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Name: Steve
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Hometown: Florida
Home country: USA
Current location: USA
Member since: Sat Oct 16, 2004, 01:04 PM
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GREAT NEWS ! Landlord will not evict 98-year-old woman, after all

http://blog.sfgate.com/techchron/2014/07/11/landlord-will-not-evict-98-year-old-woman-after-all/

The San Francisco real estate firm charged by activists with evicting a 98-year-old woman will allow the woman to remain in her home, the firm’s founder announced Friday.

On Wednesday, dozens demonstrated outside the offices of Urban Green Investments, whose founder, David McCloskey, protesters with Eviction Free SF said was responsible for the evictions of people throughout the city. Protesters said the company has used the Ellis Act to repeatedly evict low-income tenants around San Francisco, flipping properties to cash in on the city’s booming, tech-spurred real estate market.

According to Eviction Free SF, those being evicted included a 98-year-old Dolores Street resident named Mary Phillips. On Friday, however, an e-mail from McCloskey said that Phillips would not be evicted. The firm said that they had never in fact intended to evict Phillips in the first place, though the company did not respond to request for comment on the matter at the time of the protest.

Below is the statement in full:

Urban Green Investments and 55 Dolores Street, LLC have offered Mary Phillips the opportunity to remain in her home for the rest of her life with no cost to Mary. This offer was first communicated to Ms. Phillips’ lawyer in March 2014, and has been the topic of negotiation ever since then.

Contrary to recent reports, we have always planned to provide for Mary in this way. We have made no comment about Ms. Phillips’ situation to this date as we have been negotiating with her attorney in good faith, but the recent media reports have made today’s comment necessary in order to clarify the facts.

TS Neoguri moves ENE, Invest 98E moves W, and TS 9 moves towards the Philippines



Last Updated 7/10/2014, 8:00:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 33.6N 223.6E Movement ENE at 21 mph
Wind 45 MPH



Last Updated 7/10/2014, 8:00:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 17.7 119.3W Movement W at 10 mph
Wind 30 MPH



Last Updated 7/10/2014, 8:00:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 12.0N 211.7E Movement WNW at 14 mph
Wind 40 MPH

Verizon continues to call Netflix's bluff on buffering

http://www.zdnet.com/verizon-continues-to-call-netflixs-bluff-on-buffering-7000031468/



The ongoing public spat between Netflix and broadband providers continues this week with one of the most vocal telco opponents issuing another rebuttal.

That would be Verizon, which has been at odds with the online video giant for months now -- a battle that served as one of the catalysts for the heated net neutrality debate.

David Young, vice president of Federal Regulatory Affairs at Verizon, penned a new memo on Thursday that essentially attempts to call Netflix's bluff once again on buffering rates.

Young rebuffed claims that Verizon was "throttling" Netflix traffic on its FiOS network. Netflix has been called out in numerous surveys in past months proving to be one of the largest single sources for bandwidth usage nationwide.


IT people, feel free to chime in.

You know, I'm so envious of Democrats in deep blue areas...

Ok ok, I get it, not everyone in the US loves President Obama. Not everyone liked FDR. I can accept that. What's hard to accept is minding my own business and not bringing up politics or his name, and trying to get along with people like my neighbor, who brought his name up out of the blue. WTF. I'm trying hard to get along with this man, and he brings up President Obama, in a negative way. He saw quickly I did not agree by my facial expression, and changed the subject. Smart man, in this instance.

Go Prez ! Go Dems ! GOTV 2014 !

fire alarm problem (maybe ?)

I moved into my condo 10 months ago, so I don't know the precise condition of my fire alarm. There's never been any fires or even smoke of any kind.

Today I was taking a nap. The fire alarm started blaring off intermittently and woke me up. I jumped out of my bed, confirmed there was no fire quickly and turned the damn thing off at the breaker box. I just now restored power to it and it squawked briefly as I did.

The power supply where I live has gone down twice (both in the last month) in ten months, and had some brownouts/surges, per my UPS hooked up to my computer. Could the fire alarm have been triggered by a brownout, surge or outage ? Besides that, I have no idea why the fire alarm would go off when there's no fire or smoke. Thanks for your time.

Steve

Tropical Storm Neoguri moves by Japan, Invest 98E moves NW



Last Updated 7/9/2014, 8:00:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 32.4N 229.1E Movement E at 17 mph
Wind 50 MPH



Last Updated 7/9/2014, 8:00:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 16.9 115.6W Movement NW at 10 mph
Wind 30 MPH

Tropical storm Neoguri hits Japan's main islands

http://www.chron.com/news/world/article/Typhoon-nears-central-Japan-after-slamming-Okinawa-5608739.php



TOKYO (AP) — A major storm dumped heavy rain on western Japan Thursday after sweeping through the southern islands of Okinawa, where it caused extensive flooding, knocked out power and injured at least 32 people. The storm also boosted rainfall levels in other parts of the country, leaving two people dead.

One of the biggest storms ever to hit Japan during the summer, tropical storm Neoguri reached the southernmost main island of Kyushu on Thursday morning, and was forecast to travel up the Pacific coast of Japan to major cities including Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo.

Kyushu's Fukuoka prefecture issued warnings for strong winds, high tides and heavy rains, and advised people to stay indoors as much as possible.

Neoguri, which hit Okinawa on Tuesday at typhoon strength, was downgraded to a tropical storm Wednesday after losing strength. It toppled trees and flooded cars in Okinawa, which experienced its heaviest rainfall in a half century, according to the Okinawan government.


Stay safe, Japan DUers !

French: Terrorists targeted Eiffel Tower, Louvre

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/07/09/french-terror-plot/12438369/

France stopped a terrorist plot targeting the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and a nuclear power plant, it was revealed Wednesday as French authorities announced new measures for combating terror.

French police discovered the plot after decoding messages between a 29-year-old Algerian butcher living in southern France, referred to as Ali M by French authorities, and a man known to be one of the highest ranking members of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, The Telegraph reported.

After meeting on an allegedly Islamist website, the al-Qaeda member asked the father of two for "suggestions concerning how to conduct jihad in the place you are currently," according to Le Parisien.

Ali M, using an encryption program, listed nuclear power plants, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum in Paris and "planes at the moment of takeoff" as potential targets.

Fed mulls policy exit, eyes October end of asset purchases

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/09/us-usa-fed-minutes-idUSKBN0FE23220140709

(Reuters) - The Federal Reserve has begun detailing how it plans to ease the U.S. economy out of an era of loose monetary policy, indicating it will end its asset purchases in October and appearing near agreement on a plan to manage interest rates in the future, according to minutes of the last Fed policy meeting.

The minutes from the June 17-18 meeting indicate the Fed envisions using overnight repurchase agreements in tandem with the interest it pays banks on excess reserves to set a ceiling and floor for its target interest rate.

Though no decisions have been announced, the discussion has become detailed enough for Fed officials to contemplate the proper spread between the two - mentioned in the minutes as 20 basis points.

The minutes showed the Fed participants also "generally agreed" that monthly bond purchases would end in October, with a final reduction of $15 billion in monthly purchases of U.S. Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities.

Derivatives, Credit Default Swaps, etc: how much of a problem now ?

From what I've read, they are as big of a problem now as in 2008. Is the situation worse now ? Thanks for your input.

Steve
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