Google Cloud Platform Cancellation Error

Very Recent i had created google clould platform account and gave my card details and without any idea on the top i had upgraded my free trail. i havent spent a single rupee and used any of those services so i went through google to know how to cancel my finally i closed my billing account and i shut down the project my doubt is do i get billed after 90 days and what should i do to not get billed i closed the billing accoun and i shut down the project what else should i do to not get billed

air travel – What’s the point of flight ticket cancellation charges?

Many airlines sell tickets with fair rules that include a “cancellation penalty” if the ticket were to be cancelled prior to departure. Usually, this mostly applies to the economy class fare option (example), and the cancellation penalty may be waived if the ticket is cancelled within, say, 24 hours of purchase (example).

According to this Travel SE answer, most people would prefer a no-show over cancelling their ticket if that entails paying a fee. The answer also mentions that the fee exists due to “convoluted revenue optimizations systems”.

I believe that this cancellation fee functions as kind of a “service fee” in order to pay for processing the cancellation request. However, from my layman’s perspective, the fee does not make any sense. I think an airline should provide its customers with an incentive to cancel their tickets as soon as they decide they are not going to travel, instead of choosing to simply not show up. This would enable the airline to resell the seat and potentially save up on other costs such as by preparing less meals. Moreover, this will decrease the number of no-shows in general, which could reduce the need for overbooking.

So, what is the point of such fees? If it is indeed due to “convoluted revenue optimizations systems”, can somebody please elaborate on that?

covid 19 – Options under EC261 in event of partial cancellation on a multicity itinerary

I have a multi city booking on a single PNR, as follows:

  • Segment 1 / Leg 1 BRS – AMS, Saturday (operated by KLM)
  • Segment 2 / Leg 2 AMS – TLL, Tuesday (operated by Air Baltic)
  • Segment 3 TLL-BRS Friday: comprised of leg 3 TLL – AMS (operated by Air Baltic) connecting to leg 4 AMS – BRS (operated by KLM).

Booking was with KLM, Air Baltic is a codeshare partner so those flights also carry a KL flight number.

Estonia only permits flights from airports in countries where the recent COVID morbidity is less than 25 cases per 100,000, reviewed each Friday. Unfortunately the most recent figures for the Netherlands have exceeded that since I booked. Presumably as a result, Air Baltic has been cancelling their AMS-TLL flights on a rolling basis since Friday (it looks like they wait until one or two days before departure to pull each flight, however, rather than removing a week’s worth immediately).

There are still a few weeks for the numbers to improve sufficiently that my itinerary will remain valid, but I am unsure how to parse the usual EC261 options of reimbursement, re-routing or return if there is no such improvement and hence a partial cancellation does occur. Specifically:

  • If the Air Baltic flights are cancelled, am I entitled to adjust my AMS-BRS leg to some other date (ideally the Tuesday originally intended for AMS-TLL), since I would still wish to visit the Netherlands Sat-Mon?
  • If I am instead expected to stick to the original AMS-BRS leg on the Friday, is there any duty of care for accommodation in the Netherlands Tuesday through Friday? Whilst my bookings in Tallinn are refundable, last minute Dutch hotels are more expensive than pre-booked Estonian ones.
  • How would reimbursement be calculated if only the middle two legs are cancelled?
  • Do the answers to any of the above depend on whether I have commenced travel (i.e. on whether Air Baltic cancels the flight immediately after figures are released on Friday afternoon, versus some time after I’ve arrived in the Netherlands on Saturday morning)?

Note that I am only interested in my options regarding reimbursement/return; this is not a question about seeking additional compensation. I am also aware of the awkward possibility of a COVID figure between 15 and 25, whereby the flights are allowed to operate but I would have to quarantine in Estonia for two weeks (in which case it then becomes me who would wish to cancel some legs, not Air Baltic).

Flight Cancellation information for an Avianca flight [duplicate]

I need to find information regarding an Avianca Flight from Baltra Island (Galapagos Islands) to Quito. We had a stop in the Guayaquil Airport. We were not to depart the plane but then they cancelled our flight to Quito with no help to change our flights as the Quito Airport was not accepting flights due to the unrest in the country.

compensation – How do I check the true cause of a flight cancellation?

(DUS=Düsseldorf, FRA=Frankfurt, MAN=Manchester, NCL=Newcastle, PRN=Prishtina, VIE=Vienna)

Originally had a Eurowings booking PRN-DUS-NCL and a rail ticket Newcastle-Manchester, whereby I would’ve landed at NCL at 10:40, then reached Manchester at 14:20.

