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by VictoriaF
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ancestry / 23andMe
Replies: 49
Views: 2875

Re: Ancestry / 23andMe

I would never use 23andMe and would not accept it as a gift. - Do you know how else they may use the DNA information they are collecting? - Do they resell the DNA data? - How do they protect the DNA data from breaches? Social Security numbers have been so widely used that they ceased serving as auth...
by VictoriaF
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TSP rollover to Vanguard IRA?
Replies: 10
Views: 1202

Re: TSP rollover to Vanguard IRA?

After I retired from the Federal service, I took the first distribution from the TSP, rolled it over into Vanguard, and started making Roth conversions within Vanguard. To continue with my planned Roth conversions, I was going to take the second and final lump-sum distribution from the TSP in 2018. ...
by VictoriaF
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ally Bank raises 11 month ($25k min) No Penalty CD from 1.5% to 1.6%
Replies: 25
Views: 3393

Re: Ally Bank raises 11 month ($25k min) No Penalty CD from 1.5% to 1.6%

NFCU does not have "No Penalty" CDs as far as I can tell. Seems to be the fixed term CD offering. An event like this (increase in rate) makes "No Penalty CDs" attractive. You are correct. Still, for me, NFCU's 2.25% penalty-prone rate beats Ally's 1.6% no-penalty rate. I am glad that I can close Al...
by VictoriaF
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ally Bank raises 11 month ($25k min) No Penalty CD from 1.5% to 1.6%
Replies: 25
Views: 3393

Re: Ally Bank raises 11 month ($25k min) No Penalty CD from 1.5% to 1.6%

This may be the wrong thread to hijack, but why the heck does anyone put money into CDs? No risk, a few hoops to pay attention to, but wouldn't even a marginal increase in risk yield more than .35%, which is the difference between this CD and ally savings? Am I missing something? These are no-penal...
by VictoriaF
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 76
Views: 3855

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

Hi VictoriaF, I recently traveled a similar road. Starting with this thread: Re: No true pay as you go [cellphone plan] https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=230728 https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=230728&newpost=3594783#p3592669 I went with MintSIM, first plugg...
by VictoriaF
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Trip to Russia
Replies: 81
Views: 4155

Re: A Trip to Russia

I would highly recommend either Baku or Tblisi though, if I had to choose, probably Tblisi, but once again it is pretty easy to travel between them and they are quite different. Language will not be an issue in either country. I have visited Tbilisi many years ago, but not Baku. Is it true that aft...
by VictoriaF
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 76
Views: 3855

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

My main reason for buying this phone is to come up to speed with smartphones. If that's all you want, maybe you can get a free phone from Airbnb. Just look under the bathroom sink or in the bedroom. It will already be activated and active! https://www.cbsnews.com/news/airbnb-guests-find-hidden-came...
by VictoriaF
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ally Bank raises 11 month ($25k min) No Penalty CD from 1.5% to 1.6%
Replies: 25
Views: 3393

Re: Ally Bank raises 11 month ($25k min) No Penalty CD from 1.5% to 1.6%

one basis point. Isn't it 10bps? Still a pretty small amount :) Thanks. I have edited my post from 1bp to 10bp. If you have 4 x $25k = $100k at Ally, 10bp is $100. Closing and opening CDs should not take more than an hour, and $100/hr is not bad. More importantly, as I noted earlier, you extend the...
by VictoriaF
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ally Bank raises 11 month ($25k min) No Penalty CD from 1.5% to 1.6%
Replies: 25
Views: 3393

Re: Ally Bank raises 11 month ($25k min) No Penalty CD from 1.5% to 1.6%

Maybe I'm wrong but I thought these CDs only pay interest at maturity, 11mo. But if you exchange for a new CD before the end of the year, you'll owe tax for 2017 on the accumulated interest, no? Otherwise I thought the interest would be due for 2018. That's my understanding, too. But you will also ...
by VictoriaF
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 76
Views: 3855

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

And on second thought, after reviewing that Google remote find/lock/wipe security page again, I've decided against getting a separate Google account just for the phone. Between the G5's fingerprint lock/unlock feature, coupled with the ability to wipe the phone in the event of lost or stolen, getti...
by VictoriaF
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Trip to Russia
Replies: 81
Views: 4155

Re: A Trip to Russia

In August 1969, on a boat going up the Volga River, having stayed away from drinking until then - I "lapsed" into drinking Vodka and Champagne - and one of the Russian women there was named "Victoria" (I think she may have been with Intourist). BAD, BAD combination - I have never been so drunk in m...
by VictoriaF
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Trip to Russia
Replies: 81
Views: 4155

