Is SpaceX the SideCar of Space?

Hot on the heels of my last post, I’ve run across a great description of the problems facing tech companies when interacting with the government. Too often they are ready to resort to the courts rather than facing the regular rulemaking processes. An article in Defense News offers an example. In it, Elon Musk, head …

Austin Innovates While SideCar Litigates

While Sunil Paul continues his self-righteous and selfish lawsuits against cities that want to regulate his ridesharing app, SideCar, Austin is moving toward authorizing and regulating such services. Of course, the city — unlike Paul — is taking a measured, deliberate approach with a broader view of such services’ socioeconomic impact. Cue The Austin Chronicle …

Thomas Friedman: Still an Idiot

I’ve written about New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s asininity before. That he puts it all down for others to read just proves what a moron he is. And I’m not the only who thinks so. David Henkin, a history professor at UC-Berkeley, takes Friedman and his new book to task in The Washington Post: As in his …

Delete This Chapter, Steve Case

Don’t be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value. — Arthur Miller, playwright and essayist (17 Oct 1915-2005) Steve Case has proven me correct again: the tech community shouldn’t write about government until they actually understand it. You remember Steve Case, right? He was the guy we used …

Tech, Gov’t and Daesh

Re: Technology, Government and NoUI I wrote a rather senseless piece on the time we lose waiting for machines to do our jobs and how that time builds up until we’ve spent, cumulatively, days of our lives watching a spinning circle or hourglass. But remember: I can only approach the subject of design as a naive, and …

Moving in with Your Parents

I first wrote about the issues I found with ridesharing apps (Uber, Lyft, SideCar, et al.) a few years ago. I haven’t addressed them much recently, but I don’t think I need to – cities and states and even nations are finally standing up to them, and, hopefully, overcoming core concerns in a way that …

Tech Fails At Lobbying

Mark Albertson notes in a new column that in a tech industry “that’s always been about ‘getting results,’” not a single of their trade groups can point to “any specific, enacted legislation that was successfully passed in support of their cause” this year. He wonders if this is because Silicon Valley isn’t lobbying enough or …

(Robot) Technology and Policy

We’re used to hearing about bioethics panels and other organizations looking at the implications of robots, artificial intelligence, cloning and other areas of technological advancement. These are obviously areas with which humans must be concerned as we move forward. But, as I’ve argued here for a while now, I think it’s important that we not …

Austin & Ridesharing: Finally Coming Together

Finally. Finally.  Finally, it looks like app-based ridesharing companies are coming to the table to work with the City of Austin on new regulations allowing them to legally operate in the city.

Bergdahl and Lyft

5 JUN 2014 – bergdahl and lyft playlist by William Pate on Grooveshark Facebook just isn’t the right venue for me to express my thoughts, ideas and opinions. It’s too restrictive — even in its seeming ease of publication and assurance of an audience. It’s probably because my writing tends to run long, and I …