Halvinz

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Halvinz

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5 hours ago

Halvinz

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5 hours ago

Calling this "police" unit a "specialized unit" is like Putin calling Ukraine invasion/war a "special military operation". They are the gang themselves.

From the both the initial traffic stop and catching up to him down the road on foot, it was clear that they probably had gotten him confused with another gang member they were trying to eliminate.

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Halvinz

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10 hours ago

Halvinz

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10 hours ago

I included purchase transactions that were eventually sold. Obviously, a purchase alone doesn't trigger a tax event. But I see what you are saying.

That being said, if one to combine multiple buys and indicate "Various" in the date column, what would happen if the "fees" for some of these transactions are very high! That would skew the cost basis since one can add those fees to increase the cost basis and reduce the taxable amount when selling at the higher, or even lower, price.

The same applies for selling, where there are multiple blocks of sell and each might have a small or large amount of fees associated with them. The mismatch between the amount and number of transactions on both sides of the equation can complicate things even further.

Personally, I tend to sell the same equity/crypto asset at once and be done with it, but the scenario above can happen. I also wonder if all the U.S. tax softwares support that "various" placement in the date column.

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2 days ago

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2 days ago

I suggest to everyone to take a look at cases Institute for Justice has been working on this topic. It's appalling how the government been circumventing the Constitution on this issues:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=institute+for+justice+civil+forfeiture

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2 days ago

Following that logic, plaque forms throughout the day anyway, and you eat lunch, snack and dinner, and you end up getting bacteria interacting with food, and even more acid food.

I get your point, and appreciate that you sharing this, but I'm just trying to see if a few minutes of acidic food interacting with bacteria in plaque, then someone brushes his/her teeth immediately, creates enough damage that's going to be detrimental for the health of your teeth.

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2 days ago

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2 days ago

1) As if brushing your teeth after the breakfast doesn't accomplish the same thing.

2) I don't eat acid food for breakfast, so a point taken off.

3) You can do that by drinking water and/or swishing it in your mouth, or bunch of other methods.

I brush my teeth after the breakfast because I don't want my mouth either smells when I go out in the morning, and also if I'm eating something like blueberries, brushing keeps all the little food with high contrast against my white teeth from getting in and between my teeth.

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Halvinz

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3 days ago

Halvinz

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3 days ago

First, telling someone he/she is nitpicking is not an insult, not from my point of view, specially when I used it in conjunction with the word 'pedantic' (pedant). I apologize if that's how it came off as it is not my intention.

The main reason I used that word was that I feel like the conversation deviated from the central objective of what was actually communicated, and that is, once ProtonMail suspects a user who has multiple free accounts, they will investigate, and there is a good chance the support team will suspend most of them, if not all.

I just don't want the new comers think, "Oh! So they allow more than one free account, therefore my addresses will be safe". The reality seems to be very different. You might get away with it, and even ProtonMail might look away if they suspect you have more one account. But you are at their mercy to take away those accounts at any moment. As a user, that's the risk assessment you have to make to see if you can live with that risk. To me, it's not worth it if those accounts are being used for something important.

As a matter of fact, we can ask the readers to do an exercise: Contact the abuse channel, provide ProtonMail with a list of their free accounts, and ask them if they can keep them. Would like to see how many users will have their accounts suspended and how many will get to keep them.

If we don't know how many free accounts by a single individual been flagged ,and upon further reviews, it was decided by ProtonMail that they can be kept, then we won't know for sure how that policy of allowing multiple free accounts is being actually dealt with. All we have is bunch of conjectures.

I went through that exercise, and I know for the fact I didn't employ any of those accounts to engage in any nefarious activity. Yet, my accounts were suspended. Therefore, it's safe for me to draw a conclusion that having multiple free accounts is not allowed.

It's like driving 30 miles above the speed limit and wonder if it's allowed. Sure, a law enforcement might not chase you down the road, but if they do, chance of getting a ticket is going to be high, even though the law gives the police officer a discretionary leeway not to cite the driver.

Finally, there is a difference between having a written exchange vs. what the words actually mean in the context of the "law" (not even a dictionary definition). I think the exchange was the former, and in an informal setting, "multiple" means "several" or "more than one". If I say a car wreck resulted in multiple injuries, does it mean "a lot"? my vote is for fewer people than "a lot". 😉

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Halvinz

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3 days ago

Halvinz

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3 days ago

I added the following edit in my OP, and I'm going to post here just clearly clarify in case the moderators don't approve my edits (still been 2 days) and new folks wonder through the comment section for answers:

PortonMail does NOT allow more than one free account for each individual.

