2017-01-22 Sun

Jobs are Trumps

I havenít read every article about Donald Trump in every paper on the planet, but Iíve been reading what I can from the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, and the National Post.

I read that Trump is crowing about Bringing Jobs Back To America Ė by which I think he means the United States of America. It would be a VERY strange president who made a four-year career out of Chinese jobs being given to citizens of Paraguay.

I have weird visions of Trump rolling up his sleeves and signing a document that magically shuts down two hundred plants in China and two days later opens up two hundred plants in the Rust Belt.

I have weird visions of Trump rolling up his sleeves and signing a document that magically eliminates two hundred thousand jobs in China and two days later offers two hundred thousand jobs in the Rust Belt.

I have weird visions of two hundred thousand workers in the U S of A expressing surprise that the jobs that have been found for them will pay not the roughly $US15 per hour they might have expected but $0.08 per hour Ė or whatever the Chinese Equivalent is.

Well?

I promised to get your jobs back, and I did that.

I didnít promise to pay you .....

The Presto Card

I continue to be baffled but not surprised at just how badly Metrolinx/Presto/Toronto Transit Commission can screw up the implementation of a system.

Bad enough that the card readers on surface vehicles are so frequently out of action. I have limited experience with Presto in other cities, but on the times I have wanted to use it, Iíve been able to use it.

I learned this week that what I had thought was a slip of my mind is not.

Swipe/Tap your Presto card at any where BUT the Toronto Transit Commission turnstiles and you will see your balance displayed.

Swipe/Tap your Presto card at the Toronto Transit Commission turnstiles entering Union Station and you will NOT see your balance displayed.

This for a card system that operates on a reducing balance.

You put fifty dollars on your card, and every trip you take, the balance reduces from fifty dollars until there is none left.

With such a system it ought to be mandatory (as in legal, Trade Practices Act etc) that the balance be displayed as part of the contract between the transit authority and the passenger.

More to the point: Who in their right mind opts for EITHER two different types of hardware terminals (and hence two different sets of maintenance supplies and skills) OR pays an over-fed programmer to set up two chunks of programming code, one chunk being to HIDE data from the consumer?