When it comes to “ridesharing” apps like Uber and Lyft, the law has been slow to catch up on the latest app-driven taxi scheme. Debating if they are consultants or employees, cities have been torn apart as Taxi drivers argue that they use loopholes to avoid extra charges that Taxis have to pay. This may change thanks to San Francisco now requiring Uber and Lyft drivers to own a business permit if they want to keep working within the city.
City Treasurer Jose Cisneros has apparently sent out 37,018 letters to drivers within the city to let them know about the new requirement, ultimately forcing Uber and Lyft to either recognise their drivers as staff or get business permits and act as contractors. With each permit costing only $91 a year (if you make less than $100,00 a year) then the funding coming in from the new requirement comes to around $3.37 million a year!
Uber responded in a statement to SFGate saying that as its drivers were independent contracts they were “responsible for following appropriate local requirements” while Lyfts spokesperson Chelsea Wilson was less than candid in saying that their company opposed thew new plans, saying that the company has “serious concerns with the city’s plan to collect and display Lyft drivers’ personal information in a publicly available database”.
Hiring outside help can be a necessary thing, but it’s also one that can backfire as State of Decay’s developer Undead Labs recently discovered. One of their contractors hid a ridiculous amount of genitalia in the games background, but luckily the low resolution prevented them from being visible.
In the recent work to optimize the graphics for 1080p resolution the studio discovered something that was as unexpected as it was crude. “Some of our contractors worked a ridiculous amount of genitalia into the background,” Undead Labs Senior Designer Geoffrey Card told XBLA Fans at PAX East this past weekend.
The Seattle-based company was a small indie studio with a big vision and it needed to turn to outside help in order to complete development of the original State of Decay. Unfortunately, some of those hired people secretly drew penises into the game’s backgrounds, but they were not visible in the original release due to its lower resolution and texture quality. When the enhanced resolution and texture quality brought the penises to Undead’s attention, the studio began working them out of the game and said that the genitalia isn’t visible in any publicly available version of the game.
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Following his calling to hackers all over the world and instigating them to work on anti-spyware technology, ex-NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, has now stated that he will be working with Russia in order to develop anti-surveillance technology aimed at divulging government spy operations around the world. He is stated to have asked support in his ‘quest’ at the Moscow Hackers on Planet Earth conference.
“We the people — you the people, you in this room right now — have both the means and the capability to improve the future by encoding our rights into programs and protocols by which we rely every day,” he said. “And that’s what a lot of my future work is going to be involved in, and I hope you’ll join me in making that a reality.”
Following his statement in Moscow, ZDNet has apparently reported that he also made another telelink remark to the New York City attendees, while also taking some time to defend his activities involving leaked government information.
“If we’re going to have a democracy and an enlightened citizenry, if we’re going to provide the consent of the governed, we have to know what is gong on, we have to know the broad outlines of a policy, and we can’t have the government shut us out from every action that they’re doing”