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  1. RV_

    Tricare Select vs. Prime for traveling fulltimers

    No need to feel sorry, I fixed my post too!
  2. YW! Amazing what science is discovering at the nano level!
  3. Amen brother! At least in Colorado I can console myself with some edibles when I pay my taxes and register my vehicles.
  4. During my military career we encountered many states that had a 30 day rule like Texas and Louisiana did back when I was active duty and the only exceptions were for military active duty maintaining a "home state" where we indicated we were going to return. I paid Louisiana state income tax the whole 7 years I was in Germany after we left Louisiana. No way to change. So when we did my final one year retirement tour on return from overseas, we were stationed in Texas and we became Texas residents so when we went full time in 1997 our licenses and plates were already were Texas, we then RV'd full time for seven years as Texas residents. I do remember having Texas tell me in 1975 the first time I was assigned there after basic that I had 30 days to get my license and registrations switched over. IN 1971 Louisiana did the same, and I became a Louisiana resident as the taxes were much less than my home state of Connecticut. When I took a break in service for college in 1981, Louisiana made me wait a year of residence before I could pay resident college tuition. What happened to the 30 day rule then? Just remember the old saw that "You can't beat city hall." I'd get out of California Mo Scoshi and settle down one state over in any direction where they will not harass you for being a snowbird RVr. We traveled and rarely stayed in one place more than a month year round. We had family property where we came off the road and bought this 5 acre property so we had to become Louisiana residents again. We will become Colorado residents with all the benefits that comes with living in Colorado as soon as we find the right house. Military folks active and retired remember the residency issues well.
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    Tricare Select vs. Prime for traveling fulltimers

