Archive for the ‘Business’ Category

“[The] introduction of ride-sharing to a city [(e.g., Uber)] is associated with an increase in vehicle-miles travelled, petrol consumption and car registrations—and a 3.5% jump in fatal car accidents. At a national level, this translates into 987 extra deaths a year.”

November 8, 2018

https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2018/11/03/the-social-costs-of-ride-hailing-may-be-larger-than-previously-thought

” . . . 15% of liberals espouse a meat-free diet, as opposed to 4% of Republicans . . . [Raising] livestock takes about 80% of all agricultural land and produces just 18% of the world’s calories . . . “

October 12, 2018

https://www.economist.com/briefing/2018/10/13/why-people-in-rich-countries-are-eating-more-vegan-food

“Apple…admitted slowing older iPhones with software upgrades, deliberately intended to shorten the product’s lifetime to make customers replace it—a criminal offence in France.”

October 9, 2018

https://www.economist.com/special-report/2018/09/29/introducing-a-more-circular-economy-will-meet-with-resistance

When my Android phone was about four or five years old, suddenly the Google Play app stopped working, making it impossible for me to update installed apps or to install new apps. Not only that, while using the phone I would repeatedly receive notices telling me Google Play was not working, distrupting my use of the phone, and further eroding the usefulness of the phone.

This effectively made it only a matter of time until the usefulness of the phone would decrease to the point where I would need to buy a replacement.

In the end I was left with no choice but to purchase a new phone.  I still use the old phone as an mp3 player.

Was my experience a result of intentional conduct by Google or by the phone’s manufacturer, something akin to what Apple did in slowing older iPhones?  I don’t know.

“Googleyness is a trait which is defined closely by phrases such as `Not just being cool, but really-really cool’, `Being out of the norm’, `Being an out-of-the-box thinker’, `Being Phenomenal, Amazing, Innovative, and Disruptive’ and, of course `Being a status quo challenger’.”

July 13, 2018

See https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-googleyness-you-googley-mr-adrien-feudjio/.

Admittedly, I had not heard of the term until this morning, as I did my morning review of news:

Law360, San Jose (July 12, 2018, 7:58 PM EDT) — A California federal judge Thursday said she is “struggling” over Google Inc.’s bid to decertify a collective action alleging it discriminates against older job candidates, saying she would mull over the workers’ argument about an inference of bias from the company’s younger workforce and preference for “Googleyness” in applicants.

https://www.law360.com/technology/articles/1062683/google-s-youthful-staff-gives-judge-pause-in-age-bias-suit?nl_pk=124a246d-3381-49ae-b0a9-d4422a0dffdb&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=technology

“Man Allegedly Used Change Of Address Form To Move UPS Headquarters To His Apartment”

May 11, 2018

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/10/610102872/man-allegedly-used-change-of-address-form-to-move-ups-headquarters-to-his-apartm