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  1. From CBSNews https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tax-return-criminals-are-putting-old-tax-returns-up-for-sale-on-the-dark-web/ Most people trust their accountant. But security breaches at accounting firms and legal firms are contributing to the plethora of tax information available at rock-bottom prices online, according to a cybersecurity executive. These documents — which include prior years' tax returns and forged W-2s — can now be had for rock-bottom prices, according to a report from Carbon Black, a cybersecurity firm. The report pulled up 10 listings of name-date of birth-Social Security number combinations, which ranged in price from 19 cents to $62. Prior-year tax forms, on sale by three different vendors, cost from $1.04 to $52. (People with higher incomes, and whose identity hasn't yet been stolen, command higher prices.) Old tax returns have many uses. The information on them can be used to file fraudulent tax returns for future years, netting a quick cash take for a criminal. But tax documents can also be used for longer-term schemes. One dark web vendor advertised forged W-2 forms and noted their possible use in setting up a P.O. box or to show proof of employment, as might be required for a loan or a lease. "This item pairs very well with many of my other forgery items such [as] forged IDs and especially by forged Social Security cards," the listing advertised. "These people are not trying to pickpocket you. They're trying to steal your financial future," said Tom Kellermann, chief cybersecurity officer at Carbon Black. "For a little as 19 cents for your ID and a dollar for last year's tax return, I can own you indefinitely until you have to go through the nightmare process of getting your Social Security number changed." Other items on the dark web include bank account credentials, including access to U.S. or European bank accounts that carry a balance. Some of these accounts had balances up to $2,800 that a criminal could withdraw—but it's the account access that's the real draw, Kellermann said. A U.S. bank account gives criminals credentials to start other fake accounts as well as a place to launder ill-gotten gains. If money were deposited into an account overnight and taken out early in the morning, the account's owner could remain unaware of any balance changes. Because these actions happen on the dark web — a part of the internet where activity is encrypted and nearly impossible to monitor — it's difficult to prosecute these criminals. And the proliferation of online-only services makes it easier for criminals to set up a financial presence without ever exposing their face, the report noted.”
  2. From Business Insider https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-uploaded-1-5-million-users-email-contacts-without-permission-2019-4 “Facebook harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their knowledge or consent when they opened their accounts. Business Insider has learned that since May 2016, the social networking company has collected the contact lists of 1.5 million users new to the social network. The Silicon Valley company says they were "unintentionally uploaded to Facebook," and it is now deleting them. You can read Facebook's full statement below. The revelation comes after a security researcher noticed that Facebook was asking some users to enter their email passwords when they signed up for new accounts to verify their identities, in a move widely condemned by security experts. Business Insider then discovered that if you did enter your email password, a message popped up saying it was "importing" your contacts, without asking for permission first. ... Facebook now plans to notify the 1.5 million users affected over the coming days, and delete their contacts from the company's systems. Facebook's full statement, per a spokesperson: "Last month we stopped offering email password verification as an option for people verifying their account when signing up for Facebook for the first time. When we looked into the steps people were going through to verify their accounts we found that in some cases people's email contacts were also unintentionally uploaded to Facebook when they created their account. We estimate that up to 1.5 million people's email contacts may have been uploaded. These contacts were not shared with anyone and we're deleting them. We've fixed the underlying issue and are notifying people whose contacts were imported. People can also review and manage the contacts they share with Facebook in their settings."”
  3. I’ll keep for him. My kids were ambivalent and I kept them. My brother’s 7 year old daughter is now interested in Lego and my brother asked me to loan and/or give some to his daughter 🙂
  4. Maybe the teacher shouldn’t be teaching. Besides the math stereotype part, 5-7 years old kids can be easily distracted and teachers teaching that age group should know how to redirect any distracted child’s attention.
  5. 1) girls and STEM. There is strong emphasis locally on encouraging girls into STEM. My public high schools is encouraging girls as URM for college applications and also future job applications. Many STEM camps and events are for girls only. 2) gray area. For my kids what worked was wide exposure to as many stuff as possible. I used to be in project management so looking for freebies or affordable stuff for my kids was easy. Then it was keeping communications open and going by gut feel. My oldest did not enjoy tennis when he tried three summers ago but enjoyed it last summer and now that’s his main recreational sport. He isn’t sure what he wants to major in for college but now is looking at how to finance postgraduate studies. Interests wax and wane, go with the flow.
  6. If you don’t mind Saturday brick and mortar class, there is a local private school that offers AP German for many years and your son can take the exam there as well.
