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  1. I am so glad for you and the other guys who fought, and survived, that seminal battle in the history of that war. General Moore deserved a great turnout from the troops he led, then supported to his death, and his family earned the respects paid. I hope you let them know that we honor them by remembering. As for you, thanks again. I am proud to be associated with you, and by the generous guys who signed my copy. Huah.
  2. Here are pics of all sorts of RV homes that are permanent homes with an enclosed RV space. I like the idea of a closable door so that no one can tell just by glancing if you are home or gone. I personally would prefer to buy a nice little piece of land like I have here, with no ties to or rules/HOA by a community of any sort. I have little to do with my neighbors and they me save for a pleasant chat now and again over the fence. I am not small town friendly and have no need for gossips, or folks to hear gossip from me. I bought just outside of the Metropolitan Planning Commission's jurisdiction so I can run a biz from my home, as well as build whatever I want subject to parish code inspectors. If we were still full-time we would consider something like these: https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=rv+port+house&qpvt=RV+port+house&qpvt=RV+port+house&qpvt=RV+port+house&FORM=IGRE It costs about $7-10k to have a well put in for water here, and sewage is either a field line setup, or wastewater treatment plant for about $5k installed last time I checked. I have a macerator pump in a 500 gallon holding tank much like an RV black tank, and the macerator pump pumps the waste when it fills to float the switch to mu 40'X40" oxidation pond. If you get a little 1-3 acre place to build the RV/House on, it can be anywhere because once you have a house, the RV storage is not alone as most jurisdictions will not allow living in an RV with no house. I like minimalism and this next one has been around a long time online - The RV Chalet: http://www.rvdoctor.com/2004/11/rv-chalet-best-of-two-worlds.html See with my own land and house, I own it and have title. Like this five acres I have now, it was bought cash, so selling is straight forward and no one can come and try to be a politician about what I do on my own property. My new house is 300 feet from the road with a groomed and landscaped yard soon as we had to tear out the gardens and features when we put the new house up. If you want a subdivision feel then there are those as well. Only problem is that established communities can change according to a neighbor when they are 20 feet away from your walls in every direction. If you are passing through the Shreveport/Bossier City Louisiana area on I-20 or I-49 , shoot me an email and I can show you what we are doing for very little. Not an RV house but EZ to add. Good luck!
  3. Kellyon, there seems to be an issue with the latest update: https://oneplus.net/3t/specs I didn't like the camera on our Moto Z PLay Droids, but found someone who switched to the T3 and likes the pics from the moto better: https://forums.oneplus.net/threads/worst-camera-op3t.499830/ Thanks for the heads up on the oxygen OS and the phones.
  4. I had to take two new Moto Z Droid Play phones because Verizon had no Windows phones newer than our two Lumia 735s which had no fingerprint or face lock and other hardware features most newer phones have now. Android is fine for those who like it. I can tolerate it until the Surface phones come out. The 950 and 950XL Lumia Windows mobile phones were GSM only, so I could not buy one and use it on CDMA Verizon. So we decided to try iPhones and returned them after an hour's use. When I found out the gymnastics and changes to my Windows computers I would have to make to get any music on them at all, I boxed the one I opened and returned both to Credo mobile. We returned them and returned to Verizon and found that since we left for a day and then came back, we qualified for new phones for switching back! Our last Lumias, the 735s, had MIcro SD card slots and worked with up to 200GB cards. We decided to try Android once more. The only thing we liked about the gazillions of Apps was that they had one that made our Android phones look and feel like Windows Mobile 10 phones! That app is here explained with screen shots: https://apkpure.com/squarehome-2-launcher/com.ss.squarehome2 We loaded it up on both phones and then made a second page for apps that swipes out from the screen's right side, to access all the Apps and settings, just like our Windows phones. We found no issues with the launcher and are sharing here for those with Andrpoid who would like to go back to that "feel" like we did. The squares can can be moved and sized like a Windows phone! When the Surface Windows mobile phones come out with Verizon, we will switch back. If Microsoft is so stupid as to give AT&T exclusive rights to the new flagship phones we will then have to switch to AT&T, who does not have the rural coverage we need here in the Shreveport/Bossier City area. We know, we had AT&T and verified with their local AT&T store that the dead spots are still there. Or maybe the new OS on the block in the T3 phones - OxygenOS based on Android™ Nougat - https://oneplus.net/3t/specs
  5. Hope the funeral went well for you and the guys Dick. (He's "acker1" here)
  6. For the Gitmo fans the first line of the song. Oh Guantanamo City has hundreds of doors . . . Let's just leave it there.
