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  1. 2 hours ago, Paul E. said:

    Even at non-committed pricing, through Twilio, 500 SMS messages would cost $3.75. It's an interesting way to reduce spam registrations.

    Problem being any spam attempts that put in bogus phone numbers would count toward your Twilio usage. Any such system would need to be carefully designed to prevent abuse that could cost the board owner an untold amount of money with zero benefit over traditional email. 

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it can’t be done... There are a lot of things to consider to ensure such a system can’t be abused and cost the board owner lots of $$$. Human readable code always gets out somehow. Any code written will be inspected for vulnerabilities and possibly exploited. 

  2. @OlympusRyan I’m afraid I’m unable to reply to your review and my DM for this account is turned off on this community.

    Could you please try submitting a support request again? I’ve verified that my mail and support systems are up and running and has been tested. Should you have any issues, please reply to this topic.

  3. On 6/5/2020 at 8:07 PM, MadMaddox said:

    Reading everything word for word to this point, this author is "defining" the word "condescending" all by himself.

    That’s because the inflammatory posts I was referring to were removed. I do agree that most of the quoted post of mine, or all of it, should also be removed. 

    Welcome to the topic, based on your  passion, it sounds like you have a lot of ideas. I’m sure other clients / IPS would be interested in hearing them as feature suggestions for IPS’ budding mobile app.

  4. I used to have hundreds of friends, mostly from school/work. I’m from the generation where you had to have a school .edu account to sign up. I gave up Facebook almost 3 years ago, last electionish timeframe, and haven’t looked back. There is one thing about having a healthy debate on differences. It’s an entirely different story when debates turn into defamation and overall nastiness. Nothing productive. 

    When any of my family members start a sentence with “I read this on Facebook” I instantly tune them out. My mom sends me links to Facebook and/or general social media sites all the time. She doesn’t get the message when I reply to her text “UNSUBSCRIBE”. 

    The only use I have for Facebook/Twitter  are the enabling of social media logins. 

  5. I’ve got to say, the pandemic hasn’t hit my families daily life hardly at all. We already home schooled, I already have a home office that can be closed off, and having not been able to drive until very recently basically keeps things closer to what has been the norm already for a few years. 

    I greatly sympathize with others having difficulty balancing home school and work. Our family has been passing along recommendations to friends on different ways of home schooling. If you do it in a way that works for your family, school can take less than 2.5 hours a day. Yes, social interaction is a very crucial role that schools play into, losing that is unfortunate. Our kids have coped well with FaceTime and Facebook video for kids. We have friends that are having birthdays, we do drive by parties honking our horns and yelling and singing out the window. It’s fun, outside the box, things you can think of to make the best out of a poor situation. 

    I’m one of the lucky ones, I realize that. But I follow the self quarantine for both the protection of my family and the protection of my community. If we can all do our part, to the best of our ability, we can collectively save countless lives. 

    The one real thing that ticks me off the most..... All remotely nearby stores are out of my favorite PEANUT BUTTER!!! Had to drive 45 minutes to find it! 

  6. TENS units are quite popular, basically electrical therapy for achy muscles and muscle knots/cramps. 


    I’ve used them in the past. They are certainly interesting devices. Whether there is any correlation with that or any other electrical therapy to individual cells, especially against a virus, I would have to defer to experts.

    On a side note, I get zapped with ~4 Volts in my neck every 45 seconds for 30 seconds, VNS Therapy 2.5mA on a platinum iridium wire with an impedance of ~600 ohms (I think). Supposed to stop my seizures. Best example I can give to describe the feeling/pain is putting a 9V battery on your tongue and the stinging feeling you get with it. Only put that feeling an inch inside your neck. 

  7. 1 hour ago, Sonya* said:

    Today is one month I have spent at home with my two sons (2 and 4 years old). It is hard not to have any free time for myself but I am really proud that I have managed it and we all get well. We are starting our second month now. Sometimes I am afraid we will never get our normal lives back und ask myself what will happen to my kids. Will they be affected by not having any contact over long time to other children? And other day I am optimistic that there soon be a simple solution and we can forget all this pandemic stuff like a nightmare. Between fear and hope, tired and drained. But still there and trying do my best.

    Look at the bright side... These are moments you’ll have with your kids that you’ll never forget. Time flies, believe me... Your kids will never forget. 

    I’ve got a 6 and 10 year old. They will never forget the extra time that daddy spent with them these last weeks. Mainly because I no longer have a 2 hour commute. My commute is 30 seconds. 😝

  8. @Kyle F Hang in there!  I wish you the best of luck combatting what is a very hard internal battle and quite different for everyone.

    Everyone is quite different, but I’m in a similar boat. I’ve found that getting in the car and going for a drive to help a bit. Breaks up the monotony of sitting in a stale home. Sunlight has done wonders for me. Obviously maintaining social distancing, which I try to keep at over 10 feet, and no where there are surfaces that could retain the virus. 

  9. My county and state respectively. 




    Texas Dept of Health. 
    On a brighter note, my boss escalated my request to continue to work from home while there is still a greater risk to my daughter. It had to go to the VP of engineering to get approved. Thankfully, I reported directly to the VP many years ago, before he was a VP. So he knows who I am, my quality of work, and my work ethic. 


  10. The county in which I live. 


    The State


    That’s the increase over 2 WEEKS.    Source, Texas Dept of Health.

    This isn’t going away any time soon. I have a daughter with asthma, if I go to the office her Dr ordered me to quarantine myself from her for 14 days. Can you imagine having to quarantine yourself FROM your entire family in fear of your child getting a disease that can compound her breathing issues? What happens when my employer forces employees to return to the office but this thing isn’t over? And I work for an essential business, energy sector. 