Does it sometime tolerate users create more than one free account even if they find out about them? Yes.

But it doesn't change the fact that they reserve the right, through their TOS, to suspend/delete all those free accounts, even if you have used them for legitimate reasons.

So ask yourself, do you feel you cannot afford losing those extra free accounts of yours, or are you OK with having them getting suspended and not being able to access them at some point. If the answer is the former, you might be at risk losing them, otherwise, do as you wish.

You can nitpick the pedantic, and interpret the exchanges between the support and I as you wish, but I want the above message to be abundantly clear.

The bottom line is, you may create more than one free account, but you have no guarantee that they won't take them away from you. At that point, you realize that you're playing games with your emails, and if you are using them to register yourself on sites that are deemed important to you, then think again.

multiple has two meanings in the English language : more than one, and a lot. Proton applies the second definition. Multiple, in Proton-speak, means too many, and we're not telling you how many is too many, because we're deciding on a case-by-case basis.

Multiple by definition means more than one, not a lot. Negation of it means one [free] account. I would like to see someone in a similar circumstance where the system flags them, and they provide description of extra email accounts being used legitimately, see if the support team does not suspend those extra accounts. That has not been proven as far as I know.

If only one was allowed, they would have written you : did you create other free accounts ?

What you need to understand is, the intend of the questioning wasn't to imply what you interpreting here. They were "fishing". Just like a good cop/detective whose aim is to extract information from the suspect, they don't come out of the gate and explicitly spill all the beans.

They knew very well that these are bunch of free accounts created by somebody--presumably me, or my IP--and now they just wanted to get me to admit to the "crime". But most importantly, the reason behind their inquiry was to see if they can work something out with me if I had not abused the system beyond creation of multiple free accounts, or to simply cut me off without giving me an option to have access to the accounts for one last time. They are not stupid, and I knew full well when I replied.

I wanted to be honest about the situation, because at the end of the day, I was bound to lose those accounts after reading the TOS, one way or another. The only bargaining chip I had was to tell them the truth in hopes of getting some sort of leniency, which worked. In this case, I really didn't have anything hide.

[..] then do things with them which go against the terms of service. Such things include sending spam (of course, this is both subjective and not a black-and-white matter, so Proton's definition of spam may be at odds with the customer's)...

First and foremost, I did not use ANY of the accounts (free or otherwise) in any illegitimate form or fashion what so ever. Each account had been used to register an account on "separate" and "legitimate" sites, e.g., U.S. based financial institution, etc. I wasn't spamming anyone, as a matter of fact, on average, those accounts received less than 40 emails in the past 10 months, and less than 5 "outgoing" emails. None of the emails (received or sent) was laced with a shred of criminality or malicious usage. None of those sites I used PortonMail account to register spams the mailbox or even shared my email (per law they can't).

Second, they didn't flag these accounts for their content either, as I don't believe they parse them. A side note, you can encrypt the mailbox with a feature ProtonMail provide in their settings, and if you enable it, now you have to input two passwords (one to login and one to decrypt the mailbox) and one 2F authentication.

I think the anti-abuse bot looked at the similarity of the format of the username in the address ([[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]), [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]), etc), and also the singularity of the IP address logging into them to flag me.

Also note that they made you a favor : they offered to temporarily re-open access to all your free accounts, so that you may backup their contents, then choose the single free account they let you use. They would not have done so if they thought you were on top of the infringement scale.

Not sure if they did me a favor "personally" or this, in reality, is their standard way of handling things (if it is, I would like to here others' stories), but the point here is, other than creating multiple free accounts, there was absolutely no other violation that I can ruminate.

Also let me add this, their gesture to provide that 48 hour bailout was much appreciated.

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Halvinz

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4 days ago

Halvinz

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4 days ago

Looks like my update hasn't been approved by the moderators. I'm posting the relevant content over several exchanges I had with the support team. I hope this clarifies things further:

Please note that your accounts have been subjected to our anti-abuse algorithm which is targeting multiple accounts created in succession or by a single user.

From the Terms of Service you have agreed to upon sign up, you may already know that we disallow multiple account creation or bulk sign-up and since this is not an acceptable use of our service your accounts have been suspended accordingly.

