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Comment: Re:Well there we go (Score 1) 47

by gstoddart (#49799769) Attached to: Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users

You drive for Yellow Cab, eh?

You're completely fucking stupid, eh?

Look, whatever libertarian fantasy world you live in which says a company gets to ignore regulations because their asshole business model says they're special is full of shit. In fact, it's downright delusional. "Boo hoo, teh regulations are teh evil. Horseshit.

Uber like to paint themselves as some crusading underdog being oppressed by the taxi lobby -- but that;'s a crock of shit.

They're a company dispatching bootleg cabs. That's it.

Followed by a temper tantrum that it's OK for them to break the law because they say so.

Sorry, but childish selfish douchebag isn't a business model. This is just more .com era crap of a tech company thinking they're magical because they say so.

Comment: Re:Well there we go (Score 1) 47

by gstoddart (#49799661) Attached to: Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users

I don't give a shit about skirting regulation or attacking the comfortable regulated complancency of the taxi cab industry. This however, this disgusts me.

But it's all part of the same thing: we're special, and the rules don't apply to us, and in order to prop up our shit business model of ignoring the law, we're also going to be spamming assholes.

Basically their entire MO is to be assholes.

Yet another tech company which thinks the unicorn poop makes them magical and special.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 2) 47

by gstoddart (#49799635) Attached to: Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users

And, of course, since they've given themselves permission to share with 3rd parties (again, to make themselves money) ... then they've also give permission to doxx them and their families.

Everything about this screams "greedy assholes trying to leverage your personal information for profit while loudly saying taxi regulations don't apply"

The more I hear about Uber, the harder is is to think this isn't a purely criminal enterprise.

Let's see, you want to do location tracking of everybody with your app, and you want access to their private information, and you claim the right to pass that on to 3rd parties ... yeah, no.

How about drop dead you greedy bastards?

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 2) 47

by gstoddart (#49799557) Attached to: Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users

This is quite honestly why I'm getting away from apps.

Generally, the web page works just fine from mobile, and you don't need to worry about the shit they're doing behind the scenes.

This whole "oh, just give us access to your contact list and we'll spam them" is crap. Same for things which say "hey, just give us your email password and we'll load your contacts".

How about piss off, and keep your hands off my private information.

Someone needs to start pelting the owners of Uber with eggs. Because this screams of greedy assholes deciding they get to have access to your entire phone.

In which case they deserve to die as a company as fast as possible.

If someone didn't explicitly opt-in to receive stuff from you, you have no business sending them stuff. In fact, isn't it illegal?

Comment: WTF? (Score 3, Interesting) 47

by gstoddart (#49799457) Attached to: Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users

The policy changes also allow for advertising using the rider's contact list: "for example the ability to send special offers to riders' friends or family."

Wait, you think a user can give you permission to spam their friends and family?

How about go fuck yourself and not assuming that because you know Bob, you can scrape his contact list to spam Alice and Mary ... that screams of an epic level of ass-hattery. Because Bob can't legally give you permission to spam Alice and Mary.

Sounds like in addition to being just a dispatcher for illegal cabs, Uber is also a bunch of self entitled assholes who want to spam your friends.

Fuck you, Uber.

Privacy

Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users 47

Posted by Soulskill
from the can-you-just-drive-me-places dept.
itwbennett tips news that Uber has amended its privacy policy, making it much simpler to read and understand. But the policy also includes changes to what data Uber collects about its riders. Beginning July 15th, the Uber phone app will keep track of a rider's location while it's running in the background. Uber says riders will be able to opt out of this tracking. The policy changes also allow for advertising using the rider's contact list: "for example the ability to send special offers to riders' friends or family." The revision of Uber's privacy policy followed complaints at the end of last year that the company was overstepping its bounds.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 3, Informative) 196

by gstoddart (#49799319) Attached to: Crowdfunded, Solar-powered Spacecraft Goes Silent

No, csv sure as hell is NOT a Microsoft format.

