Consumer reports pickup trucks

Car has issues, and not as advertised looking to swap in middle of trip

2023.02.03 04:29 jillypooper4 Car has issues, and not as advertised looking to swap in middle of trip

For context I'm in a ski town for the season (2 months of driving on snowy and hilly roads). I rented a 2010 audi a4 which has not been a good experience at all so far.

Currently 3 weeks into my rental, and the car has been having non stop issues and I'm looking to replace it. The issues include:


I called turo, and they said they have the car towed back to the owner and bring a new car to my current location. But I have a few concerns.

  1. The pickup location for the car is about 2 hours away, so the car will have to be towed the entire distance. I asked if I'll get charged for this, and the customer service rep said this will only be determined after an investigation into the car is complete ie. if the issues reported are because of me, or they were pre-existing. Not super hopeful on this.
  2. Since this was fully paid for up front, turo said they'll only charge me for the days I used the car, and the remaining balance can be put towards a new car. With this however I don't even want to pay full rate for the time I had the car as it was falsely advertised.
  3. I'm unsure of what the process of getting a new car will be like, I need something with AWD and snow tires, but a quick search on Turo doesn't show that many options near me. I'm not very confident in Turo being able to find a car, and bring it to me.

Has anyone dealt with an issue like this? Is there anything more I can demand from Turo?

Any advice/tips would be greatly appreciated!
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2023.02.03 04:28 digithead1011 No longer receiving Monthly Energy Report from Enphase

I used to get a monthly email from Enphase entitled "Monthly Energy Report for (system name)". I don't recall ever signing up for that, but it was useful. It had charts for kWh produced, consumed, and net import/export. It also gave a measure if energy independence and how much carbon offset my system generated. Sadly, I haven't gotten a report since early December and now I have no clue how to figure out the carbon offset. (Not super critical, but it was a fun stat to track over time).
Does anyone else get that email for their system? It would be good to know if it stopped for everyone or just me.
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2023.02.03 04:25 MajorInsanity Missing person, car was in Gainesville yesterday

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2023.02.03 03:56 HeOf10Faces Store regular wants to give me everything they have. What do I do?

My roommate works at a gas station convenient store. He told me yesterday that a regular customer came in & asked him if he knew anyone looking for a vehicle. He said I was. She gave him her number to give to me
I texted her that night & over the course of today I've talked with her. I asked her what she wanted for her truck, she said she'd just give it to me. She'd keep making the payments & then once it's paid off it's mine free & clear. This felt weird but I asked to see the truck, inspect it & whatnot. She then said she'd give me all the money in her savings, 3k. This felt weirder. I said ok & asked again to see the truck. She then gave me an address & said I could also go through her apartment & have anything I wanted. That on top of everything felt sus af.
She then said she would give me access to her bank account as well so that I could also get all her money there. All that she asks in return is that I call the cops & have her arrested. The fuck?
I'm morbidly curious enough to grab a friend or 2 & go to the place just to see what is up with this. I'm not going to make any false reports or anything but this almost feels like someone who's suicidal trying to offload everything they own before exiting.
What should I do?
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2023.02.03 03:54 HeOf10Faces Store regular wants to give me everything they have.

My roommate works at a gas station convenient store. He told me yesterday that a regular customer came in & asked him if he knew anyone looking for a vehicle. He said I was. She gave him her number to give to me
I texted her that night & over the course of today I've talked with her. I asked her what she wanted for her truck, she said she'd just give it to me. She'd keep making the payments & then once it's paid off it's mine free & clear. This felt weird but I asked to see the truck, inspect it & whatnot. She then said she'd give me all the money in her savings, 3k. This felt weirder. I said ok & asked again to see the truck. She then gave me an address & said I could also go through her apartment & have anything I wanted. That on top of everything felt sus af.
She then said she would give me access to her bank account as well so that I could also get all her money there. All that she asks in return is that I call the cops & have her arrested. The fuck?
I'm morbidly curious enough to grab a friend or 2 & go to the place just to see what is up with this. I'm not going to make any false reports or anything but this almost feels like someone who's suicidal trying to offload everything they own before exiting.
What should I do?
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2023.02.03 03:43 Edu_cats 2021 XT Touring—any wise words of wisdom before I go see it

Hi, Everyone, my dealer has a CPO 2021 XT Touring in the color combo I want for a price that seems reasonable, so I am planning to check it out. I have a 2010 3.6R with 140,000 miles, and I have never driven the turbo. Seems to be a reliable year from my Consumer Reports auto issue. Wish me luck!
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2023.02.03 03:36 bog_witch-official My partner's neighbors were replaced

This takes place in central Oregon.
I (17nb) hadn't been to my partner's (16nb) house in a while, but when our school had an event a couple hours after our last class I decided to go to their place while we waited instead of going all the way to my house which is about a half hour drive away.
I don't personally know their neighbors but they do have an outdoor cat which my partner frequently has to remove from their garage because he's a little shit who likes to engage in trespassing but we forgive him because he's adorable. We see the cat trying to get in the garage as we're walking to the house from my car and I don't think anything of it. We get in the house and settle down to play games and do homework. About an hour later my partner's guardian gets home from her job and comes into the room to say hi and get the dog. While we were talking my partner brought up that we saw the neighbors cat.
Their guardian then tells me about the weird stuff that's been going on at the neighbors. According to my partner's guardian the neighbors left on what looked like a week long trip, we're guesstimating the actual duration of the trip from the amount of luggage the family was packing in their car. The next day a new family seemingly moved in, but none of the original family's belongings had been moved out of the house. The pets stayed, the new family's children played with the toys in the backyard, and there was no for sale sign prior to the neighbors leaving.
This usually isn't weird, a normal person would just assume that this family was house sitting. Except for the fact that the original neighbors left around 2 months ago in the family car. They definitely did not pack enough luggage for that long of a trip. The new family also brought five cars with them, 2 commuter cars, and 3 different pickup trucks.
Normally I would chock this up to the family taking a long road trip or something but not everything is adding up. Why did they leave their dog behind? Why did the new family bring so many cars if they're just house sitting???? I might just be overthinking but this whole thing seems really weird.
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2023.02.03 03:13 planetpike75 [Draft] Flash Freeze

And what, killing millions is going to help the economy?
-- Raiden, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
There's this common misconception -- mostly among terminally online left-wing pacifist types or neoconservative militarist maniacs -- that war is good for an economy because it gets people into the factories and creates paying jobs in said factories. On its face, this isn't the worst take ever; people are in fact working and making money. However, there's more to an economy than employment and wages. When one considers the opportunity cost of capital, it becomes very obvious that war is actually not good for the economy.
Take a vehicle manufacturer. During peacetime, this factory is churning out cars and trucks at a moderate rate that will be bought and used by domestic and international consumers. These goods are economic multipliers -- better transportation improves the output of all people and things involved, and goes forward into the broader cycle of goods involved, including oil and gas, parts makers, infrastructure, and the like. Capital is cycling throughout the economy. During a war, however, this manufactory may be converted to make tanks and other military vehicles. While the workers are being paid and material is going in and out at a faster rate, the finished products are being sent off to be blown up in a field. They do not cycle back into the economy; they are functionally "wasted" as capital is sent outside the border to never return. This doesn't even consider supply chain disruptions and other problems that arise during war. Not only this, but human capital is wasted as well -- talented and high-potential young workers are sent to fight in the wars.
You know where this is going. It's a Pike modevent about the economy -- so let's get into it.

The Deficit Deficiency

A quick look over historical data shows that real interest rates tend to skyrocket during wars; the destruction of capital causes great need for investment to keep demand for non-war-related capital going. Wars tend to sharply push up deficit spending on a related note; increased spending is necessary to keep the military-industrial complex running and to keep the civilian economy churning along through the incentive to spend.
On that note, Russia has run an average deficit of less than a percent over the past four to five years -- a mind-boggling decision given the length of the war in Ukraine. The government has focused heavily on investments in biotechnology, but this is not a sustainable area of development for Russia. The Russian healthcare system is notorious for its inability to deliver consistent results to Russian citizens; pushes toward high-tech advancements pale before the need to ensure access of care around the country which has dramatically declined during the war as doctors are sent to the front to take care of wounded soldiers.
So the problem is twofold -- Russia is focusing capital on a problem that is beyond its real current capabilities (especially given harsh sanctions from the West and now China), and it is not even running enough deficit to cover the usual wartime deficiencies. Between these two major factors, the government's ability to mobilize capital and carry out its directives has massively decreased; one government consultant described the process as "an uphill snail race," in which money simply cannot get from point A to point B because there isn't even enough money in the system to facilitate its movement.

