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by lightheir
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will cars be autonomous in three years?
Replies: 162
Views: 5954

Re: Will cars be autonomous in three years?

Full autonmoy - a car with no steering wheel I think is at the very least 20-25 years away maybe even more unless quantum computing takes off and can be applied very easily. Once a communication standard is appied for self driving I do believe that self driving cars are much safer than humans for t...
by lightheir
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will cars be autonomous in three years?
Replies: 162
Views: 5954

Re: Will cars be autonomous in three years?

Everyone can always come up with horrible 'what-if" catastrophes for automated driverless cars. And some of them will actually occur, and we will be powerless to stop it. But what will be the correct response when you tally the figures and see quite clearly that driverless cars cause a tremendo...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does Insurance Have to Pay an Out-of-Network Ambulance Bill in Full?
Replies: 46
Views: 2772

Re: Does Insurance Have to Pay an Out-of-Network Ambulance Bill in Full?

Unfortunately, reason doesn't seem to matter for the current insane billing practices that are totally legal. My last visit to my local ER, I went to my local in-network ER that is only a few miles from my house. (Fortunately, I could drive myself there.) Was seen by an ER doc there. At the 'in-netw...
by lightheir
Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how much is reasonable amount to spend [on gymnastics]
Replies: 42
Views: 3056

Re: how much is reasonable amount to spend [on gymnastics]

Sounds like she's doing fine. Still, as you do know, caution is still important for high achieving kids. My parents for sure looked at my successful pretty much self-driven achievements and could easily say "what did I do wrong? He was just SO motivated, and was able to do well at a lot of thin...
by lightheir
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how much is reasonable amount to spend [on gymnastics]
Replies: 42
Views: 3056

Re: how much is reasonable amount to spend

My daughter is 11 and studies piano, violin, ballet, modern, and swimming. She is also a top student in a well regarded private school. Honestly, we pay a lot for her to do these things. Her activities are about $1,000/month and private school is another $25k/year. It's worth it to us because she i...
by lightheir
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Doctor fees - Insured vs uninsured patients
Replies: 27
Views: 2576

Re: Doctor fees - Insured vs uninsured patients

I've seen the rate vary a lot. At all the hospitals I've worked at, the uninsured rate unforunately seems to be multiples times HIGHER than the insured rate. I think this is a huge source of personal bankruptcies, at least it was the last time I read about it. In non-hospital (outpatient) settings, ...
by lightheir
Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Budget multitool knife
Replies: 24
Views: 2044

Re: Budget multitool knife

I got a nonbudget Leatherman as a gift.

I'm not a big home tool guy but I do know good tools since I work on bicycles for fun and the Leatherman is a top notch quality took.

Not budget though!
by lightheir
Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else decided not to finish med school?
Replies: 55
Views: 5844

Re: Anyone else decided not to finish med school?

More common unfortunately, are people who forced themselves to finish med school despite hating it early on, and then forcing themselves into a career that they dislike vehemently. They get bitter about it, and it shows with their relations with patients, spouses, and kids. Very sad, but not uncommo...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car waxing/sealant for a newb (not for high level detailing)
Replies: 10
Views: 1093

Car waxing/sealant for a newb (not for high level detailing)

I park my 2010 Prius outdoors on the street, under a bunch of trees. The trees drop pollen, some wax (not a ton) on it all the time, so there's no way I'm going to be having a pristine car exterior, ever, esp with this 7-year old vehicle. I've realized recently after ignoring my car exterior forever...
by lightheir
Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: More Zenni Optical Questions
Replies: 13
Views: 1544

Re: More Zenni Optical Questions

Youre still getting a steal of a price compared to anything out there. It's your addons that are pumping up the price. Go to your local retail outlet, and you'll get a quote 10x (literally) what Zenni is asking for all those addons on top. The <$40 Zenni glasses are for no fancy add-ons. But at Zenn...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help on how to spend more on myself (First World Whine)
Replies: 93
Views: 5276

Re: Help on how to spend more on myself (First World Whine)

First let me get this out of the way, this is a first world problem, probably a first world plus problem but I am still interested in the wisdom of the BH. Let me say I am not frugal nor have I ever been or wanted to be frugal (watched my mom and thought it was sad) but I have trouble buying things...
by lightheir
Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Not schlepping furniture down 2 flights of stairs, so what's an economical way to move?
Replies: 35
Views: 2008

Re: Not schlepping furniture down 2 flights of stairs, so what's an economical way to move?

I've used the full range of moving services, as I had to move 10 times in 10 years for job training reasons. I will definitely say you get what you pay for. You can get supercheap services for almost nothing on Craigslist, to concierge service-level for $$$, and everything in between. Having now don...
by lightheir
Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What career helped you become wealthy?
Replies: 75
Views: 8527

Re: What career helped you become wealthy?

