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Consultant, developer, mentor, author, speaker. C++ and .NET, Windows 7, Sharepoint, whatever else I like.

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Aug
14
comment Why must I lock the door of an aircraft lavatory before the light inside fully brightens?
@damryfbfnetsi not a big deal but I was expanding "to another passenger on the outside" to also include crew and passengers further away than just the other side of the door, and including a safety reason (evacuations etc) on behalf of the crew as well as a privacy reason.
Aug
14
comment Why must I lock the door of an aircraft lavatory before the light inside fully brightens?
In addition to privacy concerns, locking the door lets the crew know someone is inside (they may need to know in an emergency) and activates indicators that will save someone else walking all the way up the aisle only to find it occupied.
Aug
13
comment What's the cheapest transport to get from Ataturk International aiport to the Taksim Square area of Istanbul?
if the timing is right, it's possible you could go for free as part of the stopover tour offered by Turkish Airlines - istanbulinhours.com/faq
Aug
9
comment Where is the safest place in an airplane?
to both of you, if you ignore incidents where no-one is hurt and those where everyone dies, what you are left with is very small. Maybe one a year?
Aug
8
comment Do all German airports lack free wifi?
another reason (of many!) to prefer Munich transits over Frankfurt ones
Aug
7
comment Disability Laws By Country
@ECarterYoung don't worry about having the "organizing question" to connect the others. Just ask (a whole new different) about the first country you're interested in, and then another whole new different question about the second and so on. The connections can happen by tags, or you can mention one question in the other which will add it to a Linked section that displays on the right. This "organizing question" doesn't fit our format at all.
Aug
6
comment Disability Laws By Country
@ECarterYoung you would have to ask 5 questions and then make a decision based on the answers - YES! That's exactly what we want. You can ask whether the UK has something like the ADA and how easy it is to get around and how the countryside differs from the cities and so on, you can ask a similar question for Japan and so on, and each of those will have value for someone with different aims than you who needs that information. It's slightly more work for you but way more value for future readers. See meta.stackexchange.com/a/185482/147247
Aug
5
comment Does one need a visa to visit Antarctica?
@yashar no government may limit its own citizen to come into the country they are a citizen of, but that hardly means they will issue you permits for anything you happen to want. You need a PERMIT even if you don't need a VISA - don't expect one to follow the rules of the other.
Jul
24
comment Why is it difficult/how to make it easier for Americans to understand Australian accents?
David's comment explains the downvotes - Americans are stereotyped as omitting letters and merging words together (eg y'all) and yet this answer asserts the exact opposite as truth and basically says Australians are hard to understand because they're lazy but Americans understand each other due to their diligent clarity of speech. It's both inaccurate (We all have accents and understand our own accents better than others; everyone uses slang; Americans don't speak more clearly than others) and rude.
Jul
18
comment Looking for children activity ideas during long-distance travels
I think a better phrasing would be "what should I bring to enable children's activities during travel?" or "what aspects of a children's activity makes it inappropriate during travel?" I'm think that tag on a train, or hide and seek in an airport, are really bad ideas.
Jul
17
comment Denied Entry into USA - Impact on Future Travel
That's because it's highly unlikely that it's only meetings if it's more than a week. That's never been the case for me, for example, unless I'm tacking some sightseeing onto a three-days-of-meetings trip.
Jul
17
comment Denied Entry into USA - Impact on Future Travel
this is the key. Meetings don't require a TN1. Working does. For a TN1 you need a letter explaining the work you're doing, and you need your university transcipts (not just your degree.) ON PAPER. If they are sending you to work, get your TN1 stuff together for the next trip. It is generally not held against you if you're turned away for not having X and come back later to apply for X properly. It is held against you if you keep going there to work but claiming it's meetings, or if you were denied an X and try to get in without it.
Jul
17
comment Buying air ticket to USA for foreign citizen
I always have issues flying on a Lufthansa plane but another airline issued the ticket. Always. I have handed my laptop across the check in desk more than once because they needed some number or code. I suspect this is what happened to you. Way more tickets have been bought for me than I have bought myself, and without incident other than Lufthansa, where I have had the same issue even when I bought the ticket.
Jul
16
comment Entry to U.S with criminal record
Well jail time of zero is less than six months. You will have to look up the maximum sentence for petty theft in Florida
Jul
15
comment How to get a British passport stamp?
I am a British subject and travel on a Canadian passport. They stamp it, of course. Your first sentence should say "British passport" not "citizen's passport" since my Canadian passport is a citizen's passport. Also the UK doesn't require you to travel on a British passport. I know some countries do, but they don't. (Also I expect the stamp is not for proof of anything but as a souvenir or keepsake.)
Jul
13
comment Travel Portable Battery
possible duplicate of What external batteries can I get to charge a tablet during long road trips?
Jul
6
comment If a hotel staff asks me for buffet food, can there be consequences if I bring him food?
I think it might also help if you could clarify whether this is more about "someone asked me for a tip, and I felt it would be awkward interacting with them later if I didn't" or "someone with a sad story asked me to break the rules for them, and I wanted to, but was worried about consequences." In other words had the towel boy asked for money to buy breakfast, would this be different?
Jul
3
comment Will there be problems bringing an ointment that is labelled in grams through TSA security?
those are liquid ounces, not weight ounces
Jul
3
comment Why is the British passport the most valuable despite colonization?
Why "despite" colonization? Seems likely to me that part of the independence process would include better treatment for the former empire than for random strangers. As well, these visa-free things are often reciprocal, and people from former British colonies are likely to want to go to Britain.
Jul
2
comment Crater Lake Oregon - can you sleep in your car at night?
might fit better on outdoors.stackexchange.com