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On The Road / Hertz free-to-go-pass
« on: June 01, 2020, 02:04:37 PM »
hertz free-to-go-pass $99 a year. for all the underage renters out there, i see potential...

North To The Future is the state motto of Alaska.

"A reminder that beyond the horizon of urban clutter there is a Great Land beneath our flag that can provide a new future"
The motto represents a visionary optimism for a state filled with promise; (...) promoting the State of Alaska by advising that the future lies with the next-to-the-last United States star located to the north of the Lower 48. 

Part 1: Preparations

Part 2: Monday

Part 3: Tuesday

Part 4: Wednesday

Part 5: Thursday

Quick Summary

I wrote a very detailed account of my trip to he best of my ability, more as a recollection for myself. If you are interested in just the bullet point summary, (For example, if you’re doing research for your own trip,) you can find it below.

Keep in mind that Alaska is tremendous and has so much to offer. You can be there for an entire month and do a different outdoor activity every single day. Originally when I started planning a trip to Alaska I tried making an itinerary that I thought could cover all the basics. Now that I went, I see that it’s impossible. So if you’re planning a trip to Alaska be realistic, and don’t try and cram everything in. It just won’t work unless you’re there for at least 2-3 weeks. Don’t worry though, after going once, you will DEFINITELY  go back ;)

General Discussion / Quora hacked!
« on: December 04, 2018, 01:10:28 AM »
100 million users affected. heres a copy of the email they sent out.

Dear Shulem92,
We are writing to let you know that we recently discovered that some user data was compromised as a result of unauthorized access to our systems by a malicious third party. We are very sorry for any concern or inconvenience this may cause. We are working rapidly to investigate the situation further and take the appropriate steps to prevent such incidents in the future.

What Happened

On Friday we discovered that some user data was compromised by a third party who gained unauthorized access to our systems. We're still investigating the precise causes and in addition to the work being conducted by our internal security teams, we have retained a leading digital forensics and security firm to assist us. We have also notified law enforcement officials.

While the investigation is still ongoing, we have already taken steps to contain the incident, and our efforts to protect our users and prevent this type of incident from happening in the future are our top priority as a company.

What information was involved

The following information of yours may have been compromised:

Account and user information, e.g. name, email, IP, user ID, encrypted password, user account settings, personalization data
Public actions and content including drafts, e.g. questions, answers, comments, blog posts, upvotes
Data imported from linked networks when authorized by you, e.g. contacts, demographic information, interests, access tokens (now invalidated)
Non-public actions, e.g. answer requests, downvotes, thanks
Non-public content, e.g. direct messages, suggested edits
Questions and answers that were written anonymously are not affected by this breach as we do not store the identities of people who post anonymous content.

What we are doing

While our investigation continues, we're taking additional steps to improve our security:

We’re in the process of notifying users whose data has been compromised.
Out of an abundance of caution, we are logging out all Quora users who may have been affected, and, if they use a password as their authentication method, we are invalidating their passwords.
We believe we’ve identified the root cause and taken steps to address the issue, although our investigation is ongoing and we’ll continue to make security improvements.
We will continue to work both internally and with our outside experts to gain a full understanding of what happened and take any further action as needed.

What you can do

We’ve included more detailed information about more specific questions you may have in our help center, which you can find here.

While the passwords were encrypted (hashed with a salt that varies for each user), it is generally a best practice not to reuse the same password across multiple services, and we recommend that people change their passwords if they are doing so.


It is our responsibility to make sure things like this don’t happen, and we failed to meet that responsibility. We recognize that in order to maintain user trust, we need to work very hard to make sure this does not happen again. There’s little hope of sharing and growing the world’s knowledge if those doing so cannot feel safe and secure, and cannot trust that their information will remain private. We are continuing to work very hard to remedy the situation, and we hope over time to prove that we are worthy of your trust.

The Quora Team

Deals/Deal Requests / $400 off iphone X (verizon)
« on: November 22, 2018, 11:00:34 PM »
$400 off the iphone X, no trade in or new activation line required!