    It’s easy to talk about a death toll when you’re not one of them. Regardless of the ailment a death is a death. This virus caught the world by surprise. Is it acceptable to add more deaths because of a new virus? Sure the flu has its impact, but now it’s compounded. How many additional lives are lost that are caused by those ignoring quarantine? How many families are divided and suffering? How many people are going without food, water, money? Many don’t get paid unless they work, some businesses are supporting their employees, not all can.  It took FEMA 5 days to get water to the Superdome after Katrina. Will governments help as quickly as those suffering need them to?

  11. On 3/29/2020 at 7:28 PM, Makoto said:

    Food is essential.

    Shelter is essential.

    Healthcare is essential.

    First responders are essential.

    Police are essential.

    Truck Drivers are essential.  Without them food and much needed supply delivery would be impossible. They are, in many ways, the lifeblood of our society that ensure all other essential services have what they need to be effective.

    On 3/29/2020 at 7:45 PM, Morgin said:

    @Makoto I’ll give you the same advice you gave me. It’s not worth engaging. 

    Agreed. Those that stick to the topic at hand have had very beneficial discussions. The trolling is old... I'll admit that I had a few comments that would be considered trolling... But it's not worth it at this point. Be the better man / woman and "Let it Go!"

    @Joel R makes very good points about the socioeconomic impacts that this will have on the country. Much like the automobile bailout that occurred not to long back; this is going to be an impact that will be worldwide. The lower and middle class families and small business owners are going to be those impacted the hardest, outside of those that lose their lives or have permanent health changes over this pandemic, including mental health. 

    We have family friends that only see each other to play games / socialize. We've both self-quarantined. If anyone in my family decides to leave quarantine, we can no longer visit our best friends. The mother has an autoimmune disease as well as multiple ailments that surround her lungs. If she were to get the virus it would no doubt kill her. They even leave their MAIL in quarantine for 48-72 hours before opening it. My daughter has asthma, if she were to get it would be very hard on her from a breathing aspect. I also have a high risk elderly family member that lives with me. It's simply not worth leaving quarantine to risk their lives. 

    These are assumptions from Texas officials, Governor, but their beliefs is that for every confirmed COVID case, there are 10 others that are not confirmed. While that is certainly a SWAG by the Texas government, it's certainly a talking point. Regardless of the number, you have to admit that testing capability has been limited, not all cases can be reported if they can't be tested. This also includes those that don't get very ill, but are carriers that are infecting others unknowingly. This thing isn't going away anytime soon.  

    Rumors in Texas are that schools will not open until, at minimum, this fall.  But again, those are rumors.

  12. 1 hour ago, Makoto said:

    I work from home myself and get most things delivered by default, so, not a huge impact for me personally. I'm used to living most of my life indoors, haha.

    Only thing is I can't go out and see movies and such, just really small stuff like that. I can still work and keep busy otherwise.

    I picked up Half-Life Alyx yesterday actually, which is an amazing VR game if you happen to have a VR headset to play it with!

    We home school, only real difference is that the kids can’t go out and socialize. Our social distancing is having our kids FaceTime with their friends while they play games. 😂 Minecraft / Legos. 

     It’s kind of nice, though. I have a job that I can work from home if they’d let me. This forces their hand. Makes my work life easier. 

  13. Honestly, I ignore the news, I ignore social media, I ignore any topics that are negative. I do this primarily because of a medical condition and the impact of its treatment. Unfortunately, I can’t go see my specialist Dr due to this. Which means my treatment is basically on hold. I can’t get my implant or medications adjusted to advance my treatment.

    The impact on the overall health system is greater than COVID. I thank the stars that my condition isn’t life threatening, but many people’s are. Heart disease, cancer treatments, etc.

    I’m not a herd follower, but when you see governments ALL around the world shutting things down, that’s a telltale sign that the expert advisors to all of those governments are coming to a similar conclusion. Right or wrong, only time can truly tell. 

    That’s said, I support the measures being taken by each government in their efforts to protect their citizens. Economic impact is/will be severe and those governments will do what they can to continue to support their citizens. 

    To specifically target events being cancelled... Let’s break it down to one simple fact that is indisputable. These events are about brining in revenue, you have to pay the bills, right? If they can’t get enough fans in the stands, who pays the bill? 

  14. 6 hours ago, Morgin said:

    Hopefully you are able to just isolate yourself until you get better anyway. Having a run down immune system with this out there is still terrifying 😕. Best wishes to you and your family. Glad you have a small piece of good news. 

    My wife put me in my ‘man cave’ for 4 days. A 13x15 room has been my life, talk about cabin fever... I’ve got 3 high risk people in my house, so until I got a diagnosis from a teledoc they were freaked out a bit. Was a 5-6 hour wait to see a doc, which is a bit telling about the strain on our medical system. 

    We homeschool our kids, so the only cabin fever we have is that we can’t take them to the park or on field trips. Boy Scouts cancelled, so my son isn’t getting in the good citizenship part of his schooling. Heritage girls is also cancelled, so my daughter is in same boat. That’s the primary impact on our lives... We have a small group of friends, 3 families, that we get together with most weekends. They are our social distancing circle of friends. 

  15. It has run its course. Many are making it political when it should be about saving as many lives as we as we can and helping others in our communities. 
    Are politicians going to try and use this to further their agenda, sure, but that’s a worry for another day?

    I’ve said a stupid thing or two, so have others. Time to “Let it go” ?? 

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