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  1. OT (1 Reply)

    (It would be helpful to provide as much info as possible in the diary text as the slowness of my computer makes clicking links an exercise in patience.)

    Given that the “world wide web” is defined by links and the fact that any poster can’t anticipate which information is “helpful” for any particular reader, I don’t think that there is much that can be done on this front.

    FWIW, slowness might also be attributable to your Internet connection. In any case, if you can’t fix the slowness, one thing you might consider (if you don’t already do so) is to open links in a new tab or window. This can be done on Windows or Macs with a right-click and/or a control-click. That way, while you are waiting for a link to load, you can still read through what is on the page that contained the link.

  2. you'd need to know the law (0 Replies)

    Unlike our checkbook situations, there are regulations on how the bookkeeping has to occur for things like this. I don’t know the exact law either, but would be interested to hear from someone who does.

  3. store gift cards (1 Reply)

    You can read about Mass law regarding gift card expiration here.

    If there is no expiration date readily available for a Charlie Card, if it were a gift card, it could not expire under this law.

    The seller must clearly indicate the date of issuance and expiration date on either the face of the certificate, or, if it is an electronic card with a banked dollar value, on the sales receipt, or by means of an Internet site or a toll-free number ( M.G.L. c. 200A, s. 5D ). If the expiration date is not made available by these means, the gift certificate/card is to be redeemable in perpetuity.

  4. Just look to other cities for ideas (0 Replies)

    It was two years ago now that we were in London, so my memory may not be perfect and things may have changed (for instance, I think they were going to reduce the staffing at the Underground stations), but what I remember:

    We got regular Oyster cards instead of the “tourist” type. I don’t remember why, but it made more sense when I looked at the options.

    We were able to get cards at our local station. There was a deposit and when we turned in the cards before coming home, we got back both the balance and the deposit.

    I believe there was a way to set up an online account tied to one’s card so that you could deal with all sorts of issues: Adding money, reporting a lost card (and deactivating it), transferring money from one card to another, etc. Heck, anything I can do with a Starbucks card, I should be able to do with a Charlie Card (and that includes not carrying the physical card around and using my phone instead. How about a Charlie Card in Passbook?).

  5. more Borowitz (0 Replies)

    Patriots Never Bothered to Steal Jets’ Playbook

    NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—The New England Patriots have found themselves at the epicenter of a new controversy amid a published report that they never bothered to steal the playbook of the New York Jets.

    According to the report, the Patriots soundly defeated the Jets multiple times without access to any inside information about the New York team’s offense or defense.

    In the aftermath of the report, the Jets’ owner, Woody Johnson, blasted the Patriots’ coach, Bill Belichick, and called his lack of interest in the Jets’ playbook “an insult to this organization and our fans.”

    “When our teams meet next, you can bet that the Patriots’ failure to steal our playbook is going to be a big motivator in the locker room,” Johnson said.

    Responding to a reporter’s question on the matter, Belichick gave a typically terse response, saying only that he was unaware that the Jets had a playbook.

  6. No way that's happening (0 Replies)

    Let us here and now end the matter and never speak of it again.

    Goodell has already stated that they will appeal the decision.

    The circus lives on…

  7. Borowitz all over this already (0 Replies)

    Federal Judge Admits Having Brady on Fantasy Team

    NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—Minutes after overturning Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for the 2015-16 N.F.L. season, federal judge Richard M. Berman raised eyebrows by admitting that he had the Patriots quarterback on his fantasy team.

    Responding to reporters’ questions, Berman said that Brady’s inclusion on his fantasy roster “played no role whatsoever” in his judicial decision.

    “As a federal judge, I made this ruling based strictly on legal precedents and the merits of the case,” Berman said. “But, as a fantasy-team owner, sure, it’s going to be awesome to see Tom in there for all sixteen games.”

  8. right, but... (2 Replies)

    That easy pick up for you is ONLY BECAUSE the masses are still in the taxi line (just as the pick up for the kids works OK because you are away from the congestion zone). Tell me how it works when those hundred or so people at the airport terminal all use a Uber-like service. Where are these convenient places that all will go (especially those who don’t know the airport or area) to get their rides?

