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  1. Mark, Did you miss the launch of the first 60 satellites by SpaceX for Musk's StarLink constellation? https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/15/18624630/spacex-elon-musk-starlink-internet-satellites-falcon-9-rocket-launch-live "Update May 23rd, 11:35PM ET: SpaceX successfully deployed all 60 Starlink satellites into orbit following liftoff, and the individual vehicles will fan out in orbit over time. The company also landed its Falcon 9 rocket following launch, marking this particular rocket’s third time going to space and back. Update May 23rd, 12:57AM ET: All 60 Starlink satellites are now online. The solar array deployment should be happening soon. The Federal Communications Commission has already granted SpaceX permission to launch the entirety of its nearly 12,000-satellite constellation. SpaceX launched its first two test satellites, TinTin A and TinTin B, in February of 2018, and the company now has about six years to launch half of the full constellation to bring its license with the FCC into full use." Source: https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/15/18624630/spacex-elon-musk-starlink-internet-satellites-falcon-9-rocket-launch-live SpaceX has started already. Most discussion points raised here, negative or positive takes place in the comments sections at the end of the above article. Here's the Starlink mission video: Just as our cell phones don't need a directional antenna because as we move our conversation is handed off to another tower over and over except where there are no towers, neither will StarLink require aiming a dish. So we complain and ask them for more towers or switch to whoever has the better signal where we are or where we go. Satellites in LEO will work the same, not requiring ground stations as they go. This first group does, and like the proof of concept and demand Tesla Roadster, these are to learn from and do final design changes. Since they will require an antenna to send and receive without aiming, communist and totalitarian countries can simply outlaw them. It's up to them to find bootleg dishes and subscribers.
  2. The bad news: BlueKeep is poised to attack any Windows machine, except those running Windows 8 and 10, that are not updated. The good news: It's fixed by the latest Windows update. Microsoft even made an update for XP systems. Excerpt: " The United States Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has gone public with a warning to Microsoft Windows users regarding a critical security vulnerability. By issuing the "update now" warning, CISA has joined the likes of Microsoft itself and the National Security Agency (NSA) in warning Windows users of the danger from the BlueKeep vulnerability. While Windows 8 and Windows 10 users are not impacted by this vulnerability, Windows 2003, Windows XP and Windows Vista all are and the news that an exploit has been confirmed justifies the unusual step of the U.S. Government and its agencies getting involved in issuing these "update now" warnings. " That full article is here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/daveywinder/2019/06/18/u-s-government-announces-critical-warning-for-microsoft-windows-users/#500abcb952d2 I strongly recommend you read and heed and pass it along.
  3. NBEV one of my holdings, is moving up: https://seekingalpha.com/news/3472017-new-age-beverages-plus-7-percent-taking-cbd-product-hong-kong
  4. Great video! Starlink: https://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/starlink_mission_press_kit.pdf Starink?
  5. Linda, Sorry meant to answer earlier. I'm glad you got the gist of the article and changed your settings. The writer was obviously an Apple guy and not well informed on Android. But I've been running Nord VPN on my systems for almost a year now. And I really liked the new Windows user friendly sandbox we just got in the last Windows update for testing security as well as privacy. All systems are improving from Apple too.
  6. Rich, That's how I did well with Tesla! Your investments look excellent too. I'm still in for 6000 shares of ACB, and New Age Beverages (NBEV) in Denver. The rest are funds we bought earlier and a bunch in the 2008-2010 fire sales.
