Good customer service is expensive.
Good customer service is less expensive than bad customer service. A smaller call center staffed with decently trained and compensated CSRs is far more cost effective than watching the headcount continuously grow and churn to deal with the increased call volume due to poorly trained staff dumping calls, permaholds, supervisor escalations, previous callers figuring out they've been lied to, etc. At some point, your call center will outgrow its allotted space, and then you'll have to deal with a costly move or additional locations. Both companies I worked for experienced this, one of them had to move TWICE in 4 years, and the cost was mindblowing. Then, as you lose a lot of your customers, there's the cost of downsizing.. all of which could have been avoided by just properly hiring, training, and compensating a solid, core group of people to take care of your customers and make sure they didn't become unhappy with the thought of giving you their money.
put about $100 worth of batteries in their blackbox so it would ping for more than a few weeks.
When was the last time we lost a large commercial jetliner for so long that the batteries ran out before we picked up the ping? When was the last time we had one fly so far off its planned flight path, intentionally evading radar, and probably crashed half way around the globe from its intended destination? This case is so out of the ordinary, it wouldn't have made sense to plan for it (up until now). Sure, lets throw another $100 worth of batteries into it. But what if that wasn't enough? Lets throw another $100 in to be sure. But is that really enough? Let's keep piling batteries onto the thing until it barely gets off the ground, because you never know when some asshole is going to pull another stunt like this. While we're at it, lets make them all fly around with gigantic inflatable bumpers attached to the front, in case one tries to fly into a skyscraper again...
"Hacker" can't have two meanings... stealing other people's shit.
"Shit" can't have two meanings and the efforts to muddy the definition is a transparent attempt to lessen the stigma attached to excrement. So, obviously, you mean to say that "hackers" are hellbent on stealing the feces of strangers, to which I am not in a position to either prove nor disprove, but wrinkle my nose to it just the same.
Yes. That's why fire sprinklers are so successful. There's nothing between the water and the fire except a low-melting-point component in the sprinkler head.
The fire sprinklers with the visible glass tubes are activated when heat causes the liquid inside to expand, shattering the glass and opening the valve. No melting occurs.
So yes, your 40 mpg motorcycle (horrible mileage by the way, a crotch-rocket by any chance? Geo Metros do better than that)
Kawasaki Versys 650, actually. Can do upwards of 50+ MPG in the right conditions, but people fail to realize that the real world takes a heavy toll on actual stats compared to paper. My commute is 50/50 freeway and street, and there is a ~1000ft mountain pass in between my house and work. Plus, I don't ride it like I'm driving a Prius. Some people are too hung up on fuel economy that they miss out on the fun things in life.
PS: Some 'crotch rockets' can get 60+ MPG. Check out the Ninja 250/300 line
So the only real way to reduce CO2 emissions per mile is get more miles per gallon of fuel.
No. My ~40mpg motorcycle pollutes far more than my ~27mpg car. It's all about how well the engine burns the fuel and handles the emissions before they leave the pipe, not necessarily just the volume of it.
Mazda abuses copyright to stop 3rd parties from publishing manuals. Can't get a Haynes or Chilton manual for any Mazda newer than about 1995.
http://www.haynes.com/products... 2 seconds on Google.. come on, man.
Are they also going to ban all those bloody scooters in paris. Those things are cheap to drive and the exhaust is filthy.
Those things are serious polluters, both chemical and noise. There's nothing that ruins a nice stroll down the Seine like the grating buzz of a 2-stroke with CVT. And the way they just pile them on the sidewalks everywhere.. ugh.
If that is true, why did California lose representation in Congress with the last decennial census?
http://www.nytimes.com/interac... California's population up 10%, no seats gained or lost.
California and New York have lost probably near 1.5 million people over the last 15 years.
Uh, no. California's population has grown at a fairly steady rate for the past 100+ years. 1.5 million may have moved out of state, but far more have moved in to replace them.