Title says it all

Politics / Keeping Up With The Kushners
« on: January 20, 2017, 11:17:21 AM »
Being that its Friday...I wanted to know if anyone has any comments on Jared kushners "heter" to go in a car tonight...

Just Shmooze / Finally Bibi got some brains!
« on: January 08, 2017, 11:01:30 AM »
Bibi announced that the terrorist attack this morning was from ISIS. The terrorist had direct ties to ISIS, and it was a copycat attack from Recent attacks in France and germany

I saw this in my email, I'm assuming its not targeted.
enter code 57084
Get a $25 Visa® Gift Card with your regular-priced mail and ship order of $75 or more.
ETA: I now see it on their site, so its clearly not targeted

Up In The Air / Free 850 Aadvantage miles with a $1 WSJ subscription!
« on: November 29, 2016, 12:36:23 AM »
Free 850 Aadvantage miles with a $1 WSJ subscription! expires 11/30/2016
great way to extend the lifetime of your miles

Credit Cards And Finance / USAA Bank Master Thread
« on: October 30, 2016, 10:58:44 AM »
PSA: USAA's policy for their banking, used to be that as long as you have money in your account (even 1¢) they can't shut it down, even if there was no activity. I noticed in a recent statement that they have made some changes.
They now consider an account inactive if there is no activity for a year. Even if you have money in the account. So if anyone still wants to keep their accounts open, make sure to be active at least once a year.

Trip Reports / Shulem92's Honeymoon to Hawaii, L.A. and Chicago
« on: September 25, 2016, 08:50:06 PM »
I'm gonna start this TR a little unconventional, but since its technically part of planning, I'll write it anyway, and you can skip it if you don't care for it, click HERE for the planning, or HERE for the actual TR.

B"H I got engaged mid March. Being that my wedding was scheduled for late June, it made sense to plan a honeymoon for the summer, late August. I wanted to try and use as many points as possible and not have to use cash, so it was time for an app-o-rama ;) I applied and got approved for:

Amex plat 100k
Amex PRG 50k
Southwest Plus 50k
Southwest Premier 50k
CSP 50k
Barclay's Arrival Plus 40k
Barclay's LH 50k

Did most of the spending in the first month. I (stupidly) swiped for 17k on the amex plat and got FR'd. In my haste to pay up the bill, I tried cashing a check into my chase checking account and the check bounced🙈. Cashed it again the next day and paid my bill. I survived the FR with only a credit slash. 2 weeks to my wedding and I'm thinking that my money issues are done, right? I mean what's better than surviving the dreaded FR? Nope it just wasn't meant to be. A day before my wedding I try quick paying a friend some money, and I get an odd response, "sorry, you do not have enough funds for this transaction". Hmmm. That's odd. I call chase, and they inform me that my account had been frozen due to " improper use of funds". Being that they never even informed me that my account was frozen, I had 2 payments to Barclay's come back returned. OK, big deal, I'll worry about it some other time, as I was getting married the next day. When my next statement was due I tried making a payment to Barclay's from my wife's savings account (as my money was still frozen by chase), and both Barclay's and TD reassured me that I can make a payment from a savings account. 3 days later, I realized that the payment returned again, because for some reason they weren't able to process a payment from a savings account. I quickly call up Barclay's, and they tell me that both my cards were shut down. After reviewing my account, because 4 payments returned, they established that I was a security risk. (I had opened 7 cards in 1 day, and maxed them all out to hit the spending threshold). Luckily I had already met the spending threshold for the bonus on the Miles & More, but my Arrival Plus points evaporated as soon as they shut down the card. No amount of HUCA was able to retrieve them.

So now I have:
55k LH
115k SW (companion)
170k MR
60k UR
30k UA

My MR were frozen for a bit, but that's a really long story, and I'm sure you're probably bored of this by now. I just needed to vent, sorry....

To be continued...

Credit Cards And Finance / chase closing my checking account
« on: June 26, 2016, 06:38:33 PM »
did anyone ever hear of getting your checking account shut down due to using uncollected funds? is there any way to appeal? i never actually used uncollected funds, but im being bounced around from rep to rep. any help would be appreciated. thanx

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