  7. Good catch on the author of the article Geoffrey Fowler Lou. I wouldn't have checked it because I already have a three year subscription to Nord VPN which includes the mobile edition for our Android phones. Do you use it or another? Here's his page: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/geoffrey-a-fowler/?utm_term=.26a065f93654 I went to the article and posted your correction here - WaPo comment
  8. Current issue of the Military Report VA Overcharged Disabled Vets on Home Loans: Inspector General Wait Time for Burial at Arlington Can Be Nearly a Year Get a Free Resume Assessment Now How to Use the VA's New Urgent Care Benefit $1 Million Life Insurance Coverage from Just $41 a Month Pentagon Effort Underway to Make DD-214 Digitally Accessible, with More Privacy Fallujah Vet Will Be First Living Medal of Honor Recipient from Iraq War Build Your Civilian Career at American Income Life Family Receives Purple Heart 75 Years After Veteran Sold it for Food Up to $484k Financing with Your $0 Down VA Loan Benefit SGLI and FSGLI Premiums Decreasing Justice Department Won't Appeal Agent Orange Ruling Benefiting Blue Water Navy Vets VA Rolls Out New Private-Sector Health Care Programs Reduce Your Rx Costs with a Tricare Supplement Now Vets Denied VA Home Loans if They Work with Cannabis VA on Track to Cure Nearly All Patients with Hepatitis C Air Force Allows Sikh Airman to Wear Turban and Beard Army to Test New Extreme Cold Weather Gear Next Year The Warning Signs of Suicide and What to Do STEM School Center Combines Air Force Training, Gaming VA Looking to Hire More Former Medics, Corpsmen Test Pilot-Instructor Earns Navy's First-Ever Army Broken Wing Award The Lone Sailor Statue Dedicated at Utah Beach During D-Day Ceremonies All the benefit news as of today 10 June 2019: https://www.military.com/benefits
  9. These are only applicable to active duty, 100% disabled, and the different military retiree groups. Excerpt: "Tricare changes: What you need to know The military’s Tricare health program was overhauled in 2018 to include a strict limitation on switching between Tricare plans. And for retirees, a new dental program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program, or FEDVIP, has replaced the now-defunct Tricare Retiree Dental Program. As of 2019, beneficiaries can’t switch between Tricare Prime and Tricare Select until the yearly open season starting each November, unless there’s some sort of qualifying life event, such as the birth of a baby, a move to a new duty station, marriage or retirement. Amid Tricare’s bureaucratic reforms and changes in regions and contractors, beneficiaries are dealing with higher costs, and some have had difficulty finding local doctors and other medical providers who are in the Tricare network. Defense health officials have been closely monitoring the performance of the two Tricare contractors and are working to resolve the problems. WHAT IT IS Tricare is a health care program for almost 9.4 million beneficiaries that offers 11 different options, with choices depending on the status of the sponsor and the geographic location: Active-duty members; military retirees; National Guard and Reserve members; family members (spouses and children registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System) and certain others, including some former military spouses and survivors, as well as Medal of Honor recipients and their immediate families. Those entering the military on or after Jan. 1, or changing status (i.e., from active duty to retired) should make sure they and their eligible family members are enrolled in the Tricare program of their choice. Those who don’t enroll may only receive care at a military clinic or hospital on a space-available basis, and medical care by civilian providers wouldn’t be covered. The one-month open season begins on the Monday of the second full week in November and goes through the Monday of the second full week in December. During that time, you can enroll in a new Tricare Prime or Tricare Select plan; or change your enrollment. If you’re satisfied with your current Tricare health plan you don’t have to take action to stay enrolled. THE DETAILS Tricare offers two core options: Tricare Prime and Tricare Select. Select replaced Tricare Standard and Tricare Extra in 2018. All active-duty members are required to enroll in Tricare Prime; they pay nothing out of pocket. Active-duty families can enroll in Tricare Prime without an enrollment fee. Prime beneficiaries are assigned a primary care manager, or PCM, at their local military treatment facility or, if one is not available, they can select a PCM within the Tricare Prime network. Specialty care is provided on referral by the PCM, either to specialists at a military facility or a civilian provider. Tricare Select is similar to a traditional fee-for-service health plan. Patients can see any authorized provider they choose, but must pay a deductible and co-pays for visits. Patients pay lower out-of-pocket costs when they receive care from a provider within the Tricare network. All Tricare programs have a cap on how much a family pays out of pocket each fiscal