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another vampiric startup

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2019-07-23 03:35 [#02582823]
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a while back billboard ads appeared everywhere for
getaround, a "carsharing" service. "rent a stranger's
car for $5 an hour!" it proclaims. "make $1000/year with
your unused car!" it blags.

the site only allows sign-in via google or fartbook.
so, honestly, i have a feeling that $5 is for a rusted-out
ford fiesta, but i cannot verify.

while i might consider renting a nice car from someone else
for a few hours of fun, the idea of handing over my keys to
complete stranger for a couple bucks an hour strikes me as
incredibly. fucking. stupid


i can just imagine the call: "hi, uh, yeah, we rented your
tesla to a 22yo on a party vacation, your car is smashed up,
and the cops are going to keep what's left of it while the
investigation pends. hope you have insurance"

i'm not sure if it's still law, but there used to be "you
cannot rent a car if you are under 25, because people under
25 are far more likely to do something stupid." like run a
red light and hit pedestrians


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2019-07-23 03:48 [#02582824]
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The husband, 39-year-old Benjamin Dean, was killed. His
wife was hospitalized with injuries. Neither the driver of
the Tesla nor the Mini Cooper's driver were hurt. Police
said it was not immediately clear what caused the Tesla
driver to run the red light.

The Tesla driver, a 22-year-old woman, was taken into
custody on suspicion of involuntary vehicular manslaughter.
She rented the Tesla Model 3 Saturday afternoon on the
car-sharing app Getaround.

if not for this app, those people might still be around.

want to commit a bank robbery? rent a getaround car on
getaround for $5/hour
want to sell drugs? rent a getaround car for $5/hour


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2019-07-23 03:59 [#02582825]
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offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2019-07-23 04:04 [#02582826]
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So reports the San Francisco Chronicle, which notes the
age of the driver of the rented car as 22. Getaround's
website, which offers Teslas starting at $25 an hour, states
that renters of specialty cars must be at least 25 years

ok, yes, it's still a thing, and that answers my question
about cost, too


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2019-07-23 04:14 [#02582827]
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ok, that's my rant for tonight.


offline Tony Danza from halloween town on 2019-07-23 12:39 [#02582842]
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It's amazing how the rentier class has discovered how to
extract rent without owning the property being rented -
Uber, Airbnb, this shit, and so on. And they don't even pay
to maintain the property in question. 19th century pigs
wearing top hats would be astonished.


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2019-07-24 00:56 [#02582875]
Points: 12763 Status: Lurker | Followup to Tony Danza: #02582842

yes, totally. what do they freaking do, aside from run
servers; write smartphone apps? arguably, the value they
provide is being a connector -- sort of like how people will
pay for a matchmaker to find them a spouse. except, with a
matchmaker, it's a very personal thing. Uber, Airbnb, this,
shit, and so on scale it up to obscene levels and see their
customers as nothing more than data points on a chart to
profit. they're off in an ivory tower somewhere, comfortably
isolated from all the hell they unleash.

even when they actually offer something other than other
people's time and property, bird scooters clog up the
sidewalks in silicon valley. on the note of bird: it'd take
six months of use for a scooter to even pay itself off, and
they've lasted, on average, less than a month. just burning
cash, taking on investors, until they can IPO 'n' GTFO.

for a while, i was all: how the fuck is uber losing $4
billion a year?
that's like, what, three million dollars
a day? where the fuck is all that going?

the answer is this: they're trying to take the same
cut-throat business models to other countries that already
have ride-share services, like china and india. it's
mind-boggling: if we keep piling on bullshit, our problems
will never be able to climb out and confront us. donald
trump would be proud


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2019-07-24 01:00 [#02582876]
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oh, no, ten million a day, sorry


offline Tony Danza from halloween town on 2019-07-24 12:15 [#02582891]
Points: 1654 Status: Regular | Followup to EpicMegatrax: #02582875

I would guess they're using part of their burn to bribe
politicians to not get shut down (not just campaign
contributions), and another larger chunk would be the
insiders giving themselves a reacharound disguised as
payments to shell corporations. The only thing people invest
in anymore is racketeering services.


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