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2014-01-10 07:40:38 AM  
Cyberdyne Systems.  Mark my words.
 
2014-01-10 07:44:24 AM  
Commute via catamaran? That's a nice start to a day weather permitting.
 
2014-01-10 07:45:25 AM  
rikkitikkitavi: Cyberdyne Systems.  Mark my words.

OK, now what?
 
2014-01-10 07:48:24 AM  
You know, "Corporation" might kinda work as a way to join a game of Civ in progress..
 
2014-01-10 07:49:16 AM  

dittybopper: rikkitikkitavi: Cyberdyne Systems.  Mark my words.

OK, now what?


I see you're one of them.
 
2014-01-10 07:52:44 AM  
"Critics of Google's buses aren't thrilled by news of the boat, citing concerns that catamarans are worse for the environment than shuttle buses."

Well you just can't please some people can you?
 
2014-01-10 07:52:49 AM  
I dunno. I see a Jack London story where a tech worker is swept off the catamaran and finds himself a slave on a Chinese sports shoe making ship.

"You have never made anything with your hands! Bits and code. What is that? Here you will use your hands to make the shoes that ridiculous people will pay $200 for. Only when you have made 50 pairs of shoes in one shift will you understand what your hands are truly for."
 
2014-01-10 07:54:06 AM  

DubtodaIll: Commute via catamaran? That's a nice start to a day weather permitting.


It's the SF Bay. That's one really cold commute even on a good day.
 
2014-01-10 07:55:16 AM  

Radioactive Ass: "Critics of Google's buses aren't thrilled by news of the boat, citing concerns that catamarans are worse for the environment than shuttle buses."

Well you just can't please some people can you?


Criticizing how people get to work is easy when you don't really work yourself.
 
2014-01-10 07:56:45 AM  

DubtodaIll: Commute via catamaran? That's a nice start to a day weather permitting.


Yep.

I used to work across the street from Pearl Izumi in Boulder back in the 90s, and one of their employees would commute by kayak for 15 miles down Boulder Creek. Plenty of friends working there drove from Boulder Canyon, and everyone at that company (maybe everyone in Boulder at the time) had a rack for a kayak, so he'd just hitch a ride home.

I commuted 6 miles each way on a heavily forested mountain bike trail for a few years.
 
2014-01-10 08:00:23 AM  
Jesus H. Christ.  Just the ferry is 47 minutes.  So with loading, casting off, docking, and unloading, at least an hour for the ferry.  And they're still an 11 mile bus ride from the office.  Call that 30 minutes for load/travel/unload.  So, once they get to the dock, they've got another 1.5 hours of commuting  each way.  3 hours of commuting per day.   Plus the time it takes to get between home and the dock.  Crazy.
 
2014-01-10 08:03:07 AM  

Radioactive Ass: DubtodaIll: Commute via catamaran? That's a nice start to a day weather permitting.

It's the SF Bay. That's one really cold commute even on a good day.


Since the author of the article couldn't be bothered to do a GIS, this is the Triumphant:

blog.sfgate.com

I think they'll be okay.
 
2014-01-10 08:09:11 AM  
the boat service started the same day City Hall said Google and other companies, including Apple and Genentech, that use public bus stops to pick up employees on private shuttles must pay roughly $1 per stop per day as part of an 18-month pilot program.

Wouldn't a simpler solution be for google to make their own bus stops. If they can't use a city stop, just tell their employees to wait on the corner a block away from the city stop or something like that.With all the tech power at Google's disposal they probably wouldn't even need to put up a sign, just make an gps app for each employees android phone that tells them they are standing in the right spot.
 
2014-01-10 08:10:58 AM  

jtown: Jesus H. Christ.  Just the ferry is 47 minutes.  So with loading, casting off, docking, and unloading, at least an hour for the ferry.  And they're still an 11 mile bus ride from the office.  Call that 30 minutes for load/travel/unload.  So, once they get to the dock, they've got another 1.5 hours of commuting  each way.  3 hours of commuting per day.   Plus the time it takes to get between home and the dock.  Crazy.


