Category Archives: Die Techie Scum

Oh, those bad, sleazy taxi medallion owners…

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This discussion with Bradley Tusk, an Uber advisor, about how Airbnb is making mistakes in how they deal with local governments by suing San Francisco over the enforcement of legislation they helped create was somewhat interesting… I was just starting to think this Tusk guy was smart and then he mentions the medallion system and it’s obvious he has no clue how the taxi industry works, just talking out of a hole in his ass.

Tusk may know about tech and VC speculation, but he knows shit about the taxi industry.

Medallion holders are the working class stiffs, you fucking asshole. The owners of the cab companies may be scum, or just ignorant old men, but it’s a sign of the rampant arrogance of Uber to discuss things like taxi medallions with no understanding of them whatsoever. 

As always, tech reporting fails to be real journalism…

Click bait: the new normal:

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T.J. Miller of TV Show Silicon Valley Skewers Travis Kalanick

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T.J. Miller, the actor who plays Erlich Bachman on HBO’s Silicon Valley, was interviewed by Esquire recently and lambasted the tech culture of Silicon Valley for not “getting it.”

He goes on to blast Uber CEO Travis Kalanick:

At the Crunchies everyone was like, “That’s Travis Kalanick’s girlfriend.” I was like, “Who is that?” And they were like, “What!? The guy from Uber!” They’re all kind of walking around with too much money, but [they have] great ideas sometimes. But Uber is a horrible company. They’re horrible to their drivers. And because it’s a new frontier, they can play by their own rules. They just squeeze the drivers for everything. They’re just increasing the IPO so Travis Kalanick can jack off to it at night, I guess?

T.J. Miller isn’t the funniest guy, but he sure does love to rag on techies.

The Uber You Reap Is The Uber You Sow

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I never thought it would happen, but I’m officially sick of reading about Uber. When I mentioned this to the Wife, she quickly replied, “Now you know how I feel.” Fair enough. I have been somewhat obsessed with Uber and Lyft. I’m a driver. It’s hard not to think (and blog) about the injustices we face every day at the hands of these two companies.

Since I first considered driving back in December of 2013, I’ve been reading every article about ridesharing that has crossed my Facebook and Twitter feeds. And since March, when I finally took the plunge and got behind the wheel, I’ve joined all the driver groups I could find and followed numerous sites and writers who cover ridesharing.

Needless to say, I was not shocked by the latest Uber scandal, when vice-president Emil Michael’s suggestion that they hire reporters of their own to go after reporters who are critical of Uber. Just another day following the Uber train of disaster.

Since then, the articles, tweets, updates and blog posts about this incident have been nonstop. Seriously, I’ve reached maximum Uber overload. Can we just go on to the next scandal already? I’m sure there will be more…

Granted, this one is pretty horrendous. If I were Sarah Lacy, the designated target of this doxx campaign, I’d be furious. Livid. Outraged. Pissed the fucked off! Everybody should be. It’s bad. Real bad.

So bad that people are now deleting their Uber accounts. Going so far as to figure out how to permanently remove their data from Uber’s servers. Because, surprise, surprise, Uber doesn’t just go away when you delete the app from your phone. Uber stores your information for “legitimate business purposes.”

Yeah right.

Well, people, before you feel high and mighty because you’ve deleted the app and possibly gone as far as to contact Uber and have your data removed, think about this: it’s your fault.

What Emil Michael said was unconscionable. But it wouldn’t have happened if all these loyal Uber users weren’t so happy to play along with their disruptive business model. It’s not that shocking when you think about all the shit Uber has done before.

The drivers know. We’ve been fighting with Uber for a while now. But nobody cares about us. Or our puny little problems. But attack that venerable institution of online reporting and the OUTRAGE! The HORROR! OH MY FUCKING GOD! BRING ME THE HEAD OF EMIL MICHAEL!!!

So let’s see…

And much, much more

With Uber, there’s always more. These are the incidents that popped up in my mind as I bashed out this blog post. But do I really need to go on?

All that is chill, but when they threaten to dig up dirt on a reporter, people freak the fuck out and delete the app?

Come on! What did you expect from a company that has done all these shady things? And no doubt has many more shady things in the works. (UberScholar, anyone?) Yeah.

Everybody sat back and let it happen. You fed the Uber monster. And now that monster is so big, it doesn’t matter if a few users delete the app. It’s too late for Uber’s comeuppance. You created this monster. It’s here to stay.

And don’t get me wrong: Fuck Uber. Nothing would give me more pleasure than to see this behemoth fail. Even if that means getting a new source of income. As Hector the dishwasher told me many years ago, “I was looking for a job when I found this one…”

So delete away, folks. But when you click that “Delete” button, maybe have at least a little consideration for all the other Uber victims. And the drivers. We do matter. Just a little bit, right?