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Old 12-09-2006, 06:14 AM   #1
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Verizon Maths


somehow i just spent 27 minutes listening to this phone call on this guy's blog:

http://verizonmath.blogspot.com/

it's pretty impressive the crappy maths the people at Verizon come up with. if you hav nothing to do for half an hour, worth a listen. well, it's not really, but it's still amusing.
 
Old 12-09-2006, 07:34 AM   #2
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I bet Verizon has only partially completed their adoption of bistromath and that would account for the screw-up.
 
Old 12-09-2006, 07:39 AM   #3
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OMG! O_o
Thanks for that....
 
Old 12-09-2006, 08:07 AM   #4
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I could not play the audio, but it is certainly a classic story about brain-dead customer service..

In fairness to Verizon, noone should expect a price on something that is 100X below market. The blogger might well lose in court if he tries to press this.

I guess I am too honest. When someone gives me an absurd answer, I usually help them get to the right answer--even if it money out of my pocket.
 
Old 12-09-2006, 08:14 AM   #5
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well he puts forward a totally valid case that he has no reason at all to know what market rate is as he ever comes near the "market" at any other point in his life. i think also in that respect the sorts of cost difference have changed by that much in a few years, so even if you were aware of the market a while back, the market rate can half, quarter or whatever in the space of months.
 
Old 12-09-2006, 08:18 AM   #6
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Point taken---but 100X below market???
 
Old 12-09-2006, 08:46 AM   #7
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why should you think that any given price is within the market without any knowledge of the market. and why should knowledge of the market be required before believing someone who is telling you a rate you think is good? Is $1bn a good price for a nuclear warhead? no idea...
 
Old 12-09-2006, 12:02 PM   #8
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I guess I am too honest. When someone gives me an absurd answer, I usually help them get to the right answer--even if it money out of my pocket.
Well, if you ever get a chance to listen to the audio, you will find that he does try to help them understand the math, but they are clueless. Even after he explains to them there is a difference between .002 dollars and .002 cents, and they agree there is a difference, they still can't grasp the difference. Even to the end, the suppervisors are still quoting .002 cents to him, but charge him .002 dollars.
 
Old 12-09-2006, 02:41 PM   #9
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I remember once (I was a kid) I bought some candy and got wrong change, so I gave it back and I said "no thats wrong its 5cents" so the person dealing with the money gives me 5$ . I should've keep it and just think "well it pay's to know math". But no I gave back 4.95$
 
Old 12-10-2006, 10:37 AM   #10
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I remember once (I was a kid) I bought some candy and got wrong change, so I gave it back and I said "no thats wrong its 5cents" so the person dealing with the money gives me 5$ . I should've keep it and just think "well it pay's to know math". But no I gave back 4.95$
Don't feel bad, what you did was good
 
  


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