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Comment Re:African-American sounding names? (Score 1) 476

>You really can't tell if someone who has a french, indian, polish, italian heritage by their last name? You need to get out more.

The app doesn't display last names at all and first names until accepted. On the initial pop-up requesting a ride you only get star rating and distance to the pax. After accepting you get only the first name.

Knowing that, I'd say racism could only explain the cancellations, and not the wait time. I mean if you've accepted it and are cool with the name, star rating, and location of pickup, you'd drive right there. After all, the meter doesn't start until the pax in the car. Why would you dawdle wasting gas and not getting paid?

Comment Re:do people really talk to their phones? (Score 1) 197

The one and only thing I use Siri for is "Siri, take me home" at the end of an Uber shift when I'm somewhere I have no idea what the best route out of it is. Instantly navigates me home, which I usually only need for the first few turns until I'm back on the highway or whatever. For anything, it's pointless. It never plays the music I ask for, never interprets my commands to text someone correctly (Like say the pax I'm on the way to pickup). Siri sucks. Hard. To the point I get fed up and yell at her :-)

Comment Re:Training (Score 1) 44

I'd love if someone could explain to me how this is supposed to work. I work on a software development team at a company of 50k employees. While we are developing and documenting the software planning, the doco lives on our team sharepoint site - where it is constantly updated. Once we come up with a final design, we have to upload our (hopefully) final doco to a department architect sharepoint site where it is reviewed and approved, or sent back for revision. There's almost always something they nitpick, so I have to revise the doc that lives on the team sharepoint site and then upload a copy of that back to the architect sharepoint. Then we upload it to yet another sharepoint for the overall project and present it to the project team and business line who requested the IT project, invariably resulting in changes to the doc, necessitating changes in all three places. Doco is continually out of sync, since I can't just have one doc and symlinks or somesuch to the three sites. It's a nightmare and the stupidest thing I've ever seen for doco management. Yet it all needs to be there. The project requires all artifacts related to the project to be documented within the project SP for completeness, the auditors require all code changes to live in the architect sharepoint for overall system documentation, and we need to keep our internal team sp updated, because if someone ever has to maintain this code, the team already has access to the team sp - and wouldn't have to wait for access to, or dig to find, the other sites.

And the best part is that none of this is searchable! Even if I know the internal project ID number, there's no overarching way to search for it, since each project runs it's own siloed SP site not linked to anything else. And at the architect IT site, you're only allowed to see what you uploaded yourself. God I hate sharepoint. It's a plague unto IT.

Comment Re:How to make it cheaper? (Score 1) 69

I see the carpooling part, but the summary also mentions charging fares, not splitting costs. Presumably the car owner is for hire and accepts them, Google just uses something along the lines of "Uber Pool" and "Lyft Line" which also matches riders going in the same direction. Which isn't a differentiator at all, as the article claims.

Comment Re:Stop using OS X and their 10 year old computers (Score 1) 472

My daily PC is a Hackintosh, and I've yet to have a kernel panic, unexplained crashing and freezing, or anything like that since I built it over Christmas break. My experience has been that it just works. Everything works as it should... sound, sleep, LAN, Bluetooth, etc. I had some of the stuff already, and some I bought used on eBay. Put it together for under $900 out of pocket. I'm running....

Intel Core i5-4590 (6M Cache, 3.3 GHz)
Gigabyte H97 Extreme Multi Graphics Support UEFI DualBIOS Micro ATX DDR3 1600 LGA 1150 Motherboard
Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800)
EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SC GAMING, Silent Cooling Graphics Card
Samsung 850 EVO 5000GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD Boot drive
Thermaltake CORE V21 Black Extreme Micro ATX Cube Chassis
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler
OSXWIFI Combo WiFi and Bluetooth PCIe Card
Corsair 750 watt Power Supply
4x 2TB WD Red drives in software raid for a storage volume
24" ASUS 1080p Monitor

OS X El Capitan – Latest version, updates via app store have not been an issue (even though the combo updater is recommended)
        UniBeast – Free (Registration required)
        MultiBeast – Free (Registration required)

Installed with the iMac 14,2 profile

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