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(Gizmodo)   When a tech bro talks about "disruption" you know it's gonna be a fail   (gizmodo.com) divider line
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926 clicks; posted to STEM » on 10 Aug 2022 at 9:47 PM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-08-10 7:18:06 PM  
Still, the "we were promised flying cars" catchphrase has persisted

Only among idiots. We have flying cars; they're called aircraft.  That they're not zipping around everywhere in the hands of coal rollers and/or every SUV driver is a feature, not a bug.

We'll get "proper" flying cars when we figure out the other issues plaguing society first, including pervasive assholery.  Until then, raging dicks cruising around the sky is bad enough with jets, let alone personal vehicles.
 
2022-08-10 10:09:36 PM  
Just build trains, we know what works, they're called trains. Light rail, commuter rail, intercity rail, every type of rail.

Maybe throw in some e-bikes - put up safe parking for bikes and e-bikes so people can actually use them to shop and commute in the cities.

Man, it's like the solutions to the problem we created by letting fossil fuel and car companies determine the entire shape of our society already exist, and don't require much fancy tech.
 
2022-08-10 10:29:32 PM  
Just like those two dumbfarks who thought they'd disrupt the knitting industry when they bought knitting.com.
 
2022-08-10 10:36:57 PM  
Move fast and break things, bra.
It worked. We're all broken.

The optimism of capital, power, and opportunity.  Wherever money changed hands, enterprising technologist and MBAs were bound to follow.  The word "disuption" proliferated, and everything was ripe for or vulnerable to it:  sheet music, tuxedo rentals, home cooking, home buying, wedding planning, banking, shaving, credit lines, dry cleaning, the rhythm method.  A website that let people rent out their unused driveways raised four million dollars from elite firms on Sand Hill Road.  A website taking on the kennel market--a pet-sitting and dog-walking app that disputed neighborhood 12-year-olds.  An app for coupon-clipping enabled an untold number of bored and curious urbanites to pay for services they never knew they needed, and for a while people were mainlining antiwrinkle toxins, taking trapeze lessons, and bleaching their assholes, just because they could do it at a discount.
It was the era of the unicorn:  startups valued, by their invstors, at over a billion dollars.


Anna Weiner--Uncanny Valley

/you guys should read this book because it is hysterical.  Confirms everything I ever thought.
//She worked in the tech industry, kind of a fluke. But there were so many jobs, and they paid SO MUCH.
 
2022-08-10 10:54:43 PM  
Piles of Bird scooters littering the sidewalks were a common sight in recent years but appear to be on their way toward extinction.

"Extinction" my ass.  Here's some of our "shared" economy.  The crap we make doesn't degrade. That's kind of the problem.

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2022-08-11 1:42:03 AM  
Welp. That was about the dumbest thing I've ever read. I don't know what I expected from a Gawker family site.
 
2022-08-11 2:04:00 AM  

Likwit: Welp. That was about the dumbest thing I've ever read. I don't know what I expected from a Gawker family site.


Your rebuttal is solid and contains many good points. I'm convinced.
 
2022-08-11 3:11:51 AM  

nytmare: Likwit: Welp. That was about the dumbest thing I've ever read. I don't know what I expected from a Gawker family site.

Your rebuttal is solid and contains many good points. I'm convinced.


"but treating [EVs] as a silver bullet or as though it's going to be the only thing that we need to do is wrong and misleading"
- Who? I've never heard anyone say this.

"Everyone is watching Tesla expecting it to be more valuable than Apple or go to zero in the next few years."
"Yeah ..."
- what kind of farking moron would think that? Somehow there are two in this interview?!

"Tesla doesn't have enough capital to get their vehicles into the market"
- They're estimated to hit a run rate of 2 million cars per year by the end of this year and they currently have like $18B in cash on the balance sheet. The only thing holding them back is battery supply.

I didn't get past that because it was so stupid. I started to wonder what the interviewee's Fark handle was. Perhaps "nytmare"?
 
2022-08-11 7:45:56 AM  

koder: Still, the "we were promised flying cars" catchphrase has persisted

Only among idiots. We have flying cars; they're called aircraft.  That they're not zipping around everywhere in the hands of coal rollers and/or every SUV driver is a feature, not a bug.

We'll get "proper" flying cars when we figure out the other issues plaguing society first, including pervasive assholery.  Until then, raging dicks cruising around the sky is bad enough with jets, let alone personal vehicles.


Pretty sure the notion of flying cars was born after commercial airlines were a thing.
 
2022-08-11 9:04:05 AM  
Podcasts
Google maps/Android Auto/Apple Car-thing
Uber
Tesla
 
2022-08-11 9:07:58 AM  

Likwit: Welp. That was about the dumbest thing I've ever read. I don't know what I expected from a Gawker family site.


You made the OP sad.

He or she read through thousands of articles to find the best 10 or so, submitted links to those 10 and our astute fark panel chose the best article among them to be published and be enjoyed by the fark community.

//// This is a book advertising campaign!
 
2022-08-11 10:08:06 AM  

Likwit: nytmare: Likwit: Welp. That was about the dumbest thing I've ever read. I don't know what I expected from a Gawker family site.

Your rebuttal is solid and contains many good points. I'm convinced.

"but treating [EVs] as a silver bullet or as though it's going to be the only thing that we need to do is wrong and misleading"
- Who? I've never heard anyone say this.

"Everyone is watching Tesla expecting it to be more valuable than Apple or go to zero in the next few years."
"Yeah ..."
- what kind of farking moron would think that? Somehow there are two in this interview?!

"Tesla doesn't have enough capital to get their vehicles into the market"
- They're estimated to hit a run rate of 2 million cars per year by the end of this year and they currently have like $18B in cash on the balance sheet. The only thing holding them back is battery supply.

I didn't get past that because it was so stupid. I started to wonder what the interviewee's Fark handle was. Perhaps "nytmare"?


I think it was a co effort with ElectroBevets.

I wonder how those hydrogen vehicles are doing these days?
 
2022-08-11 10:51:50 AM  

cryinoutloud: Piles of Bird scooters littering the sidewalks were a common sight in recent years but appear to be on their way toward extinction.

"Extinction" my ass.  Here's some of our "shared" economy.  The crap we make doesn't degrade. That's kind of the problem.

[encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 344x228]


Ugh. Those pictures of thousands of trashed bikes get me in the feelz every time.

Give them away FFS.
 
2022-08-11 10:54:30 AM  

Likwit: "but treating [EVs] as a silver bullet or as though it's going to be the only thing that we need to do is wrong and misleading"
- Who? I've never heard anyone say this.


That's kinda how ad culture treats EVs these days. Maybe they don't say it directly, but the vibe is very much "Buy this $80k vehicle and you've done your part to save the planet."
 
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