We had several reasons to implement this measure, but we aim to protect Proton Mail's reputation and prevent our IP from being banned by the third-party services users usually sign up for with the multiple accounts they create on our service, which will risk the availability of said services for the rest of our users.

https://proton.me/legal/terms

We have noticed that your account was flagged and disabled by our automatic anti-abuse system. Would you please inform us of any other accounts you may have created on our service, along with their intended purposes, so we can try to further assist you with your inquiry?

In your case, we are offering our assistance, but regretfully, as a result of the violation done against our terms, we can only help you in restoring one of your accounts. As for the other accounts, we can offer to temporarily restore them for the following 48 hours, with read-only access, so you may gather the data contained.

If you agree with our solution, confirm with us by stating to which account you wish to be fully restored and which accounts you wish to receive read-only access, and we will help.

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Halvinz

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5 days ago

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Tin

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5 days ago

Two things, one, Gmail doesn't offer a few features compared to some of these other providers. Second, Gmail... Google... hello! Many people feel uncomfortable, or just a matter of principle, with a giant tech corporation and their privacy policies having a key to their basically everything.

But yes, for some people, Gmail would just do fine.

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Tin

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5 days ago

PortonMail is one of the better ones, but I was alluding to "free" accounts. Their TOS is clear that you can't register more than one.

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Tin

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5 days ago

If you read the terms of service, it states clearly that you can't have more than one free email account:

Having multiple free accounts is not considered an acceptable use of our
service (e.g. bulk signups, a large number of free accounts created by a
single organization or individual). Abusive registrations of aliases
for third-party services is also not acceptable. Free accounts must also
only be created and maintained by their effective users (e.g. it is not
acceptable to create accounts in anyone else’s name and later transfer
credentials to that third party).

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Halvinz

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Halvinz

Tin

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5 days ago

DeFi land can be very unpredictable too.

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Halvinz

Tin

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5 days ago

I've never paid for any music, movie or any streaming service in my life.

As a young man, I made a pack with myself in the late 90's never to do that. I don't see email in that contract. I've kept that promise.

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Halvinz

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5 days ago

Halvinz

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5 days ago

I noticed that, my apologies. When I refreshed, it didn't mark it waiting for moderation approval.

I copy/pasted the content of email correspondences I had with the support team in the original post. Hopefully once approved, you would be able to read it. Otherwise, I'll post it in the comment section if I don't see it appearing in the next day or so.

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Halvinz

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5 days ago

Halvinz

Tin

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5 days ago

I still do have several Hotmail accounts from the old days (late 90's). Several hundred Gmail accounts too (registered them before Gmail became public, but most got disabled over the years. I had a classmate who started working for Google back when Gmail was internal to their employees. Shortly after, you could send invites to several people and invite them to join Gmail. I used the first one I got to send bunch of invites to my other accounts, and the next thing you know, I had 100+ registered. But alas, lost access to most of them).

PortonMail is one of the decent ones. The security protection is great with 2F authentication of either through app or hardware security key, and also another protection over encryption (separate password). Basically you have to use one password to login, use 2F app/security key, then another password to get into the mailbox.

They also provide recovery phrase and 2F authentication password recovery. You can have up to 15 aliases, or associate three of your own domains with the service. And many other options.

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Halvinz

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Tin

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5 days ago

I got lucky that the email provider made a deal to restore the accounts for 2 days--enough time for me to get to work and update all of them before losing access to them forever.

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Tin

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5 days ago

I used to have my DNS records configured for my email. A bit of a hassle, but it sure hell sounds like a good idea.

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Please see my updated post for how things panned out. Just to clarify, you can NOT have more than one free email account. I verified it with several of their support team.

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Tin

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5 days ago

Most of those trusted exchanges are the ones that make it very hard to update your email if either you can't access it or been compromised.

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Halvinz

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6 days ago

Halvinz

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6 days ago

Welcome to North Korea, where the government basically decides what you can and cannot read.

So much for those anti-"cancel culture" rhetorics.

It's now a crime to even offer books for reading. How many of you are ready not to vote in the next election to have DeathSantis elected? Keep sleeping behind the wheels.

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Halvinz

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6 days ago

Halvinz

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6 days ago

Not my company. They are big enough and prestige enough that they can tell you to go pound sand, because they can wait till the next salary cycle which normally doesn't exceed more than a year.

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Halvinz

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6 days ago

Ehhhh... some may call this grooming.

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