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Despite that I find Uber's surge pricing obnoxious, I find it hard to get too excited about Lyft's surge pricing considering that it tops out at 50% (vs Uber's 800%) and the overage goes to the driver.
4 weeks ago on Dear Lyft: I’ve found someone else. I just couldn’t handle surge pricing
All I remember is Netflix dragging its feet on streaming and then getting rid of DVDs too early.
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Comments like this don't really help: "[W]e don’t have relevance to SF County so the city of San Francisco should have no right to regulate us.”
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Sirota is wrong that "every other industrialized country has" single payer systems. Only Canada, the UK & Australia do and those systems offer little to recommend. Much better models can be seen in Switzerland, France, Japan, Sweden and Singapore, all of whom have 1) more coverage, 2) lower costs and 3) better outcomes than the US.
Single-payer is virtually guaranteed to lead to mediocrity which I don't think the US should aspire for. Please note that I believe the current US system is worse than mediocre for the majority. But free market incentives are necessary to remain the leader in medical innovation.
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@Brandoe Being miffed at paying $45 for an ambulance ride and an overnight stay in a hospital is completely moronic. Do you have no decency?
@CJKo Non-single payer systems like Sweden, France, Japan and Switzerland are better.
I should have detailed out that I think the current US system is the worst because while it is the best on the margins, it fails the majority.
Single-payer systems aspire to be mediocre and I don't think Americans should accept that. Some free-market incentives are required to support the innovation that the US currently drives. The US was founded on freedom and limited government and it has served us well. We should continue on that tradition in this case.
Only Canada and the UK systems are single payer and they are among the most dismal of developed countries (along with the US). Single-payer has no place in the US, imo.
The Apple TV remote is **MUCH** easier to use than the iPhone remote. The iPhone remote would be much better if the whole Apple TV interface was simulated in the iPhone. Just using airplay gives some approximation but only works on you're own library, not Netflix, etc.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Are smartphones the best remote controls?
@Joe Emenaker @pbreit I would slow down the price dynamism, rarely if ever go above 3x or 4x and stop responding in such a tone-deaf manner.
Don't forget that the incentives go both ways: drivers are already banding together to stay home and trigger surge pricing. Uber is training them to do that and trying to train consumers to appreciate that. They got you.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The problem with Uber’s surge pricing isn’t the money. It’s an increasing lack of trust
@Joe Emenaker @pbreit @ken_hirsh My primary contention is that consumers don't like such rapidly moving prices. We'll see if Uber can overcome that inclination.
But it is absolutely appropriate to complain. Reducing everything to take it or leave it is silly.
@Joe Emenaker Everyone here understands supply and demand perfectly. You apparently don't understand that business rarely price perfectly because consumers hate it. Uber is singularly to blame for any customer alienation from its practices. And people should absolutely speak out against it. Saying the only solution is to just not use Uber is completely stupid.
@ken_hirsh Gouging is so unpopular amongst the public that it has been made illegal in some situations. Everyon here understands supply and demand. Everyone here understands that if you don't like it, you don't have to use it. The point is that Uber's excessive and unpredictable price increases (ie, 5-8x) could alienate customers and Travis' responses have been distinctly tone-deaf.
@blcartwright I think we all know that. It's just annoying that you have to ditch a good service just because their founder's pricing philosophy is customer-hostile.
@platypusrex256 @pbreit No they aren't. Sports teams and concert promoters outsource supply/demand matching to secondary market so they don't look like the bad guys.
We shouldn't have to wait for things to stabilize. Uber should be smarter about pricing so it doesn't alienate early adopters (like me and Sarah).
@hatchedit But in the real world, prices are not always or even usually set where supply=demand. Concert and sporting tickets are the most obvious examples. Artists and teams know they would look like a-holes if they went with perfectly priced tickets.
@platypusrex256 @pbreit Right, but I'm wondering/hoping that his arrogance on Uber's obviously customer-hostile actions will come back to bite him in the behind.
Entertainment and sports tickets could easily be priced by supply/demand but they aren't because artists and teams know they'd look like a-holes. Travis doesn't care and we'll see if it ends up being a problem for Uber.
Travis misses that most consumers don't want perfect supply & demand and pricing to match. Consumers want prices to move more slowly so they're predictable, even avowed free market consumers. Uber's pricing is customer-hostile no matter how many times Travis claims he's just trying to get more [rich] people rides. But I suspect the only way to combat Travis' blind spot is to compete. So let's hope there's solid competition and that it can clearly reveal Uber's mistaken pricing theories.
Pretty good and thoughtful post. It's unfortunate although sort of understandable that Henry evokes such consternation and he's a pretty easy target. I was hoping you'd come down a little more strongly that Henry is one of the sharper business/tech writers right now. Most of his off-beat stuff does resonate, I believe.
4 months ago on Why do people hate Henry Blodget?
This is all swell but without the heavily marketed blockbuster in the first place, people would have a much harder time figuring out what they want to watch. The shared experience is extremely important in the development of must-watch content. That doesn't happen on Netflix (save HOC) or Amazon Prime.
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Is that THE Lanny Davis?
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