Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt
from the riots-and-retorts dept
One story in particular captured the readers’ imagination when it comes to insight this week. As European taxi drivers went crazy over Uber, our readers chimed in, with JustShutUpAndObey taking first place with a simple recounting of personal experience:
I’ve been using Uber and Lyft for the last two weeks due to car trouble and love it for these reasons:
1. Drivers (and passengers) have both been pre-vetted by Uber. If either of us tries to rob the other, we WILL be caught.
2. No money changes hands (cash or credit)- Uber already has my credit card (the driver doesn’t) and will charge me. The driver doesn’t have to worry about me dashing without paying, and I don’t have to worry about being charged a “funny” last minute amount.
3. Drivers are rated by passengers and I can decline a ride if the driver has a lower rating.
4. Passengers are also rated, and drivers can decline them too. There is an incentive for both parties to be polite.
5. The App: This is a much bigger advantage than is usually noted: I can see how far away the driver is, I can see his car moving on the map, along with the estimate of how many minutes. Once picked up, I can continuously monitor our progress.
6. Because Uber and Lyft use similar apps, I can check both to see who is closest BEFORE I request a pickup.
In addition to those points, all drivers (about a dozen so far) have been prompt, had very clean cars, and have known and taken the most efficient route. In contrast, last time I called for a cab, they took an hour and a half to arrive, despite telling me numerous times they were 5 minutes away.
Feeling sorry for taxi drivers is like feeling sorry for telemarketers: I do, but only a very little bit.
Second places comes from an anonymous commenter on the same post, breaking down the real meaning of what we’re seeing:
They aren’t flipping cars because they’re worried about losing. They’re flipping cars because they’ve already lost. They aren’t trying to affect change. Not really. They’re venting frustration. The whole scene makes a lot more sense in that context.
For editor’s choice on the insightful side, we start out with one more comment from that post. Roger Strong both added some cultural perspective, and made a sad but solid prediction about the future:
France is a country where bossnappings – strikers kidnapping their bosses and holding them hostage – is a time-honored negotiating tactic. Protests by truckers, farmers, students make the Uber one look like a strongly worded memo.
Come back in five or ten years. The Uber drivers will be flipping and burning the self-driving cars that replace them.
Next, we pivot to a piece of EU copyright reform that involves stricter regulations on outdoor photography that might catch copyrighted material. Every time something like this has come up, it’s seemed like a somewhat entitled concern, and MadAsASnake spells out the simple reason why:
Quite frankly, if they don’t want it photographed, don’t put it in view of the public.
Over on the funny side, first place goes to guest writer Bas Grasmayer. In response to his excellent piece about the need for artists to “sell features, not songs”, one commenter insisted that he not “tell artists what to do”. Bas racked up lots of funny votes with a short, sharp retort:
Don’t tell me what to do.
For second place, we head to the bizarre story of Tumblr complying with the DMCA takedown requests of a self-proclaimed alien channeller (or some insane thing to that effect). Though the complainant was clearly questionable, Roger Strong made a good observation:
Still more credible than Rightscorp.
For editor’s choice on the funny side, our first selection comes in response to the Supreme Court’s use of a Spider-Man quote in a ruling against royalties on expired patents. One anonymous commenter made another prediction:
Next up: Supreme court sued for copyright infringement by Marvel.
Finally, we return to the story of the European taxi drivers, who our headline accused of losing “Their Collective Mind”. This prompted another anonymous commenter to stick up for the land of liberty:
In America, they’d lose their minds individually, not as part of some collective.
That’s all for this week, folks!