  7. From Channel News Asia https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/on-american-hard-drives-the-most-accurate-3d-model-of-notre-dame-11452834 “On American hard drives, the most accurate 3D model of Notre-Dame 17 Apr 2019 10:01AM WASHINGTON: At Vassar College in the United States, a university team gathered the week before the devastating fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris to plan an ambitious project: inventorying about a terabyte of 3D modeling data of the famed Gothic masterpiece. The precious data - the most accurate in the world - is the work of Andrew Tallon, a Francophile American art professor who loved medieval architecture and was passionate about Gothic cathedral. He died in November. His technique was nothing new, but his application of the tools was innovative. In 2011 and 2012, funded by a foundation, Tallon used a laser device to accurately measure the interior and exterior of the cathedral, which was ravaged by flames this week. He placed the device in about 50 places to measure the distance between each wall and pillar, recess, statue or other form - and to record all the imperfections intrinsic to any centuries-old monument. The result is over a billion points in the "point cloud". The final computer-generated images reconstruct the cathedral down to the smallest detail, including its tiny defects, with a precision of about 5mm. These images, for example, confirmed how the west side of the cathedral was a "total mess ... a train wreck", Tallon told National Geographic in 2015, pointing to the misalignment of the interior columns. He wanted to get "into the mind of the builders," said his former student Lindsay Cook, a Francophile like Tallon who is now a visiting assistant professor of art at Vassar. "He was interested in using laserscan data to find moments like small ruptures in the construction, places where things were not exactly straight or in plumb, where you could see the hand of an individual architect at work, and in that case the hand of individual masons," Cook told AFP.”
  8. I have more than thirty nephews and nieces to practice on from the time when I was a bossy toddler as my oldest nephew is a few months older than me 😉 Developed a “thick skin” in the process.
  9. Are you used to commanding a crowd/team? It might not be ADHD, but lack of experience. My paternal and maternal relatives are all loud and “talkative”, and we joke that it is like a fish market during family gatherings. I would have clapped to get your relatives and friend’s attention so that I could make introductions. Then proceed to give my kids their goodbye hugs and any last minute instruction/reminder. After that I would thank my relatives and “shoo” relatives and kids out of the door. ETA: I realized clapping to get attention might be rude in some scenarios and social cultures. My kids encounter clapping as an attention signal in schools, parks, libraries and college outreach events.
  10. My husband ask for the medical code and he called over six months escalating up the insurance call center ladder (Aetna). My husband did the same thing for expediting approval for my chemo treatment. He gets the usual runabout that the codes and procedures are what the medical providers should know but he just insisted that the providers don’t know and it’s causing a holdup (BCBS). We were also lucky that my husband’s employer is one of the big tech companies and the insurance company doesn’t want employees complaining to their HR and demanding for change in employee provided insurance companies.
  11. For my oldest Issue: scissors tasks Accommodation: does not need to finish any worksheets involving scissors cutting in class. He can bring home to finish. However, he did managed to master scissors cutting by 8 years old with different sizes of scissors ranging from kindergarten size to sewing scissors size. So I would flag the scissors cutting skills delay for OT evaluation. ETA: A different insurance code got us out of network coverage for WISC testing. So we paid less than we had to. My husband did call and call because the tester didn’t know there was another code to use.
  12. My kids still like the chocolate eggs and the Kinder Joy eggs (https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B077NT42QP/) that they get from their German school egg hunt last weekend. My kids like spare phone chargers as gifts as they put one into each “school bag”. Oldest tend to forget to charge his phone. Computer mouse is also a welcomed gift. My oldest is eyeing the expensive Microsoft arc touch mouse (https://www.microsoft.com/accessories/en-us/products/mice/arc-touch-mouse/rvf-00052).
  13. From KQED’s article Why Identical Twins Don't Always Look the Same https://www.kqed.org/futureofyou/134603/why-identical-twins-dont-always-look-the-same “But, actually, twins who start out with identical DNA always have slightly different DNA by the time they're born. And they also each use their DNA a bit differently too. ... The original fertilized egg divides one or more times before the resulting clump of cells splits into two. Each clump of cells goes on to become one of the identical twins. In this process of becoming a brand new baby with trillions of cells, the cells in each clump divide over and over again. DNA differences or mutations can happen any time a cell divides. This is because a cell needs to copy its DNA before it can divide. And while the cellular machinery is astonishingly good at copying DNA, it isn’t perfect. Every now and then it makes a mistake. All of the new cells that come from the one with the mistake will have that same mistake. One consequence is that if it happens early, the baby will have more cells carrying that mistake. ... This is sort of what happens in different people’s cells. One person's cells will read a gene one way and another person’s cells will read the exact same gene a different way. If that gene controls skin and/or eye color, then it will affect a person’s skin or eye color. Here's how it might work: Near the genes there little chemical markers that can, for example, tell the cell how often to read a gene. In the case of the twins, it could be that a set of these “epigenetic” marks is telling the cells of one twin to read her skin and eye color genes just a little bit. That means she would make less pigment and so have fair skin and blue eyes. Or her sister might have marks on her DNA telling her cells to read her skin and eye color genes much more often. This would explain her brown eyes and cafe au lait skin. What is fascinating about these epigenetic marks is that they're reversible. This means that, for example, the twin with blue eyes and fair skin may eventually end up with her sister’s eye and skin color. Which wouldn’t be surprising as it isn’t uncommon for babies to be born with lighter skin and eyes that darken over time. If the girls' differences are the result of a mutation in the DNA itself, they'll probably go through life as different-looking identical twins. But if the reason is in how their cells read their DNA, these girls might someday look more identical than they do now.”
  14. Martin Gardner festivals https://www.celebrationofmind.org/
  15. Yes, my husband was with me as I needed him to drive us to all evaluations since I don’t drive. Besides my husband is very interested in the evaluations procedures.
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