Q&A: How should I try the $20 dollar trick?

Question by Ms. Keller: How should I try the dollar trick?
We booked a prestige luxury suite at Palazzo, then through their “suite-est rate” program got it upgraded to a prestige luxury view suite. Do you think I should ask for a complimentary upgrade or a complimentary upgrade to prestige fortuna view suite?
Does that seem out of the question? It’s the next suite up with a king size bed.

Let me know what you think. Also this trip is for my 21st birthday (2 weeks after)

Also, should I stick to $ 20? Maybe $ 50 or $ 100?

Please only answer if you know about this trick and hopefully have experience
I have read online where upgrades have been done. It is unnecessary to provide answers stating that it can only be done by managers

Best answer:

Answer by Bob Urs
From what I’ve heard from the Palazzo, it’s hard to get a fortuna suite. But depending on how many days you’re going for, I’d say $ 50 would be better for the Palazzo. Also, make sure you let them know this is for your birthday, they sometimes make exceptions for specials occasions. I mean worst case scenario, they say no and give you back your $ 50.

Here’s a few more accounts of the $ 20 trick.

http://www.mycheapvegas.com/hotels/guides/frontdesk-tips/

Cheers!

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Q&A: List various stages of System Development Life Cycle?

Question by pj B: List various stages of System Development Life Cycle?

Best answer:

Answer by alpha b
*Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) adheres to important phases that are essential for developers, such as planning, analysis, design, and implementation, and are explained in the section below. There are several Systems Development Life Cycle Models in existence. The oldest model, that was originally regarded as “the Systems Development Life Cycle” is the waterfall model: a sequence of stages in which the output of each stage becomes the input for the next.

Click on the following for more details:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systems_Development_Life_Cycle

-In Royce’s original waterfall model, the following phases are followed in order:

1. Requirements specification
2. Design
3. Construction (AKA implementation or coding)
4. Integration
5. Testing and debugging (AKA Validation)
6. Installation
7. Maintenance
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterfall_model

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Question by Fuentes: What are the employment outlook for people majoring in “information system”?
I would like to know how the future is for people who are majoring in: Business Administration emphasis in Information System. I read articles online and on the paper and they all say that people majoring in information system is a bad idea. Mostly because they don’t know what it is. I don’t know what it is or what kind of work they do.

There’s one article that says that people with a bachelor’s in Information System have a 13% unemployment rate and that number will go higher in the future. I want your opinion and honesty of how the outlook for people with that degree is. Is there job security in the near future (2-3 years from now) or should it be recommended that people should major in something else. If people continue to pursue with that degree how would an undergrad or recent graduate get an internship? Please be honest (brutally honest), I might be influenced with what you say.

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Answer by Richard L
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Question by Cookie Monster: Cloud computing whats the difference?
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But how is the accessibility any different than regular server hosting and where is a cloud hosted?

Best answer:

Answer by swalih
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Economically, cloud computing allows for full employment of servers. Rather than have everyone buy lots of beefy hardware in case of Slashdot, the hardware that would serve Slashdotters can migrate to the sites that need it (and pay for it). Combined with economies of scale, we can expect that large compute farms may become cheaper than hosted or colocated solutions. If APIs are created to migrate servers between clouds, additional competitive forces may help drive prices towards marginal costs; hence the chasm between Amazon and the Cloud Computing Bill of Rights. Some are proposing a cloud marketplace, where cloud computing is bought and sold by principles of supply and demand. This would encourage people to shift compute power to off peak hours, as we see with cell phone plans and industrial use of electricity.

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