Women, Am I Right?

With the economy slowing down and no end in sight to the war, it was certainly puzzling that Vladimir Putin would announce the conscription of women into the Russian Armed Forces. Of course, Russia has a long history of women in the Armed Forces going back to the Great War; however, with how many men have been sent to the front and killed in Ukraine (losses are estimated at roughly 20% of its mobilized strength), women were playing a much more pivotal role in the domestic economy by taking the roles of men sent to the front. Much like the United States during World War Two, a certain women's solidarity movement had even developed once again as women proved themselves the true Mothers of Russia. However, this has been swept away as women are now being rounded up and sent to die in Ukraine.
The ultimate result of this is empty factories and barren fields; exacerbated by the lack of any government stimulus spending, the Russian consumer economy lies dead in the wake of Putin's bloodthirst. Women around the country are protesting against his decision; while there is a rally against NATO and Turkey due to its attack on Russian soil, there is little political or economic will for women to join the fight as those who are already poor and hungry cannot stomach the fact of more poverty and hunger.

Dude, Where Are My Trading Partners?

Perhaps one of the largest developments as of late is the targeting of the Russian Federation by sanctions from the People's Republic of China, a massive departure from their previous stance, but one that was unavoidable given Russia's devolution into chaos and complete disregard for international norms and outright hostility toward Chinese attempts to bring about an end to the war diplomatically, even if many thought it wasn't China's place to interfere. However, what's done is done, and China's matching of the fourth round of sanctions is a decapitating blow to an already unstable economy.
China has done much to distance itself from Russia; while there will still be some pain felt in China due to the true impossibility to entirely decouple itself from Russia in such a short timeframe, the fact is that Chinese trade (and somewhat Indian trade) was the saving grace of the Russian Federation for the past few years, and that saving grace has run out. Put simply, the Chinese sanctions will be devastating on all sectors of the Russian economy due to its status as the world's largest exporter of cheap consumer goods to an economy which is really struggling on the consumer side, a large consumer of oil, and a major financial player for a market cut out of now all the world's essential financial markets barring India and a few other middling markets.

In Short

The Russian economy is entering a state of freefall -- the kind of damage that NonCredibleDefense users and OSINT nerds were praying for when the West first announced sanctions on Russia. While its military spending is somewhat functional (depending on whether or not it can get the consumer side under control), the consumer side of the Russian economy has plummeted as prices have dramatically risen, capital has all but stalled, and factories and fields lie empty.
Of course, the politics of this have yet to play out. While public sentiment remains fairly nationalistic due to the idea that Russia is beset by enemies on all sides, common and elite citizens alike are wondering if Vladimir Putin truly is the man to defend the nation from a world that would see it destroyed. Protests have erupted around major cities like Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, and others; in more remote cities, they have gone violent -- the most desperate are breaking into stores at gunpoint and stealing food and consumer goods just to stay alive. Gang activity is on a sharp rise due to a rising tide of smuggling after Chinese sanctions, and as gangs cut deals with major producers of essential goods, everyday Russians are finding that it is very difficult to get their hands on food and supplies if they don't know the right people, while wealthier Russians are finding it harder to acquire luxuries without paying tribute in the form of essentials, creating a large zone of deadweight loss in the Russian economy as external costs are incurred.
Experts predict the Russian GDP to fall around 9-10% in 2027, with the possibility of things getting worse if the situation does not improve.
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2023.02.03 03:07 444Face Requesting advice for returning to work after “getting” someone fired [PA]

TLDR; Returning tomorrow to job where I contacted Corporate office and expressed frustration with how Manager / local HR handled harassment from coworker. Corporate conducted independent investigation and coworker was fired. Also, coworker’s boyfriend works in same plant. Happy Friday y’all 😩
I feel like right now with how messy things were and how messy things feel like they're going to be, it's important to include a bit of backstory / exposition, despite what I learned in creative writing :) here goes:
Coworker I had issue with is a woman in a predominately male workplace and has had several documented incidents with myself and other employees that involved HR. When HR investigates, coworker balls her eyes out about her history of drug addiction and being a battered woman. This has had such an effect on management that after one of these incidents I was told by my manager (who said this came from the GM at the time) to protect this coworker like she is our little sister. That was concerning on a lot of levels, but I tried to stay out of her orbit of drama the best I could.
About a month ago she told an employee, “to get the fuck out of HER office” and he replied, “I should smack the shit out of you”, at which point I felt the need to step in between them and physically restrain the male coworker. He was fired (correct action) and she returned to work, under the premise that was her final warning.
Last week I questioned her about something work related (our manager said he supported my decision to do so) and her response was to stand up, accuse me of calling her a liar and tell me to 1) do my job, and 2) get her her fucking orders. While I appreciated her ability to delegate in a clear and concise fashion, I felt she had crossed that point of no return, where she had been emboldened by the company’s inaction. After reporting the incident to our manager, two hours later I was questioned about what happened. After an investigation that took no more than an hour, I was told by HR that the incident was being documented and to return to work.
I genuinely felt like I was now in harms way being around this employee and I escalated the matter to our corporate HR offices. The majority of the email was focused on outlining and documenting the various forms of harassment (threats, sexual, racism) I was exposed to. However in doing so, I also mentioned I felt my manager and HR mishandled what was an ongoing situation; and listed all the times I had expressed concerns over this coworker’s behavior to my Manager and HR. I was pretty upset over this whole thing -so maybe this part wasn’t necessary- but I decided to bring up that this coworker openly and directly refers to our plant’s HR as “Dump Truck” as an affectionate reference to her backside. Might've taken that one back if I had the chance.. idk. Anyway, after a couple of days dealing with the Director of HR, who seemed to be taking my complaint seriously, I received a call from my General Manager informing me that the coworker in question had been fired. I sent an email thanking Corporate HR and also sent one to my GM as well.
While there was some relief in hearing this, I’m still concerned about returning to a job after a shake up like this. While my GM has been showing me signs of support; my Manager left me on read when I texted him last night to let him know I’ll be returning Friday, and if he’d like to speak about things, I’m available ahead of my return. That said, the two of us are supposed to meet with the GM tomorrow to discuss what I missed, replacing the employee that was fired, and how we’ll be moving forward.
Q: Any advice on how to approach this meeting? Do I address the 800lb gorilla in the room and suggest to clear the air with my manager in the event I come back to some hostility?
Also tomorrow I’ll be handing over hard copies of the harassing emails to the HR lady I reported.
Q: Is there an expectation for me to address anything with her? Should I apologize for mentioning to Headquarters HR why I felt a conflict of interest exits over the “Dump Truck” nickname?
If anybody would like to provide advice on what to expect, what is expected of me, and/or share similar stories and how they played out, those are appreciated as well.
Thanks for reading.
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2023.02.03 02:33 Varulven94 Creature on back road

If you read my first “encounter” or whatever you want to call it, well this all happened just about 7 km down the road from that.
A few years later I was out hunting with a friend when we lost legal light. So we hiked back to the truck and hit the road in his parents new ford half ton (the ones with the sensors all over the vehicle). We had some music playing as we were just heading back towards town again, when the music started acting weird and cutting in and out with static, so me being in the passenger seat, disconnected the Bluetooth and reconnected the phone. Music cleared up and we continued down the road. We got up to the km board on the road that my previous encounter took place and I mentioned: “oh hey, that’s the whistle block that we logged a couple years back.” Half jokingly because I couldn’t make heads or tales of it. My friend replied: “grrreeeaaaat, thanks for that…” as I had told him the story before.
We continued slowly driving down the road because it gets pretty rough in a couple spots and the road has a few sharp turns and an S bend. Well we go about a kilometre further and the music starts screeching and doing what we can only describe as alien noises. So I disconnect the Bluetooth again and my friend says: “oh, moms got a cord in here.” So he stops and gets the cord for me, I plug the phone in and play music again.
Another kilometre down the road and the phone goes ape sh!t. I mean loud alien squealing and sounds similar to that sh!tty dial up Internet noise from the 90’s. We had started into the S bend when this was happening and we shut the music off completely as we are driving still, making the one half of the S turn and then we both look up from the music deck/screen and the headlight illuminate a figure standing in the middle of the road. So we swerve and take the ditch a bit still going probably 30km/h, and get the truck back up on the road. We continue coasting down the road as we are both in awe after just seeing a flash of this thing.. I finally say after what seemed like 5 quiet minutes: “Man did you just see..” my friend cuts me off and says: “a f()ckin skeleton in the middle of the road?!” I say: “Yeah.. like a white rib cage,” “and a deer skull for a face?” He finishes. I said: “turn around, what the f()ck was that? Does someone need our help?” Not thinking that we are in the middle of no where, with no vehicles around or any that we had past from other hunters(it was early season and no one bow hunts here anyways). My friend said: “I’m not turning around, I feel sick. Like I’m going to throw up.” And he continued driving. We didn’t see another vehicle until we hit pavement again.
It was taller than the pickup by easily a couple feet. (I’m 6’1 and my forehead is at the top of the window for reference) it has black surrounding the white of the bones with long arms half stretched to its sides as if it was saying try and hit me.
I watched this thing pass the passenger window and stared up at it as we wailed by it, and it was definitely 3 dimensional, tall with long arms and dark. Dead looking. Like light was sucked into it without reflecting anything. Hard to explain.
When we hit service again my friend received a text message from his mother saying: “what did you two idiots hit in my brand new truck?!” I guess the new fords send near accident reports to the owner when the sensors pick up something? I’m an old school chevy guy so I don’t know haha.
The only thing I can find online that resembles what we both saw is a “wendigo” without the antlers. Or the headlights didn’t illuminate them anyway.
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2023.02.03 02:21 Varulven94 Creature on back road

