT out of the latest Expansion Farm on Farmville and get that BEAT Trophy and Shipping License,  then we have some info for you. First you'll want to Expand Rockmore Rotunda through Level 10 and once you do you will receive 2,000 Cave Points. Next you will need to Master the 28 Caveman Club Crops for which you will earn 2 Instagrow Potions. Complete all 15 animals in Ani-Mall in order to get 5 UnWithers. Improve the Twostone Mill to Level 5 and you will get 4,000 Cave Points. Completing All 4 tasks (Rockmore Rotunda, Crop Mastery, Ani-Mall and Twostone Mill) will earn you the Caveman Club Shipping License and Caveman Club Beat Trophy.


We have a brand SPANKIN' new Farm Stand to talk about tonight. We can expect to see the Festival of The Sun Farmstand go LIVE this coming Tuesday. This is your chance to earn 21 great daily rewards
Sunrise Pig (it's Blue) Sunny Owl, Sunny Shiba Dog (blue again) Sunrise Rooster which is red, white and blue, Sunmeadow Deer (blue) Summertime Sheep, Sunnywings Cat (blue) Sunspotted Dragon, Sunrising Tree, Sunstuck Tree, Sunshine Backyard deco, Sun Masked Bull, Sunset Goat, Sunbathing Time which is a geeky girl gnome in a bucket of water, Sunnyflower Fountain deco, Sunny Gnomette, Sunloving Fairies which is a gang of gnomettes, Sunrise Phoenix bird, Sunbaked Hippo, Suncolor Giraffe that actually looks like a regular giraffe, and finally a Sungod Pegacorn



This week the enhance broke the click trap remover. Good News we have a new one!


This coming Wednesday will see the re-boot of the weekly Leaderboards. Your chance to earn 3 sets of Insta-Grows, UnWithers and Super Fertilizers. This week's LIMITED EDITION Crop is the Kale Flower a 23 hour crop that can be planted on any farm. You will need to harvest 6000 in order to earn all the rewards and it should be in the market at the normal update time roughly 13 hours before the leaderboard begin. Our LOCKED FARM Crop Challenge will see us harvesting 300 Flytrap Beetroot in Caveman Club. Flytrap Beetroot is a 10 hour Caveman Club Farm crop. Our CRAFTY Challenge will see us make 12 Cave Cafe Mugs in Caveman Club. Cave Cafe Mug is an 8 hours Twostone Mill Recipe for which you will need 3 Ooga's Carrot, 3 Pitaya Fruit and 3 Pendant Heliconia bushels per recipe.


FINALLY!!! The Farmville Tulip Garden Gazebo is HERE!!! Slowly rolling out to farms this deco reward spitter building has 7 stages with lovely rewards...This spitter class buildable was originally coded in July of LAST YEAR. 99 Tulip Bouquets, 33 Glass Tulip Vases and 66 Rare Tulips will be needed to build this feature. After completion you will be able to harvest for Tulip Fences, Fissure Tiles and Tulip covered Hay Bales. But...this newly released buildable came with a buil in BOO BOO. Bushels needed to craft the Glass Tulip Vase part could not be used.


In just a few hours we will see the re-set for the Caveman Club Farm Community Goals. That will bring us a new challenge and a chance to earn Fuel, Super Fertilizers, UnWithers, Turbos and Free Fuel in Caveman Club for 3 days. This week we are being asked to own at least 2 New Caveman Club Land Expansions as we COLLECTIVELY try to own 170,000 Land Expansions on the new Farm.


The New Caveman Club Farm keeps rolling right along and in just a few hours we'll be jumping right into a new Chapter Quest. Caveman Club Chapter 4 should start at sometime tomorrow with 6 stages and a one week duration. Get a jump on the crafting by making 3 Fish Bone Combs and 3 Caveman Coutures in the Twostone Mill. QUEEN'S MAGNIFICA, CACTUS WATERMELON AND HIDDEN PUMPKIN CROPS TAKE 16 HOURS TO GROW, so be sure to plant ahead.
REWARDS Vine Swing Tree, Forager Gnome, Brambles Sheep, Cave Chief Jaguarundi, Cave Shaman Deer, Untamed Unicorn


Well, Farmers, we still do not have any definitive answer as to whether or not we will have an ALL FARMS Quest on Thursday July 14th or if we will have an ALL FARMS Quest released on Sunday July 17th...But, we do know what quest we will have...It's the PICNIC DAY QUEST
PLANT AHEAD for bushels
We also have a new crop that will be required in stages 2, 4 and 8. The Picnic Corn Crop will take 10 hours to grow, plant ahead and then just harvest enough to get through each stage...easy peesy
REWARDS Besides our normal set of consumables you can earn a Lavish Picnic Spread, Country Picnic Bear, Checkered Picnic Horse, Picnic Pegacorn

In other news.

