This is a backwards office that still uses typewriters and a paper
appointment book. How can I figure out if they're bound by HIPAA without
asking the dentist directly? It's clear I'm going to have to address this
and I'd like to follow the rule of being forewarned and forearmed when I
talk to them.
I heard about that but I am pretty sure it doesn't exist.
Got an email from Verizon Wireless last week. "Dear xxxxxx, WE VALUE
YOUR PRIVACY, so we are informing you that we record all URLs you visit,
all searches you make and the results of those searches and the location
of your device.
We are allowing you to OPT OUT of the use of this information to build
Nice way to show how they value my privacy. What honest company records
all activities of their paying customers? What honest company uses opt out?
I called and the "executive assistant" person couldn't understand why
anyone would be offended. Then another person called back to let me know
that "at&t" does it too...
Yeah, SURE they do.
Note that you can't opt out of them collecting it, just *using* it to "build
When our businesses and politicians see how well the Chinese internet model
suppresses dissent, we'll move more and more towards it.
Yes. I just called Verizon about getting faster internet and they offered
me a "special price" that was the same as the ad in the county free
newspaper. Most young'uns seem AOK with having their position and every
their every activity tracked by Big Brother. Not me.
First thing I spotted. "opt-out" always reflects arrogance. But a do
nothing opt-out is even more arrogant.
The first VZW person I spoke with happily told me I could "opt-out" and
no data would be collected. I read her the exact language of the email
and asked why it was different than her claim.
Mandatory tracking and data gathering without a judges order is just
VZW is being paid to provide a bridge between your device and the
Internet. It is none of their business what you carry across the bridge.
This is directly analogous to a toll bridge operator requiring you to
get out of your vehicle and empty your pockets and open all doors so
they could inventory what you are bringing across the bridge.
It is a common mis-understanding that what gets "programmed" is the
key. Wrong. The car's computer is programmed to accept that specific
new key (or keys) individual PIN code, which any new key is provided
with in it's packaging.
Same for remote controls, which is why the used ones people buy on
eBay etc (and don't get a code) end up being paperweights.
When I worked at a dealer, we had many cases of people losing their
last key, and car had to be towed to nearest dealership for
programming a new key.
Also re these new remote keys, we did have a case where guy went to
airport, got out of car, it kept running til it ran out of gas while
he was gone.
Yes, however there is truth to needing active keys to program a new one.
On some Fords at least, you can program new keys yourself as long as you
have two current active keys to use in the process, if you don't have
active keys you have to get the vehicle to the dealer and have them use
the VCM/IDS setup to program new keys.
Yes, which is why I recommend getting extras when you get the vehicle
and storing them somewhere safe. If I loose my current keys I still have
two stored away so I'm both not stuck, and I can still program more keys
Yep, and you can also accidentally unlock the vehicle you just locked if
other stuff in your pocket presses the button while you're walking away.
Okay. $75 isn't a bad 1-time insurance premium to pay to make sure I've
always got an original. That seems to be the "key" to the whole chipped key
problem. Life is *probably* going to be easier if you either have the code
number and a plain metal key or a spare chipped key - or both. Thanks!
What do you program a key with? I have a lot of slots on my PC, but no car
I'd prefer to pay $8 instead of $80, obviously, but it depends on what a
programmer costs. What's the deal?
Thanks for your input!
The vehicle itself does the programming with you inserting the two
programmed keys, and then the new, unprogrammed key. Here's a video showing
Way cool. I have no idea if that works for a 2002 Chrysler or where I'd
get a blank from, but it does give me a good idea of what to look for.
It's almost identical for Chrysler & Jeep - very easy - but you have to do
it exactly as described. Sometimes, it will take several tries before you
get it right - Been There Done That
There are several sellers on Ebay that sell Chrysler/Jeep security keys
The programming procedure has you inserting various current and new
keys, turning them on / off, tapping the brake and standing on your head
:) You need two current active keys to perform the process, but it
doesn't require any special tools.
Thanks for not guessing! (-;
FWIW, I read an article a while back that said out-of-town referral
companies were gaming Google and were "muscling in" on the city locksmith
trade by implying they were local when they were really an hour or more
away. They did it by buying telephone numbers in different areas of the
city to give them recognizable exchanges that people would call believing
they were in that very area. The catch was that they were all remote call
forwarded to the one location the guy had in town that sometimes was very
far away. I believe I read it in the SF Chronicle when checking on whether
they really could pass a law making baby weenie whacking (circumcision)
against the law. Now that's really nanny-state thinking.
Anyway that was a few months ago and when I went to the Yellow pages tonight
to call a locksmith (as I believe you suggested!) I saw a suspicious series
of ads and realized I was probably seeing the same thing in the Yellow Pages
that article described: One locksmith that was working hard to appear that
he was local and close by to answer the call when he really wasn't. That's
close to fraud, IMHO, and just shows you have to know what questions to ask.
I always ask call center people what country there are in. Many refuse,
some are proud to say (mostly India), more are saying "America" than there
used to be and some don't understand any question that is not on their menu.
If they fail that test, I ask directly "Are you located in America?" When
you introduce a language complication into an already difficult technical
support situation, it almost never gets any better.
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