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Hardware & Technology / Re: On shoring in tech
« on: April 20, 2018, 08:33:54 PM »
I, too, hope this is part of a larger trend, not just in computer manufacturing, but in manufacturing in general.

Marketing / BJ Fogg - How to Hack Human Behavior
« on: April 20, 2018, 08:14:39 PM »
This is an hour long talk (bottom of the page) that has some good insights.  Some notes:

The size of the success doesn't matter to the human mind.  The only thing that really matters is that there ~is a success.  As people do small behaviors and feel good about doing them, there is a breakthrough and they will do something bigger.

Match the target behavior to the level of the motivation of the user.  The level of motivation is KEY to a user's action at any given time.

Simplicity always wins.  When in doubt, make something easier to get people to take an action.

Water Cooler / AirBNB host fees of "generally 3%". WTF DOES THAT MEAN?
« on: March 07, 2018, 08:48:48 PM »
    Host service fees AirBNB

    We charge hosts a service fee (including taxes, if applicable) every time a booking is completed. The amount of the host service fee is generally 3%. Hosts in Italy or hosts with a super strict cancellation policy might have a higher host fee. The host service fee is calculated from the booking subtotal (before fees and taxes) and is automatically deducted from the payout to the Host.

    To see the host service fee amount charged for a particular booking:
        Go to Transaction history on
        Next to the reservation you want to review, click the reservation code
        Under Payout, you'll see Airbnb Service Fee

    You'll also be able to view the host service fee in the message thread with the guest under Payments.
    Guest service fees


Generally 3%?  WTF?  You can't tell me what the exact percentage so I know what I'm paying for?

Call with Customer service was basically like this:

Me:  "I don't understand what 'generally 3%' means in the wording."  *reads paragraph*  "What exactly is the percentage?"

CS:  "Well, if you charge $100 a night, then it's 3% of $100.  If you charge $200 a night, it's 3% of $200."

Me:  "So.  Is the fee 3% all the time or not?"

CS:  "Well, if the help file says it's "generally 3%" then that's what it means."

Me:  "But.  WHAT does that mean?  Is it sometimes 2.9%?  Is it 3.1%?  What is the percentage?"

CS:  "Well, you'll know it when you download your reservations and see."

Who the F*ck does business like that?  Tell me what your service costs.  Don't make this like American health care.  I want to know what the service costs BEFORE I do business with you.

The last time Jerry and Marge played Cash WinFall was in January 2012. They’d had an incredible run: in the final tally, they had grossed nearly $27 million from nine years of playing the lottery in two states. They’d netted $7.75 million in profit before taxes, distributed among the players in GS Investment Strategies LLC.

Water Cooler / Re: Lemon On Steaks
« on: February 21, 2018, 08:30:01 PM »
And Drastic:  Lemon and Lime are two different flavors.  Lime on steak sounds pretty good.  (And is GREAT on steak fajitas.)

Lemon...I'm not so sure.  But I'll try anything.

Water Cooler / Re: Lemon On Steaks
« on: February 21, 2018, 08:28:55 PM »
I remember Jamie Oliver did a show talking about school lunches in the US, and he was stunned to see that there were some kids in the US who thought butter came from corn.

He didn't realize that the word "Butter" is a generic term for butter OR margarine.

> rabies which would have cost over $700.

Rabies vax is pretty brutal, as I've heard.  It's a pill and a shot for two or three weeks, and it knocks you OUT with exhaustion.

Hardware & Technology / Re: It's snowing again where is my robot?
« on: February 12, 2018, 03:08:32 PM »
>Last year, I bought a  very fast, zero-turn mower with a wide mower deck. I like the speed and zero-turn aspects a lot. It's almost fun but at least it's not boring.

OK.  That's true.  I actually don't hate mowing when I use Dad's diesel John Deere zero turn thing.  It's actually got so much power I buckle my seatbelt:  it's like riding a 4-wheeler.  I can zip through a few acres in 90 minutes.

It doesn't say what people are using instead.  Did Chromebooks take a chunk out of tablets?  Or are people JUST using their phones?

>"3 times it's true"

Look at how many people don't vaccinate their kids.  Or who honestly believe the world is flat.  Or who believe anything Trump says.

I believe that "the three times and it's true" and people will believe it is true.  The stupidity proves it.

Marketing / Re: Google's Fruit Loops Algo
« on: February 12, 2018, 02:55:55 PM »
>AllRecipes is perfect for that person who cooks at a newbie level.

I'm astounded by people who don't know how to cook at all.  And, how many people say they're intimidated by cooking.

Web Development / Re: Any recommended IE browser testers?
« on: February 11, 2018, 08:47:33 PM »
*rubs head*

You're testing.  For an issue.  With Internet Explorer.


Help me understand.

Water Cooler / Re: Grocery Wars
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:54:17 PM »
>Actually, the way it is set up, drivers =  personal shoppers.

Grocery shopping is horrible with young children.  I see why it's popular.  That being said, marketing departments for cereals have long relied on the "nag factor" of young kids to market their products.  With delivery service, this may change.

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