Yup, no thanks. I wouldn't care how nice of an atmosphere or how much it paid. Some things are more important than money.
 
2014-01-10 08:11:40 AM  

Radioactive Ass: "Critics of Google's buses aren't thrilled by news of the boat, citing concerns that catamarans are worse for the environment than shuttle buses."

Well you just can't please some people can you?


Those idiots would biatch if all Google employees rode bicycles to work."They're backing up traffic! That means more exhaust and that means less oxygen for us all!"

/Never give in to the mass
//the mass is an ass
 
2014-01-10 08:13:01 AM  

lifeboat: jtown: Jesus H. Christ.  Just the ferry is 47 minutes.  So with loading, casting off, docking, and unloading, at least an hour for the ferry.  And they're still an 11 mile bus ride from the office.  Call that 30 minutes for load/travel/unload.  So, once they get to the dock, they've got another 1.5 hours of commuting  each way.  3 hours of commuting per day.   Plus the time it takes to get between home and the dock.  Crazy.

Yup, no thanks. I wouldn't care how nice of an atmosphere or how much it paid. Some things are more important than money.


You have to know the folks that work at Google. It's also not about the money for them. And some would commute more if required.
 
2014-01-10 08:26:21 AM  
Why doesn't San Francisco end this farce and just run Google out of town on a rail already?
 
2014-01-10 08:26:31 AM  

waterrockets: DubtodaIll: Commute via catamaran? That's a nice start to a day weather permitting.

Yep.

I used to work across the street from Pearl Izumi in Boulder back in the 90s, and one of their employees would commute by kayak for 15 miles down Boulder Creek. Plenty of friends working there drove from Boulder Canyon, and everyone at that company (maybe everyone in Boulder at the time) had a rack for a kayak, so he'd just hitch a ride home.

I commuted 6 miles each way on a heavily forested mountain bike trail for a few years.


Back when I worked about 2 miles from home, I toyed with the idea of commuting to work by kayak, because there is a canal that isn't far from my house that goes by where I used to work.  I never actually did it, though.
 
2014-01-10 08:27:24 AM  

mechgreg: If they can't use a city stop, just tell their employees to wait on the corner a block away from the city stop or something like that.


The city owns the land there too and the traffic disruption is about the same. It would take approximately fifteen minutes and no dissent to extend the law to include private stops. Or as is more likely, simply outlaw them.
 
2014-01-10 08:29:35 AM  
Google's Navy: A Global Force For...Mostly Finding Porn
 
GBB
2014-01-10 08:29:47 AM  

The Madd Mann: Radioactive Ass: DubtodaIll: Commute via catamaran? That's a nice start to a day weather permitting.

It's the SF Bay. That's one really cold commute even on a good day.

Since the author of the article couldn't be bothered to do a GIS, this is the Triumphant:

[blog.sfgate.com image 850x479]

I think they'll be okay.


I think that commenter was expecting this instead:
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-01-10 08:34:17 AM  

The Madd Mann: Radioactive Ass: DubtodaIll: Commute via catamaran? That's a nice start to a day weather permitting.

It's the SF Bay. That's one really cold commute even on a good day.

Since the author of the article couldn't be bothered to do a GIS, this is the Triumphant:

[blog.sfgate.com image 850x479]

I think they'll be okay.


A Google of "harbor breeze cruises, triumphant" has that boat home ported down in Long Beach. That's one hell of a commute. For them to come up here during prime whale watching season down in Long Beach it must have cost Google a pretty penny indeed.
 
2014-01-10 08:34:47 AM  

lifeboat: jtown: Jesus H. Christ.  Just the ferry is 47 minutes.  So with loading, casting off, docking, and unloading, at least an hour for the ferry.  And they're still an 11 mile bus ride from the office.  Call that 30 minutes for load/travel/unload.  So, once they get to the dock, they've got another 1.5 hours of commuting  each way.  3 hours of commuting per day.   Plus the time it takes to get between home and the dock.  Crazy.

Yup, no thanks. I wouldn't care how nice of an atmosphere or how much it paid. Some things are more important than money.


Remember when the talk of all these "high-tech" careers would include "tele-commuting"? Everyone was supposed to be able to work from home?

