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Comment: Re:About time (Score 1) 73

by hubie (#47579071) Attached to: HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port
DEC introduced some very handy and useful extensions to FORTRAN and had an awesome compiler, and these non-standard extensions ended up getting supported by non-DEC compilers. They also had an outstanding language reference manual. In my experience, almost everyone who used a VAX for programming did so in FORTRAN while almost all the C programmers did their work on the Sun workstations.

Comment: Re:What is the story here (Score 1) 169

Please forgive my ignorance in though having skimmed the provided links and not seeing any significant information beyond what was in the summary, I did not thoroughly ingest the embedded Petition for a Writ of Mandamus to find the info you pointed out (it must be my browser settings, but even when I do click through into the Writ, "Form 278" does not appear to stand out in such bold font as it does in your copy/paste above, but rest assured I did read "Form 278" many times, but sadly it didn't seem to provide as engaging reading as you suggested it would). And though more so back in my salad days I could fully appreciate any type of well-written prerogative writ (I mean, come on, who can't?), my interests these days sadly seem limited to just simple scire or venire facias writs so I am a bit out of practice.

Although over my career I have had occasion to be required to fill out financial disclosure forms, the OGE 450 specifically, and I have been subject to mandatory training on PII and what constitutes public information, I did have the hubris to attempt to inject into the discussion my obviously inferior and uninformed information on this topic and I fully accept the pilgarlic mockery and derision that should have been showered on me.

Please excuse my complete and utter lack of knowledge on the topic of government financial disclosure forms. I will not ask apology for my attempt at getting my comment "frist psot"; the fact that I tried it two hours and 100 comments into the discussion, not to mention two levels down into a particular discussion thread, does indeed show it to be a deplorable act of having the temerity to try to jump the gun and troll to first degree, and is certainly unforgivable. I do take heart in the fact that the reason I've been coming to this web site for 15+ years is that I can always count on helpful and courteous members like you who provide the important, though underrated, service of transferring your superior knowledge to those of us who tend to be more obtuse than we should.

Comment: Re:What is the story here (Score 2) 169

Typically financial disclosures, such as the ones covered by OGE Form 450 (Confidential Financial Disclosure Report), are not public information and are exempted from FOIA requests (Exemption 3). There are certain types of personal information that you are not entitled to; for instance, one wouldn't be able to request social security numbers, or bank account info, etc. on people. You are allowed to know things like their position, job title, salary, and stuff like that.

Comment: Re:Actually read the book! (Score 1) 141

I can see why the BBC might reject it, dealing with Nazis running everything, but syfy? Must require too much thought for them.

It might simply be that whatever it was that was pitched to these two networks just wasn't very good (too expensive, bad casting, bad screenplay, etc.). Or maybe they just saw this as a worn-out meme.

Comment: Re:Customer service? (Score 1) 890

You get a boarding number based upon when you checked in for the flight. They board in groups of 60, "A" group goes first, "B", then "C". Recently (within the last 5 years or so) they've reserved the first 15 or so "A" slots for their "business class" and for people who pay an extra $10 to get priority boarding. There isn't any fighting because everyone is assigned a certain spot in line. In a practical sense, you'll get your choice of seat (aisle, window, etc.) if you are anywhere in the "A" group, and out to perhaps B30 or so. If you're a "C", you got the middle seat.

For the way that I used to travel, which was almost always by myself, I found I preferred their seating process over other airlines. On other airlines you basically also get boarding priority based upon when you check in, but you then are only given a choice of the seats they offer you. Lately airlines have been withholding exit aisle and other seats with a little more leg room and then offering that if you pay them $25 more, you could get those seats. Southwest doesn't withhold any seats, so if you're traveling by yourself, you still have a shot of a random non-middle seat even if you are way back in "C".

On Southwest, back in the day, so to speak, you used to get your boarding number in the order you arrived at the gate, so if you came in on a connecting flight that was late, you were going to be in the back for the next flight. Relevant to this story, if you are traveling with a child under 4 years old, you are allowed to board during "family boarding" which is just after the A group boards. My guess as to what happened here is that he got priority boarding based upon his frequent flying status, and his kids probably had "B" or "C" tickets, so he tried to board them with him (and if he really flies that much with Southwest, he would know he's not allowed to do that); he would have had the option to "upgrade" their tickets by paying an additional $10 each if he wanted to get them up in the early "A" section. I think he figured he didn't want to pay the extra money to upgrade his kids and that he could slip them into boarding with himself counting on the fact that either he felt entitled due to his frequent flying status, or that the gate person wouldn't call him out on it.

Comment: Re:Customer service? (Score 1) 890

It is very clearly stated on their web site, plus (from my personal experience) they very clearly state it during the boarding call:

Do families get to pre board? An adult traveling with a child four years old or younger may board during Family Boarding, which occurs after the "A" group has boarded and before the "B" group begins boarding. However, those Customers holding an "A" boarding pass should still board with the "A" boarding group.

Can groups assigned to different boarding positions board together? Yes. However, in order to maintain the integrity of the boarding process, we ask that earlier boarding positions board with the later positions. For example, if a passenger is assigned position A16 and wants to board with a passenger assigned position A45, the passenger holding the A16 boarding pass should board with the A45 passenger.

Comment: Re:Faith in God (Score 1) 299

by hubie (#47379011) Attached to: Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned
In the early to mid-seventies we did the bomb drills (I think they called them "emergency drills") where the siren posted on top of the tower right next to the elementary school went off once a month (the first Wednesday, if I recall correctly). At that time the teachers didn't insist we crawl under the desks any more, so that is probably a sign that the fear was waning. I haven't seen any of those sirens in a very long time.

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