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Old 17 October 2018, 10:39 PM
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GM, if you were in the US, I would suggest talking to your state level legislators*, as they will sometimes take up issues on behalf of constituents, particularly if it's an issue that may be happening to many people, and involves a government program being run poorly. I'm not sure how the program is structured there, or who the relevant elected officials are, but if you think one of them might be interested, it could be worth mentioning. Maybe even more so if you're out of the program now--you'd be helping others, and in a better position to raise the issue.

* In the US, this would be, not Congress people, but members of the state legislature.

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Old 18 October 2018, 02:57 AM
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I still haven't officially been told whether I've been exited from that program but I just got an email informing me that I'm no longer getting the extra $20 a fortnight that program participants receive to cover transport costs.

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GM, if you were in the US, I would suggest talking to your state level legislators*, as they will sometimes take up issues on behalf of constituents, particularly if it's an issue that may be happening to many people, and involves a government program being run poorly.
I nearly wrote up a huge wall of text about why the program was obviously never designed or intended to work well and doesn't help the unemployed find paying jobs or learn useful skills and was mostly put in place to placate the "silent majority" of conservative voters who are really really angry that "dole bludgers" get a free handout without doing anything to earn it and it's also a way for them to place a whole bunch of hurdles in front of the unemployed and then cancel their dole payments when they fail to meet their 'requirements' and thus reduce the social security budget .... but yeah, I'm pretty sure that the fact that the program is incredibly frustrating and regularly screws over the unemployed is seen as a net positive by the government. The other big bonus to them is that they claim that people in the program aren't unemployed so it lets them cheat the national unemployment figures to make them look a LOT better than they actually are.

We had a similar issue in the last few years when the government downsized the Department of Human Services and automated the system that calculated whether dole recipients had been overpaid,which resulted in tens of thousands of people incorrectly being issued with demands that money be paid back and threatened to have their payments cut off.
https://www.theguardian.com/australi...six-robo-debts
Tens of thousands of vulnerable people were screwed over but the conservative voters loved that the government was finally cracking down on 'dole cheats' so the government was really happy with the result.

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Old 18 October 2018, 03:18 PM
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You want to soak very soiled clothes for awhile, then start the cycle.
I'm not at all sure this is possible with this machine. There's also the question of how close to the machine you have to be to send the command (I haven't investigated that, yet).

I really do like the machine, and I'm sure I'll be very grateful for all the troubleshooting tips, eventually. It's just the lack of information about the cycles that bugs me.

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Old 18 October 2018, 03:41 PM
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There's also the question of how close to the machine you have to be to send the command (I haven't investigated that, yet).
Depends on what communication protocol you use. If Bluetooth, you will probably get 10 meters at best. If WiFi, then you'll probably see ranges of 30-50 meters or more.
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Old 18 October 2018, 04:50 PM
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Maybe not such a little thing: when I was in the office Tuesday, my boss was trying to get me to reconsider my decision not to apply for a certain job, and she actually said something about any job being better than no job. Leaving aside that at 57, after 30 years of being a breadwinner, I don't need to be told that. It's a wildly inappropriate thing for her to say to me -- especially considering that her interests and mine do not necessarily coincide.
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Old 18 October 2018, 05:37 PM
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Depends on what communication protocol you use. If Bluetooth, you will probably get 10 meters at best. If WiFi, then you'll probably see ranges of 30-50 meters or more.
And if it's connected to the internet, then you can start the washer from anywhere on Earth that has internet access.
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Old 18 October 2018, 05:57 PM
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Maybe not such a little thing: when I was in the office Tuesday, my boss was trying to get me to reconsider my decision not to apply for a certain job, and she actually said something about any job being better than no job.
That sounds like a rather unsubtle threat.
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Old 18 October 2018, 07:04 PM
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They've already eliminated my job effective 12/30. It's in the company's best interest, and thus her best interests, that I get a "suitable"* internal job offer ASAP, so they won't have to pay me 8 weeks of salary as severance. But that's not necessarily in my best interest.

*Suitable by their definition. The example the HR rep gave is that a job 3 pay grades down would not be considered suitable, and I could turn it down without losing my severance. That leaves a lot of wiggle room for them, and it's not their problem if I end up in a job I hate or with an awful boss.
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Old 18 October 2018, 07:28 PM
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So they could offer you a job two pay grades below your current one and not give severance if you don't take it?
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Old 18 October 2018, 07:38 PM
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Are you actually being required to apply for internal jobs? Or just encouraged to do so?

How does she know whether you're applying for other jobs? That should be between you and HR; she has no right to that information.

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Old 18 October 2018, 07:46 PM
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So they could offer you a job two pay grades below your current one and not give severance if you don't take it?
You noticed that, huh? Me too.

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Are you actually being required to apply for internal jobs? Or just encouraged to do so?
Not required, but if I apply, receive an offer, and turn it down, I lose my severance.

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How does she know whether you're applying for other jobs? That should be between you and HR; she has no right to that information.
Because she's overstepping boundaries in an attempt to "help" me. Except of course she's not prioritizing my interests. I'll be reminding her of appropriate boundaries the next time I see her (and avoiding her whenever possible).