  7. German scientists test 'artificial sun' in quest to make climate-friendly fuel I just found out about a German project that I misunderstood as solar, until I read the whole article. For those thinking that oil will prevail, this article is a must read for investors to watch develop. It is a large array that focuses xenon short-arc lamp light onto an eight inch by eight inch square area making temps so high that they can split water into oxygen and hydrogen. This breakthrough concept is completely different from using fossil based fuels to make electricity by solar concentration to make steam or heat up salt or oil solutions to run turbines. This project will develop the most efficient way to do the same thing with sunlight concentrators which we already know how to build. I see a lot of the reasoning of Germans because they don't get the sunlight our US solar arrays in the deserts and Southern areas of the US. Like these: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concentrated_solar_power If done with solar concentrators it eliminates the fossil fuel to power the lights, and the hydrogen can be stored much easier and cheaply than electricity for night. Instead of fossil fuels to electricity to splitting water and then getting hydrogen, it will eliminate the electricity and use high temps to split water using only concentrated solar power. But those are just my first thoughts. I need to absorb this and see what yields they get, and how they mean to store and distribute it. They say they will have the R&D done and be up and running in a decade. Excerpt: "Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Thursday on what's being described as "the world's largest artificial sun," a device they hope will help shed light on new ways of making climate-friendly fuels. The giant honeycomb-like setup of 149 spotlights -- officially known as "Synlight" -- in Juelich, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) west of Cologne, uses xenon short-arc lamps normally found in cinemas to simulate natural sunlight that's often in short supply in Germany at this time of year. By focusing the entire array on a single 20-by-20 centimeter (8x8 inch) spot, scientists from the German Aerospace Center, or DLR , will be able to produce the equivalent of 10,000 times the amount of solar radiation that would normally shine on the same surface. Creating such furnace-like conditions -- with temperatures of up to 3,000 degrees Celsius (5,432 Fahrenheit) -- is key to testing novel ways of making hydrogen, according to Bernhard Hoffschmidt, the director of DLR's Institute for Solar Research. Many consider hydrogen to be the fuel of the future because it produces no carbon emissions when burned, meaning it doesn't add to global warming. But since hydrogen doesn't occur naturally, it first has to be made by splitting water into its two components -- the other being oxygen -- in a process that currently requires large amounts of electricity. Researchers hope to bypass the electricity stage by tapping into the enormous amount of energy that reaches Earth in the form of light from the sun. Hoffschmidt said the dazzling display is designed to take experiments done in smaller labs to the next level, adding that once researchers have mastered hydrogen-making techniques with Synlight's 350-kilowatt array, the process could be scaled up ten-fold on the way to reaching a level fit for industry in about a decade. The goal is to eventually use actual sunlight rather than the artificial light produced at the Juelich experiment, which cost 3.5 million euros ($3.8 million) to build and requires as much electricity in four hours as a four-person household would use in a year." That from an AP feed here: http://www.mlive.com/news/us-world/index.ssf/2017/03/german_scientists_test_artific.html
  8. Kellyon, I had to look that up. Great looking phone! great Specs too. They just announced a black finish too. Your phone has a 3400 mAh battery : https://oneplus.net/3t The Moto Z PLay I have has a non-removable Li-Ion 3510 mAh battery. It has a turbopower charger and comes with the Turbo charger which, in a pinch, will give 9 hours battery life in 15 minutes charge time! In mixed usage it gets up to 50 hoursThe TurboPower 15 charger is included in the box. https://www.motorola.com/us/products/moto-z-play Scroll down and click on "View full specs" on that page. Yours has a higher powered processor and double the RAM as mine, so it will use up power faster. How do you like the Operating system? I use SquareHome to make my Android phone look and act like a windows phone: https://apkpure.com/squarehome-2-launcher/com.ss.squarehome2
  9. Hey Joe, I had a thought. http://www.textspeak.com/talktype.htm and these: https://www.bing.com/search?q=text+to+speech+portable+box+for+the+impaired+with+stored+phrases&qs=n&form=QBRE&sp=-1&pq=text+to+speech+portable+box+for+the+impaired+with+stored+phrases&sc=0-64&sk=&cvid=255F0C62F64443E7B0C33AAE45C0E9FF
  10. Yep, I only got the notification for random websites when I switched to FireFox. Never see it in Edge or IE. MY guess is it is likely because they haven't built that in yet. It is a convenience for folks who post so many times a day in so many different places they can ignore until they get a response. It's a PITA for me too as I stick with only two websites and locked down social media on FB and Ello.
