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by roymeo
Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 544
Views: 87825

Re: Boglehead Beer

I like to drink a good straight beer without any additives, a beer brewed according to German purity rules. The Sam Adams Oktoberfest is too sweet for me. I'm not sure if you're trying to draw some sort of connection between those 2 sentences. I can make a dry or sweet beer that follows reinheitsge...
by roymeo
Thu Aug 27, 2015 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ant Control
Replies: 67
Views: 6113

Re: Ant Control

Sure, you have to kill more than one queen, but that doesn't mean it's not effective or the ants don't take that home, eat it and die. To me "doesn't work" means the ants just don't like it, won't take it, won't eat it, or doesn't even affect them. Since Argentine ants are a super colony,...
by roymeo
Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ant Control
Replies: 67
Views: 6113

Re: Ant Control

What a timely post. I've just moved from San Francisco across the bay to the supercolony of Argentine ants. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentine_ant Hey, RadioLab's done a show about them too: http://www.radiolab.org/story/226523-ants/ http://www.radiolab.org/story/226696-argentine-ant-invasion/ ...
by roymeo
Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: More Proof: The 'Do Nothing' Strategy Works
Replies: 15
Views: 2760

Re: More Proof: The 'Do Nothing' Strategy Works

Isn't today one of those few days that they make tables and studies about over the years saying that if you missed being in the market on certain "up" days your total return would be much less? I'm not quite sure how that works if you are already in the market doing nothing (like I did) t...
by roymeo
Sat Aug 01, 2015 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Odd skunk smell inside the house
Replies: 28
Views: 26468

Re: Odd skunk smell inside the house

We definitely had real skunks around Dogpatch (the SF neighborhood east of Potrero Hill).
by roymeo
Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: lock for $500 bike
Replies: 27
Views: 2534

Re: lock for $500 bike

Hardly seems worth the risk does it? But drug users have never been known to be particularly rational. Risk? When most people don't even have their serial numbers? And i had to add the comment that NOW in San Francisco there's A cop who seems to care about bike theft. Still can't do much to shut do...
by roymeo
Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: lock for $500 bike
Replies: 27
Views: 2534

Re: lock for $500 bike

You must be in a really bad part of town that anyone would consider stealing a $450-500 bike. Must be mostly joyriders, there can't be much of a market for those. A lot of the thieves in San Francisco are after any ridable bike. They're all worth $20-50 of drugs. Unless the thief is entrepreneurial...
by roymeo
Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: lock for $500 bike
Replies: 27
Views: 2534

Re: lock for $500 bike

You're paying the money not just to protect a $500 bike, but also to avoid the inconvenience of walking home with an armload of shopping, etc. You can't avoid a professional bike thief with a cordless angle grinder and an unobserved 2-5 minutes, but a professional is unlikely to risk going after a $...
by roymeo
Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Facebook's malware scan- legitimate or malware? Invasive?
Replies: 42
Views: 2905

Re: Facebook's malware scan- legitimate or malware? Invasive?

This topic is going to be hard to read once the mods remove all the off topic whinging.

You also should consider the strength of your password(s).
by roymeo
Mon Jun 22, 2015 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I'm cosigner .. Friend thinking of bankruptcy .. Pls help
Replies: 80
Views: 16125

Re: I'm cosigner .. Friend thinking of bankruptcy .. Pls help

"I'm worried about credit score."

Why?


(I mean I love gaming the system and getting a better score as much as the next nerd, but are you really foreseeing something where a somewhat lower score matters, or are you just focusing your worries on this?)
by roymeo
Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: San Francisco advice
Replies: 20
Views: 3218

Re: San Francisco advice

...but you haven't been to me.
by roymeo
Fri Jun 19, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Purchasing a] hearing aid
Replies: 32
Views: 4876

Re: [Purchasing a] hearing aid

FredL wrote:It is so small you can sleep with it while a normal digital hearing aids, you have to take it off at night, just like glasses.


No experience with it, but the human ear is a pretty harsh environment for electronics, I wouldn't be sold by that bit of marketing bluster.
by roymeo
Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 544
Views: 87825

Re: Boglehead Beer

I'm a part owner of the Three Floyd's Brewpub in Munster, IN, attached to the brewery.
And donated to Ferment.Drink.Repeat a Nano Brewery, Homebrew Supply, and Brewery Incubator in SF during their CrowdBrewed fundraising campaign.
by roymeo
Thu May 14, 2015 5:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Notary for 401k rollover?
Replies: 15
Views: 1387

Re: Notary for 401k rollover?

It may be strange.

It is not uncommon.
by roymeo
Thu May 07, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What's new and changed in phpBB 3.1
Replies: 69
Views: 7467

Re: What's new and changed in phpBB 3.1

All threads looking new has now been resolved.
by roymeo
Tue May 05, 2015 8:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Notary for 401k rollover?
Replies: 15
Views: 1387

Re: Notary for 401k rollover?

