While all major religious groups may hire lawyers who hire pi's, I'd guesss that the budget per capita for scientology pi's is about 500 or 1000 or 5000 times as much as the median religious group spends.
jim, clearwater, fl Age: 52
I have not been able to obtain a phone number from Ring Shuffle. I entered all the required information, but never received anything from them. Has anyone used this successfully?
Zeb, Austin, Tx Age: 62
I have this po box in another state so I don't go there often but lately I have not received any mail (except a few pieces of junk mail) . Is it possible that someone has changed my address (unknown to me) I have not spoken to the postmaster yet about this. Thanks
Larry, Houston, Tx Age: 64
As I understand it, it is best to use your PMB address on luggage. What about on the pet carrier? Is it best to use that same address or a friend's address or actually use a friend's address on both?
Zeb, Austin, Tx Age: 62
Somebody ought to start a petition - here: (see link below)
On the other hand, who here would sign such a petition?
URL #1: https://www.change.org
Nona, San Francisco, CA Age: 47
In reference to the recent blog, any mention of whether these invasive questions would be required of those who are renewing passports? I currently have a passport card, but not a passport.
Mel, Dallas, TX Age: 49
Add me to the list of those preferring the old format. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Jim, Tampa, FL Age: 49
Just wondering if anyone has tried this program and could give feedback on how secure it might be. There is a free trial, but I have not signed up yet.
URL #1: http://www.shopshield.net/
Mel, Dallas, TX Age: 49
Mr. Luna, what is your opinion on Virtual office type solutions such as Regus, IntelligentOffice, etc....where they offer phone answering, mail receipt and business address? Thank you sir
Chris, Sterling, VA Age: 45
Enjoyed reading your updated "Off the Grid". For the past eight years have been using a high top conversion van I made into a mini motorhome to travel. Thus, use your book to seek new ideas and acts as a review of what I think I know. A question, on page 11 you list drilling a hole in the floor with details to follow. I can't seem to find the details of what the intended use is. Would you let me know what page it is on?
Thanks again for all your work,
Robert, Detroit, Michigan Age: 69
This site creates their database from a person's email address. Anytime you make an online purchase from Amazon, Newegg, etc. a profile can be created based on your email address which includes name, address, and phone number. "We provide charts and graphs to show the breakdown of your email list by income, presence of children, marital status, and other premium data fields so you can learn more about your customer base."
Paul, Fairfax, VA Age: 40
See the link below. Do you believe that could be true? (The Church of Scientology says they never hire PIs.)
URL #1: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20120923-texas-lawsuit-scientology-leader-paid-private-investigators-millions-to-monitor-former-rival.ece
Mateo, San Jose, CA Age: 27
1. I've joined your mailing list but never get anything....do you send out blasts or emails often? or not all lately?
2. Are you actively working on the Invisible Money revision? I would really like to have your thoughts on a number of things.
3. I am trying to piece together a strategy from reading HTBI 3rd edition....however, I'm not quite sure if you would recommend having a family member's address as a ghost address? I was thinking about 'temporarily' forwarding all stuff to my parent's address...as I am moving. Then cancel the forwarding at some point but still keep stuff coming to my parents address....any danger in this for either me or my parents? I am not involved in anything nefarious...just want to be private. Thanks
Chris, Sterling, VA Age: 45
2. Yes, but more work is needed.
3. Family will work but is not as safe as a true ghost address.
I'm just glad the site's here and that Jack's writing his blog stuff.
Teresa, Lewiston, Idaho Age: 49
Is it better to "unsubscribe" or block addresses in your spam folder?
Lupe, Dallas, TX Age: over 18
A great example of "big data" from today's New York Times (article title: "An Evangelical is Back from Exile, Lifting Romney")
"Three years ago, [Ralph] Reed . . . began assembling what he calls the largest-ever database of reliably conservative religious voters. To identify religious voters most likely to vote Republican, the group used 171 data points. . . . It acquired megachurch membership lists. It mined public records for holders of hunting or boating licenses, and warranty surveys for people who answered yes to the question â��Do you read the Bible?â�� It determined who had downloaded conservative-themed books, like â��Going Rogueâ�� by Sarah Palin, onto their e-readers, and whether those people also drove pickup trucks. It drilled down further, looking for married voters with children, preferably owners of homes worth more than $100,000. . . . Finally, names that overlapped at least a dozen or so data points were overlaid with voting records to yield a database with the addresses and, in many cases, e-mail addresses and cellphone numbers of the more than 17 million faith-centric registered voters."
