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  1. Let's make it a triple dose to cure any confusion - from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generic_drug : "A generic drug is a pharmaceutical drug that contains the same chemical substance as a drug that was originally protected by chemical patents. Generic drugs are allowed for sale after the patents on the original drugs expire. Because the active chemical substance is the same, the medical profile of generics is believed to be equivalent in performance." As ML previously observed, for the US anyway, emphasis should be placed on the relevant patents (as administered by the USPTO in the US). Patents confer exclusivity of ownership (IP rights) to exclude others from copying the chemical formulation discovered, for a number of years set by law, typically by a bioscience startup or large international drug company, and proved effective to the US FDA at great expense. Companies will often fiddle with their formulations in an attempt to extend their patent rights for additional years of exclusivity, and will sometimes 'negotiate' with generics manufacturers to retain their ability to gouge the US public through the opaque and essentially corrupt pharmaceutical insurance industry (which my late Dad helped found 50 years ago as a nonprofit - then the Texans moved in...)
  2. Apparently the cable selected is "outdoor", which is excellent, though "buryable" is probably better. Unless you expect to have 'net service to the home at speeds exceeding 10 Gb/sec, a ruggedized Cat 6a - 7 product should perform the same, but why not 8. The length limit on ethernet cables is usually 100 meters (300 ft), and my cursory tests at home indicate no major speed reduction at that length. A longer ruggedized cable even at a lower Cat standard can afford great flexibility in cable placement and even burial (in PVC pipe, for instance).
  3. EP, thanks for the valuable and competent first-hand report - a tonic in an era of medieval epidemiological propaganda (stateside, anyway). May I ask, where are you and your afflicted neighbors located, as precisely as is comfortable? Again, big thanks.
  4. A few years ago before I bought a still undeveloped lot in SJC, I did everything I could online to check out the municipal sewer system serving the site (which is very steep, at least). I came across this (free but gated) 'case study' describing the installation of an UV processing plant in SJC. See: https://www.wateronline.com/doc/wastewater-disinfection-san-juan-cosala-mexico-case-study-0001, and also https://www.trojantechnologies.com/en/applications/municipal/wastewater?origin=dropdown&c1=applications&c2=municipal&c3=wastewater&clickedon=wastewater. The manufacturer at least claims to serve serious towns in California, and in my neighborhood in the redwoods most everybody uses 'ozination' to treat their large well water tanks, and knowing this I was skeptical/pessimistic that SJC could/would maintain their system, which if it's similar to ozination requires specialized light emitters, electrical power and regular flushing. Expensive.
  5. ...and you previously wrote "How far west? To Jocotepec and the on to Zapopan." These comments suggest you may have spoken with Total Players, perhaps during your own installation. Your blurb indicates you're in SJC. May I ask, AFAYK, does/will TotalPlay serve SJC neighborhoods west of the Racquet Club? Thanks - (And I guess this brings up a question I won't ask about the availability of "infill" installations by TP, ILox and others in proximate neighborhoods bypassed during initial build-outs...)
  6. My future neighbor in SJC has this installation, and it seems like a logical location (so long as automotive oozing don't contaminate anything). It would be expensive overkill from a water/sewer management perspective, but if local zoning lakeside limits homes to two stories, can well-engineered structures add full basements below grade (which is kind of hard to define at a 25 degree slope), suitable for both general use and facility location and operation. My lot is so small that a fancy cantilevered foundation is planned anyway... TIA
  7. Lest someone fixate on such figures, my dark green 2600 gal (@ roughly 10k lt) US style Rotonics water tank is just about 8 x 8 ft. V = π r^2 h They make these quality tanks in various formats, and at least 50% more voluminous, such as my neighbors' @ 12 ft tall, a freestanding specimen, on a pad foundation - cost about US$3k. Don't know if these branded products are available in Mexico, but I think I once saw a small one in a hardware store in Ajijic.
  8. That's good general advice, but my situation is based on my current experience here in Mendocino, even now in the middle of a draught. In SJC I have a small, steep view lot and all the other buried tanks and hardware previously mentioned have to be configured carefully. This is the point, to integrate into and supplement the function of municipal utilities and, in the case of water harvested from a 150 sq mt roof with a lot of plants forming a serious rooftop view garden, to have the ability, if necessary, to buy water off a truck using concealed, built in ports and pipes, to pump water back up, for example, such energy expenditure ideally involving intermittent municipal pressure. Rooftop water harvesting and ambitious storage are obviously key features that should almost always be design defaults . @ 100/gal day p/p, typical of the US, storage of over 400k lt/yr would be required for three persons, unless they resorted to the combo sombrero-bidet involving wash cloths described above, a perfectly reasonable solution if you only have a liter a day.
  9. Am in the process of designing a house in SJC which will have city water and sewer, but supplemented with such systems on a small scale, should city facilities fail, plus a 10k lt water tank also connected to rooftop rain capture. Carefully positioned solar panels designed in, rather than pasted on.
  10. Some Lloyds history: https://www.discoversma.com/places/mexico/guanajuato/san-miguel-de-allende/insurance/oa-orourke-asociados/
  11. "Starlink is targeting service in the Northern U.S. and Canada in 2020, rapidly expanding to near global coverage of the populated world by 2021." See: https://www.starlink.com/
  12. Z - www.travelingmailbox.com looks excellent - shipping packages seems to involve a monthly fee and other related reasonable charges which maybe could be switched on/off as needed - thanks for the recommendation.