  11. PWN2OWN is an annual competition where the leading tech companies provide rewards for Hackers to find vulnerabilities they can then fix after paying the hackers. This year the main OS'/Browsers went down again. Hackers pulled off a VM escape and took down Adobe Flash, Microsoft Windows and Edge, Apple Safari and macOS, and Mozilla Firefox at Pwn2Own 2017. Excerpt: "This is the second year that entrants have been given the opportunity to exploit a VMware Workstation virtual machine. After no one attempted targeting it last year, Pwn2Own upped the ante this year by raising the award for an escape from $75,000 to $100,000. On the second day of Pwn2Own, no product was immune; hackers took down Adobe Flash, Microsoft Windows and Edge, Apple Safari and macOS, and Mozilla Firefox. Apple products were targeted early and often on Thursday as part of the annual competition held alongside the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver. Hackers from two groups were able to elevate privileges on macOS right off the bat. 360 Security used an info leak and a race condition in the kernel to do so, while Chaitin Security’s Research Lab used an info leak and an out of bounds bug in the operating system’s kernel. Chaitin, a newcomer to the competition this year, had chained six Safari bugs together the day prior to achieve root access on macOS. While the macOS exploits earned both groups $10,000 apiece, 360 Security came back and exploited Safari through an integer overflow, then escalated to root through a macOS kernel use-after-free, earning them an additional $35,000. Two other teams were scheduled to exploit bugs in macOS; one decided to withdraw its attempt, the other was disqualified because the bugs they were planning on using had previously been disclosed to Apple. The attacks against Flash came a day after hackers took down another Adobe product, Reader. Hackers with Tencent Security and Qihoo 360 poked holes in the software early Wednesday to earn $75,000 collectively. 360 Security team exploited a use-after-free bug, two Windows kernel info leaks, and an uninitialized Windows kernel buffer to elevate Flash to SYSTEM-level access to start out the day. Tencent meanwhile used a use-after-free bug against Flash, and then escalated to SYSTEM via another use-after-free in the Windows kernel. Both groups earned $40,000 apiece for their work. Like Wednesday, Microsoft’s Edge browser was a popular target on Thursday. Another Tencent Security group, Team Lance, managed to exploit a use-after-free in Chakra core, then elevate their privilege to SYSTEM through another use-after-free in the kernel." Today is the last day and there still may be a few surprises. Read the full details in the article here: https://threatpost.com/vm-escape-earns-hackers-105k-at-pwn2own/124397/
  12. I follow Buffet's advice too. (Sell high, buy low) Markets time themselves, but many sell on a downswing, then they lose money. I have sold about a fifth of my shares when TSLA hit almost $100, enough to take my original investment back, plus enough for a token 5% profit. I also held a small block of cash to buy when next Tesla went lower. It never went below $100 again. Several times it dropped after it hit a new high over 250, once to 125 and I caught it at 135 to buy another good size block. But I don't have the cash to try to sell it every time it is high and then buy again low, which also involves a tax hit on capital gains. I know there are several riskier ways to short etc., but I don't know a "put" from a "putt! I won't risk my position since it went public, when I got in at 17 and 22.5, two or three more times. I always put new cash in and am about to make my position substantially more with inherited cash with Tesla because of the Model 3 and the just announced for 2018 Model Y. That gives them a product line in cars of the S, E, X, Y. (Tesla makes their 3 in the logo like three Stacked lines) I believe the next few years will be some confusing times for investors. The banks appear to be moving their cash out to investments trying not to be caught with too much cash for what they expect next, according to one opinion advertorial I read this morning. I believe we are seeing the beginning of another historic short squeeze in Tesla. I believe that putting our new inherited cash into investments will be the best thing. The succession will take effect this week and then we will be liquidating their property, and soon after, sometime next year we will be selling our little five acres and moving North or possibly to either Bogota Colombia or Costa Rica, since BC appears to be out for retirees for now. Bogota is 45-68 degrees average temps. Tamarindo Costa Rica comes in with coldest and hottest only 5 degrees apart with an average temperature of 29°C (84°F) and the coldest is September at 26°C (79°F) Bogota is much cooler than here, where temps in summer are getting out of hand with spikes into 110 degrees several times in the past few years. Call it what you want, color it natural or human, but I believe these Southern states are going to get very uncomfortable in my lifetime, and unlivable sooner than my kids end of life. Can you say Death Valley coming soon to a sea level near you? For most of us here, long term weather is no concern. I know I won't be here in 2047 at age 95. I expect my kids will.
  13. The ten years of support is up for Vista. Excerpt: "One of Microsoft's most despised operating systems will finally be laid to rest soon. Microsoft (msft, -0.30%) will stop supporting Windows Vista after April 11, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. That means users will no longer receive security updates and will not have access to Microsoft's support team to address their troubles. "Microsoft has provided support for Windows Vista for the past 10 years, but the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources towards more recent technologies," the company said in its statement." More in the full Fortune Magazine article here: http://fortune.com/2017/03/16/windows-vista-microsoft/ Here is the original Microsoft statement: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/22882/windows-vista-end-of-support For those still clinging to Windows 7, it will follow in another three years.