I live in a neighborhood of ~80 small lots/homes a few miles west of Palo Alto. Since Oct.1, nine of our neighbors have had their fire insurance policies terminated immediately on receipt of the mailed notices. Most of the nine had their policies in place for >15 years. Not like they were dodging the need for insurance.
Gofundme has its uses. I hope it brings at lease a small measure of ease to the Godbout family.
The fact that you can become completely bankrupt by getting cancer or any other "expensive" ailment is just... Ridiculous.
GoFundMe is a symptom of a much larger problem, not the problem itself.
Let alone room for other issues - English level, technological understanding, hell maybe you're just too ugly to put your face in a GoFundMe video and garner sympathy.
I'm with grandparent, this is boring dystopia shit.
Edit: more thoughts - the amount of "recovery" you get is entirely a popularity contest, and has nothing to do with need or really even the value of property lost. Tick enough arbitrary marketing boxes and you could even profit. It's a remarkably shitty thing.
> Wildfires are like hurricanes. Thousands of homes must be rebuilt at the same time when there is not enough building materials or contractors to go around. This, of course, leads to skyrocketing price increases in labor and materials, making the replacement cost of a home destroyed by the wildfire 50 percent or greater than what it would've been before the fires. Assuming you have enough structural coverage, you are entitled to receive the cost to rebuild your home at today's materials and labor costs.
> It will pay the cost to rebuild what you had up to the insured amount if you insured your home for 100 percent of its estimated replacement cost as computed by your agent. Then, if you have an "extended replacement cost" endorsement, it will pay an additional 25 percent, 50 percent, or more of that insured amount, depending on with which company you are insured.1 Finally, if your home is a little older and building construction laws have tightened (such as making your home more earthquake resistant), thereby dramatically increasing the replacement costs, it will typically pay another 10 percent and possibly up to 100 percent additional for those costs, depending on whether you purchased "supplemental building ordinance" coverage.
> For example, if you insured your home for its estimated replacement cost of $500,000, but because of the cost increases following a disaster like a wildfire, the replacement cost is $800,000 for what you had, and an additional $200,000 for added costs from building ordinances, you need $1 million to rebuild. Assume you had purchased the optional extended replacement cost endorsement of 150 percent and an optional ordinance endorsement for 125 percent, you could collect up to an additional $375,000 for a grand total of $875,000. Still short of what you needed, but considerably better than the $500,000 original coverage.
I am truly sorry that his life was ended by this latest fire disaster.
The importance of a plug-in bus like the S100 was a crucial insight that enabled the PC revolution, and the first wave of the microcomputer revolution happened mainly due to bus compatibility. Eventually, Apple and IBM also used plug-in buses which were essentially simplified or smaller versions of the S100, using signals from the 6502 and 8088 instead.
The 16-bit extension of the IBM PC plug-in bus became known as ISA, and ensured its enduring domination even to this day (it's still around as the X-bus inside modern highly-integrated Southbridge ASICs, though it's no longer brought out as an external plug-in bus, except in some legacy industrial PCs).
Interesting to hear that.... I've recently been reading through old issues of DTACK Grounded, and Hal Hardenberg said similar things, and at length, about the reliability improvements you get with static memory over dynamic. (A few years in, he was also selling dynamic memory products, presumably for scale, and was no longer able to ground DTACK in his designs.)
Anyway, R.I.P. Mr. Godbout. And here's hoping we don't lose anyone else to the wildfires.
The S-100 bus originated in the Altair 8800, essentially as a direct copy of the 8080 (CPU) bus. From there, it took on a life of it's own, very much like the IBM PC's ISA bus did a few years later... there were companies building S-100 expansion boards for existing computers, new computer backplanes built around S-100, faster CPU's, etc. (IIRC, there were CPU's at least as fast as a Motorola 68020... so quite away from it's more humble 8080 origins.)
S-100 was very important for it's time...
Lot of people doing serious software development at the time were either using minicomputers or S-100 systems.
It appeared on the compilation Vince Emery Presents the Funniest Computer Songs (1989).
But thousands about "send me a letter."
As soon as I saw the name Godbout, my mind immediately jumped to Pournelle, whom I mainly read as an early-teen in the mid-late 80's. Even at that late date, Pournelle referred back enough to his older S-100 machines that I got a sense of their importance, even if I didn't know of it first hand. (Come to think of it, the S-100 machines were around 10 years old or less at the time, so about as old as an original iPhone is today.)
Also, I can't mention Pournelle without thinking of this: http://www.panix.com/~clp/humor/computers/general/Jerry-Pour... :-)
So sad to hear of his passing, especially in such an awful way.