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Comment Re:The point (Score 1) 532

Exactly this happened in Canada.

As prices rose in the mid 00s, suddenly there was a booming market for cigarette runners into the US and an abundance of indian/native american cigarettes selling 200 cigarettes in a bag for $10... instead of $70 per carton.

If there is a demand, there will be a supply.

Comment Re:Common Sense At Work (Score 3, Insightful) 203

I think you're trying to condemn their decision, but personally, that sounds great to me. Horses, fireplaces, and physical security... not much to complain about... Given that your alternatives are cheap automobiles, dependence on fossil fuels for heating, and a security system that can track your every moment, and still get hacked and end up locked in (or out) of your room.

I'll take a wired home phone instead of a cell phone and eat food that was harvested locally as well.

Comment Re:What is your opinion on call center software? (Score 2) 68

Everyone still needs someone to bitch at when equipment or services don't work. Call centers are still actually surprisingly profitable. There are great margins in a call center, and the CC business probably the only reason why Avaya is still afloat (And thus the reason they are not selling of the Call Center portion of their business to pay off the debtors).

Avaya provides and creates a lot more than just Call Recording Software. The real money is quickly turning in to multi channel delivery. Phone calls are still king, but being able to answer text, email and social is becoming increasingly important. Integration and reporting on the different delivery methods is definitely a growth market.

In terms of the different platforms: I've used many. Here's my general opinion

Avaya -- Good, has been expensive. Supports a lot of legacy equipment -- that's a blessing and a curse.
Cisco -- Not good for a call center, great for office environments
Open Source -- Freeswitch / Asterisk. You can certainly do a lot with them. But interoperability between systems, and support can be a problem.
Cloud based stuff -- Interactive Intelligence / Amazon ACD / etc. I would only use them for small deployments (less than 50 seats).

Comment Re:F1 is an advertsing business (Score 1) 136

"Racing only would be useful for avoiding cars that happen to be going the same direction as you. It has no oncoming or cross traffic or stopped vehicles. It doesn't have inexperienced or bad driver"

You must have never seen Kamui Kobayashi race in F1. There was a significant chance he'd end up, backwards, stopped, sliding across the circuit... And making a few exceptional passes.

Comment Re:486 in 2010 (Score 4, Interesting) 332

While working IT support back in the day -- in the summer 2002: The company I was working for was opening a new location up, and the day before the building inspectors came to give us our occupancy inspection the IBM PS/2 computer that was originally installed to control the HVAC system on some bizarre serial connection had it's motherboard fry completely. I guess the life of span of it didn't match original poster's...

However,I had an old PS/2 in a closet, and it was the same model. We swapped the hard drive out, installed my old system, and had it up and running with enough time adequately cool the building...

It was still running in 2010 when I was last in that building.

The best part of story was when the manager of the HVAC company came with $3000 to compensate me. I probably would have just been happy with getting the job done. But apparently PS/2 parts are fairly hard to find on a day's notice, even back in the early 2000s. I've always wondered what sort of penalty structure the HVAC company had built into their contract.

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