    Ronbo, Gotcha covered!
  6. Lots of folks expect the pot legalization to slow down when as we have just seen the number of states legalizing recreational marijuana are now exponentially increasing worldwide. Uruguay and Canada were the first nations to legalize recreational marijuana which also by definition includes legal medicinal marijuana. Michigan is the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana. This map shows every US state where pot is legal. https://www.businessinsider.com/legal-marijuana-states-2018-1?r=UK&IR=T That map also shows the many more states where medicinal marijuana is legal only, not recreational. Canada became the first country to legalize recreational marijuana across the whole nation. It is the second country to legalize both recreational as well as medicinal use of marijuana. that after Uruguay which is not an industrialized nation. So why do I think it isn't a fad and is something that is here to stay? Seeking Alpha had an article there that really said it well by Gary Bourgeaut. Excerpt: "Brief word on the cannabis market With some in the market - presumably shorts trying to drive the sentiment concerning cannabis down - asserting the cannabis market could collapse, I want to once again reiterate the fact the cannabis market isn't going to fail in any way. The reason why, as I've mentioned in the last several articles, is because the major catalyst for acceptance and growth is the drive to boost tax revenue by various governments. Understanding the promises of governments and unfunded liabilities is vital to the cannabis sector, as is the growing pension crisis in a number of states and nations. Governments at all levels are desperate for revenue, and that's why cannabis, and in the U.S., sports betting, is starting to be legalized. It's not because governments have suddenly saw the light and have a change of heart, it's that they see the fiscal handwriting on the wall and are seeking out more tax revenue in order to at least kick the can down the road once again. What this does is ensure there will be a long-term cannabis market in general, which will not only benefit Aurora Cannabis, but all the cannabis companies that are managed well. I keep on reminding readers of this because of the attempts to give the impression that the cannabis sector may not be able to survive. That's ludicrous, of course, but it has been suggested by some. When hearing or reading these assertions, remind yourselves of what is driving the cannabis market at the government level, and why it's expanding so quickly. The only way there would be a collapse of the cannabis market would be if governments stopped seeking for more tax revenue streams; in other words: never." That article can be found here in full with much more: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4227280-aurora-cannabi-supply-deal-farmacias-magistrales-underscores-competitive-advantage?isDirectRoadblock=false I am long ACB but that above part of the article articulated why I do not think my investment risky at all. And perhaps will point the way to possible long term investments that should not be affected when this long running bull market turns into a bear cycle. I believe that the emerging legal marijuana industry will make many millionaires. I hope to be one of them as I bought 5 times the shares of ACB as I did Tesla, and the same amount of shares as I had in Tesla in NBEV. I believe in less than the eight years I held Tesla, that ACB will do as well or better than my Tesla investment did. Happy and Safe investing!
  7. Broadband anywhere. Dream? Musk is moving fast now to ramp up the Space X Starlink Satellite constellation system. The two test mini sats TinTin A and B have been working better than expected as both test platforms and proof of concept first R&D. No dish is needed for the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) tech of yesterday like Sirius radio, which is LEO but not as low as the proposed Space X fleet. You do not need a "dish" to receive today's LEO music and other services, just a short stubby antenna that is not a dish or focusing antenna. You see one of the major markets of the system will be moving vehicles on the roads, in the air, and on the sea. While in movies and real life commando teams do use tiny dishes for some Comms, they also are communicating with classified and private Geostationary (GEO) satellites or temporary LEO satellites launched for specific missions. Here is a link to a picture of today's Iridium Sat phones: satellitephonestore.com/... You'll note that there are no dishes on them. Please do not take this as defensive, but since you commented on one of the many myths circulating out there, let me share the exciting tech emerging. Because of the much higher frequency initial concepts call for a pizza pie box size flat dish that does not need to be aimed. But also proposed are mini repeaters to transfer the signals to the broadband or phone devices. The one thing that fast moving LEO satellites do not need are focusing or articulating dishes which by nature focus on a fixed GEO sat. LEO Mini sats are moving fast to stay in orbit. The aiming will be done at the satellites