URL #1: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/us/politics/ralph-reed-hopes-to-nudge-mitt-romney-to-a-victory.html
Juan, Chicago, IL Age: 43
I hate the new format. Makes me less inclined to do a quick scan of the forum when I'm checking my regular sites.
John, Va Beach, Va Age: 40
It may be time to stop using the local coffee shop for web access. A judge has rued that "sniffing" is not wiretapping.
Is there anytime when it is safe to use an open network?
URL #1: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/09/sniffing-open-wifi-networks-is-not-wiretapping-judge-says/
Paula, Columbus, OH Age: 54
iPhone is the 'most secure' mobile device. Second is Android, and Blackberry is last - according to these Dutch researchers.
"It just shows how much you should trust valuable data on a mobile device. It took us three weeks, working from scratch, and the iPhone is the most advanced device in terms of security."
I love this quote, "We really wanted to show that it is possible, limited time, with limited resources, to exploit the hardest target. That's the big message. No one should be doing anything of value on their mobile phone," Pol said.
URL #1: http://www.zdnet.com/mobile-pwn2own-iphone-4s-hacked-by-dutch-team-7000004498/
Drake, Los Angeles, CA Age: 37
Also never meet anyone at your home. Selling a vehicle, gun, etc., just tell prospective buyers you're meeting people in the Safeway parking lot (or whatever). You don't want someone looking at your truck so they can come back later to steal the stereo. Also take your pictures in a public place so people cannot figure out your location from context or make assumptions based on your house or other cars visible in the photo.
Jim, Missoula, MT Age: 33
On craigslist.org in the free section several ads have been posted"everything free" and a time, date, and home address posted. People arrive to find nothing free and mad residents. All had posted something on craigslist with thier home address on the ad. The free ad was identified as coming from a nigerian ipo. NEVER give your true address on craigslist.
Joe, phoenix, arizona Age: 42
Quote "I also liked the old format. But progress is progress. We must accept the new format."
I hope this is not true. The old format was much easier to use. I hope we're not stuck with the new one. Anybody still remember "New Coke"?
Barb, Odessa, TX Age: 43
I'd like to hear/know about creative ideas for ghost addresses. I currently have 4 in my new location, including a junkyard,funeral homeand an out-of-state church for a package drop. (Long story for another time..) Would anyone care to share anecdotes of ghost addresses in unusual/interesting places? Could end up being a good idea for someone else out there.
KEITH, Austin, texas Age: 41
I also liked the old format. But progress is progress. We must accept the new design. You have done so much for readers over the years that I have no reason to complain. It's like getting out of my Chevy & hopping into my new Mercedes Benz. Thank you for the new life.
bobby, newport beach, ca Age: 78
Check out bookdepository, UK based but free worldwide delivery, and they have the book.
Was waiting for kindle version of the 3rd edition to become available in Europe, but got impatient and ordered my physical copy there.
URL #1: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/How-Be-Invisible-Luna/9781250010452
Thomas, Brussels, Belgium Age: 25
I have to join the others saying they prefer the old Q&A page. I do too. I actually strongly miss the forum - why did it even disappear?
As for the current style, I ask you if you've ever browsed the mini-forums at the bottom of each listing of IMDB - and done so without being logged into IMDB? You will see it is super-annoying to have to click on every.single.link.
Additionally, few Internet users have ever been able to draft nice clean & descriptive question/post/topic titles, preferring vague ones in their stead.
Finally, in another note, will the new edition of your esteemed book ever be available on Amazon.co.uk?
Alex, Lisburn, UK Age: 37
Edward Tufte shows full content in his forum, and he's a leader in information design.
URL #1: http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0000fT
Jim, Missoula, MT Age: 33
I like the OLD format where you could scroll through the entire set of questions and answers on a single page. (Or 25 or 50 per page.) The recent update, and the more recent modification to it, are aggravating because you have to open a new tab or window for each individual question.
Paul, Richmond, VA Age: 40
The "AirPort ID" on a Mac computer is the MAC (media access controller) address of the wireless (wifi) interface. It is your local network address so other devices on the local network can find and talk to your computer. This is not unique to Apple and is necessary for networking to function on all computers.
MAC addresses are local to the directly connected network. That is, only your wifi base station and other wireless users that can pick up the actual radio signal can see it. It isn't visible to Internet web sites.
That being said, while web sites can see your MAC for tracking, local software could if it wanted to. Many online games use it to uniquely identify your computer and link their software clients to the number to make sure you aren't "sharing" the software without paying.
Apple uses the ID to help iTunes keep track of your different devices. This is how it will distinguish between your MacBook and your iPhone.
