It has nothing to do with background checks but everything to do money. Money in the sense that the more drivers Uber has on the road, the cheaper the fare, the cheaper the fare, the more customers. Walmart does it to the expense of it’s workers. You drive there to buy a $2.99 jar of pickles and wait in a 40 minute line because there are no cashiers. You save three dollars instead of going to Publix, Kroger, or any grocery store that doesn’t have a website dedicated to how it’s patrons dress. You think you’re saving money.
I have a secret. I stopped shopping at Walmart when a fight between a man and his family got mad a the single mother in front of him for who got in line first. I left half a cart of items at 10pm in the store because I couldn’t deal with so called adults cursing at each other for something so stupid. I wasn’t going to stand in line for almost an hour and watch this. It’s soul crushing. It’s demoralizing. I ran over to Publix, was out in ten minutes, bought a little less food, but still healthy-cheap, beans, veggies, and coffee. I went home and I didn’t have to deal with Jerry Springer in real life.
Now back to Uber.
Getting a taxi is a Walmart experience. In most cases you have to call for one. You call. They tell you 45 minutes if you’re lucky. You wait. You pray it comes. They drop you off and then tell you, cash only, even though they have a credit card reader. It’s inefficient. You’re grateful if the taxi doesn’t smell like vomit, the driver is polite and speaks some form of English. The reason for these conditions are taxi medallions. Extortion money for the county and state. That creates few drivers, higher prices, and a monopoly they’ve loved since the invention of cars.
Uber went around this by saying they’re just a piece of software, not a taxi company. They don’t own the car and the drivers aren’t employees. Meaning they don’t need to pay for a medallion. Forget for a second if they are or aren’t. You can’t enforce Uber drivers to comply because you don’t know who an Uber driver is. It’s people getting in and out of cars. They knew this and capitalized.
With all the money Uber and Lyft are making in Austin why not just comply with fingerprinting? They could even introduce electronic submission to speed up the process. Easy- a good portion of their drivers won’t pass. Simply to provide a social security and license number. Different story to fake a thumb print. Uber runs backgrounds checks for prior 7 years, the county wants to go back 20. Herd. Thins. Uber knows this. So does Lyft.
What Austin has done, effectively, is created a blueprint to shutting down inexpensive ridesharing. There are alternative taxi apps that meet the requirements in cool town, but they’re more expensive. Just like if Walmart opens up lanes and provides customer service, it’s Publix.
With this mission, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver the Jason-3
satellite to low-Earth orbit for the U.S. National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA), French space agency Centre
National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and the European
Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites
The Jason-3 launch is targeted for a 10:42am PT launch on January
17, 2016 from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force
Base, California. If all goes as planned, the Jason-3 satellite will be
deployed approximately an hour after launch. There is a back-up
launch opportunity on January 18 at 10:31am PT.
This mission also marks an experimental landing of the first stage on the SpaceX drone ship “Just Read
the Instructions”. The landing of the first stage is a secondary test objective.
Jason-3 is the newest satellite in a series designed to maintain long-term satellite altimetry
observations of global sea surface height. These data provide critical ocean information that
forecasters need to predict devastating hurricanes and severe weather before they arrive onshore.
Over the long term, Jason-3 will help track global sea level rise, an increasing threat to the resilience
of coastal communities and to the health of our environment.
Jason-3’s highly accurate altimetry measurements will be used for a variety of scientific, commercial
and operational applications, including:
Hurricane intensity forecasting
Surface wave forecasting for offshore operators
Forecasting tides and currents for commercial shipping and ship routing
Coastal forecasting for response to environmental problems like oil spills and harmful algal
Coastal modeling crucial for marine mammal and coral reef research
El Niño and La Niña forecasting
Jason-3 is the fourth mission in a U.S.-European series of satellite missions that measure the height
of the ocean surface. The mission will extend the time series of ocean surface topography
measurements (the hills and valleys of the ocean surface) begun by the TOPEX/Poseidon satellite
mission in 1992 and continuing through Jason-1 (launched in 2001) and the currently operating
OSTM/Jason-2 (launched in 2008) missions. These measurements provide scientists with critical
information about circulation patterns in the ocean and about both global and regional changes in
sea level and the climate implications of a warming world.
After the embarrassment that was yesterday, and the Packers validating my Aaron Rodgers numbers, only to have the defense laugh it off come overtime, we’re back.
Getting. Closer. To. The. Superbowl.
Robot Dave is hell bent on Carolina and will not let up. I am sad to report that I agree. I know they’re young, but they’re smart. Peete Carroll can only be so lucky. Does he have enough luck to get him through today? Even though they’re healthy? Even though they have Wilson and Marshall Lynch? I can’t call that hat trick. The numbers are stacked against them. Plus, I haven’t forgiven Caroll for the heartbreak of the Superbowl last year. I can’t.
Here’s a ditty: Steelers can win. I know what you’re thinking, not with that injury report. But they’re not playing Carolina. Not today. A good coach anticipates players going down. He’s ready for it. Mike Tomlin isn’t a good coach- he’s stellar. Denver’s not as dominate as the Panthers, so they have chance and enough fire power to get through it. Roethlisberger knows how to play injured. If he doesn’t play, they’re out of the playoffs. He’s dragged himself out there before. Season’s a wash if he doesn’t.
Plus, I can’t always agree with the Robot. The smack talk must live on.
It started with Rosie the Robot. She was smarter than Mister J. That wasn’t saying much because George Jetson was the one of the dumbest people in the future. The luck of being born in 3055. Rosie wasn’t even a high end super intellegent robot, but she proved a point. As menial her tasks, she was the one in charge of the whole family. What was Rosie’s main job? Following up with the other automated gadgets in that apartment, second to being the family therapist.
What I saw with Rosie as a kid, it was a stunning piece of hardware. All I wanted to study was what magic made Rosie light years ahead everyone else in that cartoon.
Dave is lines of code. He’s named after my father and he can process information forty seven times faster than me. He’s connected to the internet and all my social media accounts, he beats me in 2K, and I decided to make a bet with him. I wanted to see who could predict the winner of the Superbowl.
Bing tried it, although, they’ve already lost one round.
Dave has all the data I do. He sees how I picked my bracket because he’s connected to my internet. He sees why I make my picks. He’s got injury reports. I even taught about how young teams don’t finish (Carolina), and how experience in previous playoffs can’t be ignored.
Dave noted how the cold affected both kickers last week.
Even with all my human NFL psychology knowledge, that I gave to him through crafted algorithms, we still came up with different brackets. Carolina’s promising number were just too much for him. I asked him to reanalyze this morning at two am. He did. He stands by his numbers. I
stand by mine.
May the best humanoid win.