OK, I'll nibble. Personally, at 70+, I have made it to 8 figures but still a long way from 9 figures. Surprisingly many of my childhood buddies seem to have done similarly. I also have a very small handful of friends from childhood who have made it to 9 figures and a couple even to 10 figures. What...
by lightheir
Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Sunglasses
Replies: 44
Views: 4539

Re: Buying Sunglasses

I will add that almost all RETAIL optical and sunglass shops are owned by a single monopoly - Luxottica. They own almost everything for in-store retail optical, and thus charge monopoly prices for the frames and lenses sold there. So you'll get in effect price gouged when you shop at Sunglass Hut an...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is the secret to getting wealthy...
Replies: 48
Views: 4411

Re: Is the secret to getting wealthy...

I think it hugely depends on what you define as 'wealthy.' Some folks define wealthy as having enough to cover expenses & save reasonably for retirement. I think most BH-ers fit in this category. Living below your means will get you here, almost regardless of your job income. Other folks think t...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Picture / video / file backup
Replies: 44
Views: 1237

Re: Picture / video / file backup

I'm curious as to what about the backup is lacking about Gdrive and Amazon, say, compared to Crashplan? I don't use any of these services but my understanding is Gdrive and Amazon are "sync" services. They will synchronize your current state. COmpare this to Crashplan that has master back...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Picture / video / file backup
Replies: 44
Views: 1237

Re: Picture / video / file backup

As a related aside, I'll say that my experience in moving all my data from local HD as primary storage, to cloud-drive services, has been an all-good experience, and I would highly, unequivocally recommend it unless you really are dealing with such large amounts of data regularly so that it's unwie...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Picture / video / file backup
Replies: 44
Views: 1237

Re: Picture / video / file backup

I'm curious as to what about the backup is lacking about Gdrive and Amazon, say, compared to Crashplan?
by lightheir
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Picture / video / file backup
Replies: 44
Views: 1237

Re: Picture / video / file backup

As a related aside, I'll say that my experience in moving all my data from local HD as primary storage, to cloud-drive services, has been an all-good experience, and I would highly, unequivocally recommend it unless you really are dealing with such large amounts of data regularly so that it's unwiel...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Picture / video / file backup
Replies: 44
Views: 1237

Re: Picture / video / file backup

I've been using Gdrive & Amazon photos for awhile now and I can say it's pretty hard to accidentally delete something. Contrary to what you post, those 2 are not 2-way sync with their photo apps (meaning delete on your phone, and the cloud data is deleted). If you use the Google Photos or Prime...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Picture / video / file backup
Replies: 44
Views: 1237

Re: Picture / video / file backup

Note that many of these services like Google Drive, Amazon Photos, Dropbox, iCloud, etc. are not backup services, but cloud services that are intended to keep multiple devices in sync. If you delete a photo intentionally or accidentally, or something becomes corrupted, etc. it automatically propaga...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Picture / video / file backup
Replies: 44
Views: 1237

Re: Picture / video / file backup

I'll go counter to some of the advice above, and recommend to NOT use Crashplan. I used Crashplan for several years. It works fine. But for today's age in which phone photo/videos are by far the norm, it is markedly inferior to more modern systems of real-time photo and video backup. Here is what I ...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody using the TERMINAL over the GUI in ubuntu?
Replies: 45
Views: 2642

Re: Anybody using the TERMINAL over the GUI in ubuntu?

I use command-line interfaces all the time on Linux and don't use the GUI. I use command-line interfaces all the time on Mac/OSX and rarely use Finder. I prefer to use xterm instead of any semi-native terminal program. I don't get what you mean by "more powerful" because there are only ab...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody using the TERMINAL over the GUI in ubuntu?
Replies: 45
Views: 2642

Anybody using the TERMINAL over the GUI in ubuntu?

I just installed Ubuntu linux on an older PC due to the (unfortunate) soldered-on 4GB RAM being too draggy for Win10. Works great now. Just a question - are any of you preferring the command line (terminal) interface to the GUI? I know it's allegedly more powerful, but are there any folks doing real...
by lightheir
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When does a new computer make sense...
Replies: 27
Views: 1819

Re: When does a new computer make sense...

