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  • Mar 21st, 2014 @ 7:40pm

    Re: This ain't ride sharing

    "Fares are regulated to make sure that cab drivers can earn some kind of living..."

    A cab driver who can't provide a service good enough that they can make a living needs to improve. Provide wifi to customers, or their choice of music, or aromatherapy, or an armed escort to/from the cab in dangerous neighborhoods. Just knowing when a driver has chosen to give you a ride and having information about where the driver is and about when they'll arrive is a vast improvement over the cabs I've taken--but the entrenched government-awarded monopolies have no reason to improve.

    Of course, this will all be moot when autonomous cabs come along--except that the entrenched cab companies will be fighting them instead of Uber et al.

  • Aug 13th, 2011 @ 11:16am

    Re: A better what-if...

    Kind of like Calvin Mooers's TRAC, which Nelson wrote about at some length in Computer Lib/Dream Machines. Mooers protected his IP very well--so darned well that it's at best a historical footnote.