Uber faces criminal probe over Greyball s/w used to evade regulation

Mirimir mirimir at riseup.net
Sun May 7 20:31:40 PDT 2017

On 05/07/2017 02:12 AM, Vasily Kolobkov wrote:
> [2017-05-06 20:21] "Shawn K. Quinn" <skquinn at rushpost.com>
>> Is Lyft any better? Is zTrip any better? If not, what should we use instead?
> I bet on classical p2p systems. These have quite some road to walk
> and definitely need all the help you can give.
> Humans being humans, this ain't a magic pill, though the core
> principles leave much less for them to slide back into a usual
> corporatism/enslavement/etc.

I would certainly prefer open-source P2P ride-sharing apps, which simply
coordinate drivers and riders, with no central profit-stealing
corporations. However, I don't believe that Uber or Lyft are profiting
yet. They're relying on venture capital to build demand. They also
provide legal assistance to drivers, and pay fines. I'm not sure how
they deal with vehicles taken through civil forfeiture. So how would a
pure P2P system deal that those issues?

As long as hitchhiking is legal, one could argue that ride sharing is
just a technological improvement. Back in the day, I recall ride boards,
where you could arrange long-distance trips. And isn't an app equivalent
to a bulletin board?

> p.s. Not a taxi you where looking for, though should you be into
> selling/buying stuff - why not give OpenBazaar a try? This one seems
> to be pretty usable and with no central authority.

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