To add to the 'no need to upgrade' advice, also remember that OP has a Macbook Air. Without intending to antagozize the pro-anti-Mac cultists, I have been extremely impressed with Mac laptops from that era. I am a fairly die-hard PC user, and my last 3 laptops were all mid-lowrange PCs. My wife's Ma...
by lightheir
Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jungle Disk now $8/month minimum...thinking of dropping it for Dropbox and Evernote
Replies: 25
Views: 1241

Re: Jungle Disk now $8/month minimum...thinking of dropping it for Dropbox and Evernote

Use Amazon cloud drive. 55 dollars or so a year for u limited backup. Comes with Amazon photos with unlimited photo and video backup that is automated off your phone if you use prime photos. There is a way to sync an entire folder from your cpu with prime online but it's a little Janky. Honestly, I ...
by lightheir
Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jungle Disk now $8/month minimum...thinking of dropping it for Dropbox and Evernote
Replies: 25
Views: 1241

Re: Jungle Disk now $8/month minimum...thinking of dropping it for Dropbox and Evernote

I had serious issues with crashplan after i got a new laptop and hD drive and I wanted to stay afresh with the new laptop, meaning not copying all my files to the be laptop. Crashplan made it really easy to accidentally lose all my old data, which is what actually happened. Be sure you know the prot...
by lightheir
Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: gratuitous homeownership items
Replies: 218
Views: 18516

Re: gratuitous homeownership items

I've got a japanese-style fancy looking deep tub (not a hot tub).

We rarely use it -a 'normal' shower and bathroom would have been far superior.

In our defense though, we didn't buy the house because of it - it was a neutral item for us.
by lightheir
Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google wifi is awesome
Replies: 63
Views: 9532

Re: Google wifi is awesome

Ill second that it's not just a different brand of repeater. The Google wifi mesh is FAR superior to my pricey repeater. I don't know how it works but I read somewhere about intelligent handoffs between networks. OK, google forums says you can use with Comcast modem by changing modem to bridge mode...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google wifi is awesome
Replies: 63
Views: 9532

Re: Google wifi is awesome

Ill second that it's not just a different brand of repeater.

The Google wifi mesh is FAR superior to my pricey repeater. I don't know how it works but I read somewhere about intelligent handoffs between networks.
by lightheir
Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google wifi is awesome
Replies: 63
Views: 9532

Re: Google wifi is awesome

1. What's to stop Google from using this to track you? Are they committed to privacy? 2. How are security updates handled? Nothing can stop them. But if you're gonna ask that question, you should be asking the same question of whatever company is maker your router or cable modem setup and asking wh...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google wifi is awesome
Replies: 63
Views: 9532

Re: Google wifi is awesome

Half the reason this works is that people don't realize that a closet in the corner of your home is the worst place to put your router. Physical objects and distance both degrade your router signal. You could have saved the money by moving your router to a better location. I was 100% aware of this ...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google wifi is awesome
Replies: 63
Views: 9532

Re: Google wifi is awesome

So did you plug the first hub in your closet into the router that came from your Internet Service Provider? Or do you just plug the Google hub straight into the network cable, bypassing the router from your cable company? This is a pretty penny for my pocketbook, but we have the same problem with d...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google wifi is awesome
Replies: 63
Views: 9532

Re: Google wifi is awesome

I am not sure that I'm understanding this. I have a FIOS modem/router (with wifi turned off) that connects via Ethernet to two Apple AirPort Extreme WAPs (802.11ac) at opposite ends of my house. There is one SSID and password, and the handoffs as I move around the house appear seamless. I used Netf...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google wifi is awesome
Replies: 63
Views: 9532

Google wifi is awesome

I know this is as brazen a product plug as it gets, but I think it's warranted. I spent a lot of time and money trying to improve the wifi in my 2200ft house last year. The main problem was that the internet came in through a closet in one corner of the house, and my wife did not want to run externa...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody using a real-time PC game streaming service yet?
Replies: 1
Views: 234

Anybody using a real-time PC game streaming service yet?

Just curious - any computer gaming fans out there using a real-time streaming service like GeForce Now, Playstation, (or the defunct Onlive) regularly? I'm not a big gamer, but I do have brief periods of time where I like to get into a AAA PC game with as many immersive bells and whistles as possibl...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Desktop Computer - Still relevant? Good investment?
Replies: 76
Views: 6550

Re: Desktop Computer - Still relevant? Good investment?

I do think the answer depends (of course) on what your favorite use is. For sure though, the performance gap between desktops, laptops, tablets, and even phones, have dramatically decreased for common web surfing and office productivity apps to the point that I'd happily use my phone my 'home comput...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Climate and happiness revisited
Replies: 111
Views: 7393

Re: Climate and happiness revisited

Well, Gees, it's March for goodness sake. Most of the country is just itching for winter to end. That said, I've never lived anywhere more delightful than California. I think it's a perfectly reasonable idea to plan your escape from Fargo. I'm not even from Fargo (I'm from NY - nowhere near as bad!...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Arlo Pro Security System (wireless/WiFi)
Replies: 16
Views: 1193

Re: Arlo Pro Security System (wireless/WiFi)

I'm very interested in this system - the battery life is frankly, the thing that is my main holdup. If it were 3+ months regularly, that's enough for me to be all in. I'm swayed by the number of reports on Amazon and other user reviews that range from 3 weeks to 2 months - that would drive me crazy ...
by lightheir
Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you clear your inbox?
Replies: 49
Views: 3296

Re: Do you clear your inbox?

