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Re: Where to start work as an engineering major?

Don't go with what your friends do. Go with what you want to do. If it happens to align with your friends, that's just a bonus. You'll be miserable if you don't figure out what you want to do. So stop listening to your friends and start a little introspection. What is fulfilling for me and your frie...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to start work as an engineering major?
Replies: 18
Views: 1345

Re: Obese airline passenger

There is an action that could be taken, unfortunately, it is too late for that action. As already mentioned, when confronted with such situations in the future, complain to a flight attendant and see if you can get another seat. You can try sending a complaint to the airline now. I doubt you will ge...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Sep 28, 2014 11:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Obese airline passenger
Replies: 62
Views: 4444

Re: finding the leak(s) in underground sprinkler system

I don't know how a company goes about troubleshooting the leaks or how much it will cost, because I've always repaired these myself as a homeowner. I just dig up the suspect area and visually inspect the pipe until the break is found. It's always been pretty obvious. If one doesn't know where the pi...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Sep 28, 2014 10:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: finding the leak(s) in underground sprinkler system
Replies: 5
Views: 518

Re: "Shellshock" vulnerability for Linux based systems

I understand the responses that the attack only enables a shell running at the same privileges of the web server, and so on. But I can also understand why some people find even that prospect to be troublesome. This would allow an unauthenticated person to obtain a user shell. There are many known us...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Shellshock" vulnerability for Linux based systems
Replies: 61
Views: 2443

Re: Online privacy and smartphones

It really astonishes me how much people are allowing their privacy to be invaded. 1984 is here, just a little late. Recording cameras everywhere (I'm on candid camera in my yard, let alone public places, due to the neighbor's outside cameras), all telephone calls recorded, all Internet traffic reco...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Sep 28, 2014 2:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Online privacy and smartphones
Replies: 20
Views: 1242

Re: Time to go back to cash and ditch the Credit Card?

There are several studies that show that people using credit cards spend much more than those using cash. I wonder... there was a study recently that concluded that people who take vitamins are healthier, not because of the vitamins, but because they're the sort of people who take vitamins. Perhaps...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to go back to cash and ditch the Credit Card?
Replies: 39
Views: 3138

Re: Rewards credit card advice

Kind of a "reward" but a few credit cards are offering your FICO score for free on top of the monthly statements. I believe Barclay card and Discover do this. One can always view a credit report for free but it won't have the numerical FICO score without paying. Credit Karma .com will giv...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rewards credit card advice
Replies: 66
Views: 13602

Re: Time to go back to cash and ditch the Credit Card?

The second time was a real pain in the neck . The fraudster used it about 30 times ordering all sorts of baloney - women's shoes, NASCAR DVDs, Netflix subscriptions etc etc. Lots of stuff I didn't order ended up being delivered to my house. Does someone not like you? I can't see how any crook would...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to go back to cash and ditch the Credit Card?
Replies: 39
Views: 3138

Re: Online privacy and smartphones

My policy is to not install an app that is asking for too many permissions and to not allow apps to auto-update, as many apps use that to add "permission bloat" more often than to fix exploitable bugs. So now I have an old version of the Withings Health app that won't display certain data ...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Sep 27, 2014 6:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Online privacy and smartphones
Replies: 20
Views: 1242

Re: 7 safety tips from hackers

There are two things the attacker can't fake (i.e. browser protections kick in): 1) requesting https://www.citi.com and 2) having a "lock" icon next to a URL bar that includes http://www.citi.com. So all hope is not lost. Absent a VPN which might be too much for her, grandma can protect h...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Sep 27, 2014 6:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 7 safety tips from hackers
Replies: 14
Views: 2422

Re: 7 safety tips from hackers

Hiding your SSID is fine, that way when others scan they won't see it and then won't be able to want to hack it. Once you key the SSID into your Wifi settings and connect and mark it as default your machine no longer needs to scan for it, there is another option whether to attempt to connect whethe...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Sep 27, 2014 5:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 7 safety tips from hackers
Replies: 14
Views: 2422

Re: "Shellshock" vulnerability for Linux based systems

This is just the latest in what will be an inevitable string of bugs that can be exploited for malicious purposes, which is only going to become more common as people become aware of the fact that our "Internet of things" was always our "Internet of exploitable things". The best ...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Sep 27, 2014 5:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Shellshock" vulnerability for Linux based systems
Replies: 61
Views: 2443

Re: operating cost of this forum

humm. how to delete a duplicate post? As an FYI for the future, only the last post in the thread can be deleted by the person who posted it (any post in the thread can be deleted by the moderators). So editing to say something akin to "duplicate - deleted" or contacting the moderators to ...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:05 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: operating cost of this forum
Replies: 42
Views: 5207

