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Comment Re:Let the predatory pricing commence... (Score 1) 63

Curious how you think Google being predator by providing an app that allows commuters to share rides.

Google's interest is self driving cars. They've poured a ton of cash into it and aren't keen to see Uber beat them to the punch. They are putting a monkey wrench into Uber's business model. They won't make any money from this, but they will hurt Uber's profits. That's what happens when the core of your business is an app that a few good engineers could put together in a month.

Comment Re:How to make it cheaper? (Score 1) 63

My sister drives for Uber and averages about $18/hr. That is way more than minimum wage, and is pretty good for a no skill job with flexible hours. Like most Uber drivers, she does it part time, and it is not her main source of income.

$18 / hour. Minus gas. Minus car repairs. Minus car maintenance (oil changes, tires, breaks, etc). Minus insurance. Minus licensing fees. Minus depreciation on your car (you are putting miles on it reducing it's worth). Minus accidents (of course you'll have more if you are driving professionally). You are lucky if you break even.

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 1) 63

Uber abuses the hell out of their drivers all in the name of keeping fares low, riders happy, and their own profits up.

That's the problem with a job where 97% of the adult population meets the qualifications. Have a driver's license, a car, and insurance. Be able to follow turn-by-turn directions. All while listening to headphones sitting in your comfortable climate controlled car.

There's a large supply of potential Uber drivers. Of course the compensation is going to be minimal. Uber is going to pay exactly what's required to have driver coverage and not a cent more. The same thing any business would do.

Comment Re:What kind of stupid ass reporting is this?! (Score 1) 175

Why are they calling an app crash a 'device failure' on either platform, unless the app is distributed with the device?

Perhaps because when it comes to user perception it is a device failure. I don't think the average use cares why things don't work.

Why is Apple responsible for shitty code written by a 3rd party

That's not the point. The article is just reporting stats regarding user experience. You are imagining finger pointing at Apple. It's not. It's finger pointing at the experience of using the device.

But anyway, sometimes app stability has to do w/ the stability of the platform + services it offers. It's not always app coding errors that result in crashes. It also has to do w/ the development environment. If the tools are better, it's easier to write stable apps.

Comment Re:Absurd fear (Score 1) 111

What's with this race for "Thinner" shit? With the amount of money that I spend on tech, I want it to be heavier and solid. I want it to dent the floor when I drop it. This race to make shit more fragile needs to stop.

There is an argument however for making it as thin as possible and letting the consumer decide how much protection they want via a case / cover.

Comment Re:Absurd fear (Score 1) 111

Of course, the topic was Macs, not just Mac notebooks, and the current "Mac Pro" is the very definition of "not plenty of ports" unless all you want is USB and Thunderbolt. No PCIe slots, no drive bays, limited internal storage, no graphics upgradeability. It's a "pro model", though, so I'm sure you say it's "plenty". You have a long history of defining need by what Apple does.

If you want that get a desktop PC. Anyway, don't pretend you know what you want. Apple knows what you want. Now shut up and buy it.

Comment Re:More should do this (Score 1) 59

Millions are checking facebook from work without their intranet being backed. You can lower the chances of being hacked quite a bit without resorting to extremes.

If your spouse was killed by a drunk driver, would you feel better knowing that millions of drunk drivers didn't kill anyone? It's one of those things such that the consequences are so dire taking extreme measures is warranted. A hack can be business ending, or in the case of government agencies people could lose their lives.

Comment Re:Robots (Score 1) 156

Simple: driverless cars. [bloomberg.com] Survive long enough to get driverless cars perfected, dump your largest cost (driver pay), and there you go.

Are you serious? Drivers are their biggest asset. Drivers keep them from paying for cars up front, paying for insurance, paying for car maintenance, and paying for gas. Do you have any idea what it would cost them to fund a fleet of self-driving cars that's even a fraction of the number of drivers they "employee" today?

Comment Re:I would invest (Score 1) 156

Uber rates can go up and people will still use them: what is the alternative?

Walk.
Bike.
Buy a car.
Take public transit.
Use your current car.
Call a friend.
Use a taxi.
Make fewer trips.

You are mistaken if you think Uber's customer base is a bunch shut-ins that were finally able to come out and see the light of day thanks to Uber. For me Uber is a luxury. I can bike or use public transit, just like I did prior to Uber (because I hate taxis).

You are right, some people would take Uber at higher prices, but it doesn't take much of a downturn in business to make startups like this shutter their windows and board up their doors.

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