Thur. Jan. 31, 2019 – look over here! Shiny thing!

49F and a bit drier than normal at 85%RH. Supposed to have no rain until later, but we’ll see.

It strikes me that the public is being bombarded with the outrage of the day, and one tempest in a teapot after another, while major changes are ignored. This is not a NEW thing, and many have commented about it here, and elsewhere. Their tactics WORK, however and we need to keep taking a step back and asking “What AREN’T we seeing?” They also like to be right, and to cover their @sses. They will often report the important truth, without comment or explanation, so that they can later say “we reported this last year, and look- we were right!”

Keep asking the question, “What isn’t being reported?” “Why are they showing us THIS thing?” “Why NOW?”

Someone elsewhere recently pointed out “What’s on the news, isn’t.”

Stay frosty my friends. Repetition, outrage, lies, and misdirection WORK.

n

53 thoughts on “Thur. Jan. 31, 2019 – look over here! Shiny thing!”

  1. Keep asking the question, “What isn’t being reported?”

    BJ is letting the Socialists self destruct, dropping dimes where necessary, clearing the field for the “more moderate” Hillary to announce this Summer.

    Unlike the other Dems, BJ isn’t going to compromise his long term goals for a shot at sex with the cocktail waitress. Oh, sure, if the opportunity arose (and it might after she self destructs and has lost self esteem — his favorite type), but 2020 is his last shot at getting back into the White House before he is too old to enjoy the perqs.

    I don’t know if Howard Schultz is part of the BJ plan or not. It is certainly possible he has been promised something in return for making himself the “voice of reason” (target) on the wealth confiscation insanity, but Shultz has always been open about harboring Presidential ambition since at least 2000.

  2. -4º and windy here. Sidewalk drifted shut, but the rest of the area stayed clear. Neighbor’s driveway as <1", so after the walkway (18" deep, drift), when the auger belt slipped, I put the thrower away & went back in the house. I've never had frostbite, but I've brushed it a few times. I'm not interested in proving how tough I am.

    I am interested in our children and our government. Last night eldest daughter was complaining about the reading comprehension homework she had. The 5 paragraphs were about the Mississippi State and Loyola game in 1963. Our discussion was about comprehending what happened while also showing that conflicts could be resolved. Clever. Her complaint? Describing the writing was "boring". I sympathized with her, as I hated that kind of work when I was her age. I just loved to read, as she does now. I'm not going to let her slack there – it's one of the things I do have to follow up on, as well as finding challenges for her in STEM, which just seem to come naturally to her.

    Do you want children to succeed? Don't give them anything they are capable of doing for themselves. She wants a phone. I want her to have one, but I don't tell her that. She has to work for me at least one weekend/month (and get paid) to be permitted to carry my spare phone around. Chores are assigned & enforced.

    Our biggest problem in this country? Nobody's hungry. Nobody is so worried about their next meal that they’ll go out and find something that needs to be done.

    [redacted].

    I started to solve that problem but decided against it. Like using the n-word, there are some things that should be avoided in the public square.


  3. Do you want children to succeed? Don’t give them anything they are capable of doing for themselves. She wants a phone. I want her to have one, but I don’t tell her that. She has to work for me at least one weekend/month (and get paid) to be permitted to carry my spare phone around. Chores are assigned & enforced.

    Absolutely. Our son, who’s 14, has had chores since he was in Kindergarten. Of course, they have evolved over time. He has core shores – empty the trash, empty the dishwasher, clean his room and bathroom, and pick up dog poo. We do give him a small allowance – $10 a week, but he is a natural saver, and half the time doesn’t even ask for it.

    I also pay him $10 to mow the yard – 5 for the front and 5 for the back. He is responsible for keeping track and requesting payment. Once again, about half the time he never asks, or forgets. I keep track so I know what the running tab is. It will become a MUCH higher priority once he hits driving age and has to buy his own gas and help with insurance…

  4. Chores, ah, those were the days. We just said “here’s the amount of pocket money you get” and “here are the chores you have”. We didn’t make an explicit tie between them – both were just part of being in the household.