If you read my first “encounter” or whatever you want to call it, well this all happened just about 7 km down the road from that.
A few years later I was out hunting with a friend when we lost legal light. So we hiked back to the truck and hit the road in his parents new ford half ton (the ones with the sensors all over the vehicle). We had some music playing as we were just heading back towards town again, when the music started acting weird and cutting in and out with static, so me being in the passenger seat, disconnected the Bluetooth and reconnected the phone. Music cleared up and we continued down the road. We got up to the km board on the road that my previous encounter took place and I mentioned: “oh hey, that’s the whistle block that we logged a couple years back.” Half jokingly because I couldn’t make heads or tales of it. My friend replied: “grrreeeaaaat, thanks for that…” as I had told him the story before.
We continued slowly driving down the road because it gets pretty rough in a couple spots and the road has a few sharp turns and an S bend. Well we go about a kilometre further and the music starts screeching and doing what we can only describe as alien noises. So I disconnect the Bluetooth again and my friend says: “oh, moms got a cord in here.” So he stops and gets the cord for me, I plug the phone in and play music again.
Another kilometre down the road and the phone goes ape sh!t. I mean loud alien squealing and sounds similar to that sh!tty dial up Internet noise from the 90’s. We had started into the S bend when this was happening and we shut the music off completely as we are driving still, making the one half of the S turn and then we both look up from the music deck/screen and the headlight illuminate a figure standing in the middle of the road. So we swerve and take the ditch a bit still going probably 30km/h, and get the truck back up on the road. We continue coasting down the road as we are both in awe after just seeing a flash of this thing.. I finally say after what seemed like 5 quiet minutes: “Man did you just see..” my friend cuts me off and says: “a f()ckin skeleton in the middle of the road?!” I say: “Yeah.. like a white rib cage,” “and a deer skull for a face?” He finishes. I said: “turn around, what the f()ck was that? Does someone need our help?” Not thinking that we are in the middle of no where, with no vehicles around or any that we had past from other hunters(it was early season and no one bow hunts here anyways). My friend said: “I’m not turning around, I feel sick. Like I’m going to throw up.” And he continued driving. We didn’t see another vehicle until we hit pavement again.
It was taller than the pickup by easily a couple feet. (I’m 6’1 and my forehead is at the top of the window for reference) it has black surrounding the white of the bones with long arms half stretched to its sides as if it was saying try and hit me.
I watched this thing pass the passenger window and stared up at it as we wailed by it, and it was definitely 3 dimensional, tall with long arms and dark. Dead looking. Like light was sucked into it without reflecting anything. Hard to explain.
When we hit service again my friend received a text message from his mother saying: “what did you two idiots hit in my brand new truck?!” I guess the new fords send near accident reports to the owner when the sensors pick up something? I’m an old school chevy guy so I don’t know haha.
The only thing I can find online that resembles what we both saw is a “wendigo” without the antlers. Or the headlights didn’t illuminate them anyway.
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2023.02.03 02:21 Varulven94 Creature on back road

If you read my first “encounter” or whatever you want to call it, well this all happened just about 7 km down the road from that.
A few years later I was out hunting with a friend when we lost legal light. So we hiked back to the truck and hit the road in his parents new ford half ton (the ones with the sensors all over the vehicle). We had some music playing as we were just heading back towards town again, when the music started acting weird and cutting in and out with static, so me being in the passenger seat, disconnected the Bluetooth and reconnected the phone. Music cleared up and we continued down the road. We got up to the km board on the road that my previous encounter took place and I mentioned: “oh hey, that’s the whistle block that we logged a couple years back.” Half jokingly because I couldn’t make heads or tales of it. My friend replied: “grrreeeaaaat, thanks for that…” as I had told him the story before.
We continued slowly driving down the road because it gets pretty rough in a couple spots and the road has a few sharp turns and an S bend. Well we go about a kilometre further and the music starts screeching and doing what we can only describe as alien noises. So I disconnect the Bluetooth again and my friend says: “oh, moms got a cord in here.” So he stops and gets the cord for me, I plug the phone in and play music again.
Another kilometre down the road and the phone goes ape sh!t. I mean loud alien squealing and sounds similar to that sh!tty dial up Internet noise from the 90’s. We had started into the S bend when this was happening and we shut the music off completely as we are driving still, making the one half of the S turn and then we both look up from the music deck/screen and the headlight illuminate a figure standing in the middle of the road. So we swerve and take the ditch a bit still going probably 30km/h, and get the truck back up on the road. We continue coasting down the road as we are both in awe after just seeing a flash of this thing.. I finally say after what seemed like 5 quiet minutes: “Man did you just see..” my friend cuts me off and says: “a f()ckin skeleton in the middle of the road?!” I say: “Yeah.. like a white rib cage,” “and a deer skull for a face?” He finishes. I said: “turn around, what the f()ck was that? Does someone need our help?” Not thinking that we are in the middle of no where, with no vehicles around or any that we had past from other hunters(it was early season and no one bow hunts here anyways). My friend said: “I’m not turning around, I feel sick. Like I’m going to throw up.” And he continued driving. We didn’t see another vehicle until we hit pavement again.
It was taller than the pickup by easily a couple feet. (I’m 6’1 and my forehead is at the top of the window for reference) it has black surrounding the white of the bones with long arms half stretched to its sides as if it was saying try and hit me.
I watched this thing pass the passenger window and stared up at it as we wailed by it, and it was definitely 3 dimensional, tall with long arms and dark. Dead looking. Like light was sucked into it without reflecting anything. Hard to explain.
When we hit service again my friend received a text message from his mother saying: “what did you two idiots hit in my brand new truck?!” I guess the new fords send near accident reports to the owner when the sensors pick up something? I’m an old school chevy guy so I don’t know haha.
The only thing I can find online that resembles what we both saw is a “wendigo” without the antlers. Or the headlights didn’t illuminate them anyway.
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2023.02.03 02:12 hereforhelp- OZEMPIC FOR WEIGHT LOSS: WHAT IS OZEMPIC FACE?

OZEMPIC FOR WEIGHT LOSS: WHAT IS OZEMPIC FACE?
Ozempic Face before + after by Dr. Zelken who tested this on himself.
This image cannot and should not be taken seriously, and does not constitute medical advice. "Ozempic face" is a cultural phenomenon, not a disease. It is also known as mild facial wasting, which is a well-understood and treatable condition." should be placed below the opening photo, which i hope is tagged with lots of metadata, and not at the end.

