For the ICMP thing, I can't imagine how going along with that order from a high-up manager would be "criminally negligent". In fact (I am not a networking engineer BTW), according to my quick research on stackoverflow, networks absolutely *can* work with ICMP blocked, just not well, and it makes it hard to debug some things. A lot of corporate networks seem to be partly broken anyway, and corporate computers running McAfee software are broken but sorta-working too, so running a network this way wouldn't be the end of the world.
Now I should hope that it didn't seem that I was advocating being actually *criminally negligent* in going along with managers' orders. That's an entirely different level. Going along with the company shooting itself in the foot (after documenting it well so you can CYA when the SHTF, and after raising an initial objection but caving after management insists) is entirely different from going along with orders to do something outright criminal. I only advocate not going to heroic lengths to help the company avoid shooting itself in the foot when its own high-up management is insisting on it, because most likely it's just going to result in your termination. If they're ordering you to do criminal things, you need to go to the police or other government authorities, and simultaneously start looking for a new job.
Again, the Acela Express IS profitable.
If you want to make an investor pitch based on cherry picking a single route, good luck. Amtrak is still a basket case.
Tell you what, sparky: if you think that you can operate Amtrak on a break-even or better financial basis, then talk to some investment bankers, take it over, and see if you're right. I wouldn't give you a dime, but if you take it private, I won't have to anymore.
Plenty of people objected to the Boston Tunnel Debacle before, during, and after its perpetration.
Your "gut feeling" that this project is a debacle does not make it so.
No, the massive waste of my tax money is what makes it so. Do try to keep up, will you?
Big projects done by government, bad. No further information needed!
In case you didn't notice, TFA is about a particular example of a boondoggle. Getting snotty won't change that.
Why not start upgrading the track to run at 150 mph in segments and speed up the trip?
Because Amtrak is a corporate welfare basket case that will never come close to justifying itself economically. We have aircraft now. Passenger rail is for short-distance commuting, and it's barely cost effective at that.
If done correctly, high speed rail could work on the west coast.
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
So, one unmitigated debacle justifies another? What exactly are you smoking?
In other news, water remains wet.
sucked dry all the resources of the USA,
You have no clue what you're talking about.
If you're unable to compete, it's up to you to upgrade your skills.
The net effect of this price control will be to accelerate offshoring of those services performed by H1-B workers today.
"Trickle down" is a left wing straw man. Nobody ever claimed that it's a good idea to give money to rich people, only that people will produce more, the less you loot their earnings, whatever their income level might be.
This project will be dead within a year.
Perhaps. It depends on his ability to attract suckers to risk their money.
hopes to take over just because he "made Android"?
Yeah, having a half-assed knock off as the main entry on one's resume isn't very promising, is it?
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