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Anthony Levandowski has founded an AI religion
In September 2015, the multi-millionaire engineer at the heart of the patent and trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, Google’s self-driving car company, founded a religious organization called Way of the Future. Its purpose, according to previously unreported state filings, is nothing less than to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence.”


this article is full of bananas.
google  crazy  uber  waymo  self-driving-cars  cars  religion  way-of-the-future  ai  god 
8 weeks ago by jm
Understanding Uber: It's Not About The App
the next time you see a link to a petition or someone raging about this decision being ‘anti-innovation’, remember Greyball. Remember the Metropolitan Police letter [regarding several sexual assaults which Uber didn't report to police]. Remember that this is about holding ULL, as a company, to the same set of standards to which every other mini-cab operator in London already complies. Most of all though remember: it is not about the app.
uber  ull  safety  crime  london  assault  greyball  taxis  cabs  apps 
8 weeks ago by jm
Cadence: Microservice architecture beyond request/reply – @Scale
Uber’s request/reply handling middleware — based on the SWF API, it seems
swf  apis  microservices  uber  cadence  asynchronous  request-reply  distcomp  queueing  middleware  go 
june 2017 by jm
Unroll.me sold your data to Uber
'Uber devoted teams to so-called competitive intelligence, purchasing data from Slice Intelligence, which collected customers' emailed Lyft receipts via Unroll.me and sold the data to Uber'.

Also: 'Unroll.me allegedly "kept a copy of every single email that you sent or received" in "poorly secured S3 buckets"': https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14180463

Unroll.me CEO: 'felt bad “to see that some of our users were upset to learn about how we monetise our free service”.'
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/apr/24/unrollme-mail-unsubscription-service-heartbroken-sells-user-inbox-data-slice
uber  unroll.me  gmail  google  privacy  data-protection  lyft  scumbags  slice-intelligence 
april 2017 by jm
The Uber Bombshell About to Drop
Alphabet's IP theft allegations regarding Waymo, Otto and Anthony Levandowski are pretty hardcore
alphabet  google  uber  lawsuits  ip  waymo 
march 2017 by jm
Cherami: Uber Engineering’s Durable and Scalable Task Queue in Go - Uber Engineering Blog

a competing-consumer messaging queue that is durable, fault-tolerant, highly available and scalable. We achieve durability and fault-tolerance by replicating messages across storage hosts, and high availability by leveraging the append-only property of messaging queues and choosing eventual consistency as our basic model. Cherami is also scalable, as the design does not have single bottleneck. [...]
Cherami is completely written in Go, a language that makes building highly performant and concurrent system software a lot of fun. Additionally, Cherami uses several libraries that Uber has already open sourced: TChannel for RPC and Ringpop for health checking and group membership. Cherami depends on several third-party open source technologies: Cassandra for metadata storage, RocksDB for message storage, and many other third-party Go packages that are available on GitHub. We plan to open source Cherami in the near future.
cherami  uber  queueing  tasks  queues  architecture  scalability  go  cassandra  rocksdb 
december 2016 by jm
Algorithmic management as the new Taylorism
'its legacy can be seen in factories, call centres and warehouses today, although new technology has taken the place of Taylor’s instruction cards and stopwatches. Many warehouse workers for companies such as Amazon use handheld devices that give them step-by-step instructions on where to walk and what to pick from the shelves when they get there, all the while measuring their “pick rate” in real time. For Jeremias Prassl, a law professor at Oxford university, the algorithmic management techniques of Uber and Deliveroo are Taylorism 2.0. “Algorithms are providing a degree of control and oversight that even the most hardened Taylorists could never have dreamt of,” he says.'
algorithms  labour  work  labor  taylorism  management  silicon-valley  tech  deliveroo  uber  piece-work 
september 2016 by jm
Engineering Intelligence Through Data Visualization at Uber
bloody hell, Uber have a 15-person dataviz team. More money than sense! The resulting output is pretty though
data  dataviz  visualization  webgl  uber  mapping 
august 2016 by jm
Why Uber Engineering Switched from Postgres to MySQL
Uber bringing the smackdown for the HN postgres fanclub, with some juicy technical details of issues that caused them pain. FWIW, I was bitten by crappy postgres behaviour in the past (specifically around vacuuming and pgbouncer), so I've long been a MySQL fan ;)
database  mysql  postgres  postgresql  uber  architecture  storage  sql 
july 2016 by jm
Pinboard on the Next Economy Conference (with tweets)
Maciej Ceglowski went to an O'Reilly SV-boosterish conference and produced these excellent tweets
twitter  conferences  oreilly  silicon-valley  new-economy  future  lyft  uber  unions  maciej-ceglowski 
november 2015 by jm
Uber Goes Unconventional: Using Driver Phones as a Backup Datacenter - High Scalability
Initially I thought they were just tracking client state on the phone, but it actually sounds like they're replicating other users' state, too. Mad stuff! Must cost a fortune in additional data transfer costs...
scalability  failover  multi-dc  uber  replication  state  crdts 
september 2015 by jm
Why Canada should de-activate Uber
The Uber controversy is not just—or even mainly—a technology story, it’s fundamentally a deregulation story; the story of a uniquely American fundamentalist free-market worldview being sold to us in the name of “car-sharing” and innovation.
uber  free-market  libertarian  taxis  regulation  canada  cities 
november 2014 by jm
Uber Optics
That the company's consistent, nearly frozen posture of disingenuous smirking means that the most perceptible "Uber problem" is almost always how it frames things, rather than how it actually operates, whether it's systematically sabotaging of competitors or using its quarter-billion-dollar war chest to relentlessly cut fares and driver pay to unsustainable levels in order to undercut existing transit systems, is remarkable in its way, though. If your company's trying to conquer the world, in the end, being a dick might be the best PR strategy of all.
uber  dicks  dystopia  grim-meathook-future  teachers  california  free-markets  optics  pr  economy  america 
october 2014 by jm
Announcing UberPool, Carpooling with Uber
Ah, I was waiting for this; rest-of-world-style carpooling on demand, in an app. Great stuff
via:belong.io  carpooling  uber  ride-sharing  apps  taxi  travel  uberpool 
august 2014 by jm
Startup equity gotcha
'Two months ago, an early Uber employee thought that he had found a buyer for his vested stock, at $200 per share. But when his agent tried to seal the deal, Uber refused to sign off on the transfer. Instead, it offered to buy back the shares for around $135 a piece, which is within the same price range that Google Ventures and TPG Capital had paid to invest in Uber the previous July. Take it or hold it.'

As rbranson on Twitter put it: 'reminder that startup equity is basically worthless unless you're a founder or investor, OR the company goes public.'
startups  uber  stock  stock-options  shares  share-option  equity  via:rbranson  work 
june 2014 by jm

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