Re: A Trip to Russia

We also had ice cream, which tasted very different then any other ice cream that I have had--almost as if it was made with sour cream? Is that correct Victoria? The Russian ice cream is different from ice cream I tried in the U.S. or Europe. But I don't know what the secret is. They make it with wh...
by VictoriaF
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Trip to Russia
Replies: 81
Views: 4155

Re: A Trip to Russia

[...](3) You will meet the most beautiful, stylish, intelligent, and good-natured women you have ever seen. Approach them at your own risk. (4) It's an authentic experience you can live without. Enjoy! Victoria #(3): What's so bad about the women? Especially as OP is going with his wife? Did you me...
by VictoriaF
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Trip to Russia
Replies: 81
Views: 4155

Re: A Trip to Russia

I have left the USSR over thirty years ago and have not been back. Obviously, a lot has changed since then, but some authentic experiences probably remain: 1. Take an over-night train from Moscow to St Petersburg, or the other way around, and try a real Russian tea served by the train conductor. 2. ...
by VictoriaF
Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jack Bogle Says ‘Avoid Bitcoin Like the Plague’
Replies: 159
Views: 14056

Re: Jack Bogle Says ‘Avoid Bitcoin Like the Plague’

MP123 wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:31 pm
I wonder what asset allocation is appropriate for my portfolio of... digital kittens? :D
50% - Asian Tiger kittens
50% - Dogs of the Dow (On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog)

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 76
Views: 3855

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

Offline GPS tip: Before a trip to Curacao, I downloaded an app called Magic Earth - for offline GPS use. I took the time to input dive sites / beaches as favorites, then we could easily navigate to them once we arrived, with no cell phone / data use. Worked great - it lets you select areas to downl...
by VictoriaF
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 76
Views: 3855

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

Edited to add: I use Uber and yes they do have my credit card info, but I'm not concerned with someone stealing my phone just to get my CC info. Same with GPS. To me the risk is quite small whoever would steal my phone would be doing so to learn my address and try and rob me. I am also really happy...
by VictoriaF
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 76
Views: 3855

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

Thank you, Mudpuppy, My first challenge will be to find the Settings screen. It's easy when you have been using smartphones for a while. But as a new user, I don't take anything for granted. Just in case you haven't found a tutorial on accessing the Settings screen, on most Android phones you can s...
by VictoriaF
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 76
Views: 3855

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

azurekep wrote:
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:39 pm
VictoriaF wrote:
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:45 am
As I have mentioned above, this will be my trial smartphone
When you get your phone, be sure to stand up straight occasionally.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/fa/69/b1 ... fc0338.jpg
Thank you for keeping me straight!

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 76
Views: 3855

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

Right now I don't have a cellular carrier. I am thinking of starting out with Consumer Cellular, because it has been recommended by the Bogleheads. But I am open to other MVNO suggestions. Check out Ting . You'd have to decide if you want to go GSM or CDMA . (I know nothing about the international ...
by VictoriaF
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 76
Views: 3855

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

Edited to add: I use Uber and yes they do have my credit card info, but I'm not concerned with someone stealing my phone just to get my CC info. Same with GPS. To me the risk is quite small whoever would steal my phone would be doing so to learn my address and try and rob me. I am also really happy...
by VictoriaF
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 76
Views: 3855

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

2015 wrote:
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:29 pm
Victoria, check out Republic Wireless.
...
For example, I used wifi at the resort I was at in Mexico to access this and other forums and blogs
Thank you, I will check out Republic Wireless.

When you were in Mexico, you just used WiFi, right? You did not get a local SIM?

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 76
Views: 3855

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

As I've stated before, I never do financials of any kind on my phone. I was therefore quite dismayed to discover that after all of my gyrations to buy a Yubikey, secure my Google account with no associated phone recovery option for dedicated financial emails used solely on my laptop, Google does no...
by VictoriaF
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 76
Views: 3855

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

I have a Gmail account, but I am concerned that if my new phone is compromised due to my beginner mistakes or unpatched vulnerabilities, I'll compromise my account, too. Do you know if Google would let me to create a separate account to use with this phone and keep it completely separate from my ot...
by VictoriaF
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 76
Views: 3855

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

The beauty of the G5 Plus is that it is carrier agnostic. I have already changed carriers once in the 6 months or so I have had the phone. By not buying it from the carrier, carrier cannot load the thing with carrier specific bloatware that slows down the phone. So you don't have a third layer to w...
by VictoriaF
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 76
Views: 3855

