SERVICE: Stop crime one bike at a time

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/will-you-help-us-stop-online-bike-theft.html

Will You Help Us Stop Online Bike Theft?
Alex A. Kecskes
September 26, 2014
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We’re witnessing the power that a small, but targeted local petition can have over the war against bike theft. Please join our petition: Demand eBay and Craiglist Require Serial Numbers on Bike Listings.

$400 Million in Bicycles Stolen Annually

That’s a lot of bicycles from owners who, in some cases, invested heavily in their two wheels and depend on them to get around. In the U.S., only 18 percent of bicycle thieves are ever arrested. One reason is that victim and thief rarely know each other. Another reason is that bicycle theft is largely a crime of stealth, one that goes unnoticed or unchallenged. Then there’s the problem of proof of ownership — most owners simply can’t provide enough details to help investigators locate a missing bike. Even if the bike is recovered, detained suspects are often released due to the proof-of-ownership problem. This is why so few recovered bicycles are ever returned to their owners. When thieves steal bikes, they often sell them to get rid of the evidence and cash in on the crime.

How Thieves Sell Stolen Bikes

The Internet has been a huge tool for bicycle thieves. Criminals waste no time putting stolen bikes on online eBay and Craigslist to sell them and rarely get caught or punished. Once a bike’s serial numbers are removed, thieves can unload a stolen bike to an unwitting consumer with very low risk. It’s too difficult to identify a bicycle in an online listing (even with a photo) to prove ownership or to get law enforcement to act. Unlike motor vehicles (where standardized VIN numbers, mandatory licensing and required incident reporting can help locate and ID a stolen car, van or truck), bicycle registration is not widespread, making ownership difficult to establish. There is one crucial thing we can do to help stop bicycle theft: no serial number, no sale.

Demand eBay and Craiglist Require Serial Numbers on Bike Listings

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/686/977/588/?TAP=1319

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SERVICE: Google Wallet and Google Mail

Saturday, September 20, 2014

https://www.google.com/get/googletips/card/sending-money-to-your-friends-and-family-is-as-easy-as-sending-an-email/detail/

Sending money to your friends and family is as easy as sending an email.  

This ties in Google Wallet to your Google Mail.

I recommend wallet as an easy and free / cheap way to transfer money around.

Recently, I cleared an advance in Iowa by a quick transfer from my phone.

Pretty neat.

The recipient was impressed.

Laugh. I just hate owing anyone anything. And love to play with technology. I think I’ll be using it more.

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SERVICE: ESPN on the inet via the ISPs

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

http://espn.go.com/watchespn/apps

Your Favorite ESPN Networks are Now Available live anytime and anywhere with WatchESPN.

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Doesn’t seem to work on the Mac?

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SERVICE: Google’s not infallable

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Official Google Blog
Today’s outage for several Google services
Posted: 24 Jan 2014 04:47 PM PST
Earlier today, most Google users who use logged-in services like Gmail, Google+, Calendar and Documents found they were unable to access those services for approximately 25 minutes. For about 10 percent of users, the problem persisted for as much as 30 minutes longer. Whether the effect was brief or lasted the better part of an hour, please accept our apologies—we strive to make all of Google’s services available and fast for you, all the time, and we missed the mark today.

The issue has been resolved, and we’re now focused on correcting the bug that caused the outage, as well as putting more checks and monitors in place to ensure that this kind of problem doesn’t happen again. If you’re interested in the technical explanation for what occurred and how it was fixed, read on.

At 10:55 a.m. PST this morning, an internal system that generates configurations—essentially, information that tells other systems how to behave—encountered a software bug and generated an incorrect configuration. The incorrect configuration was sent to live services over the next 15 minutes, caused users’ requests for their data to be ignored, and those services, in turn, generated errors. Users began seeing these errors on affected services at 11:02 a.m., and at that time our internal monitoring alerted Google’s Site Reliability Team. Engineers were still debugging 12 minutes later when the same system, having automatically cleared the original error, generated a new correct configuration at 11:14 a.m. and began sending it; errors subsided rapidly starting at this time. By 11:30 a.m. the correct configuration was live everywhere and almost all users’ service was restored.

With services once again working normally, our work is now focused on (a) removing the source of failure that caused today’s outage, and (b) speeding up recovery when a problem does occur. We’ll be taking the following steps in the next few days:
1. Correcting the bug in the configuration generator to prevent recurrence, and auditing all other critical configuration generation systems to ensure they do not contain a similar bug.
2. Adding additional input validation checks for configurations, so that a bad configuration generated in the future will not result in service disruption.
3. Adding additional targeted monitoring to more quickly detect and diagnose the cause of service failure.

Posted by Ben Treynor, VP Engineering

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SERVICE: Fandango has tickets on iPhone

Thursday, December 26, 2013

http://www.fandango.com/

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FANDANGO, the movie site, sell tickets. (No news there!)

Pick them up at the box office (wait on a long line) or at the kiosk (wait on a shorter line).

(The AMC in 22102 makes you used the automated ticket seller. And for certain shows sells specific seating. Dumb idea. Guarantees long lines for everyone! Argh! I won’t be doing that again.)

BUT, now Fandango will text you a link to a QRcode that you display on your iPhone. 

The ticket taker scans it and you’re in. No line. Love it. 

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SERVICE: Yahoo Mail is “Not Recommended”!

Monday, December 23, 2013

 

Yahoo Customer Care Satisfaction Survey

Dear Ferdinand

Your opinion matters. Hearing about what you think will help us improve our products and services. Please take a couple minutes to complete our short online survey about your recent experience with Yahoo Customer Care.

Please select the link below to complete the survey: Take the survey now

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Yahoo Customer Care Team


Case number: 131210-081188
Property: Mail
Contact date: 12/10/2013 07:01 PM

   

take the survey

take the survey

New from Yahoo
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Copyright © 2013 Yahoo Inc. All rights reserved.

My feedback: “I’m exiting Yahoo Mail as soon as possible and urging others to do the same.”

Partial outages, nonexistent support, and “doesn’t play well with others”.

Steer clear!

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SERVICE: Aria wifi sucks

Thursday, November 21, 2013

And you pay for it in the “resort fee”.

Setup is trivial but the response time varies greatly in the initial authentication. 

Can’t authenticate to their wifi from the Kindle.

Argh!

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