  13. Again thanks to earlyretirement for the comprehensive treatment of the PR process two years ago. Contacting Mexican consulates here in northern California appears to be impossible, and if one visits without an appointment, you might be turned away, so I read with interest that Santa Ana once upon a time was accessible. Reviewing their website, I noticed that over the intervening two years that the financial requirements for PR have increased over 50%, as below. Perfectly reasonable, except that most financially competent persons would not keep $130k cash in savings accounts at no interest. So do the Mexican authorities include CDs, brokerage or forex accounts representing cash and other financial asset positions, particularly if the aggregated total is multiples of the minimal figure they require? Thanks. Per https://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/santaana/index.php/extranjeros2020-2/visas2020-2 : "• Proof of economic solvency: a) Original and a photocopy of the last twelve bank statements (the complete official statement month by month, with full name and address – NO P.O. Box), showing a monthly ending balance of over $129,705.00 dollars; OR b) Original and a photocopy of documents showing that the applicant has a pension with a monthly income of over $3,242.00 dollars during the last six months (pension statement and bank statements, the complete official statement month by month, with full name and address – NO P.O. Box)."
  14. Sorry - Don't remember cost of sewing a suit in Baht, either. Around US$100 at the time...
  15. A couple of years ago, I took a pair of spectacular classic rayon tropical shirts to Rosy to be first repaired and then copied in terms of cut with cotton fabric I had brought with me from California. It turns out that rayon somehow disintegrates just as if it had been attacked by moths, and I asked Rosy to patch the holes, for which she quoted a reasonable price, and to pattern match a new shirt with ample an amount of printed fabric with dinosaurs in a rich jungle setting. For this, custom job, I think she quoted US$23, and I had to go scare up some buttons. The final product of this project was excellent, but as I understood her, she found it difficult and might have changed more. The patching repairs, which certainly arrested further disintegration, were quite crude and in no way resembled proper 'reweaving', which she never promised and I lacked the Spanish to discuss, and which would have been quite expensive if even possible. There may be a sort of 'tailors' justice' at play here. Once in Bangkok I picked up a 3-piece suit-length of Italian 150s pinstripe (superfine fabric, hard to work with) and the very friendly and suspiciously handsome Kashmiri salesman of the sort you see in the better tailor shops in BKK quoted me a good price and away we went. For two fittings, they had to bring in the foreman from the Chinese workshops where the real work gets done, very hip guy, and they explained how the salesman had quoted way too low for the expert work involved. They did a beautiful job, except for certain interior panels that they usually shower with handwork, the point being that they had to cut back on work somehow to lose less on what for them was a substandard deal.
  16. For a discussion of certain issues re OLED burn-in, Pl. see: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/oled-screen-burn-in-what-you-need-to-know-now/ I use large HDMI screens driven by networked laptops for both computer monitors and entertainment video, and the static Windows interface at least seems as if it would probably scar an OLED display for life because I sometimes leave the things on for months at a time. This site seems to take reviewing seriously: https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/best/by-size/65-inch - look around the reviews and become familiar with the relevant issues. Modern screens are spectacular. I attended the seminar at Berkeley maybe twenty years ago when somebody announced the results of a big study of the viability of OLED for displays, and they knew the technology had limitations, including mainly the possibly that their lifespan might be limited due to organic oxidation. A superior new technology, MicroLED, is being hyped but it so far has manufacturing issues and is absurdly expensive. See: https://www.cnet.com/news/microled-could-soon-replace-oled-screens-samsung-first-line-try/
  17. "French demographer Alfred Sauvy wrote of "Three worlds, one planet" in an article published in L'Observateur in 1952. The First World consisted of the U.S., Western Europe and their allies. The Second World was the so-called Communist Bloc: the Soviet Union, China, Cuba and friends. The remaining nations, which aligned with neither group, were assigned to the Third World." The poshest and most efficient hospital I've ever seen was thus '3rd world', Bumrungrad in Bangkok, one of the inventors of 'medical tourism'. See: https://www.bumrungrad.com/en And, yes, millions of patients die and suffer needlessly world-wide every year due to primitive practices and seemingly willful ignorance, despite the ministrations of real healers such as Dr. Gawande. See: https://www.newyorker.com/contributors/atul-gawande , or historically, Semmelweis.
  18. Don't know about the civilized world, but in the states, there is SiPC. See: https://www.sipc.org/for-investors/what-sipc-protects
  19. If it's at least legal (if ill-advised), manufacturers might include methanol in the list of ingredients minutely printed on the product bottle at retail.
  20. Over the last seven hours, the peso has gained back almost 3% against the USD. The Banco de Mexico cut rates to 4.25% from 4.50%. This was a generally expected move. Of course, this being forex, it was front run and the peso counter-intuitively rose while earning less interest.
  21. The peso (MXN) has fallen about 7% in value against the US dollar (USD) over the last four days as optimism about economies worldwide fades. It currently trades at about 22.38 pesos to the dollar on forex.com.
  22. JS, would you care to share the name and type of contribution made by those professionals who assisted you? I'm getting ready to build on a very small (1600 sf ft) view lot in SJC early next year, and need to know how in detail how to best balance the 'viewshed' interests of all who might be impacted, and to understand the sort of restrictions you detail above. Also, I hope to engineer the place for an elaborate roof garden and solar array, and want to do everything to an unusually high technical standard, as well as within conventional code. It would be great to engage an expert English speaking advisor asap. Thanks.
  23. Per the US CDC: "A vaccine to prevent dengue (Dengvaxia®) is licensed and available in some countries for people ages 9-45 years old. The World Health Organization recommends that the vaccine only be given to persons with confirmed prior dengue virus infection." See: https://www.cdc.gov/dengue/prevention/dengue-vaccine.htm Have no information about its' availability anywhere.
  24. What's that on your collar? (The west African Emperor scorpion)
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