    Neither of our kids ever spent much money – their social lives were (and are) almost entirely online. Maybe they would go out once a month or so. As they got older, we substantially increased their allowances, but also what they were responsible for. For example, as some point they had to shop for and buy their own clothes.

    Now that both have jobs, but are still living at home, the tables are turned: they pay all of their own expenses, plus they pay us a small amount of rent. Part of growing up…

  5. This morning’s TWC (Texas Workforce Commission) appeal hearing was absolutely surreal. The former employee whom the TWC refused to give unemployment payments to was unreal. They kept on stating to the hearing examiner “I got married and moved in with my spouse. My spouse’s house is 45 miles away from the business office so I could not go to work due to the two hour commute. Pay me.”

    And when the examiner asked the former employee why they filed the appeal late, the former employee said, “Oh, don’t use that address to mail me stuff, use this address.”. This is the third address that they have used now.

    And when the examiner asked the former employee if they got the paperwork that we filed, “Oh I don’t use that email address anymore.”. And refused to tell us or the examiner what the new email address is so we could send the paperwork to them. So the examiner refused to allow us to submit the paperwork. I did not contest it since things were getting so ridiculous. The examiner was willing to let me force the paperwork issue but I decided not to.

    For this I got up an hour early and got very little sleep last night ? Just to hear a dozen times that if you get married, you don’t have to go to work anymore but you should still get paid ?

    I hate supervising people. I may fire everyone today except the office manager and go back home to bed.

  6. BTW, I have to give credit to the TWC appeal examiner. They were extremely professional, kept an even voice throughout, and kept on marching forward. The hearing lasted about an hour. I’m sure that the examiner hung up afterwards and screamed for five minutes. BTW, this was a telephonic hearing using a TWC telephone conferencing system that actually worked.

  7. They kept on stating to the hearing examiner “I got married and moved in with my spouse. My spouse’s house is 45 miles away from the business office so I could not go to work due to the two hour commute. Pay me.”

    So you have to pay them now?

    In the last 20 years, I haven’t had a professional job that didn’t involve a 45 minute to 1 hour commute each way. It was part of the reason the jobs paid more than WalMart.

  8. I think a lot of people just figure the unemployment people will always cave to the ‘poor little guy’ over the ‘big bad business owner’. After all they are government. OTH you are in Texas. If it was out here in Cali they’d win in a second.

  9. Don’t forget ebola–

    Two soldiers die from Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo as outbreak rages on with death toll now sitting at 465

    Army spokesperson confirmed the deaths and three others under observation
    ‘All measures’ were being taken to stop contamination of the fatal virus in troops
    The number of cases has reached 752 as neighbouring countries remain alert”

    So where did the soldiers get it? From a relative? Mucking out an outbreak in the bush?

    n

  10. They kept on stating to the hearing examiner “I got married and moved in with my spouse. My spouse’s house is 45 miles away from the business office so I could not go to work due to the two hour commute. Pay me.”

    So you have to pay them now?

    The TWC denied the initial unemployment claim. The TWC said that moving away from a job is not grounds to receive unemployment. In fact, the hearing examiner was very careful to ask if the new spouse was active duty military which is not the case. This is the former employee’s appeal of that determination.

  11. “Lawsuits by fire victims swept up in PG&E bankruptcy”
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/lawsuits-demanding-pg-e-pay-damages-wildfires-222342181.html

    “PG&E lawyers have filed denials of responsibility in the courts, but when the company sought bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, it cited at least $30 billion in potential liability from those and other lawsuits.”

    “State investigators have yet to determine the cause of the Nov. 8 fire that killed 86 people and destroyed 15,000 homes in the Paradise area, but PG&E equipment is suspected in the most destructive wildfire in the U.S. in at least a century. Some $8.4 billion in insurance claims have been filed involving that fire.”

    The next news article will be that the electric and natural gas utility rates in California are the highest in the nation.

