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Stoffer

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Stoffer last won the day on June 27 2017

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About Stoffer

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    Bronze Member

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    Stoffer
  • Relationship Status
    Married
  • Displayed Location
    Málaga (Spain)
  • Publisher
    Yes
  • Baptized
    Yes

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    http://stofferrussell.com

How I Found the Truth

  • How I found the Truth
    Brought up as a JW from a very early age.

My Hobbies & Interests

  • My Interests
    Sci-fi, music, board games, Disney, films/series
    Anything late 70s, and 80s (best decade EVER!)
  • My favorite books
    John Grisham, David Baldacci
  • My favorite music
    Styles: Funk, Disco, Soul, Rock, Country
    Artists: Jools Holland, Glen Campbell, Beverly Knight, Alison Krauss, Fleetwood Mac
  • My favorite movies
    The Princess Bride, Charade, The Towering Inferno,
  • My favorite quotes
    "1.21 Gigawatts; how could I have been so careless?!"
    "Never tie your shoelace in a revolving door."

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  1. Ana is amazing. I love her playing style. Slightly depressing though when she makes it look so effortless as I could never play it as good as she does. 🤣
  2. Seeing as the original thread, voicing the poster's concern, was closed (https://jwtalk.net/forums/topic/24844-hourglass-app/) I have started this new one. The new European Data Protection Law comes into play this Friday (25th May 2018) so ALL companies and individuals who hold data about European citizens have to comply by this date. My concern with Hourglass is that it holds what the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) classes as Super-protected data: sex, telephone numbers, personal address etc etc. This would be fine if it was stored on the secretary's own computer with adequate protection or on JW's own servers (this is in the works with the new Publisher ID program) but it is stored on Jon Snyder's server. What happens if he were to get disfellowshipped or leave the organisation for whatever reason? That's a heck of a lot of personal data he has access to. Plus, the majority of brothers and sisters aren't aware that he even HAS their data as it is the congregation secretaries who input it all. I don't have an account for example with him but my data is in his program because our secretary uses it. That's a breach of the GDPR right there as I never gave my consent. Plus there is no way to delete your data unless you have a personal account with Hourglass. Breach number two. For every person he has stored in his database, he has to by law, send them an updated consent form explaining how he will use their data, for how long for, in what format and inform them of their right to access, modify, oppose or delete their data. he has not done this, breach number three. What's all the fuss?, you might be asking. The fact that our organisation is getting the GDPR forms filled out ASAP shows you they mean business as hefty fines abound for non-compliance. Even though CCJW is based in America, they hold data on European citizens so they have done their due diligence and rolled out these forms. If it was a trivial matter, then they wouldn't have bothered. So brother Joao from Portugal raised a legitimate concern two years ago that is even more relevant today. Last of all, here is a list of the fines for non-compliance: Up to €20 million, or 4% of the worldwide annual revenue of the prior financial year, whichever is higher, shall be issued for infringements of: The basic principles for processing, including conditions for consent, under Articles 5, 6, 7, and 9 The data subjects’ rights under Articles 12-22 The transfer of personal data to a recipient in a third country or an international organisation under Articles 44-49 Any obligations pursuant to Member State law adopted under Chapter IX Any non-compliance with an order by a supervisory authority (83.6) The value of the fine to be imposed is not clear-cut and the behaviour of the organisation will be taken into account when determining the value of the fine. This means that organisations certainly have the opportunity to influence the reduction of any fines by acting to fully comply with the Regulation. This includes promoting a culture of data protection and being able to show the steps taken to comply. Organisations that proactively report breaches will be given more credit, showing that the intention and attitude of a company will be considered.
  3. Stoffer

    JW Library video closes

    For playing videos on my Android I always use the VLC (freeware) app as it is very stable, supports Chromecast and is VERY stable. For the JW app itself, I only use that on the iPad (as it is native for the iOS and is still very buggy on Android).
  4. No problem. Between 14:00 and 17:00 (2-5pm). Shops then open again from 5pm until 9pm. Very civilised. I work for an English company so we only get an hour break but we finish at 7pm so a mini siesta for me!
  5. Yes. We take our siesta VERY seriously!
  6. There was a great spot on us on Spanish TV in the Extremadura region called "Cuestión de fe", dated 17/04/18 (17th April 2018). It formed part of a program analysing the different religions in the region. One elder, Josué de Andrés is the spokesman for the congregation in Badajoz and for those beard lovers amongst us, you will be pleased to know he was sporting his beard on national TV, all approved by Bethel obviously. It is in Spanish so sorry if you don't understand it. Maybe Carlos has time to translate! It's a great witness anyway. Enjoy! The part about JWs starts at around 50:25. http://www.canalextremadura.es/alacarta/tv/videos/168-horas-cuestion-de-fe-170418 Direct Video link: http://tvprogressive.canalextremadura.es/tv/PROG00173944_1.mp4
  7. You're welcome brother. I recorded the songs from the old Pink songbook records too. They're my favourites!
  8. We had a congregation beach party last year and Aysha was there with the family, as they have been part of the local congregation here in Málaga for many years. It was great to see the progress after so many health problems and to be able to have a laugh with the family and see how they haven’t lost their faith in Jehovah.
  9. Scala & Kolancy Brothers' cover of Gordon Lightfoot's 70s classic "If You Could Read My Mind" (though I remember Amber's 90 version better). Featured in the VW advert and I recognised the lyrics so looked it up on the Net:
  10. The clue is in the scripture itself: Those that don't (including in their own homes) shouldn't be surprised if they don't receive much honour or respect. This is a good text for those of us serving in a position of oversight, not to show others that we deserve respect but rather to make sure that we are indeed setting a fine example for others to follow. We shouldn't be doing things to receive glory nor honour but maybe if some brothers and sisters are a bit brusk with us, could the reason be that we are not setting a fine example? The final word in the text today is vital for appointed men: "humility". Those are my musings on today's text.
  11. That sounds like just my kind of place. I would LOVE to visit!
  12. I wrote an article for my company’s blog today about a great free library service that the Andalucía Borough Council offer to all residents. It is a service offered in other parts of Spain too. Although the library website itself can be displayed in English, the actual books and magazines are in Spanish obviously. If you live outside of Spain, maybe your country offers a similar service where you can borrow books and magazines online to read on your electronic devices. Just thought I’d share it with you in case there are any Spanish book worms amongst us! English article: https://idealpropertyspain.com/en/the-andalucian-library Spanish article: https://idealpropertyspain.com/es/la-biblioteca-de-andalucia It was great to be inside a library again after so many years. I’d thoroughly recommend it.
  13. Severed arm? Like something out of Star Wars!!! Incredible how people flock to see this sort of thing (the arm, not Star Wars!)
  14. Hi all. I had a look again, after receiving various comments about the Aid book being out-of-date, and I couldn't find any updated or replaced understanding of what was previously stated there. The only newer quote that I could find (that doesn't even mention the vowels) is: After chatting with another brother on here, they mentioned that they were after a reference for a reliable source from one of the contemporaries around the Middle Ages, not in modern times, so sorry for any confusion. Thanks for clarifying that. Your argument makes perfect sense.
  15. I knew this but it’s still great when someone shares this as I’m a huge Star Trek fan. Hoping to meet the originals that have passed away in the New System
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