Comma-separated values is a data format that pre-dates personal computers by more than a decade: the IBM Fortran (level G) compiler under OS/360 supported them in 1967.

This has nothing whatsoever to do with Microsoft, as much as you seem to want to blame them.

Comment: Re:Just...wow. (Score 4, Insightful) 45

by Rei (#49798823) Attached to: Hacked Emails Reveal Russian Plans To Obtain Sensitive Western Tech

No, fines for violating export laws.

Being slapped with massive fines is usually pretty good motivation for a company. And given that the US spends nearly half of the world's total military spending, and the EU a good chunk of the rest, simply "hopping overseas" and choosing to serve other markets isn't exactly the smartest of plans, financially.

It's idiodic for a company to wilfully risk sales of hundreds of thousands of units per year to NATO to sell a couple hundred units to Russia. Russia's economy is barely bigger than Canada's. And less than 80% the size of Brazil's.

Comment: Re:Just...wow. (Score 1) 45

by Rei (#49798769) Attached to: Hacked Emails Reveal Russian Plans To Obtain Sensitive Western Tech

You could start by reading more than the first paragraph.

1) They don't have "zero" capability, but they have way too little - only a few hundred modern imagers.

2) They have tried to buy them off ebay before. And it led to arrests. It's illegal to export military-grade night vision equipment without a license, and apparently sites like ebay are well monitored for potential violations.

Comment: Re:Hilarious! (Score 0, Troll) 131

by nbauman (#49798031) Attached to: Chinese Nationals Accused of Taking SATs For Others

Of course, if you get a high score because you spent hours studying the SAT in order to get a high score then that also measures something. Maybe not intelligence, but "ambition" and "self-discipline".

Authoritarianism. Following orders. Lack of creativity. Willing to accept the system even when it's wrong.

Comment: Re:How about import duties? (Score 1) 278

When you spend more than you make, do you force your employer to give you a raise to cover the difference? No, you spend less. Its called living within your means, and you have zero understanding of what that means. Just because the government can alter its means to support its lifestyle does not mean that its a good idea.

So when you want to buy a house, you don't take out a loan and go into debt. You save up the money in the bank until you can buy it in cash, because you're living within your means.

If everybody was like you, they wouldn't be selling many houses.

Comment: Re:Democrat math: one section 8 guy makes $1millio (Score 1) 278

Certainly it didn't occur to you that the million bucks you want to spend is coming from my family, whre I AM struggling to pay for my own college while supporting the family, while my wife waits for her turn to go to school when we can afford it. Then we hope to save up for our daughter to go to school.

(Violins playing)

Schmuck. You don't realize that 35 years ago, public colleges were free* or almost free around the country. City College in New York City was free, the University of California system was almost free, and state colleges around the country were almost free.

They turned out Nobel laureates and the innovators who created Silicon Valley. They paid back the cost of their education thousands of times over.

Your anti-tax politicians took that all away.

When I went to college, they paid me to attend. In Europe, college is still free, and many countries (like Finland) pay expenses as well. That's why you're competing with all those college-educated HB-1s.

Your wife wouldn't have to wait for you to graduate; you would have been able to go to school at the same time. I knew a lot of couples who did that.

Parents didn't worry about sending their kids to college. (Although they should have worried, because that system was coming to an end.)

Now that anti-tax madness has taken over, you have to pay for your college tuition at exorbitant, inflated, free-market levels. You're working like a slave. You have to go into debt. And unlike the big guys, you can't discharge your debt in bankruptcy.

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*Yes, they were paid out of taxes, because taxpayers realized that it was cheaper to pay $10,000 in taxes for free colleges than to pay $20,000 in private tuition. They realized it's better to pay taxes after you've graduated when you're using your skills and making a lot of money, than to pay tuition when you're in college and struggling. And "entrepreneurs" realized that when they wanted to expand a profitable business, they need a college-educated workforce, not low-paid illiterates. The tech companies were happy to pay taxes for education. College tuition is free, like he energy in a steam engine cycle is free: you get more energy out than you put into it.

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