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Comment: Builder (Score 1) 462

by kurtis25 (#37637342) Attached to: Ohio Supreme Court Drawn Into Magnetic Homes Case
Centax must have a pretty bad warranty or their is more to the story... Standard warranties cover structural defects for 5-10 years so it sounds like these folks but a home without a substandard warranty. Having worked for a home builder fixing latent defects (defects which cause structural damage thus are covered by a structural warranty, ie mold from bad masonry gets on the frame of the home, in order to fix the frame the masonry and mold must be fixed). I'm guessing the house was poorly built and likely has electrical and or plumbing issues. That being said some homes or parts of homes just have charges (i'm a builder not a scientist so I don't know the technically correct term). In some homes the walls become charged and attract dust along the beams creating rather odd shadow like dust lines on the interior walls where the beams are. This can be caused by weather (hot / cold, wet / dry (from running humidifiers), improper insulation, plumbing, electrical issues, etc. but isn't an actual structural defect. I'll venture to say about the same thing is happening in this house but I doubt their list of issues is valid.

Comment: Response from Eugene Conti (Score 1) 705

Mr. Eugene Conti sent me the following (presumably canned by now) response. I thought I should share Transportation decisions - especially those involving safety - need to be made based on data and the decisions of educated, trained and licensed professional engineers. Nothing should ever come before public safety. We value public input - we seek it at every opportunity. But when the research and data show that one option is safe and another is less safe, NCDOT is always going to choose the safest option and we make no apologies for that. Our engineers have met extensively over the last year with Falls of Neuse neighbors to discuss the project, always with the primary emphasis on safety. And we have made significant changes based on their input. We stand behind the work of Mr. Lacy. He is a licensed traffic engineer. His initial findings were supported by the engineering consultants to the City of Raleigh. When the North Raleigh group undertook a response to the city's report, our department told the group we would consider an analysis from an independent licensed engineer. Instead, the group produced a technical document that appeared to be in violation of N.C. Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors standards for public safety. Mr. Lacy was concerned enough that he asked the Board what he should do, and he was instructed to file a report. As a licensed professional, Mr. Lacy was obligated to do so. The matter is now before the North Carolina Board of Examiners, and we will respect any decision that is forthcoming from that body. Therefore it is not appropriate for us to comment any further at this point. Sincerely, Eugene A. Conti, Jr.

Comment: Bank should have... (Score 1) 312

by kurtis25 (#34614456) Attached to: Nigerian Email Scam Victim Sues Bank, Loses Appeal
Banks have a vested interested in seeing activity like this; transactions keep money flowing, branches get bonuses / awards based on volume (the check he wrote counts), bank fees. They also know that cleared doesn't mean cleared all the way I think there is a time limit on clearing the checks that each bank has but keep in mind this transaction likely went through 3-4 banks before hitting the Chino Commercial bank which means it could be (and should have been) stopped anywhere along that route. This guy's actions should have triggered fraud warnings at his bank, for several reasons 1) depositing a large sum from a foreign bank 2) a deposit outside his standard profile (I would assume he isn't depositing a large number of high dollar amount checks or a large number of checks in 1 transactions) 3) Writing a check which is outside his standard profile (again I'm assuming he doesn't write to many high value checks). If he'd used a credit card he would have received this level of service. As small business owner I do a great deal of banking. I have 15 banks accounts I deal with (including personal) at 3 banks. I know my bankers and they know to notify me of any out of the ordinary activity on any of my accounts. Every customer should get to know their bankers so it's a personal connection not $ in and $ out.

Comment: 3 most I had (Score 1) 371

by kurtis25 (#33463004) Attached to: Harvard Ditching Final Exams?
The most actual final exams I had in college for a semester was 3, that was freshman year when I had mostly Gen Ed classes. Most of my exams were papers and projects due on or before exam day. I had a variety of teacher interviews (oral quizzes / discussions), a few exam day group projects, presentations (those were boring exams, 3 hours of listening to others), a large group discussion / debate. As a student most of these were better judges of my working knowledge of material tests, multiple choice especially, only show what you know they don't demonstrate your ability to use that knowledge. In my opening that renders them useless in many classes such as counseling, public speaking, etc.

Comment: blank spaces (Score 1) 1268

by kurtis25 (#33240438) Attached to: US Students Struggle With Understanding of the 'Equal' Sign
On a worksheet ( ) would be a normal way of saying fill in the blank a precursor to learning about variables. Kids are taught fill in the blank problems first and the ( ) is used as a blank space since in when written by a 5th grader (and many adults) _ tends to move toward the center line thus getting confused with -. It may even be confused with ~ if the writer had to much to drink last night.

Comment: good idea bad company (Score 1) 236

by kurtis25 (#32760154) Attached to: Plagiarism Inc.
It's not a bad business idea and I'm not sure you can argue what he does is unethical or cheating. The users of the service are cheating but isn't that what sites like bugmenot, mailinator, and others are about short cutting someones system so we can get personal pleasure without sacrifice. TFA seems to be more about a young knuckle head trying to run a business he neither understands nor is able to run. It almost reads like a warning about the future of business.

Comment: too few actions (Score 1) 593

by kurtis25 (#32297636) Attached to: BP's Final "Top Kill" Procedure For Gulf Oil Spill
If I was charged with responsibility to stop this leak I'm pretty sure I'd try something every day or maybe every other not every week or so. I'd have a whole freaking flock of boats scoping this up and cleaning it. I feel BP isn't really doing much. He let's build a box, let's build another box this time smaller, let's fill it with junk (like our stock certificates). I'm not going to feel sorry when the lawsuits start and if I lived on the coast or were taking a vacation on the coast or even planned to serve shrimp at a party I'd be lining up to sue. It's going to be a shame when congress caps the penalty BP get's of with a slap on the financial wrist.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.

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