In short, yes, it is used in some situations to track your computer and there is nothing you can do about it short of not ever connecting to the Internet.
Looking at the main page right now I see over 50 questions spanning a 3-week time frame and displaying about 4-lines of text each. That is probably a little bit overkill for anyone who shows up here even semi-regularly.
You could easily expand the lines of text shown to 10 and limit the display to the last 20 or so questions.
However, since the questions are all moderated and possibly edited before being posted, you could also just do away with the limit on lines and post the whole question for easy reading. Anything that is too long is either a candidate for editing down or, if it is good enough, abbreviating and pulling over to your blog for an in-depth treatment.
Assuming you own the vehicle free and clear, the vehicle is registered in MT, and you have a valid MT residential address, here is an inexpensive method of transferring ownership of the vehicle to the LLC.
NOTE: Things will go MUCH smoother if your LLC name ends in Ã�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½leasing,Ã�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½ such as Tire Tread Leasing LLC. For some reason if the LLC has the word leasing in it, the MT DMV classifies the company as a leasing company and you donÃ�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½t need the letter of good standing and things just go more smoothly with fewer questions.
Step 1--add the LLC to the title.
Things you will need: the MT title to the vehicle, copy of the Articles, a printout of your corporation details from the Corporations Bureau of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission website (http://188.8.131.52/CorpSearch/CorpSearch.aspx), letter of good standing from the Corporations Bureau of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (not necessary if your LLC name ends in Ã�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½leasingÃ�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½), MT driverÃ�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½s license, and insurance on the vehicle (MT is switching to an electronic lookup for proof of insurance, soon paper proof of insurance will not be accepted), and valid residential MT address (PO, PMB, etc addresses are not accepted; although they can be used as mailing addresses).
Procedure: go into the DMV and explain that you want to add your company name to the title of your vehicle. Tell them itÃ�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½s a NM company that you own, but you live in MT and the vehicle is used as a personal vehicle in MT. The DMV will want a MT Tax ID Number (TIN), or they may tell you that you can use your SSN instead. Ask that they use the CorpNmscc number (also listed as the Instrument Number) from the printout of your corporation details. Pay the $12 and wait for the new title to arrive. I think your existing vehicle registration tags remain valid, but I did this at the same time I paid for the annually tags, so IÃ�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½m not completely sure.
Step 2Ã�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½remove your name from the title.
Things you will need: same stuff as before, keeping in mind that the letter of good standing is only needed if your LLC name doesnÃ�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½t end in Ã�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½leasing.Ã�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½
Procedure: go into the DMV and explain that you want to remove your name from the title, so the title will just be in your company name. They will again ask for the TIN, so give them the number from your corporation details printout. The will have you sign some stuff, then you will pay the $12 fee.
After removing your name form the vehicle title, visit your insurance company and have them modify your policy to reflect the title change. This process probably varies by insurance carrier; mine just needed to see a copy of the Articles, the TIN (the CorpNmscc number), and make sure they know the vehicle is being used as a personal vehicle, not as a business vehicle.
(I suspect the odd symbols are because you did a cut and paste from MS Word.)
This format is better than title only format, but I prefer to see the entire question and response. Most posts are fairly short, and there are not too many new posts/day, so I never felt overwhelmed with the full view style.
Jim, Missoula, MT Age: 33
On the box of a Macbook computer, there are five barcodes. One is the product ISBN. The others are Part #, Serial #, AirPort ID, and Bluetooth ID. I'm not sure what an AirPort ID is. Can Apple track your internet browsing habits with this info, provided they have your name and address?
Paul, Fairfax, VA Age: 40
I like the new format better. Now I can scan down questions instead of click, back, click, back, repeat.
Charles, Washington, DC Age: 45
I'm not really sure I like the new question/comment format. I think I liked being able to scan all the questions & answers on the same page. It was faster & I could see more. I have an 18 & a 16 year old who may participate in a paid theatre production. Any way I can get around them having to use SSN's to be able to get paid for their work - other than a cash payment which probably isn't an option?
traci, florence, ky Age: 50
In the U.S., any time to work for someone else, you must furnish a Social Security number. No legal way around that,
Many websites track your every move as you scroll through the internet. This especially applies to Facebook and other social media. Here is freebie tool to use to thwart them - "Do Not Track Plus":
Sam, San Gil, Mexico Age: 48
Here in N.J., they are pulling out all the pay phones from every place that used to have them.
That includes, gas stations, diners, hotels, and the post office. One day I went everywhere looking for one and could not find one anywhere.
I finally found some at this large truck stop chain about a half hour from where I live. But you can only make outgoing calls, no incoming at all.