I'll also be taking my severance pay agreement to a lawyer for review. I already got a couple of referrals from the local bar association.
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Old 18 October 2018, 10:40 PM
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You noticed that, huh? Me too.
When I was 19, I got a job from a place, worked there for a year, then got transferred to a different department. I was told by my boss that I would not be getting a pay cut for this despite the new job having a lower pay grade than my current job.

I got a pay cut and that boss denied having had the conversation with me. I've been sensitive to such matters ever since.
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Old 19 October 2018, 04:52 AM
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OMG I rang up to confirm if I'd really truly genuinely been exited from Work For The Dole and the whole thing turned out way dumber and more aggravating than I could have expected. I'll put it under a spoiler in case people are sick of me going on about it and don't want to see it.
I rang up my Job Network Provider to verify I'd exited from the program and the person I spoke to was obviously pretty new and had to put me on hold while she checked it up and when she came back she said "Yes, you're finished as far as we can tell." I said "As far as you can tell???" and she said "Yes, you're finished for now" and I said "For now???? I'm a bit worried about this vague language, can you confirm that I've 100% completed this round of Work For The Dole?" and she said she'd have to transfer me to my usual rep and that person told me "Our contract there is finished but once we figure out how many hours you've done you may have two months or 6 weeks left and you'll have to go back to WFTD, the WFTD people aren't in this week so they'll look at it next week and we'll call you in the first week of November."

That first person really obviously wasn't going to tell me any of that, if I hadn't questioned her further I would have had no idea all this crap was continuing.
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Old 19 October 2018, 12:46 PM
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GM, that is a really crazy system. Maybe you are ok, maybe you totally are not...we will sometime let you maybe know. Sorta. Cause luckily none of this has any real impact on you or your life?

Good luck Lainie. A place I used to work was purchased, and the new company told everyone that there would be no real changes. They then told the HR person they didn't need her, and so would be converting her spot into a more database management spot. The HR person was ok with that, then got her new paycheck which was about half the old one. The company said of course a database person wouldn't get the same pay, so the HR woman quit. Yay, no unemployment pay for her.
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Old 19 October 2018, 03:50 PM
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To be fair to my manager, she is expected to help/support me in my job search -- again, because it's in my employer's interest for her to do so. But boundaries and conflict of interest aside, she's just not able to be that much help. She just started at the company back in April, so I know far more about the company, and have many more contacts.

Then there are her technical skills. The other day she tried to help me by showing where to find job listings on the external site, because she seemed to think there would be postings there that weren't on the internal site (why?). I didn't bother to explain that there's just one database of job openings, and the content doesn't change because you're looking at it through a different UI.
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Old 19 October 2018, 07:25 PM
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If anything, I'd think there would be internal postings that aren't visible externally. There are a lot of companies that try to fill a position from inside before they advertise it outside.

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Old 19 October 2018, 08:53 PM
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Yes, exactly. Like I said, she's trying to help. But after the "a job is better than no job comment," I'm just going to try to keep her at arm's reach.
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A not-so-little silverfish that crawled along the top of my living room wall before descending into the hobby closet. No knitting will be done this weekend..... just lots of cleaning....


At least it motivated me to get the kitchen clean. I threw out a lot of stuff that had gone bad and swept the floor of probably only 2 weeks dirt but it looked like months. IIRC silverfish like piles of paper/cardboard which unfortunately we have a good deal of in our apartment, so I'll try to get some of that garbage taken care of as well. I do not desire to do any further research on what will summon the silverfish. I don't care if they're harmless, they freak me out. I can calmly capture and move or just ignore spiders, but crawlies like silverfish & house centipedes.... eeuughhh
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Old 22 October 2018, 03:03 PM
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My wonderful weekend started going downhill the moment I got home from seeing Carol Burnett. The annoyance part was going to bed with a working, charging phone and arising this morning to a dead one.

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Old 22 October 2018, 07:44 PM
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So I was rear-ended last Wednesday. The person that hit me is 20 at the oldest. She was freaked out about it, and begged me not to file an insurance claim and let her pay for it. I agreed to do so, and that was a mistake.
I took the car into the closest auto body shop and got an estimate. They made it clear that the estimate was for visible damage only, and had a good chance of going up if there was anything underneath. Told the other driver, she asked if I would get an estimate from a different place she had used before. So I scheduled an estimate there, and it ended up being a few hundred more than the first place. She started asking questions like whether they wanted to replace the entire bumper, and asked for a picture of the damage, because it seemed really high. I sent a picture, told her that is to repair the bumper, not replace.
She then came back with a note saying that she could come up with the exact amount, down to the penny, of the first estimate, and who should she pay. I told her the shop, because it might be more than that. She said OK. Got a time scheduled with the shop and let her know, then said that I wanted it to be clear that the estimate was just an estimate, and she was responsible for the entire cost. She said yes, then came back later saying that she would need to have the repair shop contact her before doing anything more than what was on the estimate and to explain why.
At this point, I'm done. I told her that her messages do not make me think she is ever going to pay, and that I would be filing a claim. She is, of course, upset about this, and says she is only trying to make sure she doesn't over pay.
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