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

You can do everything on your phone with no SIM except make a call and text with your number. Even that isn't really true. You can update all apps on Wi-Fi (when you get the phone, there will be updates because it has been sitting at the install version). Excellent! You can install an app like Text...
by VictoriaF
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 76
Views: 3855

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

I got the G5S Plus 64 gb and love it so far. As far as updates there are three kinds. 1. OS updates which you are guaranteed to get Android 8 aka Oreo, but not guaranteed anything beyond that. Motorola will furnish those in your particular situation when they want to. It can be weeks or months afte...
by VictoriaF
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 76
Views: 3855

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

My first question is: how do you get software updates? For example, on my laptops, i get regular Operating System and MS Office updates from Microsoft. But Google seems to change its OS much more frequently than Microsoft, and the updates seem to depend on the device manufacturer. And so: - Should ...
by VictoriaF
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 76
Views: 3855

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

Great minds think alike! I got a Moto G5 Plus based on recommendations here and reviews elsewhere at a Costco Black Friday sale over Thanksgiving. While there, I saw the Moto G5 Plus on sale for $169 ($50 off reg price) and my friends nabbed it for me. I then paid them as I have no Costco membershi...
by VictoriaF
Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bitcoin - How it works for the layman
Replies: 30
Views: 2787

Re: Bitcoin - How it works for the layman

The author of the article offers to explain how Bitcoin works, but instead veers off to discussing a "pointless guessing game" which is a secondary issue. Then he describes why he hates the buzzword "disruption" which distracts from the topic. As a senior software engineer he should be able to deci...
by VictoriaF
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 76
Views: 3855

Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

Under the influence of Bogleheads recommendations and low prices, I have ordered a Motorola Moto G5 Plus. This will be essentially my first smartphone. I bought another phone several years ago, tried it, got stuck on some function, and put it back into the box, where it still resides. I hope to be m...
by VictoriaF
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: bitcoin - is there any real value here or is it a pure Ponzi scam?
Replies: 236
Views: 18363

Re: bitcoin - is there any real value here or is it a pure Ponzi scam?

I just don't think that Bitcoin's price reflects that, any more than the IPO price of LNUX reflected the value of Linux. I believe that almost the entirety of the current Bitcoin price is an "extraordinary popular delusion". it's quite possible. It's also possible that "the [Bitcoin] market can rem...
by VictoriaF
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bitcoin - How it works for the layman
Replies: 30
Views: 2787

Re: Bitcoin - How it works for the layman

The referenced article obfuscates the meaning of bitcoin I'm interested in what ways you believe the the meaning of bitcoin is obfuscated. The author of the article offers to explain how Bitcoin works, but instead veers off to discussing a "pointless guessing game" which is a secondary issue. Then ...
by VictoriaF
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: bitcoin - is there any real value here or is it a pure Ponzi scam?
Replies: 236
Views: 18363

Re: bitcoin - is there any real value here or is it a pure Ponzi scam?

My (admittedly limited) understanding is that "miners" are paid bitcoins for recording transactions in the blockchain. Once all the bitcoins have been mined how are the people/nodes maintaining the blockchain going to make any money? I understand the inflationary aspect of increasing the number of ...
by VictoriaF
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: bitcoin - is there any real value here or is it a pure Ponzi scam?
Replies: 236
Views: 18363

Re: bitcoin - is there any real value here or is it a pure Ponzi scam?

What's to prevent them from increasing the 21m limit? That's just a line in a config file right? Not some immutable law of nature as I understand it. 1. Changes in the code may change the validity of the past transactions. 2. If not all nodes implement the changes, the chains of future transactions...
by VictoriaF
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: bitcoin - is there any real value here or is it a pure Ponzi scam?
Replies: 236
Views: 18363

Re: bitcoin - is there any real value here or is it a pure Ponzi scam?

As far as the non-inflationary, I'm not sure what to tell you if you don't believe that there will only ever be 21M bitcoin. It is literally in the protocol. It's why I got involved with bitcoin in the first place. If anything it will be deflationary because lots of bitcoins have already been lost....
by VictoriaF
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: bitcoin - is there any real value here or is it a pure Ponzi scam?
Replies: 236
Views: 18363

Re: bitcoin - is there any real value here or is it a pure Ponzi scam?