How to tell if your Facebook has been hacked, and what you can do about it. There are several different ways hackers use a breached Facebook account. Automatic logins through Facebook allow hackers access to many different site accounts once they've taken over your Facebook account. Spammers hack Facebook accounts to gain access to your following. Your account also gives a hacker a lot of personal information about you that can be used to steal your identity. If you worry that your account has been hacked, there is a simple way to check. Go to the arrow in the upper left-hand corner of your Facebook page and click on it. In the menu, select Settings. A new menu will pop up. Choose Security and then Where You're Logged In
A list of all of the devices that you've logged into and their locations. If there is a login you don't recognize, chances are you may have been hacked. If you see anything that isn't you, click End Activity on the right side of the log to end the session. The hacker will be logged out temporarily.
Some other ways to tell if your account has been hacked are:
Your name, birthday, email or password has been changed.
Someone sent out friend requests to people you don't know.
Messages have been sent from your account, but you didn't write them.
Posts are appearing on your timeline that you didn't post.

Facebook just made it a lot easier for users to raise money for the causes they care about. Several months after the social network launched a new "fundraiser" feature for nonprofits to collect donations, Facebook announced it has expanded the tool to individual users. Starting Thursday, users in the U.S. can create dedicated fundraiser pages to raise money for verified nonprofits. The tool is now available to 1% of U.S. users — standard for new Facebook products in order to gather feedback and make sure there aren't any bugs — but it will roll out to all U.S. users in the coming weeks.

Facebook employees will now be trained to confront their own political biases, after the social network faced accusations that employees prevented conservative news items from trending on the site. “We think a lot about diversity at Facebook,” Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, announced Wednesday, The Hill reports. “And we have a managing-bias class that all of our leaders and a lot of our employees have taken that I was part of helping to create, and we’ve focused on racial bias, age bias, gender bias, national bias, and we’re going to add in a scenario now on political bias.” The addition of political bias training comes after the site faced criticism that the editors of Facebook’s trending topics feature downplayed news sources and stories popular among conservatives. A Facebook spokesman told The Hill that the training is mandatory for all employees. Many Americans get their news from Facebook, which maintains its neutrality. “We don’t have a point of view, we’re not trying to make you have a point of view,” Sandberg said.

At least 10 million Android devices have been infected by malware called HummingBad, according to cybersecurity software maker Check Point. Check Point, which has been tracking the malware since it was discovered in February, has released an analysis of the threat. For months, the number of infections were steady but they spiked sharply in mid-May. What makes HummingBad particularly interesting is the group behind it, which according to Check Point is a team of developers at Yingmob, an otherwise legitimate, multimillion-dollar advertising analytics agency based in Beijing. "Yingmob has several teams developing legitimate tracking and ad platforms," Israel-based Check Point said in the analysis released Friday. "The team responsible for developing the malicious components is the 'Development Team for Overseas Platform' which includes four groups with a total of 25 employees." HummingBad began as a "drive-by download attack," in which phones were infected when people visited websites. "The first component attempts to gain root access on a device with...rootkit [software] that exploits multiple vulnerabilities. If successful, attackers gain full access to a device," Check Point said. "If rooting fails, a second component uses a fake system update notification, tricking users into granting HummingBad system-level permissions." This access is used to generate fraudulent advertising revenue -- apparently up to $300,000 per month -- through the forced downloading of apps and clicking of ads.
But it's not just fake ad revenue at stake here because the group is able to sell access to phones and give away information held on them, Check Point said. The security company estimates that over 85 million smartphones have the group's apps installed, though only a small percent include the malicious software.

It's doubtful that anyone who created this malware will ever see jail time, but you will if you share your Facebook or Netflicks password. That's right. A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling announced this past Wednesday officially declares that sharing passwords counts as a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Both Netflix and HBO Go passwords fall into this category. And if you're not careful, getting caught sharing these passwords could result in jail time. This new law was set up as a catch-all for hacking, though in the past it has been widely used to prosecute behavior that wouldn't really count as hacking in the terms that we understand it to be. In this particular ruling from earlier in the week, former Korn/Ferry International employee David Nosal was accused of using a friend's password to access the research firm's database. It was deemed an unauthorized use of the computer system under the CFAA. Some are calling the ruling a 'nightmare scenario' for civil liberties groups. They claim that such a broad interpretation of the CFAA means millions of Americans are violating the federal law every time they share account information in regards to sites such as Facebook.


We all know about the horrible tragedy that happened in Dallas this week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the Dallas Shooting where 11 Police Officers were shot, 5 fatally. Our hearts are with their families and loved ones during this difficult time.
How to Help Dallas Shooting Police Victims and their Families. For those who want to lend support here's are a few ways to reach out. PLEASE SHARE


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We all know that playing Farmville isn't getting any easier these days. Whether Farmville is throttling  access to your friends or the  Facebook newsfeed is hiding them from you it's hard to find help links on the newsfeed.  Add that to the fact that a lot of fellow players have quit and it becomes very challenging to  find help.  That's why you should join one or all of the Dirt Farmers SHARE Groups. Mam-Maw's Trading Post, Quest Help and More, The VOTE HELP Group and GOT SHEEP are link sharing groups where you can find neat items and even get help with common FV activities.  Be sure to ASK to JOIN today and please tell your FV friends about these helpful resources.
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Here’s the link to this week’s podcast, because don’t you really want to listen to all of it after reading the summary?
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