I'm not sure if they still have them at the rest stops on the toll roads, I have not used them in years. So leaving my cellphone at home is not an option for me.
Dave, Maple Shade, N.J. Age: 50
You suggest not getting an ATM card from your bank. Do you have any suggestions on how to get cash when you are living abroad?
Zeb, Houston, Tx Age: 64
"Birthmarks, be damned: the FBI has officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project that will assist in their effort to accumulate and archive information about each and every American at a cost of a billion dollars."
URL #1: http://rt.com/usa/news/fbi-recognition-system-ngi-640/
Jeff, Toledo, OH Age: 41
As part of an update to the national fingerprint database, the FBI has begun rolling out facial recognition to identify criminals.
It will form part of the bureau's long-awaited, $1 billion Next Generation Identification (NGI) programme, which will also add biometrics such as iris scans, DNA analysis and voice identification to the toolkit. A handful of states began uploading their photos as part of a pilot programme this February and it is expected to be rolled out nationwide by 2014.
In addition to scanning mugshots for a match, FBI officials have indicated that they are keen to track a suspect by picking out their face in a crowd.
[Charles: On a side note, Facebook and Google both have similar systems to help auto tag photos that people upload.]
URL #1: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21528804.200-fbi-launches-1-billion-face-recognition-project.html
on pg 173 of HTBIv3 you said you went to a "private licensing bureau" to register a car. I understand AAA offers licensing bureau functions (but isn't this only in South California)?
I'm unaware of any other options (than going to DMV to register a car). What are some "private licensing bureaus" that I could use instead of the DMV? I'm interested in options for the MidWest and Florida/Georgia area.
Perhaps some readers can help.
I've read a lot of privacy books. Most of them I haven't liked very much. I just finished HTBI v3 (one of the few privacy books that is stellar). I've seen the Nestmann books mentioned in the Appendix. I'm hesitant to spend $150 without even being able to scan the contents of the book first. Anybody have any feedback they care to share on these books? The privacy books by JJLuna and Bazzell's internet books are great. Is Nestmann worth $150? Does it cover intricate details of using Trusts and other privacy tactics for making payments, titling cars, etc?
URL #1: http://nestmann.com/the-lifeboat-strategy-to-financial-security/?affid=2
Sam, Akron, Ohio Age: 25
For those who are interested, check out "Hiding From the Internet: Eliminating Personal Online Information" by Michael Bazzell, pub 2012. I'm working my way through it, and it appears to be an excellent guide to removing current and/or outdated personal info from many Web sites. (I have no connection with the author or any financial interest in this book -- just passing this info along because I found it useful.)
URL #1: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1478277297/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1478277297&linkCode=as2&tag=htbi-20
Tammy, Chicago, IL Age: 28
This mind-blowing, short clip reveals details of the NSA's top-secret "domestic" spying program, Stellar Wind, which Benney estimates that a facility being build in UT will be able to hold about 100 years worth of the world's electronic communication.
URL #1: http://invisibler.com/the-program-interview-with-william-binney/
Jessica C., Frederick, MD Age: 26
I recently learned from an attorney that a sidearm can be purchased or owned legally via a private party "gift" or sale. Check with your attorney for more details and on the proceedure and legality of this in your area. I am NOT an attorney and NOT providing legal advise, just opinions.
Ben, Las Vegas, NV Age: 29
Heard a recent news report that Walmart is testing a smartphone ap with RFID chips. The customer scans the items with the phone and then checks out. they see this as the "future". I wonder if cash will be eliminated in the future??? JJ, any ideas?
Kenny, St. George, UT Age: 55
N+1 has an interview with Jacob Appelbaum (who is part of the Tor project) titled 'Leave Your Cellphone at Home.
Jacob has a lot to say about privacy, data security, and surveillance. He ought to know. Among other things, he's had his email seized, been relieved of his phone, been the subject of a National Security Letter and generally had his travel disrupted.
URL #1: http://nplusonemag.com/leave-your-cellphone-at-home
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When you rent a P.O. Box, what does the Post Office do with the info on the application? Do they sell it or put in a government database?
Jack, Chicago (VPN thru Amsterdamn), IL Age: 35
I'm actually surprised at the ease of finding celebrity addresses by way of the internet. Usually you can Google the celeb name and the word "home" and come up with something. Also, many of them have homes in their own names! They show up on county records. The biggest advantage they have is that many of them own several homes and travel about so much, that it might be difficult to know exactly where they are living at the time. But obviously the papparazzi have no problem at all stalking these folks. Sure am glad to be a nobody!
Mel, Dallas, TX Age: 49
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