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Comment Re:Rideshareing (Score 1) 200

Thank you.

I think if I have had conversations with 175 Uber drivers, and you know a number of people who drive for Uber... then there is a big difference between the number of drivers we have each had contact with.

I don't care what Uber's marketing materials or business plan or IPO documents said. My claim is about what drivers consider to be their job. And I'm sure it differs by region and over time, but I think you cannot possibly claim to have a well qualified observation of what drivers think based on what you have written here.

Comment Re:Rideshareing (Score 1) 200

I have taken around 180 Uber rides, in London, San Francisco, New York, Paris, Moscow, Munich and Boston. In London, every Uber driver appears to treat it as a full time job. I ask them and they tell me the long hours they work, often complaining if I let the conversation go that way, how Uber has reduced their remuneration to where they claim it is almost not worth it anymore. (note, they always say "almost":)
Addisson Lee had to re-scramble their business model, to account for all of their drivers leaving for Uber. They had bought up and consolidated mostly all the "mini-cab" i.e. limo driver companies. These were generally full time roles.
In Moscow, I got the same driver for every single trip, for the entire week. He was in a suit and tie with sunglasses... I think I must have been the only Uber customer in town so he just hung around my hotel and workplace.
In New York, one of my latest drivers talked of how he quit his trucking job for Uber - remarking how he is treated better by Uber customers than by his contacts in the shipping industry.
The only outlier I can think of that supports your observation is Boston, where I was picked up, at 4AM by a guy who claims his primary job is writing. I had to wonder, who gets out at 4AM to do side work? Well, for a creative person you never know.

None of my or your observations "change" the concept, but very very few of my observations support the concept that your observations are supporting. So, at a minimum I would have to say those Uber drivers you know, and I, are not driving and riding via Uber in the same localities, at the same time.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 358

If you were a licensed bicycle operator, I would feel comfortable seeing you jailed for a few weeks to punish you for willingly operating your vehicle in an unsafe manner.

If you are licensed to fly an airplane and run out of fuel, or negligently fly into unsafe weather you could also expect to see a little jail time, or lose your license/job. In my country you are not allowed to overfly gatherings of people, or anywhere over a populated area where you can't glide clear to a safe landing.

I really do think the UAV operator's punishment, if he is trained and licensed, is not that out of line. Personally, I would judge two weeks just from the information in the summary.

If on the other hand, he wasn't really trained or authorized to be flying that thing - it is either criminal negligence or negligence on the part of the licensing authority.

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