BACKGROUND: MY FACIAL SLIMMING

In December 2022, I released a video about the prospect of nonsurgical facial slimming by sharing my own three-dimensional facial changes after a 7.4-pound weight loss. Using three-dimensional stereoscopic camera technology, I could quantify and localize specific fat compartments that seemed to change the most. In the Fall of 2022, my weight approached 192 pounds, which is close to the heaviest I have ever weighed (2nd only to my chief residency year). Because I tend to carry my weight in my midsection, close friends and family were the first to recognize my weight gain. To many others, I always appeared slender despite being overweight. When I first started tracking in November, my BMI was 27.5. I was reliant on ibuprofen for lower back pain and left hip pain, and I had a hard time chasing after my little girls.
As I mentioned in that same YouTube video, a close friend from my surgical residency visited me from New York City last November. I should mention that this friend trained with me in surgery, but recently took a detour and is now studying weight loss medicine at Cornell. From time to time, this doctor pal criticized my lifestyle habits including a delight of sugar-rich soda (drinking my calories), eating a large pizza in one sitting, and for having an absurd sweet tooth. But during this visit, he sat down with me, looked me straight in the eye, and advised me to improve my diet and explore medications traditionally reserved for diabetics, namely metformin and Ozempic. I was late to the party; this was the first time I ever heard of Ozempic besides those catchy commercials. The risk profile of these diabetes drugs for weight loss seemed acceptable, and the side effects (though potentially unpleasant) were not life-threatening. Risks of certain cancers like thyroid cancer have been reported but remain acceptably low- so it was worth a shot (pun intended).
At first, I was on metformin only. Metformin works by decreasing your liver’s production of glucose (sugar). There are risks and benefits of any medication and you should never take medication without dependable physician oversight. I started with 500 mg of metformin at night and worked my way up to 1000 mg after work and first thing in the morning. After the video was recorded, I received a shipment of 3 Ozempic pens intended to last 6 months. Ozempic is semaglutide, a medication that works by curbing appetite and increasing energy. Hence, it leads to weight loss. I started slowly at 0.25 mg per week. After 4 weeks, I increased the dose as prescribed, to 0.5 mg. Although these doses are not homeopathic, they pale in comparison to treatment doses for diabetic patients. And they were shockingly effective in allowing me to continue my weight loss journey. As my weight began to decline, I felt better overall. Initially, I felt nimbler and required less ibuprofen. In fact, for the first time in 20 years, I stopped taking ibuprofen in the morning for hip and back pain associated with a ski injury in 2002. My clothes fit better, and I felt better.
My father-in-law recognized that I literally consumed one-third as much food as I used to eat. Not that I was abstaining from eating, but I would eat normal human portions instead of as much is humanly possible. I no longer craved desserts or snacks before bedtime, and I consumed only one box of lunch at lunchtime, not 2 or 3. My bad food habits disappeared as fast as my belly. My daily caloric intake decreased to about 3000 calories a day, instead of the 5000-6000 calories I used to consume, and I seldom experienced the discomfort of hunger. I was very open about my medication regimen to friends and family, because I truly felt that it was impacting my health and quality of life in a substantially positive way. I have a family history of cardiovascular disease and a personal history of high cholesterol, and this medication combination was meaningfully reducing the risk for cardiovascular events, risks of chronic NSAID use, and stroke.

BUT NOT ALL THAT GLIMMERS IS GOLD

I was convinced for weeks that these diabetes drugs for weight loss were true wonder drugs and would revolutionize American healthcare by reducing chronic disease and the need for risky surgeries intended to achieve similar outcomes. I was quick to promote these medications to friends and family, but just as open about the unpleasant side effects that were initially symptomatic in nature. I was told that metformin increases the risk of diarrhea and that Ozempic for weight loss increases the risk of constipation. Perhaps not surprisingly, the combination led to severe constipation that was punctuated by medication-provoked diarrhea episodes. Milk of magnesia was my savior. I will not share more personal information than that, but perhaps the audience might envision this grim picture. As I continued to lose weight, I felt better and more balanced overall. If there was a way of measuring systemic inflammation, I am sure those markers would have been low. Life was good.
And after losing 10 pounds, towards the end of November, someone told me I looked thinner for the first time. I was sort of flattered by this, as 10 pounds was significant and 5.6% of my total body weight. It was a motivator to continue to lose weight and track my physical changes both qualitatively and quantitatively. Early feedback was that I was looking better overall, and certainly fitter. As I tend to hold my weight in my midsection, my shirts felt better and scrubs fit better. With day-to-day changes, it was difficult to appreciate my own transformation, but with 3D imaging the impact on my midface, jawline and overall facial fullness was evident and I even touted controlled weight loss as the best nonsurgical facial slimming method available.
Okay, I already mentioned that I carry my weight on my midsection, twice. In contrast, I have a relatively slender, if not gaunt, face with decent cheekbones and a sharp jawline. I would soon discover that rapid weight loss may not pair well with faces like mine. I saw this as my own twin brother, who went from a chubby kid in college to an ultra-marathoner. I used to brag that my twin brother looked 10 years older than me and chalked it up to excessive sun exposure, the fact that he never tried Botox or retinol-based skin care, and never moisturized his skin. Not to mention, he used to smoke cigarettes and party. I ignored the reality that he was just a lot thinner than I. In December, after losing 15 pounds, my neighbor joked that I looked awful, and I thought he was just teasing me. But that same month, I ran into a patient of mine at an ice cream shop who told me that I looked like a chemo patient.
Fast forward to 20 pounds, 25 pounds, and 30 pounds of weight loss and I quickly reached a target BMI of 23. This is a healthy BMI. There is no doubt I am healthier. But during a FaceTime call with my brother, he just looked at me and chuckled. “You look just like Jonah Hill,” he quipped, “you look terrible”. Others shared similar sentiments stating that I have lost too much weight and was starting to look gaunt and unhealthy. I called my Doctor Pal who prescribed these medications, and he recommended keeping my weight stable at this point and weaning from the Ozempic. I would continue the metformin because of its antineoplastic, anti-inflammatory, and antiaging potential. Somewhat ignoring his advice, I decided to stop the Ozempic completely. My objective was to keep my BMI below 25 with metformin alone and accept the impact that rapid weight loss imposed on my face. Today, I discovered there is a name for my condition: “Ozempic face”.

DEFINING OZEMPIC FACE

Diabetes drugs like Mounjaro, Ozempic, and Wegovy were created with diabetics in mind, but have skyrocketed and popularity because of the impact they have on weight loss. In fact, a less understood and underreported consequence of the same drugs includes rapid weight loss that has a consistent, if not stereotypical impact on facial appearance. Unlike equally popular trendy surgical procedures such as buccal fat pad reduction and facial sculpting, rapid weight loss appears to target subcutaneous fat reserves globally, and this can make people look gaunt. A gaunt appearance is not necessarily beautiful, and can be associated with facial aging, and certain medical conditions.

THE EXPERIMENT: DIABETES DRUG OZEMPIC WEIGHT LOSS

On January 23, 2023, 2 months and 2 weeks after initiating a metformin regimen, I hit my nadir of 160 pounds. Fortunately, I am beginning to gain some of that weight back steadily. I took an updated set of three-dimensional photos at 165 pounds and will use these as a basis for comparison in this piece.
I took the opportunity to compare two three-dimensional photos taken on 11/17/22 when I weighed 187 pounds and hadn’t taken Ozempic, and on 1/25/23 when I weighed 165 pounds and stopped Ozempic (10 doses in total). The most significant changes occurred over the anterior and posterior thirds of the lower half of my face, and along my jawline and neck. Interestingly, my earlobes also lost value as did my chin. There was temporal hollowing. My eyes did not change much. The naturally occurring vertical folds in my cheeks were more prominent with smile and speech, but also at rest. The projection of my buccal fat pad decreased but the overall shape stayed the same, leading me to believe that the fat pad may not have decreased in volume (perhaps this was no surprise). A platysmal band became more visible. I looked older.

3D analysis of ozempic face on Dr. Zelken
Ozempic-related facial volume changes: Orange areas represent volume loss after 22 lb weight loss, which is seen across the nasolabial fold, temporal fat pad, earlobes, lateral superficial fat pad, and submental region.
A review of 2-dimensional images paints a similar picture: sharper jawline, coarser features, more prominent shadows, improvement of a gentle double chin, and a narrower face. These are not surprising results and are not specific to Ozempic, but to rapid weight loss and reduction of subcutaneous fat volume. We used to call Ozempic face “facial wasting”. In summary, I have Ozempic face, AKA moderate facial wasting. What distinguishes Ozempic face (or Mounjaro face or Wegovy face, if you will) from other conditions is that it is a predictable side effect of induced weight loss and not a harbinger of something else, like cancer or HIV therapy. In summary: Ozempic face is simply the deflation of subcutaneous fat in the face. It is well known that facial fat preservation is inextricably linked to youth and beauty. Therefore, in those with slender faces and those concerned with facial aging, understand that despite all the good that medications like Ozempic confer, you may look older as a result.
This image cannot and should not be taken seriously, and does not constitute medical advice. “Ozempic face” is a cultural phenomenon, not a disease. It is also known as mild facial wasting, which is a well-understood and treatable condition.

