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Comment Re:Hall of Fame worthy (Score 1) 48

The most enthusiastic recommendation came from her current employer. Found out later that it was all a lie, hoping someone would hire her away, as she was a violent alcoholic. She got fired when she showed up to a sales meeting with a customer 4 hours late, slightly drunk, and very hungover. I'm the one that got her fired. She played the "I'm 5 minutes away" game for hours.

Comment Re:Well (Score 1) 48

If you don't know what you are paying for, you shouldn't authorize it. In Google sized companies, it was likely approved by at least 2 people, then seen by at least 2 more before being paid. Does the payment system not flag unusual terms for a standard vendor? Does the authorizing manager not know the services ordered in that time period?

It takes systemic incompetence to fall for these well known and old billing frauds.

Comment Re:WOW (Score 1) 48

I remember hearing about this in the '90s, where (non) toner companies in my area were sending out bills for toner to lots of mid-sized companies, and many bills were paid. This form of fraud has been around a long time. Maybe it didn't make international news because $100k isn't the same as $100M.

Comment Re:Correcting myself (Score 1) 716

In Texas, the speed limit must be set by engineering standards. If a private person wanted to pay for an actual traffic study on their road, and the results differed from the speed limit set by the city (who posts the signs), then the private study would be valid, and the posted signs would be "illegal" (as in not legally binding, but fully legal to post invalid signs).

There was a big stink about this in Dallas in the '90s. The limits on the interstates were set too low, so all tickets were "invalid" as the speed limit not being properly set and displayed, the burden of proof for every ticket was that the government needed to prove the speed was unsafe for the conditions. I looked, but couldn't find a reference to it. It was before all the articles were stored forever online, so lost to time, it seems.

Comment Re:Online ? Authors never shopped in real life (Score 1) 248

Go to a site. Log in. Put what you want in the cart. Close your browser. Wait 24 hours for the "you left something behind" email with a 10% off coupon. Log in as a new user, get the new user discount, Add it to the 10% discount.

Their problem is that with all the "tricks", if you find out how to game them, you'll get a lower price than anyone else. And they work, because every sap thinks they got a better deal than most.

They learned this trick from used car dealers. It's an ancient trick.

Comment Re:Did someone say bubble!? (Score 1) 353

Not every cycle is a bubble. A boom followed by a crash is a bubble, but a boom followed by a slow reverse isn't. The housing crisis was a bubble because it was built on banker fraud. The increase in housing prices in the '80s was new plateau, with localized crash in Texas, from a "crisis" identical to the later global housing/lending crisis, just localized to Texas, centered around fraud related to land valuations. If the "crash" is a slowing of housing cost growth, then it was never a bubble.

housing *always* goes up. There are more people tomorrow than there were yesterday, so demand is going up, but there's no new land.

Comment Re:I hope he wins his suit (Score 1) 716

If you have a doctorate in Underwater Basketweaving, and stand up when the pilot on your flight asks for a doctor, should you be jailed or fined for that?

The professional organizations are stifling speech. They should only be able to limit speech on a subset of words. "I'm a physician" is different than "I'm a doctor". Just like "I'm a PE" is different than "I'm an engineer."

Comment Re:And the moral of the story is... (Score 1) 716

In the UK, "electrical engineer" means "electrician" in American English. In all English speaking countries outside the US, "engineer" means "someone that makes something". In many cases, "Engineer" outside the US means "metalworker" or "mechanic" in US speak. The engineering boards don't persecute people for using the term loosely. In the US, the term is abused by the boards. PE should have a meaning. "engineer" shouldn't. It literally means someone that builds, maintains, or operates an "engine". So every car driver is, by language definitions, an "engineer". Though the engineering societies in the US have managed to get laws passed that re-writes the language.

And yes, that's a US-only phenomenon. If you claim PE status outside the US, the punishment is the same or worse than in the US, but "engineer" holds a special meaning in the US and only the US.

You shouldn't talk about other countries, since it looks like you've never visited any.

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