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Comment: Re:brilliant way to hide the genuine bad reviews, (Score 1) 191

by 91degrees (#47963001) Attached to: Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War
The reviews are only diluted on Yelp. That's the idea. It makes Yelp worhless. They will have reviews on other sites. Tripadvisor has a negative review amongst 4 good ones.

The FAQ is an acquired taste. I think the idea is that if you don't like that you probably won't enjoy the restaurant. Businesses don't really like unsatisfied customers. They're more expensive to deal with and they dn't get repeat business.

Comment: Would this be legal if a proposed law passes? (Score 1) 191

by 91degrees (#47962879) Attached to: Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War
The proposed Consumer Review Freedom Act bans businesses from penalising you for posting bad reviews.

Would this also bar restaurants from effectively penalising customers who want to post postive revews? Could part of this restauran't business model be made illegal?

Comment: Re: Not going to be as rosy as the YES! campaign s (Score 1) 491

by 91degrees (#47934511) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry
I quite agree slavery would have been abolished eventually. The US is actually unusual in that a war ended slavery. Most countries managed to eliminate it peacefully.

I don't think it was just about slavery though. While I'm sure a lot of people in the north were sympathetic, the idea that so many were sympathetic enough to actually risk death seems a little too heroic for a typical person. The southerners would have been fighting not for *their* right to own slaves, but for some rich landowner. The actual reasons must have been more complex.

Comment: Re:it is all going to go horribly wrong (Score 1) 491

by 91degrees (#47926651) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

No, adopting the Euro is a requirement for new entrants. Countries that were previously part of the EU and did not adopt were grandfathered in and don't have to change, but for new entrants it's not optional.

But the requirement is not to do so immediately. A country can effectively hold off forever.

Comment: Re:Not going to be as rosy as the YES! campaign sa (Score 1) 491

by 91degrees (#47926593) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry
I guess there's probably other things the UK could do. Ultimately, Scotland isn't going to get independence until an agreement that both sides will accept is reached. The UK will not budge on currency union, or allow Scotland to simply shrug off the debt, and I wonder if sanctions could be imposed.

If the independence talks do stall, presumably it will be negotiated with a third part mediator. Perhaps I'm biased, but I don't see a third party accepting Scotland's demands here as reasonable.

Comment: Correlation/causation? (Score 2) 270

by 91degrees (#47924651) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class
While it's quite reasonable that the extra pay is because these people get good jobs developing COBOL, is it perhaps possible that it's more about the mentality of the person who takes such a course?

For example, if I'm interested in making lots of money I'll go into financial software. A lot banks still use COBOL, so doing a course on that increases my options in this area. Even if I don't use it ever again, and don;t even go into banking, I'm still a lot more likely to work for a company that pays a lot because money motivates me.

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