    BTW, PG&E mentioned in a court filing that it will cost $150 billion to inspect all of the power lines in their territory. I’m not sure if that estimate includes brush clearing and tree removal which PG&E is not allowed to do without a court order.
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/latest-us-judge-scolds-pg-e-hearing-over-185831732.html

  12. WRT the recent comments concerning the n-word and global warming, allow me to connect the two:
    1. During the 1st OJ trial, his lawyers said that if someone (in this case, LAPD Det. Mark Fuhrman) said something that could be demonstrate to be a lie, it was reasonable for one to assume that everything that he says is a lie.
    2. If the current bona fide weather conditions in the upper midwest conflict with AlGorable Warming predictions, why can’t all climate change projections be considered to be drivel and nonsense?

  13. My feeling on OJ’s sham trial (and I was living and working in Hollywood at the time) is that it was a masterful way to lose a case and let a celebrity who CLEARLY MURDERED someone to get off.

    NO ONE is that incompetent. Not even a diversity bean. No way.

    n

  14. Catching up on the past several days’ journals, so some of these comments are blasts from the past.

    RickH: Audio books are a big thing, from what I understand. They’re nothing like a majority of the market, but they’re growing rapidly and ease of making an audio version is reportedly one of the considerations for publishers to decide to pick up a book.

    Nick: Your daughter telling you it’s easier to say “I’ma” rather than “I am going to” might be a reference to peer pressure rather than production of phonemes. All I can suggest is pointing out that different situations call for different speech patterns, and enforcing use of proper English in your presence.

    Low-class vernacular and vocabulary changes don’t bother me, per se. Most languages change and English changes more than most. The problem is that most of the recent changes in American English lose clarity and specificity, thus befouling the purpose of communicating at all. Worse than that, while the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis isn’t quite right, it is obvious on observation that people who do not express themselves clearly do not think clearly. I don’t know which way causality flows, but rote cant of words with variable meaning can’t possibly aid in clear thinking.

  15. The TWC denied the initial unemployment claim. The TWC said that moving away from a job is not grounds to receive unemployment. In fact, the hearing examiner was very careful to ask if the new spouse was active duty military which is not the case. This is the former employee’s appeal of that determination.

    I was fired from my first job out of college (long, strange story). The guy really knew what he was doing, however, since he squeezed as much as he could out of me during the period I would have been ineligible to file and then fired me on the day before I became eligible. Smart.

    Back then, unemployment was *work* — searching for job, submitting at least two employer visits per week, and filing paperwork on time in person every two weeks. By the time I received the rejection for benefits, I was over the process so I skipped the appeals, and signed with a temp agency.

    The temp agency was much less hassle — work = check. I made more than unemployment too.

    Your former employee must not value his time to mess with the bureaucracy to this extent. My guess is he wants the Gates McDonald (or whoever does those checks these days) report to have the unemployment filing show as clean so the implication is he wasn’t fired for insubordination … which he was, but it won’t show that way if he wins his appeal or you decide you value your time more than he does.

    My Gates McDonald report showing the unemployment claim rejection didn’t hurt my career long term, but it did come up in a panel interview at GTE the following year. I explained the situation honestly, noted the clever manipulation of the timelines, and everyone present was satisfied.

  16. On a good things note, the we bring good things to life people paid their bill today without use of a collection agency. It only took them five months after we sent the invoice out. Unlike last year where I had to pay a collection agency 33% of the collected high five figure bill.

  17. When I was working in entertainment, Sony Pictures would pay net 180 days at the earliest. Most entertainment/party/events companies are running razor thin margins, have to pay employees weekly and rental equipment dealers either cash or net 30. Sony’s policy broke many companies before word really got around. I had to take one (well just had to file) to small claims to get MY money from them. My feeling is and was, not my fault you took a deal that doesn’t get you paid. I get paid when I do the work. You acknowledged that, I did the work, and now you cry poor. Too bad for you, pay up sucker. It was only a 3 figure invoice too.

    n

  18. On a good things note, the we bring good things to life people paid their bill today without use of a collection agency. It only took them five months after we sent the invoice out. Unlike last year where I had to pay a collection agency 33% of the collected high five figure bill.