    I’m not saying it can’t work. I’m not saying it needs a lot of regulation. I’m not defending the taxi industry. I’m just looking for practical outcomes, and I don’t see one yet.

    I’m sure it would work fine for me. I’ve done car services before. But, again, that works because of the limited number of customers using it. You are advocating doing away with the taxi industry. OK. Just show me how it works in the new world in the situation I’ve described.

  9. taxi stands (2 Replies)

    The issue with taxi stands is less about technology and more about physical logistics.

    I’ve been places like (name any) airport, Penn Station in NYC, or Union Station in DC where there have been more than a hundred people all waiting for a taxi at the same time. Having a first-come, first-served method for both the passengers and drivers (whether taxi, Uber, or whatever) is the only thing that makes sense to me in this situation. I can’t imagine having 100 cars out there and everyone trying to match up – especially when the matching up isn’t necessary to meet the goals (i.e., for each person to get a ride to wherever they want to go).

    It reminds me of the drop-off / pick-up situation at the elementary school my kids went to. Drop-off goes pretty smoothly because each car stops, drops off, and then leaves. Pick-up… not so much. Of course, a parent isn’t just going to take the first kid they see. It takes a lot more time to clear out the traffic in the afternoon than in the morning.

  10. interesting idea (0 Replies)

    And could work a lot like the Uber model, with “dispatchers” on-call with calls routed to their phones. Home for a few hours? Make a buck or two by answering a few calls and directing a few cars.

    Needs honing, and there probably isn’t a lot of money involved, but it could solve the problem.

  11. matching up dozens of riders / drivers in a small space? (0 Replies)

    I don’t see how that would work at an airport or train station where you have a lot of people simultaneously seeking a ride and they don’t particularly care who their driver is. How do I discern my driver’s car from the dozens of others there when each is looking for a particular passenger? How do the drivers find their individual passengers?

    The queue provides an orderly way for everyone to get a ride in this situation with minimal confusion.

  12. have to agree to disagree (1 Reply)

    Although I’m with David that reform is needed, I can’t back anything that has a built in feature that will only widen the gap between the haves and have-nots. Really poor people do need a cab sometimes. People with physical and mental issues who cannot navigate a smart phone need a cab sometimes. Visitors from other countries whose phones don’t work on our networks need a cab sometimes.

    The other thing I have a problem with is tying it so closely to a particular technology. That only guarantees that the next game changer will be more chaotic than it needs to be.

    Make it work, but make it work for everyone.

  13. those w/o smart phones? (2 Replies)

    How does this work for someone without a smart phone who needs a taxi?

  14. he's in the wrong institution (0 Replies)

    Seems like just the guy to run the Massachusetts House…

  15. oh, give it a rest (0 Replies)

    Enough with the personal attacks. We get that you have a beef w/ jconway. To paraphrase from above, you’ve said everything, just not in every way.

    jconway knows more about what goes on around here politically than most of the people I know who actually live here.

    And he has definitely met the qualifications for being included in the BMG “we”.

  16. I'm with Mark (1 Reply)

    Our former, late Town Meeting Moderator was known to say “Everything has been said, but not everyone has said it” whenever a debate started running too long. I think we were at that point even before the USOC pulled the plug.

  17. time to review Graham's Hierarchy (1 Reply)

    Agree, and maybe some folks ought to review Graham’s Hierarchy of Disagreement.

    We’re down in “You are an ass hat” territory.

  18. extending that analogy (0 Replies)

    You don’t go out and put an offer on a house before discussing it with the rest of your family. “Hey, everyone, I put in a bid on this great house and… oh! Look at that! The broker just texted me and the seller accepted our offer! We’re moving to a great house! Let me tell you all about it!”

    I think this was a key part of what doomed the effort from the beginning, regardless of the details: People don’t like it when you spring s**t on them. Christopher mentioned doing some things out of order before. Boston 2024 got the public involved during the wrong point of the process.

  19. and there are some places... (1 Reply)

    … like Jordan’s Furniture that are advertising that they’ll let you buy “now” and get a rebate or credit for twice the sales tax amount. That seems like a win-win-win: state still gets its $$, buyer saves even more $$, and the company gets the business (albeit at a smaller profit).

  20. finally got through (0 Replies)

    First time in about 24 hours. I’ll send email if I see any further problems.