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Comment: Re: Maybe it's time these companies learn... (Score 1) 66

by TWX (#49366549) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag
Yes. In Boston there are subway stations with Dunkin' Donuts in them. Driving through Chelsea there are DDs at all of the major corners. It isn't until you get pretty far out into the suburbs that you can't find a Dunkin' Donuts every quarter-mile. When they're everywhere it's easy to see why people will get their coffee, donuts, and breakfast sandwiches there even if they'd rather have something better or different.

Comment: Re:Echo chamber (Score 2) 189

by TWX (#49366525) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Near Launching Presidential Bid
No, think that hey! summed it up fairly well. Fiorina has been extremely successful, even to the point of literally being phenomenal, for her own interests. The problem is, her interests are most every other person's interests are not necessarily compatible and may be outright hostile. One can argue that her success, while bad for just about everyone else that she has done business with, is still good for her.

Take another look at Mitt Romney for a moment, in the sense that his corporate interests have been successful, by and large, for shareholders in the firms that his loyalties have been to. He could at least claim that his policies were beneficial for shareholders and for the company, but even with such claims he still lost an election. I expect that many of the stories of companies purchased and stripped by Romney's companies, promptly laying-off thousands of workers in the process.

If Romney couldn't win despite having arguably a successful track-record, then I don't see how Fiorina could.

Comment: Re:Obviously allowing people to voice opinions is (Score 1) 66

by TWX (#49365641) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag
Expressing opinions is just fine, but it's not in these businesses' interests to provide a forum for it when this forum is not in their control. It's opening the flood-gates to let a trickle of a stream into the town downstream and being surprised when the entire reservoir rushes down the valley.

Comment: Re: Maybe it's time these companies learn... (Score 4, Interesting) 66

by TWX (#49365631) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag
Are they happy, or have businesses like this managed to simply become the path of least resistance to where they've become a habit to the patrons?

I used to stop at QuikTrip convenience stores twice a day while doing my rounds, to get soft-drink refills and sometimes to buy beef jerky or other snacks. It didn't make me happy or improve my quality of life, I was doing it because it was very easy and had become one of my habits.

I don't hate QuikTrip now, but I did realize that I'm better off not patronizing them so much.

Comment: Re:Here's the problem, the public. (Score 1) 66

by TWX (#49365577) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag
These situations are all proof that one cannot control the feedback that one receives. That's the whole point of feedback, by the way, to attempt to gauge a realistic view of what's going on. Asking for a negative review or asking for a positive review has already prejudiced the review process, and will usually rile-up people that have had the opposite experience that have the opposite view of the asker.

If the distinguished lady from Oregon wanted realistic feedback then she should have simply asked for feedback. If she asked for positive feedback (as an attempt at reverse-psychology), knowing that she was against the ACA, she would have gotten positive feedback by a motivated crowd. Asking for negative feedback, know that she was against the ACA, she got positive feedback by a motivated crowd.

Comment: Re:#McDStories (Score 1) 66

by TWX (#49365555) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag
It doesn't matter if you're squeaky-clean, there are plenty of people that would demean anyway even if they've never done business with you. Just reading through the comments on items purchased on Amazon is proof enough of that.

They're called trolls. And we should all be well aware of them, we've all probably been them at some point or another.

Comment: Re:It happens... (Score 5, Interesting) 183

by TWX (#49361091) Attached to: Prison Inmate Emails His Own Release Instructions To the Prison
I had to go through jury selection a few months back for a capital case, going through three or four rounds of appearances and interviews. Part of what struck me about the experience is how incredibly poor the paperwork was. They gave us number cards when there were 250+ people to go through in my group, they were all handwritten even though the numbers corresponded with the computer-generated numbers we were assigned when the original mailing for service was sent. Forms and questionnaires looked like they were generated in Clarisworks by first-time users in elementary school. Nothing had letterhead, nothing had any sort of official feel.

Your story about no letterhead and using fax machines is totally believable to me, and I'm amazed that it isn't abused more often.

Comment: Re:So, everything? (Score 1) 323

by TWX (#49357503) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers
Where I live no-competes are not enforceable, so here it doesn't matter. Even skilled technical workers that make real product-design contributions can change employers without penalty. One can go from Intel to Motorola to Honeywell and work in all of their IC packaging divisions without any penalty.

Comment: Re:Easy Solution (Score 1) 221

by TWX (#49357417) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House
Free-markets would probably limit utilities to higher-density urban areas only. Regulation is supposed to force companies to do business that is not necessarily profitable in a small number of cases in order to reap the reward of the easy profitable business in urban areas.

What needs to happen here is enforcement against the monopoly that they have to provide service.

Comment: Re:Good Luck (Score 3) 323

by TWX (#49357355) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers
There are lots of clauses placed into contracts that are not legally binding under current law. Some of those clauses are put in because the parties drafting the contract aren't necessarily aware that they're not legal, and other clauses are there so that if the law is changed, the clause might be able to come into effect.

An example, in my state, a real estate lender cannot seek compensation from the mortgagee-seller if a short-sale does not bring as much revenue as the mortgagee owes. Despite this, most short-sale contracts state that the bank may go after the seller for the seven years that debts may be collected in. Other states do not have laws preventing this, so if the seller moves out-of-state the bank might try to enforce against them, or if the laws in the state change then the bank may attempt to enforce.

As for the nature of illegal conditions in a contract, that's why contracts usually have clauses in them that state that if any part of the contract is deemed unenforceable, the rest of the contract remains in-effect.

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