    We spent an afternoon at the Edison house in Fort Myers this Summer, just a few weeks after the company lost its position in the Dow-Jones index. It was kinda surreal to look at all that history and think about how the company had been mismanaged into the ground in just a generation.

  19. I had to take one (well just had to file) to small claims to get MY money from them.

    Where I currently work, most of the customers are state government agencies. One state in particular doesn’t even pay until the lawsuits are filed.

    One hint: Ya want yer friggin money? Fuggedaboudit.

  20. RickH: Audio books are a big thing, from what I understand. They’re nothing like a majority of the market, but they’re growing rapidly and ease of making an audio version is reportedly one of the considerations for publishers to decide to pick up a book.

    Exceptions like @Lynn’s whiny unemployment claimant aside, many people endure long commutes for work. Audible is huge for those stuck in cars for more than an hour each way and no time to read at home.

  21. Uncle Orson (Orson Scott Card) has over 1,000 books in audible library. And not just the 40 books that he has written (if you have not read “Ender’s Game” then you need to). He listens to them while exercising and goofing off.
    http://www.hatrack.com/osc/reviews/everything/2018-02-08.shtml

    “When narrating an audiobook, all my training as an actor was out the window. “Talk into the microphone as if you were speaking to a friend just over his shoulder, so that your voice remains quiet and level,” said Stefan. “The microphone and the listener’s volume control will decide how loud you’ll end up being; but for recording purposes, you should never sound like you’re shouting or even projecting your voice as if you were on stage.””

    Looks like Uncle Orson has narrated 15 of his books.
    https://www.audible.com/search?searchNarrator=Orson+Scott+Card

  22. The only audio book I ever listened to was part of Speaker for the Dead, on XM radio, when they used to have the books channel.

    Because it was only on at one specific time, I only heard a chapter or two.

    n

    Other than the portugese names, I think the whole of the first 3 ender books are great. The rest of the universe varies greatly.

  23. I was poking around and ended up on this site.

    https://www.mylife.com/pub-multisearch.pubview

    That was interesting. It knows, somehow, my first name and birthday and where I live and the last three places I’ve lived. Just by the name I use and state.

    I’ve lived here since 1992. I don’t use my first name. Never have. The last couple of car titles have my full name because of some reason. That’s my Dad’s name… the Jr.

    It knows my Mom’s name and her address at this house. I’m not sure about the house in the RGV, it left off the Jr. So that could be me showing on the deed.
    It knows some of my e-mail addresses. Which, whatever, I have about 30 on my domain that dump into one mailbox.

    I have a pre-paid debit card somewhere. It might be worth the $1 to see the full report.

    By what right do “they” get to accumulate and save this data? Yeah, I know, “it’s for the children”.

  24. https://www.mylife.com/pub-multisearch.pubview

    That was interesting. It knows, somehow, my first name and birthday and where I live and the last three places I’ve lived. Just by the name I use and state.

    They knew me too and with my birthday. And three of my email addresses. And four of my home addresses. Nothing in north Texas though.

    Don’t know if I am concerned or if I don’t care.

  25. Earth Unaware is sitting in my SBR.

    @greg, they had my addresses, emails, some legal action although I don’t know what- anything should be WELL past falling off, and if it’s a BK, enough time has gone by that it should be illegal for them to have it.

    They’ve got my dad, mom, siblings, cousins, and several family friends that aren’t direct neighbors.

    My uncle is interesting, as he’s mostly under the radar. His income range doesn’t support the net worth, his common law wife is just an associate, and her info never matches with his, even though they lived together for over a decade.

    They have marital status and kids wrong for everyone I checked.

    My “social score” was low, 2.something. My wife’s was in the high 4’s. Wonder what all goes into that.

    They have a car that I’ve been getting extended warrenty offers on listed for me, but I’ve never owned it. The only place both that car and my name exist is with State Farm. I suspected State Farm of selling me out.

    The robocalls I got for Beto the burrito had my number, but wife’s name. Wonder if they got it from a similar site.