TREATMENT FOR OZEMPIC FACE

So you have Ozempic face. If you are anything like me, the pros of maintaining a healthy weight and BMI are worth the possibly deleterious influence on your facial appearance. Sure, you can regain your weight and Ozempic face may be cured. But that’s not ideal for most, either. If Ozempic-related facial changes are unacceptable to you, and you intend to keep your weight stable, know that these changes are correctable. Fortunately, plastic surgeons have been treating aging and deflated faces for years. The “lift and fill” facelift relies on both skin tightening and volumization with your own fat to both correct volume-related changes and age-related skin laxity. Of course, fat transfer becomes a special consideration in patients who lose weight rapidly with medications like Ozempic. For example, what happens if you regain the weight that was lost with medication? Fat transfer is a tried-and-true cornerstone of my facelift practice, but that assumes that weight has been and will remain stable in patients who undergo fat transfer.
If weight fluctuations are anticipated, alternatives to fat transfer including hyaluronic acid fillers, Sculptra, facial implants, or avoiding line position altogether may be considered. Another special consideration is the nutritional status of patients undergoing rapid weight loss. As with any elective cosmetic procedure, weight stability and nutritional status must be confirmed to ensure adequate reserves for healing and recovery. Patients suffering from diarrhea and constipation may become orthostatic due to medication-mediated volume losses per rectum and warrant a thorough examination and workup prior to surgery. Because the buccal fat pad is probably spared, buccal fat pad removal may be safe and predictable in patients with Ozempic face.

DIABETES DRUGS FOR WEIGHT LOSS: ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

Because of its widespread popularity as a weight loss drug, and recent popular sedation due to celebrity endorsements, semaglutide medications like Ozempic have fallen in short supply. They are very expensive medications due to the supply and demand phenomenon in the unavoidable economics of the healthcare industry. My medication was prescribed and delivered in November 2022; at that time, I was unaware of the low global availability. It is my understanding that metformin is not in short supply. Therefore, the real risks of these medications go beyond a gaunt facial appearance, premature facial aging, constipation and diarrhea. In contrast to what you may have heard, the global medication shortage is multifactorial and not attributable to hoarding Hollywood elites. Still, do please note that you may be taking medication from those who need it most.
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2023.02.03 02:10 jackasspenguin I put a nice thermos-shaped dent in a truck trailer today.

Started walking across the crosswalk when the light turned green for me, and a pickup truck pulling a trailer coming up to the redlight just proceeded to roll through the light and turn right making me stop halfway across the road. So as he was passing I kicked his truck and then gave the trailer a nice heavy whack with my metal coffee thermos, left a pretty good dent.
Then proceeded to walk past him as he sat in stuck traffic.
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2023.02.03 01:55 AbyssalRook It's really minor, but...

IC...why do you keep eating up my screen space with a prompt about accessing more batches when the only way I have to do so right now is to buy an entirely new car to unlock the 'large batch' orders?
I promise if I buy a minivan or a pickup truck, I will tell you. You really don't have to keep asking.
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2023.02.03 01:51 conanap Importing cooked, sealed meat into Canada from USA

Hello! There's a food chain in Hong Kong I love called Yoshinoya, and unfortunately, they're not in Canada. I've two questions.
Question 1: I found this listing online that sells these prepared packs that ships from US, but I have no idea if I'm allowed to import it.
Short facts: - On the packaging, it says product of USA - Contains beef and onions - Designed to be microwaved for 2 minutes and be ready to eat (so presumably, already cooked) - It is in a sealed packet
I've been scouring the government's website, here's what I've gathered:
  1. Overview for importing meat products says, "Meat products that are a Ready-to-Eat (RTE) mixture" are excempt from SFCR,
  2. Bringing food into Canada for personal use says,
When bringing food into Canada, whether as a traveller or through an online purchase, you are eligible for the personal use exemption if: - the food is solely for personal use, not for commercial use, and - the quantity of food you are bringing into Canada does not exceed the limits set out in the document Maximum Quantity Limits for Personal Use Exemption prepared by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and listed in Table 1 and Table 2
So it sems like I'm able to import these, as they're RTE and frozen. However, on the same page as point no. 2, bringing food into Canada for personal use, it also states under table 1 ("Food products allowed into Canada originating from the United States"),
Meat products (meat and poultry): fresh, frozen and chilled: - Permitted only if accompanied into Canada by you (cannot be brought in by mail or courier). - Packages must have identifying marks, indicating what the product is. - Proof of country of origin is required (label showing Product of USA is acceptable).
Which is contradicting to point no. 2 (about importing food by mail / courier). If anyone is familiar, I would appreciate some advice. This is for personal consumption and not for resale.
Question 2: I've also been trying to find if my friends from Hong Kong can bring me cooked versions of these. They're in a takeout box, again, fully cooked. You can get an idea of the box here, the bread on the right is sitting on the lid. Pretty typical box.
It has beef, onions, and rice. According to the site from above, bringing food into Canada for personal use, they should be able to bring it in since they're accompanying it, and is RTE since it's cooked.
However, this is no longer meat coming from the US. bringing food into Canada for personal use table 2 states, under meat products:
If the permitted product contains beef, it can ONLY be imported from countries of negligible risk for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE or mad cow disease).
Then on the page Bovine spongiform encephalopathy import policy for bovine animals and their products and by-products, which says,
Negligible BSE risk countries with no BSE cases reported: ... - China (Peoples' republic of)
And then in the footnote,
Does not include Hong Kong and Macao
There are no mentions of Hong Kong anywhere else. This seems to me that it could be an obstacle from bring that rice box into Canada for me. There is the possible work around of my friend crossing the border into China to buy it from Yoshinoya in mainland China, bringing it back over the border to HK and flying back with it.
I'm just curious if anyone has any more input on this, and whether if that's really necessary or even possible (ie, would they consider it origin from HK even though they bought it in mainland China, since their flight will be from HK?)
I realise this is long winded, but I'm also just worried I'm missing some legal notes. Many thanks!
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2023.02.03 01:46 AManAndAMouse Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas & Randy Hughes killed in plane crash • Nashville Banner • March 6, 1963

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2023.02.03 01:43 snoutandtruffle Public Regulation and Private Insurance: How Blackberry is poised to take advantage of changing market dynamics