It appears those old-fashioned pointy-headed boss types just can't abide the feudal notion of not being able to look out from their corner offices upon a cube farm occupied by row upon row of obedient worker bees.

Too many people in management have cement for brains.
 
2014-01-10 08:37:38 AM  

GBB: I think that commenter was expecting this instead:


Nope. But I have ridden the regular ferries in the Bay many, many times and 95% of the time, even inside on the main saloon deck it's still cold as fark.
 
2014-01-10 08:44:38 AM  
Makes sense to me. Searching the world for treasure is clearly in Google's purview, while finding pleasure and learning science/technology are at least peripherally related to its core business.

But will there be a big band to sign up for?
 
2014-01-10 08:44:54 AM  
Imagine if Google ran the Navy? They'd reduce it to a cruise missile distribution point.
 
2014-01-10 08:45:14 AM  
Wait 'til they're boarded and taken by the Oracle shuttle.

img194.imageshack.us
 
2014-01-10 08:50:04 AM  
Well, they still can't hold a candle to Bob Rife.
 
2014-01-10 08:56:34 AM  

BitwiseShift: Wait 'til they're boarded and taken by the Oracle shuttle.


twimgs.com

\YARRR!!!
 
2014-01-10 08:56:55 AM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: Remember when the talk of all these "high-tech" careers would include "tele-commuting"? Everyone was supposed to be able to work from home?

It appears those old-fashioned pointy-headed boss types just can't abide the feudal notion of not being able to look out from their corner offices upon a cube farm occupied by row upon row of obedient worker bees.

Too many people in management have cement for brains.


That's actually quite true.  The CEO where I used to work actually walked through the IT department and wanted to know where the hell everyone was.  That put an end to being allowed to telecommute except for very rarely and with good reason.
 
2014-01-10 09:02:14 AM  
"Critics of Google's buses aren't thrilled by news of the boat, citing concerns that catamarans are worse for the environment than shuttle buses."

OMG,seriously? Shut the fark up already. I'm not a huge Google fan, but at least they're trying different things.
 
2014-01-10 09:03:17 AM  

rikkitikkitavi: Cyberdyne Systems.  Mark my words.


FTFA: The Triumphant, of course, is not to be confused with the other Google boat - a massive barge set to become an exhibition space.

Collect a bunch of celebrities or world leaders, then destroy the barge to whip the rest of humanity into a panic. Then The Google (as it will be known) will commence it's robotic uprise.
 
2014-01-10 09:04:19 AM  

kittyhas1000legs: it's


...I even previewed. damn.

/coffee
 
2014-01-10 09:04:45 AM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: It appears those old-fashioned pointy-headed boss types just can't abide the feudal notion of not being able to look out from their corner offices upon a cube farm occupied by row upon row of obedient worker bees.

Too many people in management have cement for brains.


while I don't disagree with the point you make about old-school vs. new age management styles, it's not hard to see how staff wouldn't mind commuting to google and working from the office - on-site doctor, dentist, laundry, massage, yoga, athletic facilities and free food 24/7.
 
2014-01-10 09:05:49 AM  
Day_Old_Dutchie:

There's a metric shiat-ton of remote working going on in the tech industry. That doesn't mean it's 100%, but it is quite common.

/Tech worker for a company whose logo has already made an appearance in the thread.
 
2014-01-10 09:21:12 AM  

kittyhas1000legs: rikkitikkitavi: Cyberdyne Systems.  Mark my words.

FTFA: The Triumphant, of course, is not to be confused with the other Google boat - a massive barge set to become an exhibition space.

Collect a bunch of celebrities or world leaders, then destroy the barge to whip the rest of humanity into a panic. Then The Google (as it will be known) will commence it's robotic uprise.


Has that been confirmed? I've heard so many different theories on those barges that I gave up keeping up on it.
 
2014-01-10 09:29:18 AM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: Remember when the talk of all these "high-tech" careers would include "tele-commuting"? Everyone was supposed to be able to work from home?