I've hit that before, too. It's a plan requirement, not a IRS one.
by roymeo
Tue May 05, 2015 8:06 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What's new and changed in phpBB 3.1
Replies: 69
Views: 7467

Re: What happened to "view your posts" button?

And why are all the threads marked new and re-marked new after stepping into them? (I logged out and back in and have cleared my cache to cure the font problem.)
by roymeo
Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My PC is driving me nuts.
Replies: 28
Views: 2410

Re: My PC is driving me nuts.

It sounds like you have some sort of malware which is affecting your machine. I'm a savvy programmer-type and I somehow ended up with one of those several years ago. It's not a lot of fun to remove.

Start with malwarebytes and see what it finds and see if it can clean up the problem.

roymeo
by roymeo
Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What is safest vehicle on the road today that I can buy?]
Replies: 114
Views: 9141

Re: [What is safest vehicle on the road today that I can buy

Safest for the people inside the car, or for everyone?

What kind of driving? Sticking at or below the speed limit and safe for current conditions, or driving like a normal person that considers 10 over just fine?
by roymeo
Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying for GFs school - any way to help myself?
Replies: 76
Views: 5420

Re: Paying for GFs school - any way to help myself?

Have to add that to the James T Kirk Method of Home Repair: "I'm providing financial support to a woman. She is not my wife. Computer! I am providing financial support to a woman! She is not my wife!" DOES NOT COMPUTE DOES NOT COMPUTE DOES NOT COMPUTE *smoke billows* There can be financial...
by roymeo
Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 2014
Views: 385515

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

I don't even remember which website I used to use to check 'how the market is doing'...I'm not in it for a day gain/loss, so I don't pay attention to those 'today's results' things, just skip that page in the Espresso app, etc.
by roymeo
Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How should I name my home Wi-Fi network?
Replies: 55
Views: 5376

Re: How should I name my home Wi-Fi network?

I knew my neighbor with the passwordless SSID knew what he was doing and wouldn't mind someone borrowing some internet when I saw: AssClown.
by roymeo
Fri Apr 10, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: One percent can mean a lot... (article)
Replies: 7
Views: 2016

Re: One percent can mean a lot... (article)

Yeah, I bet they've noticed how quickly taking 1% every year really adds up.
by roymeo
Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I justified in being angry with executor?
Replies: 22
Views: 3770

Re: Am I justified in being angry with executor?

Sounds like the message here is "Be kind, divest of random real-estate holdings before you die if at all possible."
by roymeo
Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 544
Views: 87825

Re: Boglehead Beer

LadyGeek wrote:Update: It seems we missed New Beer's Eve (April 6).


Untappd didn't give me a badge for the beer I had yesterday, thus it's not a real holiday. :)
by roymeo
Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Family member asking for money
Replies: 141
Views: 15376

Re: Family member asking for money

Always difficult topic. It turns out that even when you do gift someone money, you still can't fix all their bad decisions. If you can afford it both financially and mind-your-own-business-ally and it makes you feel good to do it, go ahead. If it'll drive you crazy to see someone you lent money to p...
by roymeo
Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 185
Views: 15206

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Looks like more than one group is interested in spinning the Hugos.
by roymeo
Fri Mar 13, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: An arm and a leg ... for a middle finger?
Replies: 32
Views: 4067

Re: An arm and a leg ... for a middle finger?

gatorking wrote:Massachusetts has passed a price transparency law that requires doctors to provide cost estimates.
http://blog.massmed.org/index.php/2014/ ... -patients/


Well, that's fine for Massachusetts. Harrumph.
by roymeo
Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BEWARE-Dell Computer Tech Service
Replies: 39
Views: 4085

Re: BEWARE-Dell Computer Tech Service

It sounds like we're pretty sure tech support deleted the account, but I've never had tech support create test accounts like that... I'm going to have to try that next time I'm working on my parents/in-laws computers and screw up: *Deletes the wrong files while 'cleaning up'* *Spills beer in air inl...
by roymeo
Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to [Zihuatanejo] Mexico
Replies: 37
Views: 3918

Re: Trip to Mexico

I wonder what the Venn diagram for "terrified of Mexico" and "terrified of AirBnB" looks like. I have no doubt that the odds are in his favor to return home with his family in one piece, but I am continuously astounded at the level of naiveté we Americans display in some of our ...
by roymeo
Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BEWARE-Dell Computer Tech Service
Replies: 39
Views: 4085

Re: BEWARE-Dell Computer Tech Service (India)

What was the username of that second account?

Was there an actual user using the account? How did they get access to your machine?
by roymeo
Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to [Zihuatanejo] Mexico
Replies: 37
Views: 3918

Re: Trip to Mexico

I wonder what the Venn diagram for "terrified of Mexico" and "terrified of AirBnB" looks like.
by roymeo
Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:19 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Worst case scenario
Replies: 16
Views: 2091

Re: Worst case scenario

Worst case scenario: the market drops a lot and you sell in a panic.

