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Comment: Re: Ask the credit card for a refund (Score 1) 301

by rickb928 (#48416441) Attached to: UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online


"The Broadway Hotel's booking policy reads (in small print), "Despite the fact that repeat customers and couples love our hotel, your friends and family may not. "For every bad review left on any website, the group organizer will be charged a maximum £100 per review."

I'm betting these nice patrons read that as carefully as you did. The first time.

They may not be able to claim ignorance.

Comment: Re: Not quite true (Score 1) 301

by rickb928 (#48416419) Attached to: UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

They may have a harder time than we think. If the hotel can offer their terms and conditions, with disclosure of the potential fine, and prove this was known by the cardholder, these patrons may be denied their claim. Indeed, add on any statements by the cardholders they they knew and made the complaint anyways, and the merchant should press this vigorously.

Mind you, this is sharp practice by the hotel, but that's their business.

Comment: Re: The rest of the country needs to face reality (Score 1) 554

by rickb928 (#48416383) Attached to: The Downside to Low Gas Prices

It's not semantics. Biking to the train station to sit on the train, and then biking from the stationn to work is NOT the same as biking 50 miles to work. It's multi-modal. That is a distinction any traffic engineer or planner would find significant.

I walk to work. Granted, I walk out to my car, drive to the parking lot, then walk into work, but i walk to work. I walk 25 feet to the car and 300-1500 feet to work plus stairs, but i walk to work. The 44 miles in between is incidental.

Get it?

Comment: If he's right, (Score 1) 206

by rickb928 (#48336295) Attached to: Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

I won't be using Facebook in 5 years.

First, video is a pox. Most waste time with pointless or awkward intros, fail to make the point, or, -the worst-, communicate a technical point or information by repeating the unimportant stuff over and over and over. Most video should be text.

Second, a predominantly video Facebook guarantees it will NOT be user-created. You're not creating a quick video on the A train, or being stuck on the PCH, or walking to school. Oh, wait, you are. And doing it badly. Point 1 again.

Never mind. Video will still suck.

Comment: Re:California (Score 1) 264

by rickb928 (#48327471) Attached to: We Are Running Out of Sand

When I was stationed at Keesler AFB in Biloxi MS, a while ago, they were busy trucking sand from the most recent hurricane had deposited it back to the Biloxi beaches. they seemed to have lost >10 feet of it.

In Maine, I lived near a beach being depleted by changes in circulation caused by a railroad bridge some 12-20 miles north. Among other things, homes were being undermined. So far as I know, the bridge was modified, but it takes time for this to correct.

Beaches have never been permanent, however, and our time frame is just too short to fully appreciate that, nor long enough to tolerate the cycles.Kinda like so called man-made climate change.

"Ahead warp factor 1" - Captain Kirk