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

pkinetics Re:Southwest Boarding Policies (866 comments)

The proper response the flight attendant should have made was tweeting back: We apologize for inconveniencing the other 200 people who followed proper boarding procedure. Have a nice day.

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

pkinetics Re:Tell me how... (866 comments)

Apparently anything involving twitter is (checks top again) transportation related??? Huh?

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

pkinetics Re:Execute everyone responsible (866 comments)

depends. Are they backseat chair kickers?

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

pkinetics Re:SW Should Pay! (866 comments)

So are you talking about the passenger or the attendant? Cause that works both ways.

And at that rate everything will start being video taped for court records, etc.

Big brother every where because two individuals can't act like mature adults.

And if the father turns out to be the bigger a-hole in the issue, who ultimately loses?

Heck, overall, the only people who win are the lawyers. The rest of us end up paying higher airline tickets to cover the costs of stupid lawsuits.

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

pkinetics Re:Obligatory Slashdot knee jerk (866 comments)

The less people who fly SWA, especially with kids, the more attractive it becomes to those who don't care or don't have kids.

hee hee...

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

pkinetics Re:RUDEST PASSENGER EVER (866 comments)

Not disagreeing, but clarifying

The way I read it, he had a 1st class ticket, but his kids were traveling economy. So he was trying to board them at the same time as first class, even though they were not.

On his other leg, the boarding agent allowed it. But on this portion the boarding agents disagreed.

So, rather than recognizing that the other agent had been extra nice granting him a privilege, he disparaged the one who followed the rules.

I'm sure there is more to the story, but the whole thing won't come out cause SW and the agent won't say anything else.

I also don't doubt that someone went a little excessive, but I suspect both sides overreacted.

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

pkinetics Re:Customer service? (866 comments)

THIS!!!!!

3 days ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

pkinetics Re:Streams will run dry (369 comments)

I don't want to live in a world without bacon...

3 days ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

pkinetics Re:Colorado has California over a barrel (369 comments)

No problem. Just give them another NHL hockey team. They'll be too distracted to notice the water disappearing.

3 days ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

pkinetics Re:Bugs... (184 comments)

Another flying bus!!! So much for Col John Boyd and the E-M modeling...

History, we don't need to learn no history!

3 days ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

pkinetics Re:Biden is talking coding?? (223 comments)

Biden: What does this big shiny red button do? I guess I'll push it and find out. Hmm... Nothing is happening. I'll just keep pushing it.

4 days ago
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Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

pkinetics No kidding (92 comments)

And the sad part is some CFO will see the video clip, override the CIO's IT Plan for updating their hardware infrastructure and then complain about a lack of 110% uptime

5 days ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

pkinetics Re:...The hell? (290 comments)

A perfect demonstration of the concept: Less is more

The write up... not the phone... Cause apparently when you buy a lesser phone and try to make it do more, it doesn't work.

Seriously, the garbage reads like someone who advocates the 64k memory is enough for everything fallacy.

about a week ago
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Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

pkinetics Re:Looks ok to me (229 comments)

Me three!!! Succinct and accurate reflection of reality.

about two weeks ago
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Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

pkinetics Re:Looks ok to me (229 comments)

Actually there is proof the system wasn't perfect..

An example was provided where someone challenged two of her tickets. The judge reviewed the video and determined that the person had indeed come to a stop in both scenarios.The judge ruled in favor of the person, and dismissed the ticket.

Additionally, numerous tickets were thrown out at a significantly higher rate during traffic ticket spikes.

Most people are conditioned to not challenge automated tickets. The articled said 95% automatically paid. The remainder that challenged, 90% of them lost, until the traffic ticket spikes started occurring. In one instance, one location was challenged at a rate of 1 in 7 tickets for 242 challenges. 109 were thrown out.

At some point the courts will have reviewed enough footage at one location, that they just auto accepted.

And here-in lies the rub. Make the process tedious enough to challenge, and make the fine small and convenient to pay, and very few will question the accuracy of the system. "The incident was last week, and I was in a rush, did I come to a full stop? Forget it, pay the fine."

The problem is they changed something in the system, it triggered a volume where people realized the system can't be right.

As to the point of enforcement.

There are laws on the books that are meant for true good: Hey don't go killing people. Don't be stealing other people's stuff. Don't drink and drive.

There are laws on the books that are meant to guide people in safe conduct. Don't be speeding. Don't run red lights.

And there are byzantine laws on the books that when researched are for some obscure reason. No hanky panky on Tuesdays in the kitchen. Da heck?

Enforcement's job is to make sure the law is enforced, but to also exercise a level of reasonability in the enforcement of the law. So and so is speeding. Hey they are having a baby. We should help them. VS Hey, a-hole is doing 50 in a school zone. Bust 'em.

The reasonability measurement should have been occurring when the vendor and IBM were evaluating the infraction before sending it out. Somewhere along the lines, that fail safe wasn't being done.

about two weeks ago
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Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

pkinetics Re:There should be no false positives (229 comments)

Its Chicago. The Constitution is a living document open to interpretation. And the Chicago way trumps everything, even the basic human rights defined eons ago by whatever non-corporeal entity people believe in.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

pkinetics Don't go for lawyer (509 comments)

One has to be super passionate to want to be in this cut throat education program.

One of the biggest lies from law schools is placement after graduation. Sure School A boasts 90% employed, they just don't tell you that most of them aren't in the legal profession.

If you want future proof, there is accounting and mortuary. There is always death and taxes. No machines will take those away.

But the main thing one should have is good analytical, problem solving, and written and oral communication skills. Everything else is OJT.

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

pkinetics Re:Why is this news? (443 comments)

In most cases it boils down to risk versus reward. The negative reinforcement, it worked the last time, leads to taking bigger risks.

And some just don't care cause they think they will sue the pants off of you later. Won't do a lick of good paralyzed from the waist down, but hey, they can sue!

And then there are those who are just a-holes, who don't give a crap about what their actions may cause to anyone else. They are right, everyone else is wrong, regardless of physics.

about two weeks ago
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Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

pkinetics Re:16bit bliss (86 comments)

Time to dust off the Super Famicom and fire up Area 88

about three weeks ago

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