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Comment: Re:Coming next ... Office desk telephones (Score 1) 395 395

That works out. If they can't be bothered to arrange their thoughts into an email, I won't be bothered with decoding their disorganized verbal ramblings from a message.

If they want something from me, they will put it in the format I prefer. Similarly, there are people who prefer voicemail or forms over emails, and I will happily oblige by making my request in whatever format they prefer.

Comment: Re:Coming next ... Office desk telephones (Score 1) 395 395

Use TouchDown to connect to corporate exchange. It makes a nice little "zone" the corporate server can erase if they so choose, and your personal stuff is invisible to it. Also the PIN requirements will only apply to the things within the app itself, not your entire phone. Pretty handy!

Comment: Re:I stopped using it 4 years ago (Score 2) 395 395

Me too. Work Phone: the red light lets me know the line is working. One day they reset my voicemail and the red light was off, and something felt wrong all day. Fortunately someone left a new voicemail towards the end the day and the reassuring glow that my phone works was back.

Android phone: the little icon of a cassette tape might be burned in to the top left of the screen for all I know; it has been lit for over a year.

Comment: Re:and the beer is really good (Score 1) 528 528

I'm guessing it's regional. In northeast cities a night out will typically start with craft beers like Sam Adams, Harpoon or Saranac and end with "the cheap stuff" to keep the party going (source: uhh... extensive self-funded research in various cities and towns in New York and New England).

Comment: Re:abusive? (Score 1) 212 212

If an unexpected injury occurs before the event, the horse is pulled from the race. Hell if the horse simply isn't up for it, they can be "scratched at the gate". In some cases the bettors actually benefit from this - If you had the scratched horse in a pick 3, it counts as if the horse won.

Comment: Re:Why the garage ? (Score 1) 105 105

Depends on the neighborhood... before I moved to an apartment building I had a roommate who lost his key. For months (eventually we gave up searching and got a replacement), we just didn't bother to lock the door unless we were both home.

We would also regularly leave the back door unlocked.

The cat escaped by opening the front door, and the actual door was wide open for hours that day.

As has been said, the windows are a far more vulnerable target. If they decided to enter your home they are going to. Hell the first day my forgetful roommate got back without his key he simply opened the window on the porch and climbed in!

Comment: Re:Automation (Score 1) 294 294

... And what do you do if a train enters a dead zone where it will not accept other control input (either due to bad reception, natural damage or sabotage)? Continue on course, possibly into an obstruction / over a bridge that has collapsed? Or fail-safe, where it simply comes to a stop in the dead zone, potentially stranding hundreds of passengers for hours while someone drives out there to check on it?

Comment: Re:And what about the infrastructure issues? (Score 1) 294 294

They do. The northeast corridor (where the accident happened) *does* operate in the black (as does the Empire Corridor in NYS and I believe the pacific coast trains). However, the routes connecting all of these regions lose a lot of money, and have more senators along the way.

There are two reasons we have Amtrak: One is the intentional destruction of local transportation infrastructure caused by the likes of GM, Greyhound and Standard Oil, from the 30s-50s. The other is that the government in the 60s was heavily taxing railway tickets and infrastructure and directly funneling the funds into airports and interstates, the very competition of the railroads. They were taking rail stations, moving them out of downtowns onto freight bypass routes on the outskirts of towns, and putting highways over the old ROWs. Passenger rail became unprofitable, but the companies were being forced to continue running the unprofitable passenger services by regulations. The result was they started going bankrupt. By the time the government realized the national rail infrastructure was about to disappear like a fart in the wind, they hacked together Amtrak as a way to "bail out" the railroads from a problem largely caused by the decades of meddling.

Tl;dr: unfair practices by both the private and public sector killed profitable passenger rail half a century ago, and no one knows how to fix it. Amtrak is the band-aid.

Comment: Re:Will never happen with the big 3 (Score 1) 86 86

Umm, I can already install firmware updates to my Chrysler. There are already "plug and play" hardware devices that unlock extra capabilities to the infotainment system. Once it is off warranty it won't really matter whether they will "let" people update the software, I can see it being on the level of installing custom PSP firmware.

Comment: Re:If you can update the software... (Score 1) 86 86

Yup, all Chrysler lines (Dodge, Ram, Jeep) have this ability. The ability to upgrade the firmware mitigates the issue earlier infotainment systems had, mainly that they would become out of date long before the end of the useful life of the car.

Comment: Re:New Jersey and Other Fictions... (Score 1) 615 615

Ehh, your "pay more" comment doesn't really make sense for NJ. The gas there is the cheapest in the northeast. The difference between NJ and NY can easily be 40 cents / gallon.

In the wintertime, full serve is a godsend. I'd gladly pay an extra 10 cents / gallon to not get out of my car.

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