We had a rental car with Ford Sync for two weeks. It's nothing like simple or intuitive. I write software for a living, and I can't imagine what went through the Sync developers' heads. It's a colossal of usability, speed, efficiency, intuition, and functionality. While Ford is dropping Microsoft, they can't replace it too soon. I need a new car, and I explicitly won't get anything with Ford Sync or the BMW iDrive which is less crappy, but still junk but easier to use.
You said the magic words, "I want to cancel my (TV/Internet/Phone, etc.). Nothing fets their attention like the word cancel. Always at least threaten to cancel before quitting a service.
I did that with Comcast because they couldn't get me more than 256 kbps download speeds. They don't care. I cancelled and moved to Verizon, but at least I had choices. Threatened to cancel Verizon too after their rep completely lied to me. They didn't care. I finally reported them to the BBB, which did get some action.
Basically, even canceling doesn't concern them. They know you'll be back or it just isn't worth it to make it work for you. I still get two mailings from Comcast per week that go right into the recycle bin. I tried to drop phone service, but their "double play" packages were like $5 less than having the phone. Plus, event their crappy VoIP solution sounds 100 times better then the best cell phone.
Yes, because anyone who doesn't think like you is biased. Sure there are exceptions to any rule, but it works most of the time. How else are you going to sort through 1000 resumes for 1 posting but to use heuristics? Nothing is perfect, get over it.
If I'm hiring for a position in the fashion industry, then I may very well check out what clothes they are wearing. Same for someone wanting a job in the tech industry. An applicant with an aol.com or yahoo.com says they just aren't serious about their profession. If they are applying to be a secretary, then indeed, I could care less what their email address domain is.
Yes, using bad analogies is like cutting a tree down with a fish.
I've got an old Startac somewhere, I think. It was quite a great phone in it's day. Sounded better than any phone today, long battery life and had a great belt clip that was actually useful. I think I have an old palm phone in my office drawer somewhere, too. That was a piece of crap.
Indeed. Where I live, we have tons of snow plows and salt. We maybe need it 10-15 days a year. So in three years, we don't use our equipment about as little as they give for justifying why they don't have them. That's the dumbest justification I've seen. Most places that have snow removal equipment don't use them very often, but they aren't dumb enough to hope that things will just work out. If you know you get snow every three years or so, that sounds like enough justification to purchase equipment. Down there you could get buy with some large tanker trucks to brine the streets before hand. This greatly reduces the chance of icing, even if you aren't going to plow. It comes down to: equipment is expensive and we just don't want to buy it.
The problem with some features, is that they add weight to the car. I don't want to pay for gas to truck around 20 lbs of crap I can't use. I can't imagine cruise control takes much to make it work with computerized cars (software having little mass), but something like a seat heater would. I'm already hesitant to buy a new car with all the crappy "infotainment" systems that pretty much all suck and generally aren't updated.
Why waste 45 minutes interviewing for a developer position at a place that doesn't use version control?
Well, I would follow up by asking whether I'm being hired to fix that - senior dev jobs often include that sort of thing. That being said, I once left a job after two weeks (well, two weeks after an internal transfer) because the group insisted on using Rational Rose. I've since asked about that on every phone interview, so as not to waste my time in person if they're that silly.
Indeed, and one of my first tasks at one job was to implement version control. They just never got around to it. That's presumably why they are hiring: they need help, otherwise, no opening.
You could still purchase halogen bulbs and these new more efficient incandescent bulbs, e.g. uses 53 watts for the output of a 75 watt bulb.
The summary says "had increased from 40 million to 70 million", but the title of this post says 110 million. I note that 40 + 70 = 110, so I think somebody parsed it wrong.
Probably the people who wrote the obamacare web site.
Target declined me for a credit card in August and wouldn't tell me why either and I still don't know, so I guess that was a "Good Thing".
If you write to them, I'm pretty sure they are required to tell you. Plus, you can get free copies of your credit reports as a result.
No loss, though. I had one of their CCs and their customer support was so amazingly inept that I cancelled out of frustration. I've never dealt with a CC company with such pathetic customer support. It makes me mad just thinking about it. I can only imagine how well they handled a massive amount of fraud on their cards. Good thing their support is in India or people would have liked showed up with baseball bats.
That's a lot of data, though....
It's bet it's less than 1% of what traverses their network every day. If they are using hadoop for marketing purposes, I'd guess all the CC information for every account in the US is a drop in the bucket in comparison. I'd further bet it compresses well, as does most text, making it the size of a few nice digital pictures of cats.
If they are paying their IT staff $10/hr, then I'd expect nothing less. However, I doubt that. The IT staff are probably mostly salaried, which means no OT.
This is probably the only way it will happen. Well, more realistically congress will pass a law requiring some poorly thought-up "fixes" and after several iterations of failure, we'll end up with Europe does. You can't secure a completely insecure system with bandaids, duct tape and PCI (which is nothing more than a liability deferral instrument.) This is going to become more and more common. Frankly, I'm surprised we don't have a report like this every other month.
Bank routing number and account numbers printed on checks is even worse, though. Writing a check with an amount isn't much more secure than leaving the amount field blank.