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Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi 139

Posted by samzenpus
from the penny-pinching dept.
redletterdave writes Uber announced in a blog post on Monday it would cut the prices of its UberX service in New York City by 20% — but it's only for a limited time. Uber says this makes it cheaper to use UberX than taking a taxi. Consumers like Uber's aggressive pricing strategy but competitors — and some of its own drivers — are not as happy. UberX, Uber’s cheaper service usually hosted by regular people driving basic sedans rather than fancy black cars, also cut its rates by 25% last week in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland. As a result of that announcement, Uber said its service was effectively “45% cheaper than a taxi.”

Comment: Re:We can thank corporate America (Score 4, Insightful) 282

by ohnocitizen (#47388987) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?
This is entirely accurate. Full time jobs have in many cases given way to contracts. Then there are layoffs. It is a pretty cynical thing for a company to then turn around and judge people for being at a job for less than 5 years when a year or less is becoming far more common.

Comment: Re:Administrators (Score 3, Insightful) 538

by ohnocitizen (#47290637) Attached to: Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job
You need to shift your perspective. Nothing but contempt? Colleges are turning into trade factories, and that's a problem. There are HUGE societal benefits to the intellectual exploration that comes with college. We need to expand who has access to that! Universal college is a laudable goal.

In saying "6-figure debt makes it the point", you've made a mistake. Debt is a problem, and we need to address it. But the fact that college is too expensive doesn't mean you need to turn college into merely a stepping stone to a job. That's misguided.

Comment: Re:Ugg the diversity brigade strikes again (Score 1) 250

by ohnocitizen (#47081511) Attached to: Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

While there are a few reasons for not hiring Americans in general, and black Americans in particular -- is racism among them, considering they scour South Asia for candidates?

Sure. Someone could be racist towards a very specific group of people, vs racist in general.

Comment: Re:Ugg the diversity brigade strikes again (Score 1) 250

by ohnocitizen (#47081507) Attached to: Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data
That's a fascinating answer. I wonder if that data from the IRS is shared so that action could be taken? I imagine it isn't made public (imagine the uproar if it was) - so any sort of social pressure on companies for hiring practices wouldn't have data to go on.

No company is so big that it's a significant portion of the economy... at least in America.

- A big company hiring specialists in a field could constitute a significant portion of the market in a given city.

Comment: Re:Ugg the diversity brigade strikes again (Score 1) 250

by ohnocitizen (#47079591) Attached to: Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

It's not as if it's a good-ole boy's club over at the googleplex.

Source for that statement? What if it turns out it is? Is that "none of the government's business"? Is it up to brave consumers to decide if we care or not, and apply market pressure on google by not buying their products?

If google and facebook could find qualified black (or American employees in general) employees, wouldn't they do that rather than importing people from India/Pakistan/$wherever?

No. That's part of the problem. There are plenty of qualified employees here. When you import people, you get two very nice things from a corporate perspective: 1. Lower cost. 2. More control.

Fear of getting their visa revoked makes these workers easier to bully and manipulate. And they will work for less. That is the reason big tech wants to look overseas, not a lack of talent stateside.

Which brings us back to the original point - if a company is systematically passing over people because they are (black, female, the wrong kind of christian, etc) - it's hard to do anything about it if they never release those stats. For a company as big as google or facebook, that kind of thing could really put a damper in a qualified person's ability to find a job and feed their family. So we need to decide as a society - does that bother us? If not, then business as usual. But if it does, then we need larger companies (at the very least) to report who they hire, so we can try our best to identify potential trouble.

Comment: Something Doesn't Smell Right (Score 1) 462

by ohnocitizen (#47079511) Attached to: Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car
How much did it cost to setup their infrastructure to produce these cars? It seems like it would be a loss if they don't sell any at all. Why wouldn't they raise the price? This sounds like it's more about politics than sound business decisions. That makes me question Sergio Marchionne's ability to run the company effectively.

Comment: Re:No, That's incorrect... (Score 1) 311

by ohnocitizen (#46818761) Attached to: In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor
I live here. $300 won't even get you a shared room unless you are very far from the city. Rent is crazy expensive, even in previously less expensive areas in Brooklyn and Queens. Plus there is little connection between what we pay in rent and the "social safety net", unless you want to stretch the impact of low rent housing on surrounding rents. No wonder the original post was as AC.

Comment: Re:No, That's incorrect... (Score 2) 311

by ohnocitizen (#46818127) Attached to: In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor
What amazes me is that anyone considers it ethical to impose restrictions upon the poor the wealthy do not have to deal with. Want society's support? You better be willing to uproot yourself and move or you are out of luck. Surely we can do better.

"Most humans will be lazy if you let them be." Citation Needed.

"In NYC the average person pays $300 plus a month in rent just to cover the social safety net" - I don't believe you. Source?

Comment: Re:Good. (Score 2) 182

by ohnocitizen (#46816955) Attached to: GitHub Founder Resigns Following Harassment Investigation
We DO have an idea what happened. Read rabtech's insightful comment:

Harassment claims are not always he said/she said things - that is a pretty gross generalization. In this case there were plenty of witnesses, as well as admissions (direct and tacit) from the company itself!

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