It appears those old-fashioned pointy-headed boss types just can't abide the feudal notion of not being able to look out from their corner offices upon a cube farm occupied by row upon row of obedient worker bees.

Too many people in management have cement for brains.


Worker bees can leave.
Even drones can fly away.
The Queen is their slave.
 
2014-01-10 09:29:42 AM  
Way too similar to the NSA in Utah if you ask me.
 
2014-01-10 09:38:27 AM  
Is Rusty still in it?
 
2014-01-10 10:09:32 AM  
Critics of Google's buses aren't thrilled by news of the boat, citing concerns that catamarans are worse for the environment than shuttle buses.


As a democrat. Eat shiat hippies.
 
2014-01-10 10:26:11 AM  

Radioactive Ass: "Critics of Google's buses aren't thrilled by news of the boat, citing concerns that catamarans are worse for the environment than shuttle buses."

Well you just can't please some people can you?


This!

WTF do they want? Google takes what, 30-40 cars off the road at least, per bus and they still biatch?

Stupid hippies would probably prefer they walked each way or rode bikes.
 
2014-01-10 10:29:37 AM  

Radioactive Ass: "Critics of Google's buses aren't thrilled by news of the boat, citing concerns that catamarans are worse for the environment than shuttle buses."

Well you just can't please some people can you?


San Francisco.
 
2014-01-10 10:31:02 AM  

waterrockets: DubtodaIll: Commute via catamaran? That's a nice start to a day weather permitting.

Yep.

I used to work across the street from Pearl Izumi in Boulder back in the 90s, and one of their employees would commute by kayak for 15 miles down Boulder Creek. Plenty of friends working there drove from Boulder Canyon, and everyone at that company (maybe everyone in Boulder at the time) had a rack for a kayak, so he'd just hitch a ride home.

I commuted 6 miles each way on a heavily forested mountain bike trail for a few years.


Boulder.
 
2014-01-10 10:33:30 AM  

Enormous-Schwanstucker: Radioactive Ass: "Critics of Google's buses aren't thrilled by news of the boat, citing concerns that catamarans are worse for the environment than shuttle buses."

Well you just can't please some people can you?

This!

WTF do they want? Google takes what, 30-40 cars off the road at least, per bus and they still biatch?

Stupid hippies would probably prefer they walked each way or rode bikes.


What these activists really want is for Google to move its operations into the city, which Google is NOT going to do.

Instead, stupid hippies will just whine at the Googleplex from afar.
 
2014-01-10 10:40:42 AM  

derpy: What these activists really want is for Google to move its operations into the city,


Not really. What they want is for the Google employees to either move out of the city or to stop offering (and paying) top dollar for rentals that just a couple of years ago were going for a couple of thousand dollars a month less. They think that it's unfair that they are pushing out the "Real" San Francisco people with their money.

What's ironic about that is most of the activists are also transplants themselves. ~80% of the population wasn't born here.

\born here
 
2014-01-10 10:43:25 AM  
This would be named the "SS No Blacks or Mexicans", right?
 
2014-01-10 10:48:41 AM  
Oh grow up San Fransisco!

Google is providing mass transportation and you're biatching?

Would you rather they all drove into work separately?

Maybe you'd rather Google go bankrupt and add to unemployment in San Fran (hey... not working... less traffic)...

Or perhaps pull all that money and employment to another city.
 
2014-01-10 10:53:25 AM  
Wonder how google navy would fare against the crimson permanent assurance pirates.
 
2014-01-10 11:07:18 AM  
Another five years and it will be automated buses and drones. You'll just stand outside and hold a rope with a carabiner up in the air and the drone will come grab you and take you to the bus stop.
 
2014-01-10 11:14:04 AM  

Radioactive Ass: derpy: What these activists really want is for Google to move its operations into the city,

Not really. What they want is for the Google employees to either move out of the city or to stop offering (and paying) top dollar for rentals that just a couple of years ago were going for a couple of thousand dollars a month less. They think that it's unfair that they are pushing out the "Real" San Francisco people with their money.

What's ironic about that is most of the activists are also transplants themselves. ~80% of the population wasn't born here.

\born here


that makes sense.

I stand corrected.
 
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