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Comment: Re: Maybe it's time these companies learn... (Score 1) 54

by TWX (#49366549) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag
Yes. In Boston there are subway stations with Dunkin' Donuts in them. Driving through Chelsea there are DDs at all of the major corners. It isn't until you get pretty far out into the suburbs that you can't find a Dunkin' Donuts every quarter-mile. When they're everywhere it's easy to see why people will get their coffee, donuts, and breakfast sandwiches there even if they'd rather have something better or different.

Comment: Re:Echo chamber (Score 2) 128

by TWX (#49366525) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Near Launching Presidential Bid
No, think that hey! summed it up fairly well. Fiorina has been extremely successful, even to the point of literally being phenomenal, for her own interests. The problem is, her interests are most every other person's interests are not necessarily compatible and may be outright hostile. One can argue that her success, while bad for just about everyone else that she has done business with, is still good for her.

Take another look at Mitt Romney for a moment, in the sense that his corporate interests have been successful, by and large, for shareholders in the firms that his loyalties have been to. He could at least claim that his policies were beneficial for shareholders and for the company, but even with such claims he still lost an election. I expect that many of the stories of companies purchased and stripped by Romney's companies, promptly laying-off thousands of workers in the process.

If Romney couldn't win despite having arguably a successful track-record, then I don't see how Fiorina could.

Comment: Re:Delivery drones (Score 1) 79

by Kjella (#49365697) Attached to: How long until our skies are filled with drones?

You'll never get away from the fact that flying is extremely energy intensive and has some nasty failure modes. What happens the day the drone and cargo drops out of the sky and hits a kid on the head? Remember that a falling coconut or icicle is enough to kill, a drone clearly has lethal potential.

We're working so hard on autonomous cars, why not autonomous pedestrians? Something like this making its way to your doorstep, you swipe the card and collect your pizza. Or your package from Amazon or whatever. Or it's the robot mailman dropping mail in designated mailboxes. Of course you need a human manager nearby in case it malfunctions or gets tipped over by kids having fun or whatever, but there's a lot less that can go wrong with <5 mph rolling robot.

Comment: Re:Obviously allowing people to voice opinions is (Score 1) 54

by TWX (#49365641) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag
Expressing opinions is just fine, but it's not in these businesses' interests to provide a forum for it when this forum is not in their control. It's opening the flood-gates to let a trickle of a stream into the town downstream and being surprised when the entire reservoir rushes down the valley.

Comment: Re: Maybe it's time these companies learn... (Score 4, Interesting) 54

by TWX (#49365631) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag
Are they happy, or have businesses like this managed to simply become the path of least resistance to where they've become a habit to the patrons?

I used to stop at QuikTrip convenience stores twice a day while doing my rounds, to get soft-drink refills and sometimes to buy beef jerky or other snacks. It didn't make me happy or improve my quality of life, I was doing it because it was very easy and had become one of my habits.

I don't hate QuikTrip now, but I did realize that I'm better off not patronizing them so much.

Comment: Re:Here's the problem, the public. (Score 1) 54

by TWX (#49365577) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag
These situations are all proof that one cannot control the feedback that one receives. That's the whole point of feedback, by the way, to attempt to gauge a realistic view of what's going on. Asking for a negative review or asking for a positive review has already prejudiced the review process, and will usually rile-up people that have had the opposite experience that have the opposite view of the asker.

If the distinguished lady from Oregon wanted realistic feedback then she should have simply asked for feedback. If she asked for positive feedback (as an attempt at reverse-psychology), knowing that she was against the ACA, she would have gotten positive feedback by a motivated crowd. Asking for negative feedback, know that she was against the ACA, she got positive feedback by a motivated crowd.

Comment: Re:#McDStories (Score 1) 54

by TWX (#49365555) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag
It doesn't matter if you're squeaky-clean, there are plenty of people that would demean anyway even if they've never done business with you. Just reading through the comments on items purchased on Amazon is proof enough of that.

They're called trolls. And we should all be well aware of them, we've all probably been them at some point or another.

Comment: Live data would be more useful (Score 1) 275

by Kjella (#49364927) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

Most large airliners today have some kind of in-flight cell phone/internet access. Apparently the flight recorder data is about 6 kbps, if you want to include the cockpit voice recorder you may double that. You'd immediately know when it goes dark and send out a search&rescue party, it can't get lost or destroyed in a crash, you would have data right away not days and weeks later and you could often deduce the problem long before you find the boxes.

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.