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November 1, 2010 by . Filed under Technical Writing. 6 comments.

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  1. Tina says:

    summarize this article!

  2. tara eastan says:

    While the official language of Trinidad and Tobago is Standard English, there exist within the population people who speak a form of Creole. This language has had a profound effect on the speech patterns or all Trinidadians from the moment it emerged on the island to this present time.

  3. Danielle says:

    On New Year’s Eve, Dan Whaley, a tech entrepreneur in San Francisco, got into a black Town Car and was driven one mile to a holiday party. The ride cost him $27. At the end of the night out, Mr. Whaley took a Town Car home from the party. This time, the exact same ride cost $135.

    Mr. Whaley was using Uber, a service that allows people to order livery cabs through a smartphone application. On New Year’s Eve, Uber, a start-up in the city, adopted a feature it called “surge pricing,” which increases the price of rides as more people request them.

    Although New Year’s Eve was very profitable for Uber, customers were not happy. Many felt the pricing was exorbitant and they took to Twitter and the Web to complain. Some people said that at certain times in the evening, rides had spiked to as high as seven times the usual price, and they called it highway robbery. Uber’s goal is to make the experience as simple as possible, so customers are not shown their fare until the end of the ride, when it is automatically charged to their credit card. While the app does not show the total fare in dollars when customers book a ride, Uber did show a “surge pricing” multiple to customers booking rides for New Year’s Eve.

    Economists call this “dynamic pricing.” It is deployed by only a small number of businesses, like hotels, airlines and car rental companies, which raise prices on weekends and holidays when demand surges.

    So why do people accept this pricing from airlines and hotels but became irate with Uber?

    “With regular day-to-day decisions, consumers like predictability and don’t like to see prices change,” said Dirk Bergemann, a professor of economics at Yale. “People are trained that there is a level of predictability with purchases. There will be a regular price for a bottle of ketchup and a relatively average price for a taxi.”

    Professor Bergemann said that as technology continually made it easier for companies to change prices in real time, businesses would try to do so. He said, however, that companies would have to be prepared for repercussions.

    In 1999, Coca-Cola’s chief executive, M. Douglas Ivester, mused about vending machines that would raise prices for drinks as the temperature rose. The outcry from customers was a public relations nightmare, and the company denied it was testing such a product.

    Amazon suffered a similar uproar in 2000 when it reportedly experimented with DVD prices.

    But there is another way to think about it. “Sure it’s about the regularity, but someone who is driving a car on a regular occurrence deals with dynamic pricing all the time: it’s called gas prices,” said Travis Kalanick, co-founder of Uber. “Because this is so new, it’s going to take some time for folks to accept it. There’s 70 years of conditioning around the fixed price of taxis.”

    Julie Glassberg for The New York Time
    Travis Kalanick, chief executive of Uber.
    Some consumers might argue that price increases are fine, but there is a ceiling, and when that is breached, it begins to look as if a company is taking advantage of its customer. Charging someone $135 to travel a mile on New Year’s Eve could easily get lumped in that category — unless you are completely rational.

    “If you’re a pure economist and following the laws of supply and demand, the argument is that if someone is willing to pay a price, then it is not excessive,” said Liran Einav, an associate economics professor at Stanford. “But that all depends on the type of long-term relationship you want to build with your customers.”

    You might think that a technology company shaking up the taxi industry would want to maintain relationships with its customers. But that’s certainly not the lesson Uber learned.

    “I don’t think that the constantly changing car price is necessarily where we want to go,” Mr. Kalanick said. “But on Halloween and New Year’s, it’s here to stay.”

  4. jason says:

    Aggressive driving is characterized by the tendency to view driving as a competition rather than as a means of getting from one place to another. Although most drivers are content to move along with the flow of traffic, aggressive drivers weave from lane to lane, seeking any advantage that will place them ahead of others. Aggressive drivers are also more likely to tailgate and honk the horn in an effort to intimidate other drivers or simply to move them along faster.
    When confronted with heavy traffic, aggressive drivers often engage in dangerous behavior such as passing on the right, using utility or turn lanes as driving lanes, and ignoring traffic signals. Paradoxically, aggressive drivers often pride themselves on their skill. They see other, more cautious drivers as the problem, not themselves.

