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Argh this is horrible. Five have escaped somehow, but an unknown number still inside.
Uber use some sort of algorithm that adjusts prices according to demand - when demand rises, so do the prices. Once Uber realised what was going on (about an hour into the siege) they offered free rides out of the city for the rest of the day.
Think about that.
Uber is offering a full refund to anyone who paid a premium fare.
then after getting shellacked for an hour they backed down and made it free
so no, it wasn't just a case of the algorithm doing its thing, and yes, they are still stone cold cunts.
It WAS the algorithm doing its thing, it wasn't like they took the decision to hike it manually. they should absolutely have fixed it faster than they did.
I love uber, they have replaced Addison Lee (whose cars always smell of kebab) as my preferred transport.
it WAS the algorithm doing it's thing, but they ALSO initially tweeted etc. defending the high prices as helping more cars be out on the street for people to take. then they got bollocked loads and made it free.
"it wasn't *just* a case of the algorithm doing it's thing"
but Uber are a pretty undeniably shower of shitheads, and while the prices weren't necessarily deliberately hiked, their gut reaction when first criticised wasn't - 'fuck! we didn't realise, that's horrendous, we'll sort it out' but was to be needlessly defensive, which when that made things worse, they THEN backed down.
However, given the graveness of the situation and how horrendous it all is, I don't think it's necessarily appropriate that the first reply is a pop at a company that everyone already knows is shit.
but a lot of people will deny this b/c cheap cabs.
(haven't really read much about the hostage situation, soz)
its literally the most insignificant aspect of the whole story.
when the first reply to this thread calls out a company's use of social media, as opposed to calling out an `Islamic` extremist holding a load of people hostage. Concerns about capitalism trumping concerns about Islamism perhaps?
might as well just wait for the site to die on its own, can't be long now.
was reading about this last night, can't believe it's still going on
guess I was just hoping the police (or swat team, whatever) would have got in by now, because if not it probably means there isn't a way for them to do it.
or maybe not, what do I know
that the hostage taker(s) have a specific list of demands, which they are talking about.
Storming the building would probably result in at least of the hostages being shot, and will only happen if they think there's no other option to resolve the problem.
Probably quite a difficult thing to source without attracting attention.
The one he's been using is just the Islamic creed - basically the Saudi flag in black.
Is it a co-ordinated week of rage?
Simply Jihading a wonderful christmas time
Unless that's what you want......
how they chose a Lindt cafe as well.
Poor Lindt, they've never done anything to anyone!
There are no indications that their hostage situation is linked to terrorism, IS or Sydney.
But don't let that stop you from speculating ...
he had to cut the call early because he was being evacuated. Turns out his office is opposite the Lindt cafe.
replayed every fifteen seconds as a reporter talks over the top "we don't know what's happening at the moment" in 60,000 different ways
the police and non-murdoch media seem to actually be doing quite a good job. Not committing to calling it a terrorist act until confirmed. Not publicising the demands of the hostage takers. Not naming people(i dont think).
but I feel a bit bad for Lindt. Every time I see a picture like this:
I can't help but think that might be bad advertising.
says advertising of the future will have to merge with rolling news, meaning companies will want people to be murdered in front of their billboards?
Sounds like a deeply unpleasant man even before what's happened today.
note to anyone who doesn't want to see very disturbing images: do not click on his website.
"his liberal interpretation of Islam led to the detention of his wife and children."
and everybody is out from what I can gather. although one network is saying seven hostages were removed on stretchers :(
I would assume that one of those might be the gunman?
nothing confirmed yet though.
There's clear pictures of him walking around inside the cafe. If a camera man can get 'the shot', couldn't a police marksman? It would probably have saved some of those injuries.*
*Don't know anything about police marksmen or what actually went on, was justsayin
police had to respond. One hostage dead, gunman dead, several injuries. Unconfirmed reports that the gunman executed a hostage, which prompted the police to move in.