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Comment: Re:Wow - technology continues to advance! (Score 1) 190

by PrimaryConsult (#48612671) Attached to: Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

Two year old cars could be coming off a lease, or former rentals. If anything the lemons will have had a lot of kinks worked out by then under the original warranty. If you live in a state with used car lemon laws, you'll just get a lot of free service in the event of any "surprises". And perhaps that's why those used cars are only 90% MSRP at the dealer - they are accounting for the need to service a used car with a like new warranty.

Comment: Re:Betteridge says (Score 2) 184

by PrimaryConsult (#48584597) Attached to: Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

Unless both are large enough cities for decent public transit options, flying is more expensive than just the cost of the ticket.
You forgot:
Cost of long term parking at home airport (or taxi)
Cost of car rental at destination airport (or surrender your freedom to travel at will upon arrival)

Either way, there's also the stress of the entire flying process. Unless it's around a major holiday, a 2 day road trip can actually be relaxing.

That said, what this country could benefit from is either high speed rail, or more slow speed auto carrying rail like Amtrak's Auto Train. I'm surprised that idea hasn't taken off for coast to coast travel, the only reason we even have that route is because it was a novel idea a legacy railroad had long before Amtrak was formed...

Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 1) 545

by PrimaryConsult (#48539037) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

Memorial Day and Labor day are major shopping days though - a triple overtime requirement would pretty much kill that. The retail employees working that day are often students who want the extra pay, and those shopping are people who appreciate the extra day off to go shopping. Neither of those are particularly "family days".

And for those who are unable (or unwilling) to spend time with family, it's nice that some places are open on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

At *most*, require holiday work give a 25% bonus or an equivalent amount of time off to be used on any arbitrary day in the future. It's enough that there is incentive to let people have the day off, but not so much that entire towns become ghost towns, with only a handful of places being open but so swamped that shopping is a miserable experience.

Walmart would *love* a 3x overtime rule, they'd have no problem staffing stores to the bare minimum knowing full well that they would have to beat customers away with a stick vying for the "privilege" of waiting 3 hours in line to check out... since they'd be the only ones open.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 545

by PrimaryConsult (#48538913) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

If I worked 16 hours, the client was billed for 16 hours, and I was paid for 8 hours.

I met a contractor who had that same deal. Since it cost him nothing to do so, he would instead bill only for the 8 hours and continue to work the 16. With the money saved, the client were able to play a few games and get him switched to a different subcontractor, one which actually paid overtime.

Comment: Re: Lost!? (Score 1) 375

by PrimaryConsult (#48512357) Attached to: The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

It wasn't intentional - the doors are supposed to be left unlocked to allow exit, however the doors are very old and were designed such that a key could lock each side of the door independently. Sometimes, an overzealous guard or janitor might lock the wrong side. I only found a "no exit room" once. More often than not, it wasn't usually an inability to exit that concerned me; sometimes I would pass a "point of no return" where I would then have to find way out and walk outside for a while to get back to the other side of a one way door I mistakenly let close.

There was a far more pressing problem anyway: some of the stairwells would get buried in snow. If you weren't paying attention, you might exit a building on the basement level into an enclosed courtyard, realize the stairwell was impassable, but then be unable to re-enter the building to exit via an interior staircase. *that* issue was very dangerous because most people would usually choose to try and navigate the treacherous staircase rather than call security for help. *Those* doors needed to be locked from the inside to prevent exit, but of course, they were the first ones to be replaced with ones that couldn't *sigh*.

Comment: Re: Lost!? (Score 1) 375

by PrimaryConsult (#48505677) Attached to: The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

Tangentally related, but I've learned to never close a door unless I was sure I could go back through it... I worked in a facility that had rather bizzare one-side-locked doors, and it was actually possible to end up in a room or hallway junction with no exit unless you had a key. Escorting contractors to unfamiliar areas was fun, they were curious as to why I was trying all my keys on the doors we had already passed...

Comment: Re:It's more of a statement about NYC (Score 1) 481

I grew up in NYC and was there during the blackout... I overall have to disagree with your sentiment. If there is distrust among strangers is simply due to sheer number rather than diversity. If you're constantly surrounded by 20-30 people you will find a quality in at least one of them untrustworthy.


Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time? 613

Posted by timothy
from the I-have-an-opinion dept.
New submitter gbcox links to this article about how the switch between Standard Time and Daylight Saving Time can be dangerous, but writes Personally, I favor year 'round DST — I like the extra sunlight in the evening... but regardless, I just wish we'd pick one and stop futzing with the time twice a year. As it is right now, we only have about 4 months of standard time as it is... is it really worth the effort to switch the clocks for only four months? I think not. Where do you stand? If you have a strong opinion, it would be nice if you start your subject line in comments with "For it!" or "Against it!" If you think that the yearly clock-shifting is a good idea, when do you think each shift should occur? For those not keeping score, tonight is the switchover time for most Americans.

Comment: Re:Wake up America ... (Score 2) 95

There's *always* work to be done. Employing additional cleaners / landscapers to keep facilities looking tidy is one that immediately comes to mind, and one that cannot be easily automated. "Peace officers" (unarmed cops) in neighborhoods to help keep crime down and give people directions. Additional secretaries in offices. Additional window people at post offices and the DMV to help speed lines. I would very much like unemployment insurance to be replaced with (intended to be temporary) low-skill government jobs.

Comment: Re:This is good (Score 1) 398

by PrimaryConsult (#48199341) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Clearly you have never driven in a real city. If you leave enough space for someone to slam on the brakes suddenly, another car will move into the space you are leaving, and you'll have to slow down to drop back further, prompting people to pass you and take that newly vacated space. Eventually, you'll be getting a ticket for impeding the flow of traffic.

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