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Comment: Re:Economy Class Only (Score 5, Informative) 145

by CohibaVancouver (#46757423) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

And I'm sure if you ever actually flew with one our your senior execs, you'd be mystified why you can't find them in the coach section...

A couple of years ago I flew back from Mobile World Congress (Barcelona) in economy class. An Intel exec was seated next to me and an IBM exec was across the aisle.

Comment: Economy Class Only (Score 5, Informative) 145

by CohibaVancouver (#46756281) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture
The requirement of 'no business class' for air travel isn't unique to Amazon. Every tech company I've worked for had the same policy - From the senior execs on down.

Thankfully, the company I work for now doesn't require red-eye flights. So I can arrive at a destination, sleep overnight in a hotel bed, then wake up the next morning and start working.

Comment: Re:Oh great (Score 1) 64

The exit rows don't have fold-down tables (for that very reason).

Not really true - Most exit-rows have fold-down tray tables in the seat in front of them, e.g.:

Usually you only see them in the armrest when you have this situation:

Comment: Re:Oh great (Score 1) 64

If the plane comes crashing down having your tray table up won't safe you, so you can just as well enjoy the instructions.

No, but if the plane crashes on landing and I need to evacuate from the window seat, the last thing I want do is squeeze past your tray table so I can GTFO. Seat pitch is bad enough as it is without having to squeeze past a table so you can play Angry Birds on final approach..

Comment: Not going to work... (Score 3, Insightful) 408

Most people I know who spout this nonsense don't visit the doctor very much, after all "big medicine" is in the pocket of "big pharma," so they wouldn't hear the message anyway.

For those who might listen, one might temper it by saying homeopathy *does* work, but it's thanks to the placebo effect.

Comment: Can't power themselves... (Score 2) 218

by CohibaVancouver (#46672045) Attached to: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future
I don't think FB will 'Power the Future' because there's a lot of stuff they simply can't get right. Take their new search. If I enter "James Bond" into a Facebook search, my expectation is that the first thing it will search is my friend's feeds, followed by the feeds of companies and organization I like, followed by public feeds - Returning "James Bond"- related Facebook posts. Instead it just does a lousy web search. Why?

Or take ads. I'm a Facebook regular, posting daily. Yet FB has never been able to serve an ad up to me about anything I care about. Never. Not once.

...and my feed is just a total dog's breakfast with FB selectively choosing what to show me. I know I can pick "show recent" but the setting doesn't stick for more than 48 hours or so...

So will they power the future? No. They can't even power themselves.

Comment: Re:Tracking` (Score 1) 233

And yet, people stated that "it would be soooo expensive" to add proper tracking to planes.

The 'people' are correct. $50M is much, much less than the billions it would cost to add 'proper tracking' to planes that cross oceans - And it still doesn't address the problem of someone in the cockpit switching the tracking off.

This place just isn't big enough for all of us. We've got to find a way off this planet.