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Credit monitoring for a whole year?!  Wow!  That puts my mind at ease.

FWIW (and probably in my irritation about this nonsense), I tried to find information about why we don't see more class-action lawsuits in response to duty-of-care failures like this one (and Home Depot and Target and and and), but came up empty.

Surely, I'm overlooking some obvious reason why such legal remedies aren't (can't be?) pursued, right?
Health insurer Anthem is offering free credit monitoring after a major breach that may have affected as many as 80 million records, but customers should watc...
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Yep.  Thanks to big government.
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I opened an existing standalone (non-repeating), timed event, changed the event from one calendar to a different calendar, saved, selected Sync now, but an hour later, GCal (in the browser) does not reflect the correct calendar for that event.

When I changed an event in GCal in the browser in a similar manner, it updated in BC2 instantly after I tapped Sync now.
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It appears that whenever I move multi-selected events by a fixed time, the moved events pick up the default reminder settings.

For example, I just moved some events -- none of the events had a reminder set for them -- from Calendar 1 (default reminders are 1 week, 3 days, 1 day, and 2 hours) and some events from Calendar 2 (default reminder is 15 minutes) by a fixed time.

When I went to look at the moved events, I see that they had picked up the default reminders:  each event under Calendar 1 that I moved now has a 1 week, 3 day, 1 day, and 2 hours reminder and each event under Calendar 2 that I moved now has a 15 minute reminder.

I'm now afraid to use multi-selection and move by a fixed time because I'll have to go in and remove the reminders I don't want.  (If an event does have an existing reminder, a move by fixed time does not seem to change the reminder.)

Thank you for your attention to this issue.
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Correction - it appears that any edit (not just multi-select moving) causes the default notifications to be applied.

- open single (non-repeating) event with NO reminder set on phone
- tap edit icon
- confirm NO reminder set (and make no actual edits)
- tap save
- look at the event and confirm NO reminder set
- tap three-button menu and select Sync now
- look at the event and confirm NO reminder set
- go to GCal
- event now has the default reminder applied

It seems like any "touching" of an event causes GCal to think that it's been modified and something (BC2? GCal?) applies the default reminder.

If the above is not clear, please let me know.

(I noticed a similar issue in BC1; when I'd edit an event with no reminder and save the event, the event would pick up a "none" reminder.  It was unsightly, but at least the alarm would not go off.  At the moment, I've got alarms going off all over the place for events that I merely looked at...  :(

Thank you for investigating (and hopefully correcting!) this.
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I really like some of the changes, but being a longtime BC Pro user, am having trouble with some features/settings/displays in BC2 that don't work the way they used to.

I respectfully ask that you please sort untimed events in a meaningful (e.g., alphabetical) manner.

For example here are my untimed events:

Check in with Lisa (Calendar 2)
house: semi-annual (Calendar 2)
reminder to fuel (Calendar 1)
Check in with Anandi (Calendar 2)
frugal (Calendar 2)
update (Calendar 2)
Check in with Liz (Calendar 2)
Check in with Jim (Calendar 2)
Project: 401(k) (Calendar 2)
Check in with Jed (Calendar 2)
Next vet (Calendar 2)
Make appt (Calendar 2)
VIDEOS (Calendar 2)
@..NOW(Calendar 2) -- I'd really like this one to be at the top, as it used to be in BC Pro
Project: T (Calendar 2)
Annual xmas (Calendar 1)
Donations (Calendar 1)
Grocery List (Calendar 3)

I know you have hundreds (thousands?!) of requests, so I appreciate this sorting request being added to your to-do list!
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Thanks for the feedback. We will try to fix it!
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How much would it cost to end homelessness in the United States? About as much as we spend on Christmas decorations every year.

According to the latest report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the national homeless population held pretty much steady from 2011 to 2012, which is good or bad, depending on how you look at it.

What's needed to turn things around, says Mark Johnston, acting assistant housing secretary for community planning and development, is money -- big money. Nearly $2 billion a year worth of big money.

As it happens, that's about the same amount Americans spend annually on Christmas decorations and flowers. Or so says the advocacy group ThinkProgress.

Christmas decorations and flowers.  Sigh.
How much would it cost to end homelessness in the United States? About as much as we spend on Christmas decorations every year. According to the latest report from the Department of Housing and...
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I like my Chromecast and this aims to be even more open (and less expensive) -- pretty nifty...
Matchstick, the first HDMI stick based on Firefox OS, is the best way to experience your favorite movies, music, and games on your HDTV
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"Brown rice has 80% more arsenic, on average, than white."

And it's in apple and grape juice...

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Sure is hard to know the right things to eat.  So I try to get a balanced diet to spread things around.
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Not sure why the icon below says Monday, Dec 17, but if you're planning to buy something from one of the participating retailers listed on the website, it might be worth placing your order on Thursday (12/18) to take advantage of their free shipping...
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The "live search" feature is terrific.  I use search all the time and this change is terrific.

I respectfully ask that you please add a search icon/function to the toolbar, not just have search accessible via the "hamburger" menu.  Thank you.
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Some good ideas to keep in mind if you donate/plan on donating to a food bank/food pantry.

(h/t +Marla Dufek)
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I weep for the future.
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. for the past 23 years, 90–year-old Arnold Abbott has been feeding the homeless at a public beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. On October 21, the City of Fort Lauderdale Commission passed an ordinance that banned public food sharing -- something that went into effect...
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"Abbott sued the City of Fort Lauderdale in 1999 after they tried to stop him from feeding the homeless on a public beach. Abbott won the case three times in circuit court and twice in the court of appeals."

I can't fathom why this nonsense is coming up again, 15 years later.

Just sad.
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So many great thoughts packed into one column, for example:

"My lone standard for relationships, romantic and platonic, is that you both feel safe enough together to be your honest selves. That to me defines a close and healthy bond — which doesn't rule out disliking some things about each other or annoying each other sometimes. These relationships will look different for different people, just because we all have different ideas of safety and comfort."

"An honest self includes embracing flaws — in fact, it’s especially important to admit frailty, because so many miseries trace back to a partner’s unwillingness to."

"Someone who assumes blame for everything is difficult, too. Both types — the never-wrong and never-right — make their emotional hang-ups the centerpiece of everything, instead of letting truth and reality take their rightful place there."

"Getting to the point where you recognize and accept your own shortcomings is often just a matter of time."

"So, it’s not so much an unrealistic standard I’m advising but unrealistic patience, to wait till you’re both over yourselves enough to be full and humble participants in a marriage. That in turn will allow you to see each other for who you are, vs. the fronts you’re trying to maintain, and also to drop your dukes and do what’s necessary to get along (or part ways) peacefully — like seek treatment for that mild mental illness that’s making things tougher at home."

+Marla Dufek and I really like Hax.
It’s not about being perfect; it’s about feeling safe enough together to be your honest selves.
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Working hard to be myself since May 2011. Remember your ABCs.
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