As far as the non-inflationary, I'm not sure what to tell you if you don't believe that there will only ever be 21M bitcoin. It is literally in the protocol. It's why I got involved with bitcoin in the first place. If anything it will be deflationary because lots of bitcoins have already been lost....
by VictoriaF
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bitcoin - How it works for the layman
Replies: 30
Views: 2787

Re: Bitcoin - How it works for the layman

Lobster wrote:
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:54 am

Understanding Bitcoin
The referenced article obfuscates the meaning of bitcoin. Those interested in better explanations should search for relevant TED talks and YouTube videos. Check out Vitalik Buterin.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Financial Moves You've Made
Replies: 158
Views: 21687

Re: Best Financial Moves You've Made

The most recent one:
Talked with David Grabiner after the Bogleheads-DC meeting two weeks ago, and as result have initiated a series of monthly withdrawals from the TSP.

Thank you, David!
Victoria
by VictoriaF
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Win Bigly - Scott Adams
Replies: 26
Views: 3687

Re: Win Bigly - Scott Adams

I've read the book. I've also read most of Scott's blogs, which made the book sort of redundant. I've also read "Influence" and "Pre-suasion". Both are consistent with Scott's views. Another good book on the topic is "Never Split the Distance". ... Is this a specific case of long-distance relations...
by VictoriaF
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Win Bigly - Scott Adams
Replies: 26
Views: 3687

Re: Win Bigly - Scott Adams

If you’re actually interested in persuasion, rather than in a sideways way of discussing politics in Bogleheads, Robert Cialdini’s “Influence” is probably the best current book on the topic. Dale Carnegie is a good place to start as well. While I too strongly recommend Cialdini's book you can hardl...
by VictoriaF
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $7 flights on RyanAir
Replies: 39
Views: 4706

Re: $7 flights on RyanAir

Well we just got back from a trip to Spain on Ryan Air . I will never ride them again. We left from Stansted near London. The flights left on time and returned on time. The planes are old and poor and terrible. The pilots do poor scary takeoffs and landings. The ground crews are rude. They treat yo...
by VictoriaF
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jack Bogle Says ‘Avoid Bitcoin Like the Plague’
Replies: 159
Views: 14056

Re: Jack Bogle Says ‘Avoid Bitcoin Like the Plague’

Bitcoin is a ledger that contains a record of all transactions since its inception. Victoria Which makes it a little puzzling why hackers would demand payment for ransomeware in bitcoins. It's kind of like bank robbers stealing a bunch of marked bills. A hacker can create several IDs and sell bitco...
by VictoriaF
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jack Bogle Says ‘Avoid Bitcoin Like the Plague’
Replies: 159
Views: 14056

Re: Jack Bogle Says ‘Avoid Bitcoin Like the Plague’

I also think a big difference between the internet and the blockchain is that the internet was built off of everyday technology and was easy to explain. If someone asked me to explain the internet in 1990 I would have said the following: People speak to each other on phones. The internet allows com...
by VictoriaF
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jack Bogle Says ‘Avoid Bitcoin Like the Plague’
Replies: 159
Views: 14056

Re: Jack Bogle Says ‘Avoid Bitcoin Like the Plague’

I also think a big difference between the internet and the blockchain is that the internet was built off of everyday technology and was easy to explain. If someone asked me to explain the internet in 1990 I would have said the following: People speak to each other on phones. The internet allows com...
by VictoriaF
Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: After financial independence, do you lose motivation for work?
Replies: 156
Views: 11088

Re: After financial independence, do you lose motivation for work?

Financial independence has provided me with money. Retirement has provided me with time. I am more motivated than ever to work on the projects I define for myself . I don't care if my projects will not bring any profits (or even revenues). I am willing to pay some limited amounts for expenses relate...
by VictoriaF
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The fallacy of spending money on "experiences" vs hard assets
Replies: 336
Views: 17355

Re: The fallacy of spending money on "experiences" vs hard assets

And I guess I do need to admit that I have *always* been proud of my intellectual abilities, even when I was teased far too much in high school as being "too smart to date", although it was personally painful at the time. I didn't "apologize" then (or other times), and I never "hid it" (as apparent...
by VictoriaF
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The fallacy of spending money on "experiences" vs hard assets
Replies: 336
Views: 17355

Re: The fallacy of spending money on "experiences" vs hard assets

What I object to is comments to the effect "I am not an intellectual snob but I prefer real-life experiences to watching TV." For the life of me, I can't understand while people need to apologize for being intellectual. Victoria Last I checked, watching TV is a real life experience. Watching TV is ...
by VictoriaF
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The fallacy of spending money on "experiences" vs hard assets
Replies: 336
Views: 17355

Re: The fallacy of spending money on "experiences" vs hard assets

Is anyone who enjoys fine wine, as but one example of the above, a "wine snob"? If not, then what is a wine snob? See for example, 17 Signs You’re A Wine Snob . People aren't supposed to pick and choose those things that they enjoy most, even if the prices are relatively high and they can afford <w...