Posts by DeepRed

  • Hard News: If this was ever funny, it's…,

    It's Muldoon's banning of Tom Scott, but on steroids and P.

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to BenWilson,

    Their point that the business doesn't have economies of scale is a good way of summarizing why it must eventually break. They didn't actually make driving a taxi magically cheaper. They just worked out how to squeeze worker balls in a way that's taking a few years to unpack.

    If it hasn't already been mentioned, Uber's business model has been likened to a Ponzi scheme.

    http://boingboing.net/2016/12/07/excellent-deep-series-on-uber.html

    https://uberpeople.net/threads/hidden-uber-pyramid-scheme-hmmm.9124/

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/12/the-latest-get-rich-scheme/

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  • Hard News: Sky and 2020, in reply to Richard Ram,

    It's a shame Telecom didn't keep on with Xtra. Couple of missteps at the end in dealings with Microsoft etc. Innovation stopped and technology rolled over the top of the business model. And the business model didn't adapt.

    I'm guessing that was the cut-everything-and-add-nothing business model of Rod Deane. NZ is still paying for such under-investment.

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    This report from Michael Moore is disturbing. Trump is already future-proofing his reign.

    Trump of the Will?

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to BenWilson,

    Yeah I just came across it too, and everything it says resonates with their behaviour in every way to every complaint ever made to them. It's a Trumpesque, however frantically they are trying to disassociate from The Orange Vortex.

    In other words, they're only sorry that they got caught in the act.

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    IIRC the Washington Post is now majority owned by Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com fame, and the NYT's single biggest shareholder is Carlos Slim. You can also add Tribune Media (owner of the LA Times and Chicago Tribune).

    Of the major media networks listed by Katharine above, only NewsCorp seems to have a newspaper division. The anti-trust law experts should be taking a good look at it.

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  • Access: Murder – it’s not OK.,

    When I was at high school, my folks thought it was a good idea at the time to tiger-parent a quasi-autistic kid to success, partly because it worked for my siblings, and partly because ASD was still poorly understood in those days. They've since seen the error of their ways, but there's little they can do now to fix it.

    Us autistics can do without the victim-blaming dressed up as motivational snake oil. There's just no substitute for some kind of new New Deal approach, which we're not likely to get under the existing cost-of-everything-value-of-nothing dogma.

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  • Hard News: I tried Sativex: it was no…,

    Sativex has always come across as an example of big companies monopolising the market, with the full collusion of prohibitionist-leaning lawmakers.

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  • Speaker: Broadcasting and the Public Interest, in reply to Dylan Reeve,

    I doubt there's any perfect solution to this... Ideally we'd have had a true public broadcaster for the last 50 years and it would have grown and developed in the way the BBC and ABC have over that time.

    Sadly the ABC appears to have been corrupted.

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/dec/09/she-doesnt-get-what-we-do-has-abc-boss-michelle-guthrie-got-the-insiders-on-her-side

    https://newmatilda.com/2016/07/06/decades-of-conservative-pressure-on-the-abc-are-paying-off/

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/mark-scott-the-man-who-stands-between-the-abc-and-its-critics-20150626-ghyio6.html

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to BenWilson,

    Has parody turned to farce? We were joking about flying cars and Ubers last year as like the next level of ridiculous. Nek minnit, it’s what they’re claiming. Should we start a pool on the next technology? Add to this list:
    -Uber Hover cars for competing with ferries
    -Uber plus Rocket Labs = taking the international flight industry by storm delivering passengers via suborbital hops
    -Uber Cryo – take a one way trip to the future by putting your body on ice
    -Uber Tardis – why stop at only going forward in time?
    -Uber Teleport – Transmit your body to your destination without even needing to pull out your credit car

    Uber Hitman – if anyone's giving you trouble, dirty deeds really are done dirt cheap.

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