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  1. "We are expected to believe that Telmex put fiber optics in a farmer's field, when they can't even get it right in a city or town?" We've had a fiber connector on our ranch fence for twenty years now, and AFAIK it is still 'dark', and similar above-ground sections of it were almost certainly destroyed by grass fires in one or more of the conflagrations around Napa and Mendocino. Until the dot com bust in 2000, northern California had speculative fiber installations in all sorts of remote locations, on the way to somewhere. The idea of 'blaming' farmers for normal operations (unless contractually obliged otherwise) is classic.
  2. I know nada about the social services or other insurance schemes serving the broad Mexican population. Do the costs mentioned here for common medical procedures apply to the ultimate out-of-pocket prices the average Mexican would have to pay (whose per capita GDP is around US$10k per year, while US per capita GDP is US$65k...)? Thanks.
  3. Of course, especially if discreetly parking in a reasonably sized RV later in the evening in an appropriately quiet area near the 'engagement', napping till morning could be straightforward. The price of fuel from RA could make such an evening out uneconomic, however.
  4. A few years ago when a family charitable trust centered in Silicon Valley was looking for worthy projects to fund, I suggested an interactive and immersive software/DVD/Web based curriculum preparing particularly Spanish speaking students for work in English oriented but general gerontology and hospice. If it was my field and I spoke Spanish, I'd definitely look into the possibility...
  5. Yes, "penetration is dependent on frequency". I'm trying very, very casually to scare up plans for new brick construction, for an integrated whole-house system of deep-set conduit terminating in a master panel of some sort. Hoping to avoid WiFi or other kluges. All preliminary to even starting architects/engineers' plans. Certainly in India, there must be some version of such blueprints available. (It's remarkable how much construction worldwide is just like Mexico, reinforced concrete post-and-beam.) Thanks all. (I'm also the :() who suggested a formal 'consumers' union' for Ilox users so as to promote accurate and useful communication with the company, I think it was ComputerGuy who laughed at me, and I'm sure he was right. What can you do - donate CRM software? But we each have to engineer our own satisfaction...)
  6. Torturing poor old WiFi is no fun - even whipping it with loose cables. Has anyone ever come across designs and diagrams for installing whole-house Ethernet/coax/fiber cable networks safely penetrating NEW Mexican-style thick-as-a-brick construction? Other than just chiseling surface channels and then plastering it over? A lot of new designs for the US feature (apparently non-proprietary, e.g. not Alexa) voice interfaces that can direct 'console control' to any room dynamically...Thanks.
  7. Apparently, there was/is a commercial circuit linking second-hand (Goodwill) stores in central California (where maybe a third of the population is 0th or 1st generation out of Mexico) back south of the border. Particularly women will buy bales of good quality used clothing (presumably as much as they can get across the border) at what really are very low prices. How they market their plunder, who knows - package it in Tupperware?
  8. Thanks, y1. I've heard that some local masons find their demonic formula for mortar more 'workable' in some respects. I may go so far as to have commercial mixes and bricks from reputable sources assayed. Quality control uber alles.
  9. "How Does Efflorescence Happen? For efflorescence to happen, you need water and salt. The salt comes from a range of sources. First, it may already be present inside the brick, stone or concrete. Or, the source may be the grout or Portland cement holding surfaces together. Finally, it could be present in the water itself in areas with hard water." (Though presumably not from 'hard rain', which is a metaphor AFAIK.) See: https://www.thebalance.com/definition-of-efflorescence-1798544 Briefly, for completely new construction Lakeside, could one take extra precautions (and strict control of project materials) to insure that a structure would never suffer the blight of salitre? Is groundwater a major culprit Lakeside? Thanks.
  10. Bearded1 - Haven't been to either area in a decade or more, but if an 'eco-ethic' finding expressions ranging from the rhetorical to the practical is key to your preferred lifestyle, you might look into both Costa Rica and the Lakes district of Chile.
  11. Right, and this resulted in vast improvement to previously dismal xDSL service to CH, especially to those homes closest to the new development across the highway. But initially at least, homes furthest away from the new point of connection reportedly didn't see enormous benefit, since xDSL really loses speed with distance over 2 km or so. But this illustrates that lakeside areas hugging the north shore currently suffering with poor xDSL service can similarly hope that Telmex can economically boost their performance by plugging their existing copper lines into gear attached to a new fiber line. This topology would probably fall into the Fiber to the curb/cabinet/node categories. But I'm sure it's more complicated than that...
  12. In any event, based on postings on this board when the Ilox project was just underway, Ilox reportedly stated that it will not share conduits with any other utility, for reasons Rick and others indicate. At the time, there was some mention of 'to the gate' (of a frac, say) wholesale (maybe gigabit?) interface that might have left a frac or neighborhood to its' own devices as to final distribution, billing, etc. AFAIK (which isn't much) this idea never was developed (into xG neighborhood wireless networks, bespoke point-to-point circuits or other technical solutions) where wanted and feasible. Perhaps after the Ilox dust settles and Telmex offers alternatives, there might be enough residual demand for such special solutions.