  5. hossein says:

    Power learning is the key to success in school and education. Certain dependable skills have made the difference between disappointment and success for generations of students. These techniques won’t free you from work, but they will make your work far more productive. They include three important areas: time control, classroom note-taking, and textbook study.
    We know that success in college depends on time control. Time control means that you deliberately organize and plan your time, instead of letting it drift by. Planning means that we should never be faced with an overdue term paper or a cram session the night before a test.
    Three steps are involved in time control. First, you should prepare a large monthly calendar. This calendar can also be used to schedule study plans at the week. We can jot down your plans for each day. An alternative method would be to make plans for each day the night before.
    The second step in time control is to have a weekly study schedule for the semester—a chart that covers all the days of the week and all the waking hours in each day.
    Keep in mind that you should not block off time that you do not truly intend to use for study. Otherwise, your schedule will be a meaningless gimmick. Also, remember that you should allow time for rest and relaxation. You will be happiest, and able to accomplish the most, when you have time for both work and play.
    The third step in time control is to make a daily or weekly to-do list. This may be the most valuable time-control method you ever use. On this list, write down the things you need to do for the following day or the following week. We choose to write a weekly and daily list.
    Classroom Note-Taking
    One of the most important single things you can do to perform well in a college course is to take effective class notes.
    First, attend class faithfully. Your alternatives—reading the text, reading someone else’s notes, or both—cannot substitute for the class experience of hearing ideas in person as someone presents them to you. Also, in class lectures and discussions, your instructor typically presents and develops the main ideas and facts of the course—the ones you will be expected to know on exams.
    Another valuable hint is to make use of abbreviations while taking notes. Using abbreviations saves time when you are trying to get down a great deal of information. Abbreviate terms that recur frequently in a lecture and put a key to your abbreviations at the top of your notes.
    A third hint for taking notes is to be on the lookout for signals of importance. Write down whatever your instructor puts on the board.
    Next, be sure to write down the instructor’s examples and mark them with an e. The examples help you understand abstract points. If you do not write them down, you are likely to forget them later, when they are needed to help make sense of an idea.
    Also, be sure to write down the connections between ideas. Too many students merely copy terms the instructor puts on the board. They forget that, as time passes, the details that serve as connecting bridges between ideas quickly fade. You should, then, write down the relationships and connections in class. Review your notes as soon as possible after class. You must make them as clear as possible while they are fresh in your mind. A day later may be too late, because forgetting sets in very quickly. Make sure that punctuation is clear, that all words are readable and correctly spelled, and that unfinished sentences are completed (or at least marked off so that you can check your notes with another student’s). Add clarifying or connecting comments wherever necessary. Make sure that important ideas are clearly marked. Improve the organization if necessary so that you can see at a glance main points and relationships among them.
    Finally, try in general to get down a written record of each class. You must do this because forgetting begins almost immediately. Studies have shown that within two weeks you are likely to have forgotten 80 percent or more of what you have heard. And in four weeks you are lucky if 5 percent remains! This is so crucial that it bears repeating: To guard against the relentlessness of forgetting, it is absolutely essential that you write down what you hear in class. Later you can concentrate on working to understand fully and to remember the ideas that have been presented in class. And then, the more complete your notes are, the more you are likely to learn.
    Textbook Study
    In many college courses, success means being able to read and study a textbook skillfully. For many students, unfortunately, textbooks are heavy going. After an hour or two of study, the textbook material is as formless and as hard to understand as ever. But there is a way to attack even the most difficult textbook and make sense of it. Use a sequence in which you preview a chapter, mark it, take notes on it, and then study the notes.
    Previewing
    Previewing a selection is an important first step to understanding. Taking the time to preview a section or chapter can give you a bird’s-eye view of the way the material is organized. You will have a sense of where you are beginning, what you will cover, and where you will end.
    There are several steps in previewing a selection. First, study the title. The title is the shortest possible summary of a selection and will often tell you the limits of the material you will cover. Next, quickly read over the first and last paragraphs of the selection; these may contain important introductions to, and summaries of, the main ideas. Then briefly examine the headings and subheadings in the selection. Together, the headings and subheadings are a mini-outline of what you are reading. Headings are often main ideas or important concepts in capsule form; subheadings are breakdowns of ideas within main areas. Finally, read the first sentence of some paragraphs, look for words set off in boldface or italics, and look at pictures or diagrams. After you have previewed a selection in this way, you should have a good general sense of the material to be read.
    Marking
    You should mark a textbook selection at the same time that you read it through carefully. Use a felt-tip highlighter to shade material that seems important, or use a ballpoint pen and put symbols in the margin next to the material: stars, checks, or NB (nota bene, Latin for “note well”). What to mark is not as mysterious as some students believe. You should try to find main ideas by looking for clues: definitions and examples, enumerations, and emphasis words.
    Definitions are often among the most important ideas in a selection. They are particularly significant in introductory courses in almost any subject area, where much of your learning involves mastering the specialized vocabulary of that subject. In a sense, you are learning the “language” of psychology or business or whatever the subject might be.
    Enumerations are lists of items (causes, reasons, types, and so on) that are numbered 1, 2, 3, … or that could easily be numbered. They are often signaled by addition words. Many of the paragraphs in this book, for instance, use words like First of all, Another, In addition, and Finally to signal items in a series. Other textbooks also use this very common and effective organizational method.
    Emphasis words tell you that an idea is important. Common emphasis words include phrases such as a major event, a key feature, the chief factor, important to note, above all, and most of all.
    Note-Taking
    Next, We should take notes. Go through the chapter a second time, rereading the most important parts. Try to write down the main ideas in a simple outline form.

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