* Posts by Troutdog

3 posts • joined 10 Sep 2014

WeWon'tWork: CEO Adam Neumann enters Low Earth Orbit to declare, I'm outta here


I think many of those people are on-site staff for all the office space. Sales, security and maintenance mainly. The space you rent from them is managed. The basics are provided by them: power, networking, janitorial, heat, shared kitchen with coffee and other stuff etc. Direct WeWork employees take care of most if not all of that crap.

My current employer was located in Wework space for the first 18 months of business, until we grew out of it. You can rent anything from shared space access (cheapest) to as many desks as you care to pay for.

Full disclosure: I do not plan to invest either. Just relaying my experience.

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms


I could not agree more

There are potentially hundreds of triggers in python. Perhaps the interpreter should explicitly barf on offensive terms used as variable names to prevent users from creating insensitive code. The parser could compare all variable and function names against a blacklist (oops, I meant a condemned word list). Of course, such a list would itself be offensive, so would need to be obscured so that no fragile developers would stumble across it accidentally. Probably best to just ban any recognizable words as a precaution.

Also: Token ring used hermaphroditic connectors at one time. There is a concrete example of another sex.

Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy


Some Observations

This is an interesting discussion. I'd like to add a couple of thoughts:

My own experience with Uber has been very positive. I do not use it exclusively, but it is a nice option when you need a ride and aren't close to a hotel or airport (where all the taxis are).

One point that has not been discussed (or I overlooked it): no cash money changes hands in an Uber transaction. This is actually quite a nice feature. It enhances security for both the rider and driver. In order to use Uber, you need to have a credit card, which also means there is a "paper" trail for every rider. (I suppose some would view that as a negative).

I recently spoke with an Uber driver in DC. He told me that previously he had been a taxi driver, but he moved to Uber because of safety concerns. He said that when he had a fare to certain parts of the city, it was quite common for the rider to bolt without paying. He also stated that there was virtually no animosity in that city between taxi drivers and uber drivers. This is only one data point, but it was interesting. I suspect the people that are really upset about Uber (and Lyft) are actually the medallion holders - and not the drivers.


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