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That NYC Uber and Lyft protest missed the point

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This event really didn’t make much of a splash in the national news this week, particularly with all of the Lewandowski circus activities going on, but it’s definitely worth bringing up. Yesterday morning during the rush hour, traffic on FDR Drive on the east side of Manhattan ground to a halt for a couple of hours, totally ruining the commute for thousands of Big Apple residents. The jam was caused by a dozen or more Uber and Lyft drivers who said they were protesting pay and working conditions. The activity was apparently the brainchild of the Independent Drivers Guild, a union representing the gig economy drivers. (CNBC)

Uber and Lyft drivers, protesting over pay and working conditions, brought traffic on the FDR Drive to a nearly dead stop at rush hour Tuesday morning.

Video from Chopper 4 showed a caravan of black cars slowly rolling up the northbound FDR, with a massive line of stalled traffic behind them.

Some cars attempted — at time unsuccessfully — to squeeze past the caravan, which appeared to be dozens strong.

First of all, as I’ve said following many other protests of this type around the country, shutting down a major highway during rush hour is no way to get your point across. All you’re doing is angering everyone stuck in traffic and they will be far less likely to support your cause once they find out who created the mess. And most of those people vote. It’s just not a productive tactic.

But beyond that, the drivers need to understand who and what they are protesting. The union is saying this is about pay, but those drivers very recently got a raise, thanks to new laws passed by the city over the objections of Uber and Lyft. In response, just as they promised to do, Uber and Lyft started restricting the number of drivers that could log onto the app based on demand. That means that a lot of the drivers were unable to pick up riders and earn any money.

But that was the only response the two companies had available. They can’t pay the literally tens of thousands of drivers fifteen dollars per hour to sit around waiting for a rider. Any driver not actively transporting a passenger is costing them money. The only reason they’re being locked out of the app is because of what the city government did.

But the real conflict runs on a deeper level than that. The union and the drivers are claiming that they want either the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission or the Mayor to “do something” to change the gig economy policies and help them. Here’s what they don’t seem to understand. The Commissioners, the City Council and the Mayor have no interest in helping you. Quite the opposite, in fact. They passed those laws to try to drive Uber and Lyft out of business in their city. They’re not trying to save your job or improve it. They’re trying to eliminate it.

If you really want to protest someone, protest the Mayor and the City Council. They’ve been out to remove your line of work for years, and now they’re finally having a serious impact on it.

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Los Angeles earthquake app upgraded to actually warn about earthquakes

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Last month, shortly after the two, big, back-to-back quakes that rocked California, I wrote about an app that Los Angeles residents can install on their phones to warn them about earthquakes. It’s called ShakeAlert, and it’s one of the more practical ideas that any municipal government has come up with, in living memory. But there was one glaring problem that showed up quickly. Neither of those quakes triggered the app, so Angelinos received no warning about them.

The problem, as it turned out, was that the app didn’t look for quakes outside the borders of Los Angeles, and when tremors were felt inside the city it wasn’t triggered unless the quake registered magnitude five or higher. Since those two big quakes were centered to the northwest and the actual shaking inside the city didn’t reach level five, no alert was sounded. Well, after a few weeks of review, the city made some changes this week to improve matters. (CBS Los Angeles)

Although the notification system worked correctly, USGS had designed the app so that an alert would only be sent out if shaking registered at a threshold of magnitude 5.0 within L.A. County.

Since neither earthquake registered at a 5.0, residents did not receive an alert. Based on the criticism the city and USGS received, on July 24 the threshold for notifications was lowered to magnitude 4.5.

The ShakeAlert system is based on a network of in-ground sensors developed by USGS to detect seismic activity.

Perhaps getting an alert for magnitude 4.5 tremors is better than leaving it at 5.0. If that works better for the residents of the city, great. But I feel compelled to ask the same question I posed last month since it hasn’t been addressed here. Seriously large (magnitude 7 and above) quakes can travel a very long distance, just as we saw last month. But the way the Los Angeles system is set up, you’re not going to get a warning until the quake is already upon you, or at best a second or two before.