Public Regulation and Private Insurance: How Blackberry is poised to take advantage of changing market dynamics
As most of us know, Blackberry operates in two highly growing market segments: IOT and Cybersecurity. But something that doesn’t get discussed much is how public regulation and private insurance requirements are creating market changing dynamics in these industries. Blackberry’s products are well positioned to take advantage of a changing public regulation and private insurance requirements.
Personally, my original interest in Blackberry as an investment opportunity started once I realized that the regulatory environment was going to change in 2021 and those changes would eventually alter the market dynamics of both the cybersecurity and IOT industries. The Biden Cybersecurity EO was the first hint of that change for me.
I found it encouraging that Blackberry viewed their business in a similar light:
One of the unique opportunities about this company, in my view, is that trust is such an important component of the business model. I won’t get into how trust plays a role in my evaluation of the company here, but I will say that I think it is the key to understanding the company and managing your investment expectation.
Anyway, let’s get into some of the regulatory dynamics that are ongoing.
Example 1: Automotive Safety Standards and Enforcement Actions: A Classic Example of Market Failure and New Potential Requirements that Create Opportunity Blackberry
One of the classic examples of market failures of the 20th century involved Automobile Safety Standards. Books like “Unsafe at Any Speed” by Consumer Advocate and One-time Presidential Candidate and Bush v. Gore spoiler, Ralph Nader highlighted the “designed in dangers” of automobiles in the United States. The book was so successful that it led to the creation of the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. These agencies were instrumental in developing safety standards for automobiles that saved many thousands of lives over the years (source: Google it). It wasn’t that long ago that fewer than 20% of automobile occupants wore seatbelts and there weren’t mandates to enforce seatbelt usage.
Today, a technological revolution is underway in the automobile industry. The Software Defined Vehicle is bringing computer vision, computation, advanced driver assistance, artificial intelligence, and other risks to the "intelligent edge". With these changes in the vehicle, there’s a huge opportunity to decrease safety with poor design or increase it with good design. As Volvo's CEO Jim Rowan said recently "digital software is a digital seatbelt" for a new era.
These days, instead of looking at seatbelts and airbags for these new vehicles, the NHTSA and Department of Transportation are highly concerned with cybersecurity and reliability at the edge (aka in the car). Speaking at the AUTO-ISAC Cybersecurity Summit, Ann Carlson (the current Acting Administrator of the NHTSA and the general counsel at the time of her keynote address) had this to say:
“It seems clear that a secure future is a safer future. Ensuring the public’s trust in vehicle technologies is paramount to their adoption. As automation and innovation progress, the industry must stand ready to combat any cyber threats that could endanger the public. It only takes one attack to shatter confidence, trust, and safety.
NHTSA stands ready to help you in your quest to strengthen vehicle cybersecurity. I am pleased to share that today we published our updated Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Motor Vehicles.
The two standards that impact Blackberry most clearly are ISO26262 for foundational safety in automobiles and ISO21434 for cybersecurity. Blackberry currently touts their ISO26262 ASIL-D functional safety certifications that provide a huge advantage over its competitors. But ISO21434 addresses cybersecurity in the vehicle and is also critically important. Blackberry addresses both of these standards and it’s why they work with 24 of the 25 EV OEMs.
Notably, the only OEM that doesn’t work with Blackberry is Tesla. Tesla's vehicles are not ISO26262 certified. As you may or may not know, Tesla (the only QNX holdout) is currently under investigation by the NHTSA and the DOJ (not to mention the SEC). Ann Carlson, our friendly Acting Administrator of the NHTSA, recently gave a public statement regarding NHTSA’s investigation into Tesla:
“We're investing a lot of resources," said NHTSA acting head Ann Carlson in comments to reporters on the sidelines of an event in Washington. She declined to commit to a particular timeframe on when the probe will be resolved. "The resources require a lot of technical expertise, actually some legal novelty and so we're moving as quickly as we can, but we also want to be careful and make sure we have all the information we need." - Source: Reuters
Is it possible Tesla might be pushed into adopting safety standards that they don’t currently employ? According to page 9 of their latest 10-K, it’s certainly a possibility.
“Certain Investigations and Other Matters
We receive requests for information from regulators and governmental authorities, such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, the SEC, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and various state, federal, and international agencies. We routinely cooperate with such regulatory and governmental requests, including subpoenas, formal and informal requests and other investigations and inquiries….the company has received requests from the DOJ for documents related to Tesla’s Autopilot and FSD features. To our knowledge no government agency in any ongoing investigation has concluded that any wrongdoing occurred. We cannot predict the outcome or impact of any ongoing matters. Should the government decide to pursue an enforcement action, there exists the possibility of a material adverse impact on our business, results of operation, prospects, cash flows and financial position.” - source: Tesla 10-K
If an enforcement action were to occur against Tesla related to their full-self driving and Autopilot, how would they respond? According to John Wall, COO of QNX, Blackberry could help them out which would make Blackberry a provider of safety software for 25 of 25 EV manufacturers. Additionally, if Blackberry is able to capture Tesla as a customer due to regulatory enforcement by the DOJ or NHTSA, then it will be the dominant market player with strict barriers to entry creating a substantial and durable competitive moat.
There is no known timeline for DOJ or NHTSA enforcement or implementation of new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Most EV OEMs are already complying voluntarily with ISO26262.
For more information to understand ISO26262 and FMVSS: Check out this NHTSA Report: “Assessment of Safety Standards for Automotive Electronic Control Systems”
Some additional NHTSA reference documentation:
Example 2 - Medical Software Bills of Materials - SBOM Requirement Starts in less than 90 days
Cybersecurity is paramount for connected medical devices. An overview of the concerns about medical device cybersecurity can be found in this FDA video on medical device cybersecurity concerns and this video on Cybersecurity Awareness for Medical Devices.
The FDA’s Justification of Estimates for Appropriations Committees highlights the national security need for cybersecurity in medical devices and the lack of SBOM requirements for medical devices. Section 3505 of the Congressional Appropriations bill mandated that medical device manufacturers submit software bills of materials to the FDA to ensure cybersecurity of these devices. This mandate goes into effect at the end of March 2023 and represents an opportunity for Blackberry's Jarvis product.
That said, might the next frontier for mandatory SBOMs might be in the Automotive Industry? It’s a good bet. Blackberry partner Visteon (and Qualcomm partner) is using Blackberry Jarvis for their digital cockpit technology.
Here’s some BB Jarvis background: Blackberry Jarvis - SBOM (Blackberry Jarvis Video).
Timeline for Medical Device SBOM Mandate: March 2023.
Example 3 - Market Failures in the Cyber Insurance Industry: Cyberattacks, Ransomware, and Blackberry’s Ongoing Awareness Campaign and Insurance Partnerships
In my opinion, one of the most interesting dynamics at play related to Blackberry’s product portfolio right now is the state of the Cybersecurity insurance market and how Blackberry might be involved going forward. Since August 2022, Blackberry and Corvus Insurance, a startup InsureTech company, have been working together on a number of studies and research focused on the market failure occurring across all industries hoping to purchase cyber insurance coverage.
In this Blog Post from August 10, 2022 called “The Cyber Insurance Gap: What is it, and how can we close it? Blackberry and Corvus Insurance highlight the problem (market failure) of underinsurance in the SMB market. Only 55% of survey respondents had cyber insurance and only 20% had $600,000 worth of insurance coverage (the median cost of a cybersecurity incident). The post goes on to illustrate the business risks of not carrying this insurance and how it ultimately impacts the bottom line. Corvus and Blackberry have gone on to partner on several other live videos, reports, and blog posts.
Corvus and Blackberry are driving home through their insurance research press releases that small to medium sized businesses don’t have the resources necessary to gain comprehensive cyber insurance coverage and it’s driving up costs and lowering coverage availability to customers. Although Corvus and Blackberry haven’t formally announced a partnership, the tailwinds in the insurance industry are such that we should start to see stronger growth in Blackberry’s Cybersecurity products, potentially larger than the 10% that Blackberry offered to it’s investors at the investor day earlier this year.
A rosy(ish) outlook on the Cybersecurity Business
In previous earnings calls, John Chen has stated that he believes Cybersecurity will return to profitability at the start of FY24 (in the Q3 earnings call he pushed that back 6 months to 2H FY24). Why might he feel that Blackberry’s cybersecurity products are positioned well to compete next fiscal year?
In my view, the rosy-ish outlook has something to do with upcoming change in the Cyber Insurance Industry. As has been well-reported here, here, here, and here. What these articles boil down to is that starting in March 2023 (next month), Cyber insurance companies will no longer be covering nation-state backed cyber attacks.
But private insurance companies that are partnering (in some way) with cybersecurity vendors are coming in to fill the gap. Companies like Corvus Insurance, Coalition Insurance, At-Bay Insurance are all well-financed start-up companies that are filling in the cyber insurance gaps with a risk-based approach to cybersecurity. Companies like SafeBreach (Blackberry Partner and 2022 Security Summit presenter) offer tools to assess the security posture of organizations using automated technologies.
A couple of intriguing facts
Intriguingly, Corvus Insurance (Blackberry’s partner in crime on these research reports) is strongly connected to a group of Prem Watsa/Fairfax Financial owned insurance companies including: Axis, Hudson Insurance Group, and Crum Forster. Both Corvus and Coalition are connected to Lloyds.
Since Nation-State Cyberattacks won’t be covered any longer, it’s a good bet that Blackberry’s product portfolio which includes government and financial services clients (two group that are in most need of the best cybersecurity products) will compete well for new customers. Partnerships between Blackberry and these insurance companies would be good news for Blackberry.
Just this last week, BB Cybersecurity CTO Shisir Singh joined a podcast to discuss cyber risk and accountability.
Timeline to Changes in the Insurance Market: March 2023
Bonus Example: Ivy and Insurance: The next frontier?
How might this connect to Blackberry’s automotive business? Well, we know that both State Farm (linkedin posts one and two) and Geico are Blackberry IVY Partners. We also know that Automobiles are at risk for cyberattacks (see: DEFCON - Hacking into Automotive Clouds, DEFCON - Hacking the Tesla Model S, DEFCON - Breaking into a JEEP, Remote Exploitation of a Vehicle , Ed Markey Senate Office Report). We also know that insurance companies are stopping automobile insurance coverage because of vehicle security issues.
Thankfully, Blackberry has a head start because it offers a product (Cylance AI) that they’ve demonstrated in vehicles running QNX as early as CES 2020 and have had three years to perfect. Which reminds me that we haven’t heard much about their budding Cylance AI OEM Partner business. I wrote about the Cylance AI business a while back.
Timeline: None. But don’t be surprised if fleet customers start pre-loading Cylance AI products via Blackberry IVY.
Example 4 - From Cell Phones to App Stores: a New Era of Antitrust Enforcement?
As we all know now from personal experience or this CNBC documentary What happened to Blackberry? or this Business Insider video on The Rise and Fall of Blackberry, Blackberry fell behind after Apple unveiled the iPhone and its walled-garden app store which catapulted the iPhone with its superior set of apps that Blackberry wasn’t able to access. The app ecosystem proved too much for Blackberry to overcome and the market was left with just two dominant players: Apple and Google, a classic duopoly market structure. Indeed, the Verge reported that Google and Apple control 99.6% of the iPhone market in 2017 and that number hasn’t changed much according to this January 2023 data from StatsCounter.
Today, both Apple and Google are facing major civil antitrust litigation. Apple is battling Epic games in Antitrust court. As of November, the trial was still underway and the US Department of Justice, the State of California, and a number of other states were participating in the trial to present their arguments for the proper legal framework of how to evaluate the Antitrust complaints brought forth in the suit. There’s also reporting that the Department of Justice is in the initial phases of bringing a separate lawsuit against Apple.
In a separate lawsuit brought against Google, the US DOJ Antitrust division is currently taking on Google’s AdTech business which shows that the administration is serious about taking these lawsuits forward. That said, these agencies often have major budget constraints and may not be able to finance every antitrust suit they see merit in bringing forward.
How Blackberry Fits in
This week, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) published a report “Competition in the Mobile Application Ecosystem” recommending Antitrust enforcement over app stores more broadly. The report recommends a number of changes in the mobile application ecosystem including “encourage tools and standards to increase operability and reduce developer costs” and addresses security deficiencies within the Google and Apple app stores.
Although Blackberry doesn’t make phones any longer, they still operate a modest app store marketplace that you can see on their website. From a cursory look at the Blackberry enterprise marketplace, it’s clear that they can’t compete. Most of the apps are for enterprise (understandable considering Blackberry is a B2B company). But it begs the question: with antitrust enforcement, could Blackberry launch a competitive enterprise app store focused on app security? At last October’s Blackberry 2022 Security Summit, there were several enterprise marketplace app developers who presented including Blue Cedar which offers a tool to create Blackberry secured versions of apps with a no-code tool.
Timeline: no timeline but meaningful antitrust enforcement could enable Blackberry to offer a secure enterprise applicatino marketplace differentiated based on their security differentiation.
These are just a few examples of regulatory changes that are playing out favorably to Blackberry. There are certainly other examples as well.
TL;DR - Blackberry operates in highly regulated industries and proposed regulations and enforcement actions will only push Blackberry’s products to greater and more widespread adoption over time. Some might take years to develop (e.g. Antitrust actions) others (e.g. Private insurance changes, Medical SBOM requirements) will likely start changing market dynamics as early as March 2023.
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2023.02.03 01:15 Ok_Challenge_1674 Chapter 1 - ما هو الخطأ معها؟ (What's Wrong With Her?)