I've also seen successful people with both cluttered desks/inboxes and super-clean desks/inboxes. I will add however, I've found that despite the success of both groups, in general, it can be easier to work with the clear and organized person in terms of workflow because they tend to have more struc...
by lightheir
Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do Boglehead DIY or Pay a Professional?
Replies: 95
Views: 7493

Re: Do Boglehead DIY or Pay a Professional?

As a young adult with a fulltime job, it is difficult for me to find the time to research and do DIY repairs with family time as well. That said, I still make my best effort to do very easy DIY jobs myself, which amazingly, seems like the bulk of the home repair issues I'ev encountered in the last 6...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car windshield wipers - go cheap or better?
Replies: 42
Views: 4079

Car windshield wipers - go cheap or better?

I'm about the change my car windshield wipers. I noticed there's quite a range of prices and design for ones compatible with my make/model of car, even in a single manufacturer (like 8 different choices from $8 to $35+ for a single wiper.) Any reason to choose a more expensive wiper? I dont' mind pa...
by lightheir
Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel Recommendations - Las Vegas
Replies: 20
Views: 2091

Re: Hotel Recommendations - Las Vegas

Sort of related (sorry for highjacking the OP's thread) I'm going to be running a marathon in the Vegas area that's not too far from the strip in late April (Mt Charleston). I could stay at the strip, but I've been there enough, and honestly would rather not this time around as I'd rather rest and m...
by lightheir
Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Popular Mechanics magazine scam
Replies: 23
Views: 3289

Re: Popular Mechanics magazine scam

I got nailed by this pseudiscam myself embarrassingly. I bought running shoes online a few years back and then spontaneously received outside magazine despite not signing up for it. Thought it would stop but it came for a whole year. I didn't get a bill for the year but a renewal request that I thou...
by lightheir
Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you typically spend in a restaurant?
Replies: 171
Views: 10379

Re: How much do you typically spend in a restaurant?

I too feel like I hate myself every time I and my family go out to eat, thinking that I can do it cheaper, better, and more healthily, and more time efficiently, by a fair margin. Then I try and be rational about it and see if that's actually a fair assessment given the time and effort I have to spe...
by lightheir
Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a LEAKproof microwavable, fairly decent sized lunch box!
Replies: 10
Views: 1069

Re: Recommend a LEAKproof microwavable, fairly decent sized lunch box!

Isn't that what Ziploc containers are for? And the ones with a gasket mentioned before are even better. This is the failing solution I'm using now. Ziplock boxes are TERRIBLE for not only soups, but sauces, even something light 2 Tbsp of olive oil on pasta will leak out all over the place if the bo...
by lightheir
Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a LEAKproof microwavable, fairly decent sized lunch box!
Replies: 10
Views: 1069

Recommend a LEAKproof microwavable, fairly decent sized lunch box!

Recommend a LEAKproof microwavable, fairly decent sized lunch box!

All my plastic lunchboxes leak with soup or pasta+oil etc. Really annoying.

A decent-sized one would be appreciated - larger (but not gigantic) is favored.
by lightheir
Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice for asset protection for 70+yr old inlaws, one with advancing dementia
Replies: 13
Views: 1191

Re: Advice for asset protection for 70+yr old inlaws, one with advancing dementia

All good advice for a very difficult situation, thanks. The main difficulty right now, is that the husband of this pair is mentally 'with-it' most of the time, and would definitely pass all the typical doctor office tests for mental competence to make his own health and financial decisions. That sai...
by lightheir
Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice for asset protection for 70+yr old inlaws, one with advancing dementia
Replies: 13
Views: 1191

Advice for asset protection for 70+yr old inlaws, one with advancing dementia

I love my inlaws but I (and my spouse) see a looming financial crisis coming up to hit them soon, even though as of now, they're in good financial shape. They're both 70+, and while I don't have all the details of their finances, I know from my wife that they don't have outstanding debts, have paid ...
by lightheir
Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Ways to Buy Time
Replies: 68
Views: 7603

Re: Best Ways to Buy Time

Best way I 'gain' (not buy, but same idea) time: I almost only watch TV when I'm on my treadmill or bicycle trainer at home. I'm on 'em a lot! Also, now with Netflix and Amazon, it's easy to download shows to your smartphone, and thus if you're at the gym, you can easily catch up on shows on your ph...

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