year, depending on the sponsor’s status and the type of Tricare program used. THE PLANS • Tricare Prime: Prime is similar to a health maintenance organization, which has lower out-of-pocket costs but requires enrollees to use network providers and coordinate care through a primary care manager — a doctor, nurse practitioner or medical team. It’s free to active-duty members and families; retirees must pay an annual enrollment fee ($297 for an individual, $594 for a family in 2019). Those whose initial period of service began before Jan. 1, 2018 are grandfathered in to these rates. Co-payments for medical visits are lower than other programs, and there are no deductibles unless patients get care outside the network. • Tricare Prime Remote: Service members who live and work more than 50 miles or an hour’s drive from the nearest military treatment facility must enroll in Tricare Prime Remote. Family members are eligible if they live with an enrolled service member in a qualifying location, or they may use Tricare Select. • Tricare Prime Overseas/Prime Remote Overseas: Tricare Prime Overseas is a managed-care option for active-duty members and their command-sponsored family members living in nonremote locations. They have assigned primary care managers at a military treatment facility who provide most care and referrals for and coordination of specialty care. Tricare Prime Remote Overseas is a managed care option in designated remote overseas locations, with most care from an assigned primary care manager in the local provider network, who provides referrals for specialty care. Activated National Guard and Reserve members and their families also may enroll in these options while the sponsor is on active duty; retirees and their families aren’t eligible. • Tricare Select: This is a preferred provider plan — authorized doctors, hospitals and other providers are paid a Tricare-allowable charge for each service performed. Costs are higher for out-of-network providers, and certain procedures require pre-authorization. There is no enrollment fee for active-duty families, or for retirees and their families and others whose period of service began before Jan. 1, 2018. Copays vary by status and type of care: An in-network primary care outpatient visit costs retirees and their families $29, for example, while some active-duty family members pay $21 and others — those whose sponsor entered the network on or after Jan. 1, 2018, pay $15. • Tricare Reserve Select: Qualified Selected Reserve members can buy Tricare coverage when they are in drilling status – not mobilized. The program offers coverage similar to Tricare Select. • Tricare Retired Reserve: “Gray area” National Guard and Reserve retirees who have accumulated enough service to qualify for military retirement benefits but have not reached the age at which they can begin drawing those benefits (usually age 60) can purchase this insurance, which offers coverage similar to Tricare Select. • Tricare for Life: This wraparound program is for retirees and family members who are eligible for Tricare and Medicare. The provider files the claims with Medicare; Medicare pays its portion and then sends the claim to the Tricare for Life claims processor. Enrollees must enroll in Medicare Part A (free for those who paid Medicare taxes while working) and Part B (monthly premium required) to receive Tricare for Life. The full article is here: https://www.militarytimes.com/pay-benefits/2019/06/09/your-2019-guide-to-military-pay-and-benefits/ • Tricare Young Adult: Unmarried dependent children who do not have private health insurance through an employer may remain in Tricare until age 26 under a parent’s coverage via TYA Select or TYA Prime. Premiums are required for both. • US Family Health Plan: Beneficiaries who live in one of six designated areas, can enroll in this as a Prime option. Those enrolled get all their care, including prescription drugs, from a primary care provider the beneficiary selects, from a network of private doctors affiliated with one of the not-for-profit health care systems in the plan. Beneficiaries don’t get care at military hospitals or clinics, or from Tricare network providers when enrolled in the US Family Health Plan. ACTION ITEMS Beneficiaries must take action to enroll in a Tricare plan in order to be covered for civilian health care. Those who don’t enroll will only be able to get health care at a military clinic or hospital on a space available basis. To be eligible for any of the Tricare plans, beneficiaries must first be enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System. Active-duty members are automatically registered in DEERS when they join the military, but they must register eligible dependent family members. Service members should make sure the information is correct for their family members. Only military members can add or remove family members; this is done through the local ID card office." https://www.militarytimes.com/pay-benefits/2019/06/09/your-2019-guide-to-military-pay-and-benefits/