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I woke up with a startle. Darkness began invading my field of vision.
. . . My goodness, so dramatic.
I stood up, feeling groggy, and lifted my hand to the cold, Qovant-metal wall. It lit lightly as I placed my palm on it, giving me a subtle pins-and-needles feeling. I started dragging my hand across a wide area as a dull blue light followed both my fingers and my feet, then slowly faded. It should be around . . .
Eventually, my hand glided across some scratches. Here it is, I thought as I inspected them with my fingers, feeling the tiny crevices inhabiting this section of the wall. Let's see where we left off, shall we, Hollow?
My eyes had been adjusting to the darkness, though it didn't help much; this box was tightly sealed, so no light could come in. Only the pale blue broke through the darkness. Still, I could see my marks more clearly than before. Several tallies were on the wall with some random Arabic abjad thrown in as well; they represented the number of times I've been in the Hollow and a separate section for the total number of days.
Seventy-two visits . . . I bet no one's beat that! I bragged to my conscious, failing to give myself some sense of confidence. I reached into my suit's inventory, took out my old pocket knife, then slammed my fist on the wall, which created an area of pathetic illuminance. Better than nothing. Now, math time . . .
"Every sentence is five days, and I've been here, not counting this visit, seventy-two times," I muttered as I carved my calculations into the wall. "It's been 433,012 seconds since I was thrown in here, meaning it has already passed the five-day mark. So in total, I have been here for . . ."
I raised my knife and started to scratch, slamming my fist again to reset the light. As I finished, it finally dawned on me how much of my life consisted of being thrown in the Hollow. ". . . a total of 365 days. Happy Anniversary, I guess . . . Should be getting out soon." I raised it again and scratched off the old numbers from the last time I was here. Don't need you anymore.
As I was doing that, I started thinking about my time here. Not in the Hollow, I mean in the entirety of GORO. I thought about the trouble I've caused the people working here, although I wouldn't actually change anything. But then I started thinking, What was it like before all of this? I've been here for so long, and from such a young age, my memories from before were turning hazy. I could remember the 'special' things, like my dad's role in the family and my sister's upright attitude and overprotectiveness. But all that was when I was six. How do I know they haven't changed since then? Or maybe a better question would be . . .
. . . How do I know they still think about me?
I was about to enter a state of wistfulness when I heard whirring electricity all around me. The entire cell pulsated with a light blue wave, illuminating the 15-meter cube that encased me. I felt the slight shift of the Hollow and then the cell going up. Finally, I thought. I was starting to think they were gonna keep me here. As much as I loved the idea of being a perma-guest to greet future Hollow inhabitants, I'd rather get 15 more stigmas.
The cell continued to move upward until the sudden stall caused me to fall to the floor. I was never able to get used to that. As I pushed myself up, the ceiling opened and retreated into its slot in the wall, showing a sliver of light slowly growing and consuming the darkness inhabiting the Hollow.
Man, I am being so dramatic today.
The walls fell, pulsating one final time before completely disappearing, revealing a trio of Sentries standing in front of an RHL--short for Reject Hover Lift--, who looked as if they'd been waiting for a while. Their whole purpose for being here, no joke, is to 'read my rights' and escort me back to my cell.
Wait, I just realized they brought an H-Lyft. Are they that lazy? We're not that far away from my cell! It didn't matter that much, though. I was finally let out again, and the good news was . . .
I can finally talk to someone again. Well, more like 'tease' and 'annoy,' but still.
The patrols walked towards me, blank expressions on their faces visible through their visors. The smallest of the trio looked at my knife and stepped back. I wouldn't blame them; I'm not known for being passive, this knife is really rusty, and they wouldn't be that hard to take down. Not like I actually would do it; I already felt tired from standing up just a minute ago. I quickly put it back in my repository before the other two noticed it.
The front guard--an 'old friend'--walked up to me and projected a holo from her gauntlet of the record for whatever I did this time, along with my face. I was too tired to remember what I did, but I did notice they used possibly the worst holo of me in the system. Hair in front of my eyes, teeth snarling, and a sentry lying on the floor behind me, holding his groin.
Holo-bombers . . .
But enough about me; it seemed she had changed a few things about herself since the last time. Her hair's gone from an undercut to a wavy lob, with white fades for her newly-augmented jade-colored hair instead of her previous blonde (I have to say, jade is a perfect color for her).
If I didn't love annoying her so much, I'd say it looks cute . . .
"I think you know what I'm going to say," she griped. She's had to deal with me since I started acting out and visiting the Hollow, and I have made her life complete chaos since then.
"I don't know; you're so unpredictable sometimes. Besides, I'm too tired to answer riddles."
She stared at me for a while, but I swear I heard her mumble, "Not your best quip." She then reminded me of the 'system' I had heard about over 70 times.
"GORO's Reject Management System - Section 3, paragraph 2, 'Any action made by Rejects that impedes the efficiency and/or order of GORO's Sentinel Force or disrupts other Rejects will cause the Reject in question-'"
"'. . . to be sentenced three days to the Hollow, lest the severity of said action requires a larger penalty, in which case the number of days can be increased accordingly,' blah, blah, blah, 'Ordo est Lex,' blah, blah, blah."
"Thank you for making my job so much easier! But you still need to listen to the pardon." She stepped back and let another Sentry continue, a tall guard with a blonde stubble and blue eyes barely visible through his tinted helmet. He activated his visor, revealing flowing text on the screen of the holo-receipt shown earlier, and started.
"#S-27-0157639, because of your insulting and assaulting a GORO Sentry, you were sentenced to the Hollow."
Oh, yeah . . . Heh, now I remember. She had it coming, though.
"Now that you've served your time, you have been pardoned of-"
"Sorry to interrupt your monologue, but do you guys have any food on you?" As much as I wanted to stand there for another five days, I was hungry. "I haven't eaten anything since I went in there."
The tall guard looked at me sternly, then slowly scooted backward toward Shumu (I never learned her name, but I think it fits pretty well, considering her hair is her only distinctive feature). He leaned over and whispered, "Do we have any food?"
Shumu looked at him with a face of disbelief. "Dude. They give them food while they're in there."
The smallest one reached into his repository and pulled out a box. "I have mini sandwiches . . ."
". . . Why . . .?" Obviously, she was baffled, but I didn't care. Anything was better than the food they made here.
"Yeah, sure, I'll take those." He gave me three of the eight he had, offered some to the other Sentries, put the rest away, and ate slowly. I do the same. Eating slowly, I mean. "Thanks."
Zara (He's tall, like a giraffe, so . . . Yeah) continued. "Where was- Ah, right . . . You have been pardoned for your actions. We are now ordered to stigmatize you as a final punishment, then escort you to your personal cell and assign you a new sen-"
"Mmm, these are good. What did you put in these?" I was being honest; it was the best food I had tasted in the eight years I've been here.
