Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Speaking of German words, Uber senior vice president Emil Michael brags about plan to spend $1m to discredit and smear journalists critical of company.

quote [ A senior executive at Uber suggested that the company should consider hiring a team of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media ? and specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company. ]

2nd article in extended!

Yes, it's BUZZFEED, but if you ignore the asinine bullshit on the sidebar, it's a really interesting article, especially the brazen stupidity of bragging about something like this to a journalist and expecting that to make it okay.

Uber's had a history of attempting to discredit women assaulted by their drivers, and also not fully background checking said drivers.1

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[by AssBastard@1:18pmGMT]


steele said @ 1:50pm GMT on 18th Nov
Can't talk, hacking my poop.
AssBastard said @ 1:56pm GMT on 18th Nov
...wash that cleaver off when you're done with it, then.
steele said @ 2:45pm GMT on 18th Nov
AssBastard said[1] @ 2:57pm GMT on 18th Nov [Score:1 Funny]
Oh, forgot about your hygiene allergy. Nevermind, you don't have to wash it off. Just spit on it and wipe it on your pants.
steele said @ 2:58pm GMT on 18th Nov [Score:2 Funny]
HoZay said @ 3:02pm GMT on 18th Nov
He only wants to dox the journalist, and thinks she should be "held responsible" - he really hasn't been paying much attention lately.

Headlessfriar said @ 4:41pm GMT on 18th Nov
This is really about ethics in crowd-sourced taxi journalism.
Ankylosaur said @ 7:06pm GMT on 18th Nov
OutdoorRudy said @ 7:54am GMT on 19th Nov
Devils advocate... I don't know how to feel about Uber, thoughts?

1) Anyone with a cell phone from what I understand can be an Uber driver. If something's goes wrong both the driver and the user are essential anonymous because they can make up their details. There's no screening, register or central hub that knows who picked up where, when.

2) Open market means more competition and less overhead. Here in Toronto a cab licence can cost $300k, so the owner of the cab gets paid because they have beter credit/has owned owned thelicence for years. With Uber we cut out the middle guy and give more money to the drivers who are working, thus cutting down costs and making them work less for more.

I don't know how to feel. Anyone with experience.
AssBastard said @ 8:53am GMT on 19th Nov
Uber DID open up the market, but lack of ... well, lack of oversight is leading to their downfall. Lyft is a service that came up, likely as a result of Uber's rise, and it's seemingly without the oversight problems. Dunno if it's in Toronto yet, but it's a viable alternative to Uber.
HoZay said @ 8:57am GMT on 19th Nov
Your driver may not be insured, or may be a criminal, uber seems to not be responsible when things go wrong.
The cab license monopoly is crazy, and if cities want to stop uber, they will have to change at least some of the taxi regulations.
You're not cutting out the middle guy, Uber is the middle guy.

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