Re: operating cost of this forum

The internet connection is a tricky one. I have combined FiOS TV and 30 MB/sec internet, so I'm not sure what I pay for the internet alone, maybe $50 a month. But the Bogleheads server needs both higher bandwidth to handle hundreds of transactions at once, plus it's going on full blast at least 16 ...
by Mudpuppy
Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:02 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: operating cost of this forum
Replies: 42
Views: 5207

Re: How long for landlord to repair his house after I move o

Agree that the amount is not worth pursuing it in small claims. On the other hand, if I can deal with it over email/certified mail it in the spare time I have every day it may be worth it. Also want to make sure that I am acting in good faith. Then follow your rights in California Civil Code Sectio...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long for landlord to repair his house after I move out?
Replies: 23
Views: 1477

Re: How long for landlord to repair his house after I move o

I believe what he has done so far is ok, and I am basing it on this: http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/sec-deposit.shtml He gave me an estimate of what he thought it would cost for the repair within the 21 days, and returned the rest. My question is that there must still be a time lim...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long for landlord to repair his house after I move out?
Replies: 23
Views: 1477

Re: Blood work for cats

When my semi-feral cat had to get a feline dental cleaning a few months back, the cleaning plus pulling the bad teeth and getting antibiotics ran under $200. I'm not sure why just a cleaning would cost $500-600, even in a more expensive area and even with pre-op labs. I can't recall cleanings going...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:45 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blood work for cats
Replies: 40
Views: 2401

Re: Purchasing a new mattress

My personal approach was to get a standard firm mattress and then make my own "pillow top" by putting on a thick layer of memory foam and a thick fiber-filled mattress topper. That way, when the foam and fiber toppers compress, I can swap them out for far less than buying a new mattress.
by Mudpuppy
Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing a new mattress
Replies: 5
Views: 551

Re: Blood work for cats

When my semi-feral cat had to get a feline dental cleaning a few months back, the cleaning plus pulling the bad teeth and getting antibiotics ran under $200. I'm not sure why just a cleaning would cost $500-600, even in a more expensive area and even with pre-op labs. I can't recall cleanings going ...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blood work for cats
Replies: 40
Views: 2401

Re: Blood work for cats

I see that both veterinarians chiming into this thread have mentioned how cats can't tell us what is wrong or how owners are unobservant. Perhaps I should qualify my experience (no routine bloodwork at annual exams) with a note that my veterinarian knows I weigh the cats on a regular basis and that ...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blood work for cats
Replies: 40
Views: 2401

Re: Blood work for cats

I have two 15 year old cats and the vet only runs bloodwork if there is some other symptom going on. Unexplained weight loss has happened to both of them in the past couple of years, so both have had bloodwork to diagnose those issues, but they don't get bloodwork with their routine annual exams. On...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blood work for cats
Replies: 40
Views: 2401

Re: pet tags?

This is my house rule: the cat can be as unhappy as he or she wants, but he or she still won't get anything unless the human allows it. Cats may not be as pack-oriented as dogs, but they do recognize the concept of a pecking order, and you want to be at the top of that order. So let the cat panic wh...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Sep 20, 2014 7:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: pet tags?
Replies: 8
Views: 657

Re: Engineered Hardwood

If the underside of the engineered wood flooring is pressboard, then you're buying at the low end of the market. The better quality engineered flooring has 5 or 7 layer plywood. If you look at the edge of the board and can only see 2 or 3 layers and one of them is very thick, then it's the less exp...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Sep 20, 2014 6:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Engineered Hardwood
Replies: 13
Views: 1099

Re: I Tunes updates

Most likely was the iPad that got iTunes on your PC. I haven't fiddled with Quicktime on Windows 8.1 yet, but the last time I installed Quicktime on Win7, it kept pestering me to get iTunes too. So either one of them could be the source of the pestering. My experience is Apple will keep relentlessly...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Sep 20, 2014 6:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I Tunes updates
Replies: 5
Views: 566

Re: Engineered Hardwood

Can anyone speak on the durability? I have engineered hardwood in my family room and living room. The veneer is oak and supposedly the veneer was pretreated with a scratch resistant coating. The underside is some sort of press-board. I had it glued down as I hate the feel of a floating floor. It ge...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Engineered Hardwood
Replies: 13
Views: 1099

Re: Engineered Hardwood

As the others have already said, laminate is not the same as engineered hardwood. If the flooring store is telling you it's the same, find another store ASAP. If you have small children still spilling things all over the place, then I would not go with laminate or engineered hardwood. Since the floo...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Engineered Hardwood
Replies: 13
Views: 1099

Re: I Tunes updates

If you never went into Services after installing iTunes/Quicktime and disabled the Apple services, then some small component of iTunes is always running when your computer is on. Apple installs these services to "improve" the discovery of your iPod/iPhone when it's hooked up to USB on the ...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I Tunes updates
Replies: 5
Views: 566

Re: pet tags?