    Way too much in one place for free in my opinion.

    n

    added- alot of my neighbor info was out of date. Some years out of date. Many dead neighbors still listed. many current not listed.

    added more- two of my AKAs are names I used on magazine reply cards in the early 80s, that I’ve been getting junk mail to ever since. One of them even found me in TX after a number of years without any to that name.

  26. @greg, they had my addresses, emails, some legal action although I don’t know what- anything should be WELL past falling off, and if it’s a BK, enough time has gone by that it should be illegal for them to have it.

    BK = Bankruptcy?

    PACER keeps the Bankruptcy Court filings forever. If the case was within the last 20 years, all the details, including full dollar amounts and creditors, are available to anyone with a credit card, and PACER doesn’t bother billing for accumulated search fees of less than $10 IIRC.

    An employer doesn’t need your permission to search PACER for your name. Everything comes up in nicely formatted PDFs too.

  27. It didn’t list any of my cars. It looked like it had some kind of legal/lien thing on me but anything of that nature should be long gone. Unless there is something related to Mom on her house.

    It didn’t list my sisters. It did list my next door neighbors. What?

    Anyway, a 4.08 of 5 score. Whatever. My FICO is 744 according to my Discover Card bill and I don’t care. I have no intention of taking out a bank or car loan.

  28. From one of my newsletters:

    A Case Study of the Las Vegas Mass Shooting: hospital response
    The Nevada Hospital Association released a case study on the medical response to
    the Las Vegas, Nevada, Harvest Festival shooting. The purpose of this case study
    is to provide hospitals and public health agencies points of discussion to further
    their emergency management and mass casualty planning.

    “A Day Like No Other: A Case Study of the Las Vegas Mass Shooting” covers an
    incredible amount of detail on several topics, reviewing triage, stafng, safety
    and security, communications, surge plans, mortuary care, and mental health
    and wellness. Any hospital or EMS agency writing or reworking its mass casualty
    response plan should review this case study. These are a few take-aways from
    this case study:
    ĵ Injured and deceased people were spread over four square miles around the
    venue, a very large area for EMS to manage.
    ĵ The majority of injured (approximately 800) self-transported, using phone
    mapping apps to fnd the closest hospital. This should be a planning consideration
    for events and venues as well as hospitals.
    ĵ Hospitals had no notice of the shooting before the injured started arriving.
    ĵ The influx of families and friends – and the issues they created – were not
    planned for. A Family Assistance Center wasn’t established until the next day.
    ĵ Infection control and contamination was a serious concern due to the amount
    of blood being spread everywhere.
    Environmental cleaning was continuous.
    Ensure you have enough staff and supplies to handle such an incident.
    ĵ Hospitals interpreted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
    (HIPAA) differently, creating confusion. Review HIPPA policy with a mass casualty
    incident in mind.
    ĵ One hospital used a military-type triage system that worked quite well; however,
    triage was problematic at best in most locations.
    One added problem was that the festival used Radio Frequency Identifcation
    Device (RFID) armbands containing ticket and credit card information, and many
    attendees did not carry identifcation. This increased confusion as hospitals could
    not tell anyone, law enforcement or family members, who they were treating
    because they didn’t know
    .

    link to the whole doc

    NO ID. FFS.

  29. So…..

    I called the ISP a couple of times yesterday. They are sending a “managed router”. No clue if I have any input into the settings. But I have my own router. LAN from their router to the WAN port on my router. A couple of milli seconds delay is ok.

    I installed a brand new router after seeing the old router blinking like a Christmas tree on speed. The new router did not fix the problem.

    The second phone call yesterday involved connecting a laptop directly to the radio to by-pass potential problems here. Blah blah blah. While on the phone and connected directly to the laptop, the connection would just randomly die.

    But they want the managed router installed. I don’t have to keep using it, I just need it so they can troubleshoot the problem.

    I’m paying for 5mb down and getting about 2mb to .1mb.

    But, yeah, something is wrong but “we can’t tell until you get your managed router”.

