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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

hubie Re:Customer service? (860 comments)

You get a boarding number based upon when you checked in for the flight. They board in groups of 60, "A" group goes first, "B", then "C". Recently (within the last 5 years or so) they've reserved the first 15 or so "A" slots for their "business class" and for people who pay an extra $10 to get priority boarding. There isn't any fighting because everyone is assigned a certain spot in line. In a practical sense, you'll get your choice of seat (aisle, window, etc.) if you are anywhere in the "A" group, and out to perhaps B30 or so. If you're a "C", you got the middle seat.

For the way that I used to travel, which was almost always by myself, I found I preferred their seating process over other airlines. On other airlines you basically also get boarding priority based upon when you check in, but you then are only given a choice of the seats they offer you. Lately airlines have been withholding exit aisle and other seats with a little more leg room and then offering that if you pay them $25 more, you could get those seats. Southwest doesn't withhold any seats, so if you're traveling by yourself, you still have a shot of a random non-middle seat even if you are way back in "C".

On Southwest, back in the day, so to speak, you used to get your boarding number in the order you arrived at the gate, so if you came in on a connecting flight that was late, you were going to be in the back for the next flight. Relevant to this story, if you are traveling with a child under 4 years old, you are allowed to board during "family boarding" which is just after the A group boards. My guess as to what happened here is that he got priority boarding based upon his frequent flying status, and his kids probably had "B" or "C" tickets, so he tried to board them with him (and if he really flies that much with Southwest, he would know he's not allowed to do that); he would have had the option to "upgrade" their tickets by paying an additional $10 each if he wanted to get them up in the early "A" section. I think he figured he didn't want to pay the extra money to upgrade his kids and that he could slip them into boarding with himself counting on the fact that either he felt entitled due to his frequent flying status, or that the gate person wouldn't call him out on it.

2 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

hubie Re:Customer service? (860 comments)

It is very clearly stated on their web site, plus (from my personal experience) they very clearly state it during the boarding call:

Do families get to pre board? An adult traveling with a child four years old or younger may board during Family Boarding, which occurs after the "A" group has boarded and before the "B" group begins boarding. However, those Customers holding an "A" boarding pass should still board with the "A" boarding group.

Can groups assigned to different boarding positions board together? Yes. However, in order to maintain the integrity of the boarding process, we ask that earlier boarding positions board with the later positions. For example, if a passenger is assigned position A16 and wants to board with a passenger assigned position A45, the passenger holding the A16 boarding pass should board with the A45 passenger.

2 days ago
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The Oatmeal Convinces Elon Musk To Donate $1 Million To Tesla Museum

hubie Re:The hero Gotham needs (78 comments)

Musk strikes me more of a Howard Hughes. Let's hope he doesn't start bottling his urine ...

about two weeks ago
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Mapping a Monster Volcano

hubie Oh no, they say he's got to go (105 comments)

This the kind of lead-in you'd expect for the beginning of a Godzilla-style movie.

about three weeks ago
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Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

hubie Re:The Watchers 'Wet Dream' (150 comments)

But it all looks cool and futuristic-y when it is on Star Trek.

about three weeks ago
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Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

hubie Re:Hmm (299 comments)

What does this have to do with America? There have been actuaries around well before there was an America. Some of the best known mathematicians we think of today were actuaries, which was their day job.

about three weeks ago
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Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

hubie Re:Faith in God (299 comments)

In the early to mid-seventies we did the bomb drills (I think they called them "emergency drills") where the siren posted on top of the tower right next to the elementary school went off once a month (the first Wednesday, if I recall correctly). At that time the teachers didn't insist we crawl under the desks any more, so that is probably a sign that the fear was waning. I haven't seen any of those sirens in a very long time.

about three weeks ago
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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

hubie Re:Did the editor know...this is Google/Android te (242 comments)

Yes, but somehow I think that his shareholdings are probably a little bit larger than most of the million of other shareholders. He probably has a little bit more sway in the shareholder voting than you and your million friends do as well.

about a month ago
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Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

hubie Re:News? (158 comments)

Isn't that all handled these days in the tzdata file?

about a month ago
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Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

hubie Re:News? (158 comments)

Don't forget the third type: the ones who can't figure out why people get so worked up angry about an hour difference, and couldn't care either way.

about a month ago
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US Supreme Court Invalidates Patent For Being Software Patent

hubie Re:WTF (220 comments)

Rehnquist wrote a very interesting book The Supreme Court that not only talks about the history of the court and some of its important cases (he did not include any cases that were decided by any judges that he served with), but he also described very nicely the day-to-day workings of a case moving through the system. I found it to be very interesting reading.

about a month ago
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The FBI's Jargon List: Internet Acronyms Galore

hubie Re:They come by it naturally.... (124 comments)

It's part of Gödel's incompleteness theorem: for any list of acronyms, there will always be acronyms that are true, but that are unlisted wthin the list.

about a month ago
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Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

hubie Re:And another on the ban pile (289 comments)

I should add that although I have only written a handful of Amazon reviews, mine are mostly highly rated because products that have work well for me (or at least met or exceeded my expectations) are almost the only ones I write about. If I ended up on the bad end of a lemon, I would probably write a review about it, but that hasn't happened to me. I would like to think that if I was part of a program where I was sent free stuff to use and review, that I would be honest in the ratings I'd give.

about a month ago
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Researchers Outline Spammers' Business Ecosystem

hubie I'm surprised (14 comments)

I'm surprised that spam is still a lucrative business model, and I'm surprised that spam is still relevant enough to garner the attention of researchers.

about a month ago
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Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

hubie Re:And another on the ban pile (289 comments)

I'm glad that Amazon started calling out which reviewers received the products for free. I have noticed (and this is not based on any kind of rigorous analysis) that those reviews seem to be generally 4 or 5 star reviews.

about a month ago
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How To Make Espresso In Space

hubie Re:Short black with one (192 comments)

Too bad. We actually make an on-topic reference to one of the most overused memes on Slashdot, and not a single point of moderation love is thrown our way. Kids these days just don't know their history. :)

about a month and a half ago
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How To Make Espresso In Space

hubie Re:Short black with one (192 comments)

They're trying to figure out if ants can be trained to sort tiny screws in space.

about a month and a half ago
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Civilians Try to Lure an Abandoned NASA Spacecraft Back to Earth

hubie Civilians? (53 comments)

What does that does that have to do with it? It was civilians who launched it and ran it as well.

about a month and a half ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

hubie Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

First off, there never was a scientific consensus that there was going to be global cooling. There was a Newsweek article on it in 1975, but you'd have to really stretch to claim that a scientific consensus was warning of global cooling. At the time the two major competing mechanisms going on was cooling due to atmospheric aerosols, and warming due to greenhouse gases. You also have to keep in mind that in the 1970s the aerosol issue was dramatically addressed by banning CFC aerosols, which dramatically reduced the aerosols in the atmosphere (and thus, dramatically reducing their cooling potential), so we're left with greenhouse gases dominating. It isn't "they keep changing their story," it is that one of the issues was successfully addressed. Now, it would be nice if the other issue could be addressed.

You can see what the guy who wrote that Newsweek article has to say about it in retrospect.

about a month and a half ago
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Linux Mint 17 'Qiana' Released

hubie Re:I guess I'll bite the bullet on Cinnamon (132 comments)

No, unless they just changed them, the instructions were to do a fresh install. They say if you want to try a upgrade in place, then they give you some steps (like changing to the proper apt repositories) to do, but they also let you know that YMMV and you're on your own if you hose it up.

about 2 months ago

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