by emerging phased array tech. The two satellites in orbit, being tested already, are pointing the way to which hardware will be needed in hand or on the ground. They are using a fast developing phased array antenna system on the satellites to control multiple focus points from the same mini sat. When Bill Gates tried to start up a similar space satellite system in 1997-2000 called Telesdesic, the cost of launching Sats and the lack of the rapid hand off from one station to another seemingly seamlessly (like cell phones) was not fully in development for data until the emergence of smart phones on June 29, 2007. Remember 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G? It is about speed but also more importantly handling larger data streams rapidly. The Iridium system has been obsolete for years and went out of business and back in business, several times saved. It was and is that important. All radio signals require an antenna be it inbuilt or outside the case. I said that dishes would not be needed, and I expect the handsets, like the evolution from the first bag cell phones with 3 watts of power and massive batteries/antennas, to my now obsolete Moto Z Droid glass front and back Moto Z Play that runs for two days on a charge, and is amazingly thin. I am now shopping for the unlocked new Moto Z Droid Z3, which can use all my Moto mods and will be 5G capable with a 5G Mod! The latest on Starlink I have read is from Oct 2018: Excerpt: "Speaking in a Satellite Innovation 2018 keynote, long-time SpaceX investor and board member Steve Jurvetson made a quiet but significant comment about the company’s Starlink satellite constellation efforts, stating that the first two prototype spacecraft – currently in orbit – “are working wonderfully.” Phased arrays, on the other hand, can almost entirely change where their many beams are directed, how much bandwidth is dedicated to certain locations, and all while accurately tracking moving targets with very few limitations. As a result, satellites with phased array antennas are sort of the communications jacks of all trades, capable of offering high-bandwidth connectivity to stationary user terminals, large ground stations, and moving vehicles simultaneously from with the same antenna array." Source: www.teslarati.com/... The scope of the disruption Space X's LEO communications systems will cause, as being developed now, will be faster and even more disruptive of the communications and entertainment biz than Musk’s Tesla disruption of the ICE age of personal and public transport. Remember I have been a follower of Musk’s goals and accomplishments since 2002/3 when he started Space X, and invested in the already existing Tesla, which was not going anywhere without massive cash for R&D that he provided from 2003 as majority investor and CEO as well as Chairman of the board with 51% of the stock then. In 2003 Musk was called a nut job for saying he wants to go to Mars. Today only morons act like going to Mars is only a pipe-dream. You see the ULA (Boeing and Lockheed) who still launch Atlas IV rockets using Russian RD-180 engines, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RD-180) and are also still charging taxpayers almost twice what Space X does per launch, and have been announcing their competitive human Mars mission and will compete against Space X for the mission. Musk builds his own engines in the US. So I have been in the middle of the worst fake news campaign I've ever seen in my 27 years military career, and since, in my 66 years of marveling at what we have today. I remember before the Roadster was sold out in 2008 with cash up front sight unseen, that the others were complacent and the investment community remained ignorant of the basics, like that the Hybrid (PHEV) vehicles like the Prius, which debuted in 1999, are not competition to BEVs ( Battery power only) with no fossil fuel engine on board to take over after 10-20 miles electric only range. LOL! GM came out with the Volt Hybrid in 2010 two years after the Roadster had been sold out in 2008/9, and called it a tesla killer! LOL! The Tesla was inconceivable for many well into production. I went from being razzed for believing there will be electric cars never mind to take over, to now being told by my real friends they wish they had listened to me in 2010 when Tesla IPO'd and I bought in at $17 ans $22.5.. So like the investment ignorati who claimed in 2010 that the Chevy Volt was a Tesla killer, and obviously thought a PHEV was the same as a BEV, many today will deny the new mini sat technology until it is too late too. The beauty of a nimble company like Space X, led by the inimitable Elon Musk, is that they’re privately owned by Musk and some friends, and they are there not dealing with Faux news from short investors, the liars in this case, the jealous, and the willfully ignorant. THat is wht Space X will never go public. I think with a little more research we'll see that the antennas will eventually be even smaller than the little aerodynamic nubs I have on my wife's 2015 Hyundai roof for sat radio. www.amazon.com/...