    With their “managed router” they can talk to it and the radio at the same time. Um, there was a bit of babble about wi-fi channel interference. But my wi-fi is not from my router. I’m confused.

    My wi-fi is via a couple Ubiquiti UniFi connected to the switch in the house. Uh, as the Ethernet pulls, almost 300 feet away. (not using Ethernet from House to EDC any more, the wires went bad. Lightning induced surges melt stuff. A pair of NanoBeams cranked down to 4% power is better anyway.)

    It’s the radio. Yeah, they don’t want to send a couple of guys to deal with a 40 foot push-up mast. To replace a part I can buy on Amazon for about $80 the last time I looked. I get it.

    So today I get the “can’t you call them and have the Internet fixed” question. Again. I can’t do anything until their router arrives. But it’s a daily complaint.

    [shrug]

  30. @paul, with the router they’ll be able to get into the router and look at your actual traffic, which they may not be able to easily do at any other point in the system. Or it may have QOS tools and logging that they don’t have with the radio.

    I’m guessing they use ubiquiti for the radio to home base? The nanobeams have all kinds of tools in them, so maybe they want to get into your router and then into the radio? Who knows?

    At least it’s not ATT in bangalore…..

    n

  31. One added problem was that the festival used Radio Frequency Identifcation
    Device (RFID) armbands containing ticket and credit card information, and many
    attendees did not carry identifcation. This increased confusion as hospitals could
    not tell anyone, law enforcement or family members, who they were treating
    because they didn’t know.

    Interesting. Are armbands at concerts a trend?

  32. This won’t solve the H1B problem. If anything, more US schools will turn their CS Masters degrees into H1B diploma mills.

    I thought it was limited to mediocre state schools like where I finally finished my Masters degree, but the big school here in town does it too except for Chinese nationals instead of Indians.

    https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/H-1B-visa-lottery-changing-to-favor-those-with-13574410.php

    Of course, the undergraduate tech degrees from the subcontinent are mostly worthless so maybe it is a step in the right direction.

    I’ve pointed out before that I was “Instructor of Record” in my CS program because most of the other grad students working as TAs could not provide certified transcripts from their undergrad programs in India. I carried a 4.0 throughout my time there, but that was irrelevant to being hired for the job.

  33. Armbands were used so that people could come and go over the three day festival. Seems that by the third day, people were used to it, and just used the bands.

    Disney does this with MagicBands, but I carry ID, a MasterCard, an AMEX card, and some cash while in the parks. I leave my fat wallet at the resort.

    This paragraph from the “Actions to take” section of the report is a bit disturbing:

    The Nevada Hospital Association will contact
    the teaching hospitals throughout the nation
    and explore if we can facilitate an MMAA [Master Mutual Aid]
    agreement between this subset of the hospital
    sector. It is estimated that approximately 78
    percent of all burn beds, 60 percent of all
    pediatric ICUs, 80 percent of all Level I trauma
    centers and 40 percent of NICUs are found in
    this subsector of the hospital community.

    This means that as it stands, there is no legal way for those other facilities to help in an emergency. That is F’d up.

    n

  34. This one is horrifying too:

    “The healthcare system did learn that we have
    much to do regarding disaster management. This
    event is the closest thing to any large-scale disaster
    (such as an earthquake or other sudden-impact
    event) we have experienced in the times of modern
    healthcare and smart phones. More than 800
    people were injured, 580+ needed emergency
    medical attention, and 58 people perished.
    Hospitals, EMS and law enforcement were stressed
    to levels never before seen in America.”

    [emph added]

    Nominally ONE GUY, in 15 minutes, who STOPPED for some unknown reason, in ONE place caused this. Soaked up the medical capability of an entire city, and disrupted it for weeks after. Throughout the report they talk about waiting for subsequent attacks, or other venues, or other locations… which never happened. If they did, it would have gotten biblical pretty quickly.

    n

    added- every patient was a witness to a criminal act. Every death was evidence. Every scrap of clothing, and all the personal effects had to be treated as evidence in a criminal case, including those of the victims.