Gains and losses can only happen when you sell, the rest is a predicted value. (Especially when discussing funds rather than individual stocks which could become worthless due to bankruptcy.)
by roymeo
Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 13317

Re: Food of the Fifties

No one's mentioned the Gallery of Regrettable Food yet?
http://www.lileks.com/institute/gallery/
by roymeo
Fri Feb 06, 2015 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TurboTax Fraud? [TurboTax Turns Off All State E-Filing]
Replies: 67
Views: 3799

Re: TurboTax turns off all state efiling to prevent fraud

1) Come up with a solution.
2) Get all the states to accept the solution.

repeat as necessary.
by roymeo
Fri Feb 06, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TurboTax Fraud? [TurboTax Turns Off All State E-Filing]
Replies: 67
Views: 3799

State Tax Return fraud?

This sounds more like state returns don't have much security...but hey, shake your tiny internet fists at the IRS if that's what you need to do.
by roymeo
Wed Feb 04, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: POLL: Do you personally own a cell phone?
Replies: 92
Views: 7115

Re: POLL: Do you personally own a cell phone?

Funny (but true) story. I go into the local AT&T store,... Still looking for that "emergencies only" no gimmicks cell phone. Any ideas would be appreciated. Don't need movies, don't need photos, don't want to be charged for spam. Am I delusional? There's a reason that all those stripm...
by roymeo
Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: traditional v. roth IRA
Replies: 12
Views: 1021

Re: traditional v. roth IRA

In your situation, I have a hard time figuring out why anyone would want a traditional IRA. I would be so upset knowing that all of my contributions and GROWTH would be getting taxed. If I invested for 20 years and made 8% interest on my funds, I'm going to have a nice pile of cash sitting there fo...
by roymeo
Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 185
Views: 15206

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

I read the short story "Wool" and it left me cold. It didn't make sense-- why would the powers that be give the window-cleaners helmets with phony virtual images for any other reason than to produce an ironic ending? Not that there weren't plenty of 1960s stories like that, too. Not too b...
by roymeo
Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 544
Views: 87825

Re: Boglehead Beer

See ya on Untappd!
by roymeo
Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Getting out of Edward Jones ...
Replies: 25
Views: 2926

Re: Getting out of Edward Jones ...

Wow, what's the theory behind their investments? Do Not Look At The Man Behind The Curtain?
by roymeo
Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keeping CC Receipts
Replies: 45
Views: 4168

Re: Keeping CC Receipts

While the two thermal-printed receipts may not be 'identical' copies of each other, they work for the CC companies in a dispute. I've had a pretty strange number come through before (probably user error, not malicious waitron activity) and told the dispute form that I had my receipt when asked and e...
by roymeo
Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need help informing my father he is making a mistake
Replies: 58
Views: 5282

Re: Need help informing my father he is making a mistake

Different families have different ways of dealing with money....while it's appropriate to point that out so people are examining whether this is an 'open' topic in their family, there's such a variance between different families that the absolutists of any opinion tend to overdo it.
by roymeo
Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Please Help Pick a VOYA 401k fund
Replies: 33
Views: 3201

Re: Please Help Pick a VOYA 401k fund

retiredjg wrote:
thethinker wrote:This is wonderful news, thank you. And why did you suggest $18k in an earlier post? Is that the max that can be funded into a jobs 401k based on my wife's income? Thanks again

Yes, the limit this year is $18k.

Annual contribution limit for 2015, that is.
by roymeo
Sat Jan 10, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Please Help Pick a VOYA 401k fund
Replies: 33
Views: 3201

Re: Please Help Pick a VOYA 401k fund

Mostly chiming in with everyone else.... Yes it's worth the match. I don't know about DFA, but if it's in the 401(k), I assume it's the same as anything else on the menu. I'd avoid the Voya Fixed for a stock account. Yes, go at least for the match, you're really over emphasizing the expense vs. the ...
by roymeo
Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401(k) elections
Replies: 14
Views: 1279

Re: 401(k) elections

Do a bit of reading on the wiki...you'll want to consider everything you're investing for retirement as one big investment that just happens to be in several different accounts. Also consider the tax-efficiency placement so you're not paying more in taxes for holding a certain fund in your taxable a...
by roymeo
Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401(k) elections
Replies: 14
Views: 1279

Re: 401(k) elections

Your question is pretty well put together, but I'm not entirely sure you've read the Asking Portfolio Questions wiki: https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6212 The reason I say that is that I'm not sure that you're considering your entire retirement portfolio as a whole rather th...
by roymeo
Fri Jan 09, 2015 5:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 2014
Views: 385515

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

The stocks are in a free sine wave-like pattern: they freely sin but do not fall . (A new spin on a financial porn.) Victoria Can someone please "cosine" Victoria's hypothesis? I need validation before making any new lines in a market this "tricker-numeratry"... I really wish yo...

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