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Comment: Re:In other news ... (Score 2) 292

by Bigby (#45986329) Attached to: Thousands of Gas Leaks Discovered Under Streets of Washington DC

That is what happens when you have autonomous public companies. Most of Jersey City works this way, including trash collection, parking authority, etc... Everything but the police and fire departments. And guess what? Jersey City is like 90% Democrat.

This isn't a party issue. It is an issue with autonomous public companies. A company is either private or public. And guess what? Public companies are the ones that need most of the regulating. They are the ones raking profits that are not checked by other companies, since they were granted monopolies. The only check is to vote for someone else to appoint a new leader of the autonomous public company. But that never changes anything, because no one can overcome the power of free money when they are put in that position.

Where else does the leader of the parking authority making $250K a year? Yes, the leader of the group of people that issue parking permits and drive around ticketing people. The leader...not the one doing it.

Comment: Re:Shouldn't be a surprise... (Score 1) 292

by Bigby (#45986219) Attached to: Thousands of Gas Leaks Discovered Under Streets of Washington DC

They could have all meters reporting into a central database and have a computer make sure the end-point meters are showing the same values as multiple distribution point meters. The more distribution/split point meters, the more quickly a leak could be narrowed down.

I'm sure they've thought of this. They just don't want to do it, because there is not motivation to do it. They probably have no liability for explosions on public property.

Comment: Re:Not sure which is news... (Score 1) 122

by Bigby (#45680461) Attached to: Australia's National Broadband Network Downgraded

Well, a lot of people and institutions can't handle tech...government being one of those. With competition, at least when one fails someone else could theoretically pick up the slack. Government solutions suffer from the same problem monopolistic solutions suffer. Sure, they can do it cheaper, but without any competition in place, how do you keep prices and quality in check, let alone know they are out-of-whack?

Comment: Re:Step 1, open up the bidding process completely (Score 1) 494

by Bigby (#45515395) Attached to: Healthcare.gov and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality

If that is the way your pay is structured. When it is, I see most employees charging 40 hrs regardless of whether they worked 36 or 44 hours. It is disheartening. Not to mention it completely screws up the metrics.

When a manager tells me to charge 40 when I work 48, I refuse. If they want to hit their budget/numbers, then I usually work in a paid day off, because they can't stomach reporting the actual numbers. I had one that tried to force me. I took it to the ethics department. It was squashed immediately.

Comment: Re:Booze Bus (Score 1) 783

by Bigby (#45513449) Attached to: Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood

Highway driving culture is much more mono-cultured. I am specifically talking about city street driving. In Newark, rules aren't followed. It goes FAR beyond driving. They don't follow much of any rules at all in life.

Around roads themselves: they don't wait at a red light; they run it. People don't use crosswalks; nor do they run across the street or even look before crossing. They just leisurely cross, like they actually want to get hit by a car...which is probably the case. When driving, they make maneuvers much like people crossing streets...they want to get hit. It is the only way to describe what they are doing. Like turning left from the right lane on a 4 lane road, but flooring it to get ahead of the other 3 lanes to their left. They will pass you at traffic lights because there is a little extra room to the side. They will pass you at stop signs because you had the audacity to stop. And don't get me started with parking rules...

Comment: Re:Booze Bus (Score 1) 783

by Bigby (#45471977) Attached to: Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood

As you stated, the GP must have driven in the northeast. And then (s)he decided to make that claim on the 99.999% of the other roads in the country.

I've noticed that people in Boston, NYC, and some surrounding cities (like Newark & Jersey City) do not follow rules. Rules are only a guide. And scratches on cars have no value. It is something that just happens. So they just drive really close and possibly bump you. They feel it is like a tap on the shoulder and not a violation. It is all within their context. I guess they are used to it and feel it is normal.

Meanwhile, most everywhere else in the country, including nearby Albany and Philadelphia, people at least make it look like they are following the rules. And then when you hit the mid-west, they strictly follow the rules (outside of the universally accepted idea of going 10 over the speed limit). If you go south, they drive like they have nowhere to go and no timetable of getting there. I would rather drive around people in Boston than deal with that...

Bringing computers into the home won't change either one, but may revitalize the corner saloon.

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