15 days before departure, the DUS-NCL flight was cancelled and I was re-booked to PRN-DUS-MAN, whereby I would’ve landed at MAN at 14:40.

3 days before departure, the PRN-DUS flight was cancelled.

1 day before departure, I was re-booked to PRN-VIE-FRA-MAN with Austrian+Lufthansa (I understood Eurowings wouldn’t do this willingly, but made it clear straight away that I would drag them to court if they tried conning me, and they got the hint). Ended up with this and landed at MAN at 22:55.

A week ago I e-mailed asking for:

  • EUR 400 compensation per EC261
  • Reimbursement for the unusable, nonrefundable rail ticket Newcastle-Manchester (GBP 10.55).

I told them that, should extraordinary circumstances per EC261 apply, they are to provide a detailed explanation with relevant documentation. I added that I may check the accuracy of their information with the relevant authorities, “adivising against” giving incorrect/misleading information.

(airlines will happily claim “since there happens to be an ongoing pandemic, everything counts as an extraordinary circumstance, so you can’t claim for anything ever”. This is emphatically NOT true.)

FWIW, the PRN-DUS route wasn’t cancelled altogether, just reduced. I made screenshots proving it took off two days before and one day after my date.

I got a “read” receipt very quickly, but no response yet.

NOW, my question is: what German authority can check whether an airline is being truthful about the reason for a cancellation? The EU’s list of national enforcement bodies refers to the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt, but someone told me they only accept cases where there’s concrete evidence of an airline violating EC261, not examining whether an airline is truthful or not.

Third-party agents such as Claimcompass do deal with such examinations, but would keep 35% for themselves, so I want to avoid going through them if at all possible.

So in summary: what authority in Germany do I turn to? Or is it perhaps the Kosovan civil aviation authority?

history of gaming – What factors led to the poor reception and early cancellation of Wraith: The Oblivion?

Wraith: The Oblivion was published by White Wolf Games in 1994, but cancelled in 1999. Many of the books during the run show signs of being compressed together. While White Wolf typically published one book for each clan, bloodline, creed, etc., for Wraith two guilds were often smashed into one book. Wikipedia says that more books were planned, but never published.

Why was Wraith cancelled early? Wikipedia also mentions it was nominated for some awards, and it seems like a fairly novel game in some regards. It has a unique character that really sets it apart. I haven’t played it, but reading the books doesn’t reveal anything telling – it seems to use the same system as other White Wolf games with some reskinning.

Things I’ve tried:

  • I’ve tried asking the proprieters of my local game stores. They either don’t know anything, or remember that it sold poorly with no real explanation.
  • I’ve asked around my local World of Darkness tables. Many of the oldbies were playing in the 1990’s, but none admit to having played the game. Their responses mostly came down to “everyone knows this game sucks”, with no explanation of why.
  • White Wolf advertised some listservs in its game books, but I haven’t been able to find archives of them.
  • I’ve read some reviews of Wraith. Most of them are rather artistic or critical in nature, rather than something that I suspect reflects the real played experience of actual tables. Additionally, none of them describe the game’s failure or why it was cancelled.

So what happened? Why was Wraith cancelled?

Cancellation of inequalities in floating point arithmetic

In finite precision floating point arithmetic the associative property of addition is not satisfied. This is, it is not always the case that $$(a+b)+c=a+(b+c)$$
Even $a=(a+b)-b$ is not always true.

To prove that $x+y<z$ is equivalent to $x<z-y$ with real numbers we can add $-y$ on both sides of $x+y<z$ to get $(x+y)-y<z-y$ and then from this $x=x+(y-y)<z-y$. But I can’t repeat the last step for floating point.

Question 1: Are the inequalities $x+y<z$ and $x<z-y$ equivalent in finite precision floating point arithmetic?

Question 2: Are the inequalities $x+yleq z$ and $xleq z-y$ equivalent in finite precision floating point arithmetic?

Motivation: There is that interview problem that given an ordered array of numbers and a threshold it asks for the number of pairs of numbers of the array which sum is not larger than the threshold. Possible solutions aside, I wanted to understand the particular point of the dangers of switching between testing $x+y<z$ (and also $leq$ depending on which variant of the problem is presented) and testing $x<z-y$ (or $leq$).