The little one (I'm going to call him 'Alfar' from now on) brightened a bit, accidentally letting his Germanic accent bleed through his speech. "Oh, a friend gave me his recipe! It has cheese, lettuce, some tomatoes, mayo, and I even added some pepper and salt for a little ki-"
"ENOUGH WITH THE FOOD!" Shumu finally showed her temper. ". . . Let's just do our job, and get on with it . . . Please?"
As she prepared her gauntlet to stigmatize me, I took this moment to retort quickly. "Careful, Shumu. I think you aged a couple decades . . ."
She stopped in her tracks and slowly lifted her head. ". . . What did you call me?"
I kept quiet, simply replying with a sneer and a sideways glance. She scoffed as she finished setting up her gauntlet. She leaned close to my ear as she took off the back piece of my uniform.
"You really should try to hold that tongue of yours, especially since . . ."
She pushed her gauntlet, and a sharp, smoldering pain introduced itself to a new part of my back. It was so surprising, and I almost dropped my sandwiches. I clenched my teeth and held my food close to my chest as I groaned through the torment.
"AGGHH! NGGHHaaahhh . . .!"
". . . you have really crappy timing."
Why is she pushing it ha-AGH-rder into my ba-ACK?
As I looked up with small tears, I noticed the other two were facing away from me. Maybe they didn't want to see the stigmatization, maybe they didn't want to see me squirm, but there's no point. They could still hear my screams.
Once she had enough, Shumu finally lifted her gauntlet, reset it, and walked toward the other two. I swear I saw a smile on her face, although briefly.
God, I should have called her Mara instead of Shumu. I can't believe I now have seventy-three of these things . . .
"A-alright," Zafa stuttered. "Now that the stigmatization is over, we must escort you to your cell."
They all rushed to their sides to leave a clear opening between them. I was supposed to walk through toward the RHL and back to my cell. Instead, to spite them, I sat down and continued eating. While Alfar was happy I liked them, Shumu had already reached her limit.
"Are you f-"
She stormed over, activated my tether, and, before I could react, yanked me away; the sudden action caused me to stumble forward and drop the minis.
Noo! My food . . .
I was too tired to walk or deal with her, so I slowly fell and let her drag me on the floor and onto the H-Lyft.
As she turned the RHL on, Alfar began murmuring to Zafa. ". . . Was ist falsch mit ihr? Sie macht auf sich aufmerksam."
[What's wrong with her? She's drawing attention to herself]
"Ich weiss," replied the other. "Ich kann spüren, wie die anderen Wachen uns anstarren."
[I know. I can feel the other Sentries staring at us]
I recognized the language as German, my sixth personal favorite. I was a bit rusty, but . . .
"Wie soll sich jemand verhalten, wenn er fünf Tage isoliert ist?"
[How should someone behave when they are isolated for five days?]
They stopped the H-Lyft and slowly turned their heads to me.
"Hallo," I greeted, waving slightly.
Alfar leaned over and asked me, "Y-you know German?" I was about to answer, but then he began ranting about how the minis probably caused this (?). He was my favorite, but I couldn't deal with this nonsense.
"No, I learned it. You know, like a normal person. Besides, I could only eat one, thanks to you three." After saying that, he offered me another mini before Shumu slapped it out of his hand.
"But how?" asked Zara. It seemed he was the most confused. "You couldn't have just learned from another German." Shumu was mumbling about regretting reporting to work today as she rested her head on her palms.
"What makes you say that? You don't know what I do when the guards aren't looking . . . By the way, my cell is the third in front of us."
They finally dropped it and brought me over to my cell. I think the Hollow finally got to me because I actually missed this thing. I've forgotten how much better 10 meters is than 15. Alfar walked over and messed with the Info Terminal near my cell while Zafa turned off my tether, picked me up, and led me closer to the cell.
"Uhm, hey, Larisa? Can you look at this?"
"Why, what's . . . wrong . . .? Why isn't there any . . . Give me a sec here," said Larisa. I wasn't expecting that to be her name. Anyway, Larisa stayed by the terminal while Alfar moved closer to Zafa and me.
"Was ist falsch? Was macht Larisa?" Zafa asked. I wanted to ask the same thing, actually.
[What's wrong? What is Larisa doing?]
" . . . The kid's still here." Wow, rude. They bickered about what to do about me, but Larisa came over.
"Alright, here's the situation. There isn't any guard assigned to her cell, yet. Now, I don't know why, but it's not our job to actually worry about that. You guys go back to the Repose; I'll see you there."
She turned to me. "Sigh . . . We have a bit more time to kill together, don't we?"
". . . You're kidding," I groaned. "Oh, fun! Just great. Can't wait, Shum-"
"REMEMBER YOUR PLACE!"
Her voice shocked me and the other two as it boomed through the dark field of cells. Several sentries turned their eyes our way like curious little meerkats. She treaded toward me and looked me down in the eye.
". . . You do not get to give me some stupid nickname, understand? I let it go the first time because I honestly couldn't have cared less, but you shouldn't start getting comfortable . . . You will only know me by my identification, and I, the same to you, got it?"
I nodded, and she walked over to the other two.
Well, this will be interesting . . .
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// Accessing Chapter Glossary //
// Qovant - A Type Of Metal Infused With Hype-Tech That Makes Up The Majority Of GORO Cells, Including The Hollow; It Is Hypersensitive To Human Touch, Capable Of Illuminating And Understanding Commands Based On Contact; Can Be Encrypted By Saving Handprints //
// The Hollow - A Place For Rejects To Be Disciplined For Actions Done Against The Order Of GORO //
// Personal Depository - A Storage Unit Installation For The Suits Of The Sentinel Force As Well As Rejects, But Sentries Have Larger And Less Filtered Storage //
// GORO - Cannot Open Description Due To Low Clearance Level; Necessary Clearance Level = Mid-Level Sentry //
// RHL - A Form Of Transportation Commonly Used By The Sentinel Force In GORO //
// Visors - Specifically Worn By The Sentinel Force; They Have Many General Functions, Including ID Recognition, Reject History, Rec Mode, Personal Augmentation, And Sentinel Line For Instant Communication Between Sentries //
// Stigmatization - A Branding Punishment Given After Finishing A Hollow Penalty //
// Tethers - A Hardlight Installation For The Reject's Suit; When Activated, Prevents Reject Straying From Sentries; Length Can Be Changed, And Will Emit Luminescent Blue //
// Information Terminal - A Terminal Placed Near Every Reject Cell That Holds All The Necessary Information Concerning The Statistics Of The Cell As Well As The Rejects Themselves; Cannot Open Advanced Description Due To Low Clearance Level; Necessary Clearance Level = Sentinel Captain //
// The Repose - Cannot Open Description Due To Low Clearance Level; Necessary Clearance Level = Low-Level Sentry //
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2023.02.03 01:00 NYSMod A Consumer Reports Study Found Your Dark Chocolate May Contain High Levels of Lead

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2023.02.03 00:57 McAllister552 Hopper Recall

Reached out to support about the hopper Recall and this is what I was told.
"YETI has identified a potential safety concern regarding the Hopper M20, Hopper M30, and SideKick Dry Gear Case and has notified the CPSC to determine the next steps. While we are not aware of any reported injuries at this time, the safety of our customers and the quality of our products are of the utmost importance and we are stopping the sale of these products and recommending consumers stop using them. We will be communicating thenext steps as soon as we can; in the meantime, please stop using your product. We apologize for the inconvenience."
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2023.02.03 00:43 No-Carrot7771 Who keeps on accepting these types of jobs? That piano looks like uses solid wood.

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