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Hardware & Technology / Re: Gmail adds disappearing messages
« on: April 25, 2018, 06:55:57 PM »
Ah... got it. Thanks.

Water Cooler / Re: 'Murica
« on: April 25, 2018, 05:19:45 PM »
The real rednecks would have dynamite and a seining net.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Gmail adds disappearing messages
« on: April 25, 2018, 04:17:52 PM »
The tools work even with emails sent to non-Gmail accounts.

Having trouble imagining how that works.

This on the other hand...

Other productivity features include more suggestions to unsubscribe from email lists

Say goodbye to lots of subscribers unless you make your emails worthwhile

Water Cooler / Re: Rumbas: It takes a Viking
« on: April 25, 2018, 01:59:08 AM »
Right... famous Hillary Clinton statement (or at least that's who made it famous): "It takes a village to raise a child"

I was hoping that with Raz's extraordinary knowledge of American culture, which sometimes seems superior to, say, mine, he would get it :-)

Hardware & Technology / Re: Reporting in from Ground Zero
« on: April 24, 2018, 10:48:27 PM »
Forgot to mention that I bought another Ecobee 4 for upstairs which uses a different type of heat pump than downstairs.

What types of heat pump? I've been looking into this for Fujitsu mini-splits and then got sidetracked because I didn't have the model number handy (but it seems like you need a special kit to convert from the remote controller to a wired thermostat)

Water Cooler / Rumbas: It takes a Viking
« on: April 24, 2018, 10:21:12 PM »
Spotted in the parking lot

Unfortunately, that article doesn't actually say anything except that some "influential OECD think tank" argues that Universal Basic Credit will work better than Universal Basic Income... and after reading the article, I don't even really understand the difference.

And then at the end, it says that the results of the study won't be known until 2019. It would be interesting to see a decent study with some basic results.

Speaking for my household, if the US had health insurance similar to most developed countries, that right there would reduce the amount of work we do in this household. If they started throwing money at us, that would reduce it again. But a the lowest end of the economic ladder, income insecurity is often what keeps people out of the job market (no transport, no phone number, etc).

I would be curious to see how it all plays out.

Oh... plus awarding income to unemployed people, as in Finland, is not what most people mean by UBI.

Water Cooler / Re: Retailpocalypse is about to get worse
« on: April 20, 2018, 12:58:52 AM »
something has changed that has wiped out budding mom & pops from the market.

David Cay Johnston contends that part of it, at least, is that big retailers learned how to play hardball and negotiate sweetheart deals with local and state governments, forcing them to bid for their stores (like Amazon just did), and commonly destroying the local mom and pop retail who in many cases would be competitive if they had the same tax deals

Obviously there are other factors

Water Cooler / Re: East Palo Alto, CA
« on: April 19, 2018, 07:12:35 PM »
Oh, and for those who do not know the Bay Area, just to underscore HOW wrong I am here, here is Exhibit B

Water Cooler / Re: East Palo Alto, CA
« on: April 19, 2018, 07:09:17 PM »
Okay... everything I've said in this thread is obviously irrelevant, bullshit and wrong

Water Cooler / Re: Retailpocalypse is about to get worse
« on: April 19, 2018, 06:15:34 PM »
I know Amazon and online is part of the story, but how much of this is just correcting for way too much retail space.

After all that space goes dark, how will the square footage of retail per capita compare to what it was in 1980?

Water Cooler / Re: East Palo Alto, CA
« on: April 17, 2018, 11:41:11 PM »
Yeah, I probably have a really "off" perspective because of the strange market here.

In brief - prices here have never regained their 2006/07 levels. At that time, lots were selling at $180K-$250K. That $250K lot sale remains by a long shot the record. Our friend bought a lot in 2016 for $100K even.

Similar with houses. A really nice 1600sf house sold for $825K. A rundown but larger house sold for $900k. Then we saw many  sales in the $350-$450K range for rundown houses to $550K. A couple of sales of brand new, showpiece homes sold for higher, but probably less than the owners had into them.

Finally, two years ago a large, brand-new home with high-end construction and Craftsman features fetched $920K and there have been some pretty high-priced sales lately. But there's no way the old home that sold for $900K in 2007 could sell at that price today. And if you bought at $900K in 2007 and then needed to sell in 2015, you were still deep underwater.

Those types of scenarios probably never happen in the Bay Area.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Alexa Always Listening Patent
« on: April 17, 2018, 11:20:29 PM »
The technology for understanding spoken words and for being able to isolate one human's voice is literally improving every day.

There are times these days when the only way I can understand a phone message is to read the Google Voice transcript, because I cannot understand the message by ear. I'm still better than GV in general because I have so much better context, but voice recognition is nothing like what it was 5 years ago.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Anyone using DNSSEC?
« on: April 17, 2018, 12:07:18 AM »
To the best of my knowledge to get a full DNSSEC stack you'd need registrar-level keys to sign the root, so that might not even be an option.

That is correct. Your registrar and your DNS provider must be able to exchange the hash, I suppose very roughly like a TLS handshake (or probably more like a DKIM verification actually).

So if you can't set the hash, specify the hash schema and algorithm etc at the registrar, there's no point in doing anything at the DNS level. In fact, I think that might just serve to make your site inaccessible, because the hash check would fail and security conscious browsers would block the site.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Anyone using DNSSEC?
« on: April 16, 2018, 08:24:08 PM »
So I finally looked into this a bit more after analyzing a few sites with Hardenize

Turns out this is not hard or expensive.

You can enable it for free via Cloudflare
First turn it on

Then set it up on your registrar (in my case Namecheap)

Or set it up on Namecheap for 40 cents per month

It comes with Namecheap Premium DNS, which is $4.88/year

Or set up your own BIND server for whatever the server costs ($5/month for the slave and master = $10/month).

In my case, I'm on the Cloudflare + Namecheap option. When I run it through a tester,

 I get this (see attached image - all tests pass)

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