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I'm no United fan, but what would you have them do? Cascade the delays for two days and impact 600 customers instead of the 99 already impacted? Sucks for you of course, but I'm not sure there was a better option (assuming there wasn't alternative metal sitting around unused -- which is unlikely).
A good example would be with the Microsoft/Yahoo search deal. The companies entered into a strategic partnership that included (among other things) a set of Yahoo! employees that would be transitioned to work for Microsoft. Before and during that transition period it made sense not have the companies poach each others employees.
In complete agreement here.
I also have one. So make it two.
I like it. Not free as in beer. Not free as in speech. Free as in nudity!
Where the hell do you live that the power is that unreliable? I think I remember about one power outage in the last three years.