  35. This ties in with the developing idea of ‘immediate responder’ that is starting to gain traction, including “you are the help until help arrives” and “stopthebleed.org”.

    “First aid, CPR, Heimlich maneuvers, rescue
    breathing, tourniquet application and other
    easy-to-use, life-saving procedures should
    be taught to everyone at an early age. These
    programs should be open-sourced, so that free
    training materials for standard procedures can
    be developed, and any community group can
    use them to educate their constituency.”

    n

  36. This one is telling for other reasons:

    “Patients
    who needed orthopedic surgery and would
    generally be a full trauma activation
    were able to
    be handled as outpatients.”

    n

  37. ay, seems like I’m coming down with a cold. Runny nose, sneezing, aches.

    I’m going to bed.

    n


  38. That was interesting. It knows, somehow, my first name and birthday and where I live and the last three places I’ve lived. Just by the name I use and state.

    A lot of that information comes from the credit reporting agencies. The site knew a lot about me but failed to know I was married or had any kids. Although it did associate my wife and son as acquaintances. This is something the credit agencies would know based on the name and city.

    The site also had my last job and was close on my annual income from two years ago. Thus the information is out of date. Again this just reflects what is in my credit report.

    There was an alert for criminal records on me or my acquaintances which could be the neighbors that are listed. Some of those being people that live close to me of which I have zero contact. Thus based simply on the address.

    I have pulled my credit reports, every four months, from one of the agencies. I am allowed one a year from each agency so this allows me to pull one of the reports every four months. Every time I have found information that was old and incorrect. I diligently send a letter to the agency involved and demand the information be removed or corrected. I also demand the agency provide a new credit report showing the information has been corrected.

    Some of the incorrect information is not their fault. My credit union reported a loan that had been paid off over 10 years in the past. This now showed up on my credit report as a loan that had been paid. This would stay on the report for seven years. Turns out the credit union did a system conversion to new software and the software incorrectly reported all loans from the last 12 years to the credit bureaus. Should never have happened. The CU’s attitude was the loan shows as paid so it does not matter. That did no sit well with me so a letter to the CEO and the board of directors was in order.

    If one were to pull their credit report it would be amazing at how much information is incorrect. The agencies don’t care, the companies reporting don’t care. That there can be so much information on people is scary. That anyone can access some of this information is even scarier.

    The worst company is a company that has changed names several times. I don’t remember the name but they are used by insurance companies to rate individuals. They not only maintain credit information, they maintain every insurance claim a person has had, every claim on any property the person owns, and all driving information on the individuals that have ever lived at that address.

    I requested a copy of my information as I am allowed by law. The company sent me almost 100 printed pages of information that was basically indecipherable. Nothing in the law says the information has to be readable, just available. And that is exactly what the company provided. Many coded fields with way to decipher the codes.

  39. Perhaps you mean the MIB? Medical Information Bureau? They used to record all medical insurance settlements, to see who sues…

    n

  40. Disney does this with MagicBands, but I carry ID, a MasterCard, an AMEX card, and some cash while in the parks. I leave my fat wallet at the resort.

    Yeah, I don’t trust MagicBands. One of the Imagineering managers on that project was “low hanging fruit” in our group when I worked for GTE in the 90s, a village idiot we kept around to feed the layoff monster. Nice guy, but full of cr*p.

    I have no idea how the idiot survived Disney and nearly 20 years of outsourcing. The growing pains of MagicBands doesn’t surprise me.


  41. Perhaps you mean the MIB?

    No. The company used to be called Lexus Nexus. They have since been acquired by Equifax (I think). I had dealings with them in the middle ’90’s. My insurance rates jumped and they showed my indebtedness as being $500K. The had aggregated all the loans I ever had as amount owed which was incorrect. They refused to fix.

    So I went to the TV station and got a reporter involved. The company finally admitted their error and I had my insurance rated again. The premiums dropped back to normal. Those clowns, because of their error, were affecting everyone who had insurance rated based on that incorrect information as wasn’t me they were reporting incorrectly.