Same as rixer, with the added note that Petsmart has the same machines. Also, since this is a cat, a break-away collar is an absolute must. In fact, if this is going to be an indoor-only cat (which I would highly recommend), I'd skip the collar entirely and just get the cat microchipped. On the off ...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: pet tags?
Replies: 8
Views: 657

Re: Air Purifier for Allergies

FYI, you might find this survey of studies on allergy filters, both free-standing units in the room and whole-house units, to be helpful: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3165134/ Edit: TL;DR - For standard 1" HVAC filters, you need to get MERV 11 or higher filters AND change the fil...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air Purifier for Allergies
Replies: 27
Views: 1570

Re: Air Purifier for Allergies

If this really works, do they make a "whole house" unit that installs at the forced air furnace? Even if expensive, I'd consider it if this works. You might be able to have your air intake retrofitted for a thicker intake filter, but I'll emphasize the word might. The thicker intake box c...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air Purifier for Allergies
Replies: 27
Views: 1570

Re: External backup drives - Seagate vs Western Digital

... I clean my computers frequently and always attentive to airflow when I build my computers. Still, must be a lot of luck. I keep computers average about 7 years of heavy use and even transition them to media servers, etc, when I am done with them. I also read Newegg reviews and always attentive ...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: External backup drives - Seagate vs Western Digital
Replies: 43
Views: 2723

Re: External backup drives - Seagate vs Western Digital

Drobo Mini: http://www.drobo.com/storage-products/mini/ It uses four laptop hard drives so that the failure of one does not result in the loss of data. When one fails, you pop it out and put a new one in, and your data is fine. Single hard drives always fail. Caveat: Groups of hard drives purchased...
by Mudpuppy
Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: External backup drives - Seagate vs Western Digital
Replies: 43
Views: 2723

Re: Meetings over the lunch hour, taboo?

Like skylar, I also have lunch marked on my calendar. I've found I've had a lot fewer requests for lunch meetings since I've blocked out that time. I've also had more invites for social lunches with co-workers since doing that, particularly from folks in other groups who might have some useful conne...
by Mudpuppy
Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Meetings over the lunch hour, taboo?
Replies: 46
Views: 3902

Re: New Laptop, need help

I got a Surface Pro 3 through a grant at work, which has replaced both my laptop and tablet needs. I noticed you said an iPad was in your future, so the combined price of an iPad and your laptop budget would get you the mid-line Pro 3 with the optional keyboard attachment. I also got a docking stati...
by Mudpuppy
Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Laptop, need help
Replies: 33
Views: 2195

Re: LASTPASS Password Program

My concern with LastPass was if they get hacked - can ALL my critical passwords now be compromised. I use very complex passwords (which I keep on a locked file on my computer. I use 2FA whenever possible. LastPass would be great if it REALLY is completely or almost completely secure. There were som...
by Mudpuppy
Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LASTPASS Password Program
Replies: 11
Views: 1179

Re: My first required EMV transaction in the US

During a chip transaction, the chip terminal does not read the mag strip. And the chip encrypts the communication with the financial institution, so this information can't be intercepted. ... Ok your point wasn't about an inherent unavailability of the numbers/codes, just that the EMV readers you a...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My first required EMV transaction in the US
Replies: 9
Views: 993

Re: New 2% cash back Mastercard from Citi

The card has a chip on it. Wal-Mart and other major retailers now have chip readers, and when you try to swipe it will force you to use the chip. This is good, because the chip is encrypted whereas the magnetic stripe is not. This is my first chipped card so that was a new experience. When you say ...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:48 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New 2% cash back Mastercard from Citi
Replies: 222
Views: 23288

Re: External backup drives - Seagate vs Western Digital

Maybe I just have bad luck, but I've had several external hard drives fail on me (both Seagate and Western Digital). Check the voltage in your house. Ideally, it is 120 volts. If it is outside of 113 to 127, call your power company and complain. Anything outside of that will reduce life expectancy ...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: External backup drives - Seagate vs Western Digital
Replies: 43
Views: 2723

