Posts by BenWilson

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

    Yes, it seems to be unraveling. I don't think that app based ride booking is going away, since it is actually a good idea. But Uber seems to be blowing their chances of a future, banking everything on technology that has not been invented yet. They had a perfectly good idea in their app if the fares hadn't been pitched to beggar the drivers. But this idea of buying market share with endless huge losses whilst still pitching your prices below fair remuneration to the workforce is bound to fail in the end.

    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.

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber driver, in reply to Pao Montenegro,

    Sorry, no one's written a guide as far as I'm aware. Try the NZUDA Facebook page for free advice, if you think such a thing is a good idea when it comes to taxes. Personally I think you'd get what you paid for. But you may be able to inquire about reasonably priced accountants with experience with Uber drivers.

    AFAIK, IRD is itself conflicted about whether Uber drivers are meant to pay GST.

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    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.

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  • Speaker: Broadcasting and the Public Interest, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    an important function of state broadcasters of record is their role in disasters, and radio and broadcast TV are relatively robust in the face of disaster.

    This is important, as is the question of access. Considering that it took well over 8 weeks for my broadband to get connected at home, despite all the physical infrastructure being in place already, and someone in a remote location perhaps having no internet connection at all, there's still a place for this "obsolete" technology. And the radio works in my car, and is still a good way to listen to the news without killing oneself fiddling with a device. I confess to reading Twitter while driving a lot - when in traffic jams mostly - but on the motorway good old fashioned newsreading makes commuting much more bearable.

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  • Speaker: Broadcasting and the Public Interest, in reply to Jason Kemp,

    I'm probably a minority audience but it has made broadcast TV pretty much unwatchable with its high percentage of dross and interruption style thinking.

    I used to think so too, but when I moved house last year we decided not to go getting MySky again (yes, I know it's broadcast, but it's also timeshifted and you can basically skip ads) and I haven't found Freeview nearly as burdensome as I'd thought.

    If I'm dying I can download something, but for the most part vegging out watching what millions of other people watch has actually felt less isolating than all the picking and choosing and obsessing about not watching ads. Hell, my attention to what isn't ads is pretty low anyway, considering that I've got the net in my pocket at all times, and I'm pretty much reading during every show anyway, looking up only for those moments that they promise 7 times in the hour and then finally deliver in the last 10 minutes. ZOMG, he's gonna tell her he's a stripper! ZOMG, the dessert collapsed! ZOMG, Trump's brainfarted in 100 million faces again! OK, back to some long article the lazywebs found me.

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

    They are getting pushed out of many countries, and in some cases the management are being arrested. I think it's end of days for them. Which is usually the time an Empire looks strongest and most unassailable - right before it falls.

    Yes it's quiet here. I've got another job and it's keeping me busy. Since the Uber advocacy is unpaid, it fits in where it can and recently that's not been very often. Considering that mostly what we're doing is waiting for the impartial majesty of the justice system to come to a conclusion about who exactly should be turning up, I'm not in that much of a hurry. At some point we'll be in an actual court hearing, and this house of cards is going to come crashing down because at the end of the day it's still a country of laws, no matter how many lawyers you send to try to mess with that.

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  • Hard News: Burning down the house to…, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Last time I was in a pruning gang it was all immigrants and students. Very high liberal quotient, not a lot of salty earth. How about you? What was your last experience of an eight week stint in a pruning gang like? I'll admit that it did not enjoy the work, it was poorly paid, boring and physically demanding, not to mention involving spending a fair bit on petrol to get to it. I did not see a future in it, nor did I meet anyone who did. The general opinion of people doing that kind of work is that anyone who could be doing anything else would be mad not to. Generally they were full of admiration and envy for people who seemed likely to be on an escape trajectory, whether they were liberal or not. Liberality was pretty much an irrelevance.

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

    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

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  • Hard News: Burning down the house to…,

    So Labour gets Willie because Trump. Trump trumps Cucks because Working Class. Immigrants not Working Class because Neoliberalism. Neoliberalism because Libtards.

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Rich Lock,

    Bannon, and four or five others of a very tight inner circle, are the ones setting the policy and driving things.

    They are, and they're definitely dangerous, don't get me wrong. But they're not even near Nazi levels of organized bastardry. Of course we don't want them to get anywhere near that, but until the first credible political murder is conducted by their gang, I don't have grave fears for the collapse of the political order in the US. And of course that is a threshold that it will be incredibly hard to get away with.

    Hitler was organizing shit like that in the early 20s.

    This is more like a Berlusconi style despotism. Corrupt, nepotistic. But not really outright fascist. It's not a good place to be, admittedly.

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