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Comment: Re:Training Budget (Score 1) 182

by David_W (#47976985) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

either pay part of the cost or take PTO to attend if it isn't after-hours

Ugh. You know, I understand the desire of an employer to try to "protect their investment" as it were, even though I generally hate it, as it seems like they try way, way too hard. The employment relationship is already lopsided enough as it is. It is almost to the point that it feels like they don't really want to pay for it, they just want to pretend they do to look good.

That said, one thing I cannot stand is the idea of trying to force someone to do training on their own time (or take PTO). For classes (conferences are a bit different, but can be similar), they are typically scheduled right smack dab in standard working hours. Its obvious they were set up with the expectation that employers are footing the bill (for both the class and the time).

Companies give precious little PTO as it is already (I think it should be around twice as much as what is typical these days, or at least go back to separate sick and vacation time and raise those banks a bit higher), and many aren't willing to negotiate on it if you want more in lieu of higher salary. Plus they tend to act like taking unpaid time is a cardinal sin or something they really should consider firing you for, not just a situation of you'd like/need a little more time off than their standard policy allows for. So yeah, some sort of cost sharing/prorated reimbursement? Not a fan, but at least I get it... charging PTO? Oh hell no...

Comment: Double-speak (Score 1) 254

by David_W (#47066439) Attached to: 5 Years Later, 'Do Not Track' System Ineffective

The timing of this amuses me, given what I recently saw on Yahoo. They've updated their privacy policy to say they ignore DNT. But since marketing types have to spin everything, they bill it as:

Thank you Yahoo for caring about my experience! :P

Comment: Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (Score 1) 865

by David_W (#46925765) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

There have been cases when I want to move from 2 to 1 without turning everything off

Kinda repeating something I said earlier... In my Acura, the magic sequence for that is to put the shifter in Neutral instead of Park before pushing the button. That causes it to go to accessory mode instead of full off. (Not defending that... I think it is kinda silly, but at least in some cars a way exists.)

Comment: Re:It ain't broke (Score 1) 865

by David_W (#46925739) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

I would be very happy with a two position switch to turn the car off and on and a push button starter. All the single button systems have design issues.

Ah, someone else who has experienced the issue I have. The core problem with single button systems is they try to represent 3-4 states (depends on if you count cranking as a state), but a single button can generally only transition from one state to another, so is best suited for 2 states. So you get weird hacks like leave the shifter in neutral if you want to go from running->accessory, and then press the button twice to go from accessory->off, or having to hold the brake while pushing the button to start. I like being able to leave the key in my pocket, but a knob or multiple buttons seem like a better system than the single button most have now. I suspect Nissan is figuring this out; they had a single button several years ago; last year my parents looked at one and they've went to a knob in the place where the key used to go.

Comment: Re:The actual technical fault. (Score 1) 865

by David_W (#46925617) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

Other than keyless systems, all cars I've seen with start/stop buttons need the electronic key to be inserted in some kind of reader, and I would very surprised if those with keyless systems didn't have some simple way to stop the engine in case of emergency.

I've driven two cars with push-button start, my Acura and a Chrysler. Both have no slot; the fob stays in your pocket. I haven't tested it, but for the Acuras either holding the button for 3-ish seconds or pressing the button twice is supposed to act as the emergency stop.

Comment: Re: Chip and PIN (Score 1) 210

by David_W (#46886419) Attached to: Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

retailers- in the US, at least- are suposedly *prohibited* from checking ID

I don't have a link handy, so I'm going from memory here, but I think they are prohibited from requiring ID. They can ask, and that might be enough to ward off some folks trying to pull something, plus most legitimate people will show it. However, supposedly you could refuse (or lie saying you don't have it with you) and they are still supposed to run the transaction. It reduces down to largely the same thing in the end for anyone who knows what they are doing.

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