  10. Excerpt: "The VA refunded $97 million to 19,700 affected veterans from Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2017, but 53,200 are still owed refunds, according to Reinkemeyer. The refund amounts could be substantial: The average funding fee charge was $4,483, with the highest fee topping out at $19,470, according to the report. The VA OIG recommended that the VBA identify the affected veterans and issue refunds. It also recommended that the VA identify any exempt veterans erroneously charged the fee before 2012 and provide refunds." Much more in the article here: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/06/07/inspector-general-finds-va-overcharged-disabled-vets-home-loans.html
  11. I thought Apple was the last bastion of privacy? Excerpt: "Apple says, “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.” Our privacy experiment showed 5,400 hidden app trackers guzzled our data — in a single week. You might assume you can count on Apple to sweat all the privacy details. After all, it touted in a recent ad, “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.” My investigation suggests otherwise. IPhone apps I discovered tracking me by passing information to third parties — just while I was asleep — include Microsoft OneDrive, Intuit’s Mint, Nike, Spotify, The Washington Post and IBM’s the Weather Channel. One app, the crime-alert service Citizen, shared personally identifiable information in violation of its published privacy policy. And your iPhone doesn’t only feed data trackers while you sleep. In a single week, I encountered over 5,400 trackers, mostly in apps, not including the incessant Yelp traffic. According to privacy firm Disconnect, which helped test my iPhone, those unwanted trackers would have spewed out 1.5 gigabytes of data over the span of a month. That’s half of an entire basic wireless service plan from AT&T. In a world of data brokers, Jackson is the data breaker. He developed an app called Privacy Pro that identifies and blocks many trackers. If you’re a little bit techie, I recommend trying the free iOS version to glimpse the secret life of your iPhone. Yes, trackers are a problem on phones running Google’s Android, too. Google won’t even let Disconnect’s tracker-protection software into its Play Store. (Google’s rules prohibit apps that might interfere with another app displaying ads.)" Much more in the article including a video and many links to related info here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/05/28/its-middle-night-do-you-know-who-your-iphone-is-talking/?utm_term=.a87a134c23a7&wpisrc
  12. What is with this guy posting Chinese character posts who joined seven hours ago? http://www.rvnetwork.com/profile/60577-zzzzhy456/

  13. OK! Here are articles showing how to use the new features in Windows 10 version 1903, which just came out in May. Even non-techies should give this article a good thorough read. It has lots of links to more in depth how to articles and screen shots. It's all good. Here is the overview Excerpt "Windows 10’s latest update is the May 2019 Update, which is version 1903 and was codenamed 19H1 during development. It features a light theme, speed improvements, and lots of polish. There are no crazy new features like My People or Timeline. And it’s out now. Microsoft previously called this Windows 10’s April 2019 Update, but it was delayed. The stable update began rolling out on May 21, 2019 and became available to everyone as of June 6, 2019. Microsoft announced it’s making big changes to the way Windows 10 updates. You’ll have much more control over the way Windows 10 installs updates—or not. Specifically, Windows 10 will no longer automatically install big updates like the May 2019 Update and October 2018 Update every six months without your permission. Now, you’ll see a notification and it’s your choice when you want to install the update. Don’t want to install the update? That’s fine. You can keep using your current version of Windows 10 for as long as it’s supported with security updates—that’s 18 months after release. But, once every 18 months, you will be forced to update to keep getting security fixes. This is much better than once every six months, and it gives you a lot more control. On top of that, Microsoft will now let Home users pause updates—just as Professional users can—for up to 35 days. You must pause in seven day periods, but you can pause up to five times. And, after you check for updates in Windows Update, Windows won’t automatically install them—you’ll have a choice to pause the updates, if you like." Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/402569/everything-new-in-windows-10s-april-2019-update/ The article goes on to show how it speeds up Windows, and has a great link for folks running Windows 10 Professional on how to use the sandbox. Another link for that is here: https://www.howtogeek.com/399290/how-to-use-windows-10s-new-sandbox-to-safely-test-apps/
  14. https://techjourney.net/ms-edge-browser-favorites-storage-folder-location-for-export-save-backup/ More ways explained differently here: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=favorites+folder+in+edge&t=ffab&atb=v172-3_j&ia=web
  15. If you are a vet this is important news.
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