'Unfit' Uber stripped of London license, CEO tweets 'pls work w/us'

LONDON (Reuters) – London deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service on Friday and stripped it of its license to operate from the end of next week in a major blow to the U.S. firm and 3.5 million users in one of the world’s wealthiest cities.

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In a break with the startup’s usual combative tone, Uber’s new Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi asked London to please work with the ride service. He told employees the company needed to act with integrity but that he did not believe Uber had done everything it was accused of in London.

Uber [UBER.UL], which has 40,000 drivers working in the capital, also said it would contest the decision.

The British capital’s transport regulator said the Silicon Valley technology giant’s approach and conduct was not fit and proper to hold a private vehicle hire license and it would not be renewed when it expires on Sept. 30.

Regulator Transport for London (TfL) said it would let Uber operate until the appeals process is exhausted, which could take months.

“Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications,” TfL said.

Specifically, TfL cited Uber’s approach to reporting serious criminal offences, background checks on drivers and software called Greyball that could be used to block regulators from gaining full access to the app.

Uber London General Manager Tom Elvidge responded that the mayor, who supported the decision, and regulators had “caved in” to people who want to restrict consumer choice. He added that Uber would “immediately challenge” the decision in court.

Khosrowshahi, brought in to steer the company after a string of scandals involving allegations of sexism and bullying, later appealed to the city on Twitter with a self-deprecating style.

“Dear London: we r far from perfect but we have 40k licensed drivers and 3.5mm Londoners depending on us. Pls work w/us to make things right,” Khosrowshahi wrote in a tweet.

He also acknowledged the company’s turmoil in a message to employees seen by Reuters. “It’s worth examining how we got here. The truth is that there is a high cost to a bad reputation,” he said. “It really matters what people think of us,” he added, and “actions in one part of the world can have serious consequences in another.”

Many riders rallied to the company’s aid. Uber has turned to customers to help defend itself in other battles around the world, and an online petition in support of Uber had gathered more than 400,000 signatures by late evening in London.

A taxi drives past the London Eye in central London, Britain September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

‘SAFETY THREAT’

The loss of the San Francisco-based start-up’s license comes after a tumultuous few months that led to former CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick being forced out.

Uber, which is valued at about $ 70 billion and whose investors include Goldman Sachs, has faced protests around the world for shaking up long-established taxi markets.

The taxi app has also been forced to quit several countries, including Denmark and Hungary, and faced regulatory battles in multiple U.S. states and around the world.

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The company’s UberX offers rides in London by individuals with licenses issued by TfL, often in drivers’ personal cars.

London’s traditional black cab drivers have attacked Uber, saying it has undercut safety rules and threatened their livelihoods. Uber has been criticized by unions and lawmakers too and been embroiled in legal battles over workers’ rights.

London police also complained in a letter in April that Uber was either not disclosing, or taking too long to report, serious crimes including sexual assaults and this put the public at risk.

Of the 154 allegations of rape or sexual assault made to police in London between February 2015 and February 2016 in which the suspect was a taxi driver, 32 concerned Uber, according to the capital’s police force.

Uber said on Friday its drivers passed the same rigorous checks as black cab drivers, it has always followed TfL’s rules on reporting serious incidents and it had a dedicated team that worked closely with London’s police.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a Labour politician who has criticized Uber in the past, said he backed the decision to reject its application for a new license.

“It would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners’ safety and security,” he said.

Drivers of London’s black cabs, who have snarled up the city’s streets in protest at the app over the last few years, welcomed Friday’s decision.

“Their standards are not up to scratch,” said 71-year-old Walt Burrows, who has driven a black cab for 39 years. “The black cab is an iconic part of London. What you get with a black cab is a metered fare and you know you’re safe.”

Additional reporting by Eric Auchard, Michael Holden, Kylie MacLellan, James Davey, Elizabeth O’Leary. Elaine Hardcastle, Paresh Dave, and Heather Somerville; Editing by Peter Henderson, David Clarke and Diane Craft

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As CES 2017 winds down, Samsung is making good on a promise it made at CES 2016: It’s releasing an iOS app for its Gear smartwatches so they’ll work with the iPhone.

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I want to work for Infinity Ward?

Question by : I want to work for Infinity Ward?
I’m back with this question again… I want to work for IW making Call of Duty MW type games. Having a little trouble figuring out what i want to do there. I mean, i have so many ideas for them, such as assassinations, bigger maps. Better gameplay and all that stuff. What seems easiest and fastest to learn?

Senior Technical VFX Artist
Description
Infinity Ward is looking for a Technical Visual Effects Artist to help raise the bar for visual effects on current and next generation hardware. Focusing on large complex destruction sequence simulations and making worlds that are more alive, animated and interactive.

Position duties:
· Maya Simulation of architectural and vehicle destruction
· VFX Shader Lookdev using HLSL
· Animated skybox elements, clouds, battle
· Wildlife
· Some scripting to update systems and create new interactive behaviors
· Animated environment elements like blowing cloth, foliage
· Destructibles
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Senior Technical Animator/Senior Rigger
Description
Supports the production pipeline used by artists/animators, and ensures that the art/animation team has all of the relevant tools and workflows they need to operate at peak efficiency. Follows direction from art/animation team on an optimal CG look, and ensures that all art content in the game is being built to withstand performance and memory requirements.

