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Comment It even happens by itself - rain static! (Score 1) 303

A very cheap and popular internet access in my area are ISP 1Gbit (sometimes 100Mbit) cooper LANs, spanning few kilometers and tens of buildings in a residential environment. Cables are hooked between roofs and trees and a lot of network hops are near or at the 100m limit. Power for the switches is leeched from everywhere (users, street lights). And then, we have thunderstorms.

Comment Re:Pointless (Score 1) 155

The whole reason I use Uber is to find a driver with a clean car, clean clothes, good local language, good knowledge of the city, good driving skills, sane metering device, known rates and acceptable behavior. Mutual ratings and mutual GPS control in Uber make wonders. Our local taxi companies (Sofia, Bulgaria) use some forms of internet service for a decade but still struggle with the above basic customer needs.

Comment Re:Oh hell no! (Score 1) 273

Uber work also has pretty much enough similarities to "contract work". Uber decides where and when there IS work, contractor decides if and how it will be done (by him). And, PLEASE, I don't want my employer to pay for MY unemployment protection. YMMV, but I generally am much more efficient than the government.

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