Re: External backup drives - Seagate vs Western Digital

Each of the major hard drive (HDD) manufacturers has their own strengths and weaknesses. At a higher level, I feel like it's really just splitting hairs and all of the brand names you mention offer similar products. The key thing is the supporting software for your needs and the customer service (an...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: External backup drives - Seagate vs Western Digital
Replies: 43
Views: 2723

Re: FLICKR

The biggest issue I've heard comes from people who do NOT keep offsite backups. Some people have lost substantial numbers of photographs since they only uploaded to flickr and didn't keep their own copies. Since you're keeping a local copy, this should not be a major issue for you, unless you have t...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FLICKR
Replies: 7
Views: 742

Re: FIOS [versus cable]

So for those of you who have or had FIOS, is it true you'll never go back to cable cause it is that much better and more reliable? Part of your evaluation of FIOS vs Cable is going to depend on the quality of the actual, physical infrastructure (e.g. coaxial cables, head nodes, etc.) for the cable ...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FIOS [versus cable]
Replies: 28
Views: 2138

Re: Glitchy Web-Browsing

You need a USB dongle to use Ethernet on a MacBook: http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC704ZM/A/apple-usb-ethernet-adapter I wouldn't worry about that though, as I doubt it is the WiFi. All indications point towards a DNS problem, which is a decidedly ISP issue. I have RoadRunner and it periodically...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Sep 14, 2014 4:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Glitchy Web-Browsing
Replies: 22
Views: 1152

Re: Email security risk from staying logged in?

There is a minor risk of someone using session-stealing malware to take the session information for your logged in email session and using that to duplicate your email session on their system. Session-stealing malware does not need the same level of permissions as keylogging or man-in-the-middle mal...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Sep 14, 2014 4:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Email security risk from staying logged in?
Replies: 10
Views: 1131

Re: Windows 8.1 Sleep Issue

Could it be trying to wake itself up in the middle of the night to install updates and getting "stuck"? We were having horrible issues with waking up a new Surface Pro 3 at work until we realized it was having issues with automatic updates. It would reboot itself to install the updates, th...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Sep 14, 2014 3:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 8.1 Sleep Issue
Replies: 3
Views: 321

Re: New 2% cash back Mastercard from Citi

I'm puzzled by "nearly"... is the total cash back less than 2%? Am I missing some fine print? :? There's been some speculation--and I think that's all it is for now, but would welcome any corrections--that the 1% cash back you get on the initial purchase doesn't count for purposes of the ...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New 2% cash back Mastercard from Citi
Replies: 222
Views: 23288

Re: New 2% cash back Mastercard from Citi

I just can't bring myself to do business with Sallie Mae, no matter how good the rewards are, after seeing how they treat some student loan holders. The threads on what has happened to student loan holders whose co-signers have died are particularly bitter-tasting. When somebody co-signs a loan, al...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New 2% cash back Mastercard from Citi
Replies: 222
Views: 23288

Re: New 2% cash back Mastercard from Citi

I received an application from Citi for what I think is this card in the mail today. They're saying it pays 1% at purchase plus 1% at payment. Doesn't say if MC or Visa. The application says they'll also tack on an extra $100 if one charges at least $500 in the first 3 months. Anyone using this car...
by Mudpuppy
Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New 2% cash back Mastercard from Citi
Replies: 222
Views: 23288

Re: Colleague being fleeced by insurance agent / Ponzi Schem

Regardless of the finer points of the definition of a ponzi scheme or the intricacies of annuities as an investment vehicle, it's not the OP's place to comment on a coworker's financials UNLESS the co-worker asks for an opinion or help. Yes, the coworker could invest her money better and choose bett...
by Mudpuppy
Wed Sep 10, 2014 10:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Colleague being fleeced by insurance agent / Ponzi Scheme?
Replies: 54
Views: 5255

Re: New 2% cash back Mastercard from Citi

Besides some truly odd omissions, like lost luggage coverage (really?), the new card is notably missing $0 liability on unauthorized charges . I noticed that when using the comparison table (where you can compare up to 3 current citi cards) on the citi website. I'm almost certain that $0 fraud liab...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New 2% cash back Mastercard from Citi
Replies: 222
Views: 23288

Re: When do you have too many credit cards?

As the others have said, 5 isn't too many. I have one of each major issuer (well, HAD... since my Chase Freedom switched from Mastercard to VISA), plus some old odds and ends sitting in drawers. If you're thinking of getting a mortgage soon, then opening a new card recently is probably a bigger ding...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:21 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When do you have too many credit cards?
Replies: 16
Views: 1372
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