{creative}&hvpos={adposition}&hvnetw=o&hvrand={random}&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl={devicemodel}&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4583726541555034&psc=1 I believe the antennas will be more like that than any dish shape used at first. I also believe that Musk will reuse the mini Sats by scooping up the ones running low on energy, and returning them intact to Earth leaving a freshly serviced mini sat in its place. They will return old style by hot capsule entry with the used satellite payload safely inside, and with the old heat shield and water recovery. My vision of the development. I could be wrong on that point but I doubt it. However he could try to scoop them out of the air as he just tried with the fairings. You see LEO orbits are fast and when the orbit decays small Sats mostly burn up on re-entry. Why not recycle them, especially since they were inside the protective fairing on launching and could be inside on return with no heat or physical forces heating them and their parts up like the reusable launch stages and cowlings. Just last month the entire constellation setup of Starlink was changed. Here is a YouTube video with better graphical representation than our posts have: seekingalpha.com/... As we see the scope and altitudes are rapidly changing as a result of the testing of the first prototypes. On February 22, 2018, SpaceX and Starlink took a huge step: The project successfully launched the first two Starlink test satellites (named Tintin A and Tintin from Vandenberg Air Force base in California. And we are now seeing changes in space and on the ground coming fast and furious. I don't discount the possibility of a Pizza Pie box sized flat dish. But I do know that soon broadband anywhere will be in fact not just speculation. But as of now, everything is speculation except that it is going to happen, The ULA who are having glitches in their launch vehicles in the last week, https://www.bing.com/news/topicview?q=Spy+Satellite+California&filters=tnTID%3d"07FA1ED9-FDBE-43ef-8959-EA5D7B1A4355"+Segment%3d"popularnow.carousel"&nvaug=[NewsVertical+topicviewtype%3d"2"]&qpvt=Spy+satellite+California&FORM=EWRE are also completely stalled on their proposed LEO sat constellation, making no headway to compete with the nimble fast moving folks at Space X. From the recent changes to the placement and distances of the constellation of Starlink satellites we will also see changes in the receivers needed. I remember 15 foot home antennas with actuators for satellite TV and was part of the shrinking of 1 meter analog dishes in Europe also requiring actuators to the tiny digital dishes we see now. I owned a company that installed them in Germany in 1992-1997. As well started the first private ISP in Bitburg using an octopus and shelves of US Robotics 56k modems making all the shh phht noises those early modems did handshaking, as well as heating up the NOC unbearably in a country with few central AC at the time. We soon switched the Octopus and modems for one $20k Cisco device the size of a small printer today that did it all. Don't ask that model, I hired my system engineer and did not speak UNIX. He did and more. Then I could not get anything other than pixellated images online a la “Pong,” nor put a cell phone in my back pocket. Now I have a watch that has a cell phone in it that takes a micro sim card and a micro SD card in it. NO cell phone needed, and it costs less than 11 bucks shipped for my lower cost Android DZ09: www.amazon.com/... It even takes pictures with its own camera on the side, albeit terrible resolution, just like my first digital camera from Nikon, the Coolpix 100: www.nikonweb.com/... Most folks today don't have a clue what a PCMCIA expansion port and card in a laptop was for. I owned the Coolpix 100 and still have those 640X480 pictures I took with it in the late 90s. It cost $350 in the Base Exchange on clearance sale in 1997 down from $1000! Now the cameras are built into laptops and my Surface Pro 3 and 4 current Windows tablets take great pics from the front like a phone, and the back like a selfie but on a tablet or laptop the front camera is the "webcam." So I will allow you naysayers the lattitude to be right about the need for a pizza box sized antenna, as long as with emerging tech you allow the possibility I may eventually be right as well. The acceleration of tech product evolution is doubling it seems annually. I have also read where the idea of multiple Line Of Sight (LOS) repeaters in cities may be used which would still be cheaper by far than cell towers. Musk also forced out/let go/fired some of the top dogs at Starlink in the last couple of months in a rapid reorganization to move forward with it now that the Model 3 production is ramped, with only production line expansion left to do on the Model 3, and that could move to the Gigafactory in preparation for the next models, manufacturing the cars/trucks alongside its own batteries. So just sit back and see what actually gets built, and what it takes to receive the voice and/or 5g Cell signals in a smart, possibly hybrid, satphone. However it happens, it is happening now. I think this will be adopted faster by RVrs and cars than the VSat two way GEO Sat Internet systems were.
  8. RV_