    Next time you get your insurance renewal they will inform you the company they used to determine the ratings. It will be probably be this company and the company is a bunch of bone heads that don’t care that their information or how the information is rated. Worth your time to demand your information which they legally have to provide once a year. If nothing else make the company spend some money getting back to you what is yours.

  42. Hmm, I know of Lexus Nexus as a law library and research tool. Didn’t know they were collecting personal info. Makes sense though. Once you start collecting, where do you stop?

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  43. I know of Lexus Nexus as a law library and research tool

    That was the name of the company when I issues with their data methods. I think they are now part of Equifax, another slimeball company that exposed a lot of people’s data to the world. Of course they were not punished by the government for any of that data loss and exposure of people’s SSNs. Companies that suffer data breaches and expose personal information should be fined heavily. In my opinion Equifax should have been fined out of existence and the upper management placed in prison for a few years. Having the CEO’s data exposed to “Bubba the Brute” a few times would be appropriate.

  44. @paul, with the router they’ll be able to get into the router and look at your actual traffic, which they may not be able to easily do at any other point in the system. Or it may have QOS tools and logging that they don’t have with the radio.

    I’m guessing they use ubiquiti for the radio to home base? The nanobeams have all kinds of tools in them, so maybe they want to get into your router and then into the radio? Who knows?

    The radio is Ubiquiti. A PowerBeam model. I forget which. Up on a telescoping mast. I’m not allowed the password but I know that with George’s magic laptop the speed is cruising along at 138 Mb. My service is for 5 Mb. They offer a 20 Mb plan but the billing software for my tower only supports 5 Mb. (shrug) Ok, you don’t want an extra $20 a month? ?

    I have a pair of Nanobeam NBE-5AC-16. The price on Amazon has doubled plus a bit since March 2016. They are between the EDC and House. Beaming through walls, power turned way down to 4 dBm because they are about 300 feet apart and not 15 miles, they chat to each other at around 360 Mbps. They will go faster with the power turned up, but, my switches are 100 mb, not gig. They run cooler with the power set low. I’ve rebooted them maybe four times since I installed them and twice was updating the firmware. Rock solid.

    Wi-fi in the house is a Ubiquiti UniFi that works /great/ and is linking to another in the Feed Shed… so there is w-fi in the travel trailer when someone is staying there.

    The new router just arrived. It’s a tp-link model Archer C5. I’ve heard of the brand. The included directions are simple. Connect the wires, turn it on, wait 8 minutes. Somehow the SSID is my last name and the password is my phone number. I’ll mess with it tomorrow….

    Hopefully the crick in my neck will ease off. I’ll connect it, the router, not my neck, connect a laptop and turn the wi-fi off. And then plug /my/ router in. A router, a PC, their router won’t know the difference. Once the radio has been replaced I can remove the tp-link…. it’s actually for trouble shooting.

    Well, if they can manage the router they supply, how do I know they can’t see my LAN?

  45. They probably can see your lan. The ATT DSL tech I was talking with was able to see the names of all the devices on my customer’s network.

    The wireless isps were in a lot of trouble a couple of years back when they were the only ones “packet shaping” and throttling. Now everyone does it. Funny how what is extreme when new becomes commonplace later.

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  46. They probably can see your lan. The ATT DSL tech I was talking with was able to see the names of all the devices on my customer’s network.

    This is one reason why I have a NAT inside the AT&T DSL boxen.

  47. They probably can see your lan. The ATT DSL tech I was talking with was able to see the names of all the devices on my customer’s network.

    The wireless isps were in a lot of trouble a couple of years back when they were the only ones “packet shaping” and throttling. Now everyone does it. Funny how what is extreme when new becomes commonplace later.

    It’s not so much of seeing what is on my LAN, it’s them accessing shares. All I share is the Desktop with read/write. Plus on moa the music folder is shared but read only.

    I have never noticed any “packet shaping”. I’m not sure how I would know if it is happening. Maybe a bit of throttling as in not having enough pipe for the demand.

    This is one reason why I have a NAT inside the AT&T DSL boxen.

    The entire reason for a router in one sentence.

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