Responsibilities for this position include:
Working with MEL/Python scripts to automate the character animation process
Working with 3rd party software for viewing and effecting Maya animations in the game engine (i.e. Unreal)
Assisting with dynamics and in-game physics
Designing and implementing efficient character/weapon/vehicle rigs for the project
Maintaining error-proof skinning data on character library
Tasks include: Technical animation, tool development, skinning of characters and rigging of characters
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Senior Software Engineer
Description
Infinity Ward is looking for an experienced and highly skilled individual to implement system, engine, and gameplay components of our internal engine. You should be comfortable and competent working as a low level, as well as an application, programmer.

Responsibilities:
You will be responsible for the technical success of critical software components, drawing assistance from other programmers when necessary. You must be able to anticipate and overcome the technical hurdles, and maximize the strengths specific to IW’s development tools, technologies, and techniques. You must take pride in a high standard of work, but be willing to prioritize and deliver in the necessary timeframe.

Possible tasks would include:
Performance and memory optimization
Modifying and maintaining a proprietary scripting system
Assisting with the creating in-game systems like effects, physics, camera, lighting, and AI
Assisting with and/or directing the porting of miscellaneous platform-specific code, as necessary
Ensuring compliance with technical submission requirements
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Senior Environment Artist
Description
Infinity Ward is looking for a talented Environment Artist.

This person will be responsible for the construction of run-time game environments and should have experience in modeling, texturing, and lighting of a scene.

The ideal candidate will have at least 3+ years experience in an environment artist role having demonstrated the ability to create realistic and visually compelling environments.

Environment artists should have expert knowledge of Photoshop, Maya and experience creating next-gen textures using normal maps with diffuse, specular, and next-gen shaders.

Experience with game editors and Z-Brush a plus.

Console experience a plus.
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QA Tester – Temporary
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QA TESTER (Temporary)

IMPORTANT: Local Candidates Only

Job Summary:
We currently have openings for on-site Quality Assurance Testers.
The chosen candidates will be responsible for executing QA procedures as assigned by the QA Manager to help ensure the highest level of quality in our project. The ideal candidate will have prior experience working within the video game industry.

Essential Tasks:
Perform scripted, ad hoc and regression testing
Enter and maintain bugs via our bug tracking system
Provide well thought out and constructive game play feedback
Able to work within a team and individually
Additional tasks as assigned by the QA Manager
AAA title experience a plus
At least two shipped titles a plus

I WANT OPINIONS!! Life sucks to deal with. i live in Arkansas and they work in California! shit.
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For the IW HQ being in California, don’t worry about it. You can always move there when you’re ready to work for them. Surely you have seen your dad making your family move somewhere else for his job, it’s like that.

For the job positions, choose whichever you are better at, and that you think you are going to have a good time working there. For example, I would go for the position that involves animations and environment, so I would choose animated environment artist, etc.

Hope this helps!

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Q&A: what is cloud computing ? and how does it worK?

Question by : what is cloud computing ? and how does it worK?
I am trying to understand cloud computing and everytime i read about it, it sounds so confusing

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For example, renting a server from amazon.com to hold a database for your business. That would be cloud computing.

NOTE: cloud computer and cloud storage are NOT the same. Cloud computing actually uses the processors on remote servers while just storing stuff doesn’t (well..not enough to matter)

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Is the Ear of the PC over. Is that why bill gates moving on to charity work. buying yahoo.com?

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PC… . personal computing
Cloud computing, utility comuting, networking computing,
internet, google.
will all data move to servers and the network. will PC just become terminnals.
will Servers become the center of the computing universe.
what the 21st. century hold.

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Terminals are being used in places now. I do not believe the desktop will be replace by them, epically at home. I myself like the freedom of customizing my desktop that way that I like it.

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1.a rocket flies off course for 45 degrees how far from correct path is it

6meter ladder leaning against a wall angle formed is 25 degrees

2. how far is the base off the ladder from the wall

how far up the wall does the ladder reach

if the wall is 7 m high will a 2m tall person standing on top of the ladder see over the wall

3. an airplanes is flying at an altitude of 10km and you see it at a 55 degree angle

how far is the airplane from you

how far away is it from the ground underneath it

4.a lighthouse is on a steep cliff the top is 30meters above sea level, a small boat is seen from the lighthouse at a 28 degree angle from the horizon find how far the boat is from the base of the cliff

5.the rafters form a 24 degree angle,the height of the roof support is 2.5 m find the width of the house

6.a forester is surveying the height of Torres

he walks 15 meters from a tree and the angle is 74 degrees how tall is the tree

he walks 20 m and now the angle is 69 degrees what is the height of the tree

7.a fireman is looking at the ground from a 30m fire tower he sees a fire at an angle 3 degrees how far is he from the fire

8. a fir mann is looking up from a platform at the top of a 20m fire tower he sees a water bomber above a fire at an angle of 12 degrees if hes 250m from the fire what is the height of the water bomber

9. an airport controller shines a light vertically in the air. an observer measures angle of the light to the clouds to be 56 degrees. if the horizontal distance from the light to the observer is 200m what is the height of the clouds

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