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General Discussion / Re: What's the deal with NJ Gas Prices?
« on: December 11, 2018, 05:15:36 PM »
I think the answer is that the gas prices have been all over the place lately and different chains will change prices with different frequency. Some will change daily, weekly biweekly etc...   

Adding on to this: The Gas prices on the turnpike/gsp rest stops are governed by the state and only change once per week, and usually are higher than those of gas stations off of the Turnpike/GSP.

I think it's other market factors: name brand vs. generic, whether there's a cash discount or not, highway vs local- towards NYC or away from NYC (towards NYC usually costs more). Also, in a rapid price changing environment, the turnpike is slow to change since their deal is they can only change weekly.

ShaulYaakov is on the money with that, but I want to continue along his train of thought:
- If an owner owns a chain of gas stations, he has better buying power, ergo better pricing
- Gasoline is highly correlated to the price of crude oil (since gasoline is a byproduct of crude oil), it also takes a couple of weeks to go from being crude oil to the gas pump. When a gas station (or a chain of them) gets a tanker of gas, it's price reflects the crude oil price of 2-3 weeks ago. As Oil drops in price, gas will drop too. But the gas station has to pay off the tanker truck it got last week, and that's a factor as well. So if I happened to get a new delivery, and that delivery is 25% cheaper, I can pass some of that savings on to the consumer. The price of Oil has dropped significantly since early october (about 30%) and average NJ gas price has dropped about $0.22 per gallon in the last month.

Here's AAA's gas price survey for NJ: - can't seem to find a yearly chart


Just Shmooze / Re: Chase UR Travel
« on: December 10, 2018, 04:48:06 PM »
This smells like a phishing attempt. Can you log on to your account and verify that they cancelled your order?

Credit Cards / Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve BENEFITS master thread
« on: December 04, 2018, 05:38:06 PM »
I have a TSA Global Entry Question: Is this benefit only for the primary cardholder, or additional cardholders on the same account as well?

Just Shmooze / Re: Chabad and the word 'San/Santa/Saint' in place names
« on: November 29, 2018, 05:03:47 PM »
Sometimes I wish there was a "dislike" button for posts.

I'm sorry you don't approve, it was a legit question, and I had a hard time finding an answer on google. I wasn't expecting the trolls, but maybe I should have.

Just Shmooze / Re: Chabad and the word 'San/Santa/Saint' in place names
« on: November 29, 2018, 11:49:27 AM »
How about Virginia, Maryland, and a million other places with similar names?

While Virginia and Maryland are named for people, those names don't imply that they were holy - as the San/Santa/etc prefix does (Virigina was after Elizabeth I, and Maryland after Queen Henrietta Maria). There are a lot of other places named for people - Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania come to mind, and even the Rebbes in the articles above were okay with the names, (i.e. Petersburg) and not the titles.

Tech Talk / Re: Echo/Alexa Devices
« on: November 29, 2018, 09:13:20 AM »

Just Shmooze / Re: Chabad and the word 'San/Santa/Saint' in place names
« on: November 29, 2018, 09:06:46 AM »
Who said it's not shared with the rest of the Jewish world?

It's possible that it is, but many other shuls seem to use those prefixes in the names of their shuls. I imagine that the difference of opinion has to do with the concept of does the name of a place convey reverence to the person it was originally named after.

Two interesting points from the article posted above:
- The aboriginal example was St. Petersburg, which I have even heard russian friends refer to as Petrograd
- It references Mumbai as being a possible name which we shouldn't use, but seemingly Chabad still uses it.

Tech Talk / Re: Echo/Alexa Devices
« on: November 28, 2018, 05:25:50 PM »
I have an Echo Dot (3rd Gen) and a Google Home mini on the way [for 1.98 total, thanks Dan and JJ!]. Which should I keep and which should I pass on/sell?

That's a great question, my $0.02 answer:

Keep the Echo Dot if:
- You use amazon's streaming service, you care about having more apps available, you're bought into the amazon ecosystem

Keep the Home Mini if:
- You use google play, you want the ability to have multiple people interact with personalization*, you're already used to the google assistant on your phone.

* - google voice has better ability to recognize multiple people (there's a small setup process) so if I ask for calendar events, it will recognize my voice and read my calendar, but if my wife does it will read hers.

Just Shmooze / Chabad and the word 'San/Santa/Saint' in place names
« on: November 28, 2018, 05:12:16 PM »
I should know this, but I don't, and I should also have been able to find it on the Internet, but I didn't - the question:

Why does Chabad not spell out place names that have San/Santa/Saint in the name - example - A recent post on the site about the St. Regis Princeville resort spelled in S. Regis instead. I've also seen a lot of California Chabad houses to the S. instead of the other forms of Saint - i.e. S. Monica, S. Diego, etc.

I this a custom? Is it based on a halachic opinion of one of the Rebbes of chabad that's not shared with the Jewish world?

Tech Talk / Re: Disabling Ring doorbell for shabbos
« on: November 26, 2018, 01:18:24 PM »
Not a wiring expert, but I can imagine you can wire up the bell in parallel with your intercom, the caveats would be:

- If someone presses the ring button, you'd get notified through the app and not the intercom.
- If someone presses the intercom button, you'd be able to speak with them through the intercom and ring would probably capture them with motion sensing.

I assume your intercom is one with a pushbutton for opening the door, or else, you could simply use ring to figure out who was outside

On The Road / Re: Silvercar abruptly discontinues 30% off code VINFINITE
« on: November 21, 2018, 10:09:25 AM »
Hey Dan, I also was able to find that code NEXTTIME works for 50% off. One time use per account, though. I used it and my 6 day rental in a Q5 is now billed at around $230. Pretty good deal.

Also, apparently Audi owners get the following: “Enter promo code MYAUDI1 - 1 free day on reservations of 2+ days. Enter promo code MYAUDI2 - 2 free days on reservations of 4+ days”

But supposedly works for all users, but I haven't been able to verify.

Awesome - just booked at 10-day A4 @35 day! thanks!!!

General Discussion / Re: Peloton
« on: November 20, 2018, 03:02:42 PM »
DDF Community...

I am considering getting the Peloton bike and wanted to know if anyone here owns one and what their experience has been like... good, bad or indifferent...

Thanks in advance...

I personally haven't tried it, but I have a few friends that have and they seem to be using it all the time.

Im not sure what you are after but have you looked into getting a smart trainer with zwift?

Zwift is definitely cheaper at $15/mo. (a compatible trainer to attach to your bike can run about $1000 or so) by comparison (you'll also need an iPad or computer nearby):

- Zwift is more like a video game you control with your bike
- There is a lot of hardware flexibility - you can, for example, connect zwift to a large tv, or change the bike, trainer, tv, ipad/computer independent of one another

Peloton is more of an all-in-one solution - to make you feel like your interacting with a live class and real people. You're kind of locked in to the technology -i.e. if they upgrade the bike, are you going to spend another 2 grand on a new one?

Tech Talk / Re: Security Cameras and Access logging on Shabbos
« on: November 13, 2018, 03:20:45 PM »
If it's set to motion the DVR actually lights up when it starts recording

:) I was talking about something like an Amazon Cloud cam. The camera is on, but only records when motion is detected. The detection of motion in this case is not by a sensor on the camera, but rather, by an app that's viewing the camera feed and noticing object movement between each frame. IOW - your motion isn't triggering anything, but your presence in the constant video feed is being observed and causing something else to write.

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