  13. Tug, may I ask, as precisely as you care to specify, where are you located west of the RC, and what kind of measured internet performance you currently experience from which provider? I ask because I have a lot about a mile due west of the center of the RC, and am looking at a house further west in El Limon, and decisions to buy or build could depend on long-term net coverage. Thanks. ps Just in case you missed it, some commentator on these threads noticed Ilox crews 'inspecting' El Limon maybe a month ago - why don't you ask Ilox about their plans in your specific area...
  14. Bufo Alvarius sayeth: https://puerto-vallarta-mexico.com/picking-magic-mushrooms-in-el-tuito-jalisco-mexico-27-miles-south-of-puerto-vallarta-jal/
  15. My late father in the 1960s and 70s did original research at UC San Francisco that led to the now common drug-drug interaction data bases, as well as the protocols for automatically reviewing drug patient usage records. Decades of case outcome data and statistics (with which I am not personally familiar) continuously accrue, documenting, among other facts, Mudgirl et al.'s points about various forms of drug resistance, which were always theoretically expected. Here in northern California, anyway, professionals tend to be serious, sincere, careful, competent and capable of quite subtle cognitive nuance, going where the evidence and best current professional practice lead them. One of my professors in grad school at Berkeley was famous for developing the idea of 'cognitive authority' which describes, among other things, how even sophisticated academic discourse can be led down a path some limited distance before the paradigm gets rattled and replaced (T.S. Kuhn was one of his own dissertation advisers). Trump, antivaxxers, ZeroHedgers, etc represent what happens when the development of such belief "systems" occurs among that half of the population with two-digit IQs...
  16. And what about antibiotics? Make America Gangrenous Again!
  17. From 'Medical laws and ethics of Babylon as read in Hammurabi's code (History, circa 1770 B.C.)' in The Internet Journal of Law, Healthcare and Ethics. 2006 Volume 4 Number 2. See: http://ispub.com/IJLHE/4/2/10352 "Method: Studying the translated preserved copy of the code and review of literature in Law and medicine to indicate the relevant items which cast a light on the status of law in Ancient civilization of Babylon in Mesopotamia. Results: There were 282 laws, dealing with all aspect of public life, citizen's rights and limits and the Babylon Kingdom's justice system. The Code of Hammurabi described a scaled fee schedule for surgical services, which was linked to the outcome of the surgery so if not met, resulted in severe penalties, required documentation of diseases and therapies, included prescription benefits. The code fully explained patient's rights according of proclaimed King's Code."
  18. I've gone out my way over years of travel to find excellent and reasonably priced medical and dental care worldwide, outside of the financially absurd US system. Dentists aside, health professionals with US experience and appropriate US board certification and English proficiency have always been identifiable in advance (emergencies would be another scenario). As an experiment, I just looked up a neurosurgeon in Guadalajara who was a member of the American College of Surgeons (https://www.facs.org/about-acs). One record came up (name redacted here) using the web site member 'search by country' function. See https://www.facs.org/search/find-a-surgeon?city=guadalajara&country=Mexico&specialty=Neurological Surgery (record below). Now, this gentleman must be at least eighty, so he might best serve as a consultant for further references and case management, but his ACA indicated experience could represent a decisive factor in a dire emergency. And the ACS itself is no guarantee of perfection, but at least the razor sharp self interest of US surgeons in this professional marketing vehicle can be leveraged, and the MDs I've met offshore have been great. "Valued Fellow Since 1964 Hospital Appointments - Civil, Mexico-Amer and Univ Guadalajara Hosps. Active My Board Certification - American Board of Neurological Surgery"
  19. Just had mine renewed in California - $110, plus photo finishing if required. Return postage was included, and the process took maybe three weeks. US State Dept. web page gives only general information about out-of-country renewal. See: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/apply-renew-passport/outside-us.html In the '80s, had a renewal in Guatemala City which only took a few days, and I was also able to renegotiate 'up' my Japanese girlfriends' US entry visa (dealt with a Princeton man). Order a 50 pager - same price and within ten years there will be international bounties on gringos' heads...
  20. Thanks, but I'm in California...but I look forward to wrestling with the 'glass serpent'...
  21. I may be renting in the RC shortly then building nearby and would be interested to know what the current terms would be for ilox installation and monthly service for those who did not subscribe early. Thanks.
  22. The first tier Ilox Joco "backup power" may involve batteries or they probably could have topped up its' fuel to keep the photons flowing. That they could install a generator so quickly suggests that it runs on diesel or petrol rather than propane, which might require fixed tank installation. Recently went through several days w/o power here in the redwoods which love to fall down during storms, and you learn to have two generators tested and ready and a tablet+PC media center preconfigured in your car so you can track down a wireless signal. During the Enron induced brownouts in California, there was a cartoon around showing a '30s style jalopy truck stacked with computer gear while the driver tells his friend on the silicon valley sidewalk, "Heading to Oklahoma - here tell they got electricity there..."
  23. OtoC - Thanks. Research conducted on this site about a year ago seems to indicate that Alejandro (Alex) Salazar Gutierrez or his brother Alvaro Salazar Gutierrez could be good choices, among others.
  24. There is/was a lot of new construction going on in a neighborhood about a km to a mile due west of the Racquet Club where I bought a small lot. This new foundation shown seems typical and was set in a less steep area. If/when I build on a much steeper site, would anyone care to recommend an experienced local engineer for foundation and structural design? Thanks.
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