    RV survey

    My 10 years of membership indeed we let lapse after we had been off the road for 4 years. Fortunately SKPs thinks enough of their members to have permanent member numbers. I thought the polling software might have been changed. I proudly display my somewhat early member number. All of us early members are very proud of what the Peterson and now the Carr family has accomplished for all of us serious RVrs, full time or part. And that we chose to help support this wonderful organization sooner than later.
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    RV survey

    Jim and Blue I understand. Thanks. I didn't get an email either, URL grabber or not.
  10. RV_

    Tricare Select vs. Prime for traveling fulltimers

    Since you guys are about to retire from the military take heed of this too: Chief Wright to Airmen: Know your retirement options Since we are getting questions from military folks interested in full time RVing right away like I did at age 45, I thought I'd pass this along too. I'll just excerpt this and let the about to retire guys read the source article: Excerpt: " Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the Department of Defense will transition to the Blended Retirement System. If you haven’t heard about BRS, you need to get up to speed now and learn all you can. I need each of you to take an active interest in your financial planning by using every resource we’ve made available to learn about the BRS. The BRS gives Airmen an opportunity to save their money in a portable Thrift Savings Plan while receiving matching government funds at the same time. This is the most basic layman’s description of the program, which is why I need you to arm yourselves with all of the research and information available. To help you, our Air Force leaders have put together a team of experts ready to provide extensive training. Certified personal financial counselors are available at your Airman and Family Readiness Center. These experts cannot decide for you, but they can help you evaluate which retirement plan is best for you. Every Airman’s situation is different, financial goals are unique to each Airman and there is no “one size fits all” decision. Airmen who enter the Air Force on or after Jan. 1, 2018, are automatically covered by the BRS. Active component Airmen serving now and those who enter the Air Force on or before Dec. 31, 2017, will be grandfathered under the current retirement system. Airmen with fewer than 12 years of active service on Dec. 31, 2017, or Reserve Component Airmen with fewer than 4,320 retirement points as of Dec. 31, 2017, have the choice to opt into the BRS. Reserve Component members’ “retirement points” and retirement eligibility for the defined benefit are the same under the BRS as under the current retirement systems. The opt-in window for BRS will run from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Make your decision knowing only you can determine which system is best for you, and understand that if you opt into BRS, it is irrevocable. You only have one chance to make this choice, so it’s imperative you and those involved in making financial decisions for your family fully understand the pros and cons of both retirement systems. I encourage each of you to take all of the training available on ADLS and utilize the BRS comparison calculator on the Military Compensation website (http://militarypay.defense.gov/Calculators/) before making an appointment with your base financial counselor. The calculator provides a comparison between the current retirement system and the BRS. Doing your homework and preparing your questions ahead of time will help you get the most from your financial counseling appointment. I would like to see all eligible Airmen trained as soon as possible to give everyone time to really think about their options and be fully prepared before making this life-impacting decision. " Source: https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1387709/chief-wright-to-airmen-know-your-retirement-options/
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    Tricare Select vs. Prime for traveling fulltimers

    I can't believe none of the currently active full time RVrs who retired from the military aren't jumping in. First off you have the VA too so get a VA card listing your disabilities if any. Prime will want in more in-system providers and long ago when we fulltimed for seven years, on retiring from a 27 year USAF Career at age 45, we moved into our RV in 1997. Back then Tricare was strict about getting care outside your zone. Now with fewer Tricare regions, it may be better. We chose Tricare standard because we were and are healthy. Back then you did not prepay the $150 each initial fee, but only if you went to the doctor's. There were many years we only paid $150 and a co-pay or two for Lynn's female preventive maintenance on equipment I don't have. We are now TFL (Tricare For Life) which is a hybrid between Tricare and medicare that kicks in at 65. I can tell you what you need to research. First make an appointment and get your VA rating if any or sign up and get your VA card. Next check with Tricare and ask them what the issues will be if you travel across the country in your retirement. If with Prime you have to use a Primary care physician in the Tricare approved list, that can be a PITA when you are across the country from them. Here is a page with the traveling restrictions today. As I said, you will need to read and plug in your facts etc. to see which will serve you best. I do not know which applies any more but if you are healthy and in your lower 40s or upper 30s remember that once you have paid $3k in any year (the catastrophic cap) you have no more co-pays in that fiscal year, which are now calendar years if I am remembering correctly.. That may or may not have changed. But that means that if you have at least $3k set aside for any catastrophic illness you are set. So if you are fulltiming you need to find which does not penalize you, or shockingly not cover you when you are out of your home Tricare region. There may be no differences in being covered, just annual fees and co-pays. If you are very healthy like we were remember you can change plans every year and only stand to lose the Catastrophic cap amount. Go here: https://tricare.mil/CoveredServices/BenefitUpdates/Archives/08_17_18_TRICARE_Catastrophic_Cap One group has my group's $3k cap, the other group $3500.00 They have new rules for you younger guys. Once you do due diligence, post back here for the folks following you. Hope that helps.
  12. For Windows 10 users this update is available in Windows updates now. Flash has an out of cycle update for a serious vulnerability: Adobe releases out-of-band security update for newly discovered Flash zero-day Zero-day spotted embedded in malicious Office documents uploaded on VirusTotal. Excerpt: "Adobe released patches today for a new zero-day vulnerability discovered in the company's popular Flash Player app. The zero-day has been spotted embedded inside malicious Microsoft Office documents. These documents were discovered last month after they've been uploaded on VirusTotal, a web-based file scanning service, from a Ukrainian IP address. According to reports from Gigamon (formerly ICEBRG) and Chinese cyber-security firm Qihoo 360 Core Security, the two companies which spotted the documents, the zero-day was embedded as a Flash Active X object inside a Word document designed to look like a seven-page employment application for a Russian state healthcare clinic. If victims who received the documents allowed the Flash Active X object to execute, researchers said the malicious code would escalate its access from the Office app to the underlying OS. Here it would drop a JPG file, then unzip another RAR file attached at the end of this JPG file to drop an EXE file on the victim's PC, and then run this file (a basic barebones backdoor trojan). Researchers said this zero-day was capable of running on both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures." More here in the original article: https://www.zdnet.com/article/adobe-releases-out-of-band-security-update-for-newly-discovered-flash-zero-day/?promo=404&tag=nl.e404.em&ttag=e404&s_cid=e404&ftag=CAD-04-10aag0g&cval=cnet-nl-zd&regId=MjA2NDA1NjI0MTM4ODQzODU4MTc4MDc0NzE1ODEwMzE%3D&bhid=20640562413884385817807471581031 And this: Cyber-espionage group uses Chrome extension to infect victims Suspected North Korean APT uses Google Chrome extension to infect victims in the academic sector. https://www.zdnet.com/article/cyber-espionage-group-uses-chrome-extension-to-infect-victims/?promo=404&tag=nl.e404.em&ttag=e404&s_cid=e404&ftag=CAD-04-10aag0g&cval=cnet-nl-zd&regId=MjA2NDA1NjI0MTM4ODQzODU4MTc4MDc0NzE1ODEwMzE%3D&bhid=20640562413884385817807471581031
  13. RV_

