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#31
(10-04-2018, 12:18 AM)danbrotherston Wrote: That's a great account...very detailed.

I was also quite surprised by how heavy they are...certainly no razor scooter.

It makes a certain kind of sad sense that Lime would oversupply their pit crews.  It costs them nothing, and forces the "not employees" to compete for work, and ensures that most or all of their scooters get charged overnight.  At what cost?  I'm sure nobody is measuring that.

The "gig" economy at work.

I don’t think the problem is the availability of poor jobs. The problem is the poor availability of better alternatives. Given the widespread automation expected to be introduced in the upcoming years, I think this means a guaranteed annual income. As soon as people are able to survive without a job, all the really bad jobs will either disappear or treat their employees better.

Timing is pretty good, if we will just take the opportunity: there is a possible revenue source to fund part of the guaranteed annual income: carbon tax.
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#32
(10-03-2018, 09:28 PM)danbrotherston Wrote: So I used the Lime scooters today, so I wrote up my thoughts on the experience, the pilot, and scooters in general.

https://kissingbridgetrail.blogspot.com/...oters.html

Nice writeup, thanks!

I'm still confused about the cost of the scooter. When I open the app and click on a scooter it says "$1 unlock + 30c/1 mi". I assumed that "mi" in this case means "miles" because the scooters are listed as having "XX mi range" and range is usually a measure of distance. Fully charged scooters have a range of "23 mi"; if that's minutes that seems awfully short. But the screen shots in the review show distances in KM, so now I'm wondering if "mi" stands for minutes after all... in which case why wouldn't they just use "min" as the abbreviation?
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#33
(10-04-2018, 09:12 AM)goggolor Wrote:
(10-03-2018, 09:28 PM)danbrotherston Wrote: So I used the Lime scooters today, so I wrote up my thoughts on the experience, the pilot, and scooters in general.

https://kissingbridgetrail.blogspot.com/...oters.html

Nice writeup, thanks!

I'm still confused about the cost of the scooter. When I open the app and click on a scooter it says "$1 unlock + 30c/1 mi". I  assumed that "mi" in this case means "miles" because the scooters are listed as having "XX mi range" and range is usually a measure of distance. Fully charged scooters have a range of "23 mi"; if that's minutes that seems awfully short. But the screen shots in the review show distances in KM, so now I'm wondering if "mi" stands for minutes after all... in which case why wouldn't they just use "min" as the abbreviation?

Thanks Smile.

Yes, it is a minute.  Why they don't use "min"...not sure, it is another problem with the UX in the app IMO.

And yeah, it is a lot more expensive than I thought.
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#34
(10-04-2018, 09:28 AM)danbrotherston Wrote: Yes, it is a minute.  Why they don't use "min"...not sure, it is another problem with the UX in the app IMO.

And yeah, it is a lot more expensive than I thought.

That's really misleading. "mi" is always an abbreviation for "miles", not "minutes".
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#35
Misleading to the point of probably being illegal.
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#36
I was curious if they could get away with arguing that $1 per mile is $1 per minute - as we'll soon see I have pretty weak unit conversion skills so genuinely had no idea - then did the math and discovered that would be about 96.5kph. So, probably not.
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#37
Startups like this don't care about pesky things like 'laws'. They've all taken lessons from Uber on how to grow fast.
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#38
"Move fast and break things." In this case, the "things" to "break" are laws and agreements you made a day ago.
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#39
What is “gig” and why is it bad? I have never heard of this.
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#40
(10-06-2018, 08:02 AM)Canard Wrote: What is “gig” and why is it bad? I have never heard of this.

It's not intrinsically bad. It basically refers to freelance work. There has been a rise in what are known as freelance marketplaces with the internet. Amazon Mechanical Turk, Uber, Lyft etc. These can be useful services, but what they are also doing is creating employment with none of the protections typically offered to workers.

Lime Scooter using a marketplace to get people to change batteries is a perfect example of this temporary freelance work replacing what would normally be a more secure full- or part-time job in the past.
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