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Comment Re:Virgin Atlantic's 787s (Score 1) 193

That's funny... the job I had with a lot of business travel was salaried, so all I got was reimbursed expenses.
That said my current job has no travel, so if I'm on a plane it is because I am on vacation, and if there is work I can do while on that flight, it means vacation time I do not have to spend.

Comment Re:But but but.. (Score 1) 278

The idiot chemist who compounded fucking antifreeze into his drug should have gone to prison for manslaughter

I am guessing he got lost in the problem: we have a solid drug that we would like to dissolve into a liquid. He found a liquid it would dissolve in. Once he realized what his solution had done he committed suicide. Unlike the rest of the company which denied culpability.

Comment List of Cars Affected (Score 1) 157

Looks like only the ones that have functionality to integrate with cell phone apps:

2013-2015 MY Dodge Viper specialty vehicles
2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups
2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cabs
2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs
2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs
2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans
2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes

I have a uconnect as well but it is not internet enabled (predates the years here)... now I'm glad I cheaped out and bought used, heh... anyway it's simple enough to update the firmware on these things, IIRC it's just copy some files from their website onto a usb and "boot" the uconnect off it.

Comment Re:They get your foot in the door... (Score 1) 213

Agreed. However the fact remains it is an HR gatekeeper which prunes down the candidate pool considerably. The guy who knows his shit *and* has a cert will get raises and promotions quite handily in such an environment, whereas the guys who simply know their shit will never have made it past the gate.

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549

The irony of this is the "stop-go-stop" is what you're supposed to do on a right on red (stop at the crosswalk, check for pedestrians, pull up so you can check for cars, then go). People who ignore the crosswalk risk hitting a theoretical pedestrian or cyclist, yet by virtue of only stopping once (or worse, treating it like a yield instead of stop and proceed), they are less likely to get rear ended.

Comment Re:It's all about the routes, dummy (Score 1) 654

Plowing is as simple as putting a plow on the front of a train that was already going to make its run. Also trains generally can still run at their normal speed in a normal amount of snow, versus road vehicles. As for switches, the important ones get set on fire (the article also talks about electric heating elements on other switches). The problem of freezing switches was solved economically in the 19th century.

Comment Re:Wrong problem. (Score 1) 654

The comfort is a big one. One of the final things that got me off the bus and into a car was the lack of functional A/C in the summer (and sometimes the drivers would actively choose not to turn it on, or an elderly passenger would ask it be turned off). When the A/C is off, the windows barely open and it's 100 degrees inside the bus while 90 outside (and a 7.5 minute walk in that heat to even get to the bus), it stopped mattering that a car would only save me 15 minutes a day.

Buses suck. Trains usually don't have those comfort issues since passengers are separated from the drivers, so whether to use the A/C is determined by policy and not the informal driver/passenger agreement that I often found myself on the wrong side of...

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

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

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

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

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.

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.

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