    Is it safe?

    Kirk, That is a cowardly thing to do, create FUD then act as if it is OK to scare people but not name them. I would ask the admins if poisoning the well and creating doubt is accceptable here. You spent several years attacking me here and complaining about Microsoft. Then you made a big deal about getting Apple Mac computers from your kids and acted as if after all your FUD about calling others experts, and you were leaving MS and hated them were culminating in your finally quitting Windows. We thought you were done. Then kept up your trolling of Windows threads here. Every member here remembers them. So I will ask you to name the people you are warning against. Is it CNET authors or someone posting here? If it is against the rules to attack the person not the content then your innuendo causes all who post here to be doubted. Must also apply to the RV threads here too huh. Sowing discontent is not the behavior of a SKP leader or one who has knowledge. Try to follow the golden rule - Love your neighbor - no exceptions. If you have angst about me or any member, either name the exact gripe not innuendo, or take it into email or PM. But this behavior is totally beneath the person you claim to be. If you can't drink you would poison the well for others?
  14. RV_

    Is it safe?

    Duke, I have been doing them all along and got some files moved but still there with the first. The article referenced above by Linda shows the uncertainty of the past month. I have stayed up to date. and notice no big fails at this time. However, today brings a serious Adobe Flash zero day using word documents. For Windows 10 users the Flash updates come with Windows updates. Weighing the damage versus the risk I have downloaded today's updates and will install them in a moment. Here's my thinking, there is a chance the Flash update will infect many folks who don't know about the zero day. And Microsoft's problems with updates may or may not be over. So since none of then damaged my Intel or AMD machines so far, I am updating out of cycle today as soon as I finish this. I had Lasik eye surgery yesterday and have to go in for my 24 hour checkup but will check in later to let you know if my systems were hurt. I now have complete data and image backups again I do before any Monthly Windows updates so I can revert, or reset clean and in less than a day be back up and running. So check that article I am posting next.
  15. RV_

    Self-Defense

    Amen guys. Thanks Fl. Joe, glad you took the time to read it. My views are all expressed in that article I linked to. Security isn't achieved only through the use of guns. Most folks in full fight or flight response will freeze without training and repetition that can kick in. Never mind checking the wind when using pepper sprays that can and have blown back in their user's face. Just because I own and keep loaded guns in my home, doesn't mean we want to use them. Would anyone travel in car truck or motor home without a spare or the means to change a tire be that DIY or roadside assistance? Does having a spare tire or fix a flat mean you want to have a blowout? Of course not. Safe travels!
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