Friday, August 28, 2015

Who is Lindsey Pelas and other important stuff - What I am reading 8/28/2015

First thing first. Who the hell is Lindsey Pelas (@LindseyPelas)  and why have I never heard of her before?  I woke up this morning and she is all over my feedly page - which is in no way a bad thing - and I have no idea why, other than the obvious that is.  Anyway Lindsey if you are single and happen to have a thing for ugly, fat, old guys with no career and no hope of advancement or a meaningful life, hit me up.



Endgadget - NYC cabs will test app-based system to challenge Uber -
Around 7,000 NYC cabs are currently beta testing a new e-hail app called Arro, which the industry hopes can help it get back the customers it's lost to Uber. Arro isn't the first hailing app for cabs -- it actually works quite similarly to Uber -- but the startup believes it can do better than its predecessors. Why? Because; (a) it doesn't have surge pricing, meaning you'll just have to pay whatever shows up on the meter, and (b) it has a partnership with Creative Mobile Technologies (CMT). That's the company that controls the video screens and payment systems in about half of the 20,000 green and yellow cabs in the city.
I know I constantly bitch that Uber is given too much time and attention but I think this is a pretty positive story.  The app is going to fail, mainly I think because Uber has "cool" factor, but it shows that there is a response to "disruptive" players in an industry.  I am sure that Uber will be filing suit accusing the cabbies of breaking some obscure livery law that Uber believes they should be exempt from soon.

Bank Info Security - FDIC on Why Banks Need a Disaster Plan for Cyber Threats -
"We have always expected business continuity and disaster recovery considerations to be incorporated in an institution's business model," the report states. "However, in addition to preparing for natural disasters and other physical threats, continuity now also means preserving access to customer data and the integrity and security of that data in the face of cyber-attacks."
Makes sense, without customers the business can't continue and if you lose all your customer data, in addition to having a huge legal problem, you aren't going to have customers.

The Verge - Boeing Shows Off It's Portable Drone Killing Laser -
Boeing has been researching ways to disable drones with lasers for a while now, and this week, the defense contractor released new footage (below) of its Compact Laser Weapons System: a portable, tripod-mounted device that can burn a hole in a UAV or a quadcopter in seconds. The system is essentially a less-powerful version of Boeing's High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD), a truck-mounted laser that can destroy mortars in mid-flight.
It's no $900 flamethrower, with which all life's problems can be solved btw, but it's a start.

The Hill - NLRB rules against business in pivotal joint-employer decision -
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Thursday handed down one of its biggest decisions of President Obama’s tenure, ruling that companies can be held responsible for labor violations committed by their contractors.
While the ruling from the independent agency specifically deals with the waste management firm Browning-Ferris, the so-called “joint employer” decision could have broad repercussions for the business world, particularly for franchise companies.
This is going to be bad, and cost a lot of jobs, especially in the lower end labor market, but at the same time what the hell did companies expect.  They have been treating workers like shit for years, they had to expect something like this to happen.  It will be interesting to see how many jobs Microsft, Google, etc start shifting overseas.








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