Couldn’t this system have a higher threshold for quakes centered further away? If the USGS registers a magnitude 7 quake fifty miles to the north and that triggered an immediate alert in Los Angeles, that might give them up to a minute to get outside, under a doorway, into a bathtub or whatever their disaster plan suggests. I’m neither a tech guy nor a geologist, so I’m just spitballing here, but doesn’t that seem like it would be more useful?

On a related topic, earlier today I wrote about the tsunami threat facing Oregon (as well as most of that region of the coast) and it got me to wondering. Does Oregon have a tsunami app?

They sure do! It’s provided by FEMA. I was unable to find a demo of the app, but if it performs as advertised it might be one of the most useful things you could ever put on your phone. (Assuming you live in the area under threat.) If that big subduction zone off the pacific northwest coast pounds out another killer quake and this app goes off immediately, residents could have up to ninety minutes to get to higher ground. That could be a life or death difference.

But the app doesn’t just warn you that a tsunami may be imminent. It tracks your location and provides maps to the closet routes to safety, shelters and emergency services. It’s rare that we get the chance here to write about the government actually doing something useful, so it’s a happy day when we can point out a story like this one.

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Los Angeles earthquake app upgraded to actually warn about earthquakes

Westlake Legal Group earthquake Los Angeles earthquake app upgraded to actually warn about earthquakes warning tsunami The Blog Oregon los angeles Earthquakes app

Last month, shortly after the two, big, back-to-back quakes that rocked California, I wrote about an app that Los Angeles residents can install on their phones to warn them about earthquakes. It’s called ShakeAlert, and it’s one of the more practical ideas that any municipal government has come up with, in living memory. But there was one glaring problem that showed up quickly. Neither of those quakes triggered the app, so Angelinos received no warning about them.

The problem, as it turned out, was that the app didn’t look for quakes outside the borders of Los Angeles, and when tremors were felt inside the city it wasn’t triggered unless the quake registered magnitude five or higher. Since those two big quakes were centered to the northwest and the actual shaking inside the city didn’t reach level five, no alert was sounded. Well, after a few weeks of review, the city made some changes this week to improve matters. (CBS Los Angeles)

Although the notification system worked correctly, USGS had designed the app so that an alert would only be sent out if shaking registered at a threshold of magnitude 5.0 within L.A. County.

Since neither earthquake registered at a 5.0, residents did not receive an alert. Based on the criticism the city and USGS received, on July 24 the threshold for notifications was lowered to magnitude 4.5.

The ShakeAlert system is based on a network of in-ground sensors developed by USGS to detect seismic activity.

Perhaps getting an alert for magnitude 4.5 tremors is better than leaving it at 5.0. If that works better for the residents of the city, great. But I feel compelled to ask the same question I posed last month since it hasn’t been addressed here. Seriously large (magnitude 7 and above) quakes can travel a very long distance, just as we saw last month. But the way the Los Angeles system is set up, you’re not going to get a warning until the quake is already upon you, or at best a second or two before.

Couldn’t this system have a higher threshold for quakes centered further away? If the USGS registers a magnitude 7 quake fifty miles to the north and that triggered an immediate alert in Los Angeles, that might give them up to a minute to get outside, under a doorway, into a bathtub or whatever their disaster plan suggests. I’m neither a tech guy nor a geologist, so I’m just spitballing here, but doesn’t that seem like it would be more useful?

On a related topic, earlier today I wrote about the tsunami threat facing Oregon (as well as most of that region of the coast) and it got me to wondering. Does Oregon have a tsunami app?

They sure do! It’s provided by FEMA. I was unable to find a demo of the app, but if it performs as advertised it might be one of the most useful things you could ever put on your phone. (Assuming you live in the area under threat.) If that big subduction zone off the pacific northwest coast pounds out another killer quake and this app goes off immediately, residents could have up to ninety minutes to get to higher ground. That could be a life or death difference.

But the app doesn’t just warn you that a tsunami may be imminent. It tracks your location and provides maps to the closet routes to safety, shelters and emergency services. It’s rare that we get the chance here to write about the government actually doing something useful, so it’s a happy day when we can point out a story like this one.

The post Los Angeles earthquake app upgraded to actually warn about earthquakes appeared first on Hot Air.

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