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[-] phoneymouse 168 points 1 month ago

“We want to be a middle man”

[-] [email protected] 72 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

They say that during the California gold rush, the people who got richest were the shovel salesmen

[-] [email protected] 17 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

Pretty sure it was the people who had the money for heavy equipment and labor that could get the deep gold the prospectors found, but couldn't reach.

[-] Acters 22 points 1 month ago

Pretty sure it was the few people who controlled the amount of supply to the people who wanted the gold after taking the gold from the miners

[-] [email protected] 5 points 1 month ago

That came later.

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[-] [email protected] 13 points 1 month ago

They are fools, the richest were the people who bought the mines.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

To be fair, Trainline started up years ago as a middle man that charge the same for tickets as train operators do (the price is regulated by National Rail) but with a surplus for a service that doesn't convey any extra value, and they're still quite popular.

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[-] [email protected] 148 points 1 month ago

If this meant that Uber was actually investing in the U.S. passenger rail system, then I’d cheer them on. It doesn’t, though, so Uber can continue to suck my ass.

[-] [email protected] 9 points 1 month ago

Aren't trains known to be communism in the USA?

[-] [email protected] 11 points 1 month ago

You mean commutism?

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[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 month ago

Is this from the US at all?

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[-] [email protected] 78 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

I can't help but imagine actually using Uber to call for a train and when it arrives, it's just some old-timey blind guy on one of those old-timey hand-carts singing prophetic songs about what your day is gonna be like.

[-] yumpsuit 24 points 1 month ago

Fuck gig economy reform, intimidate your way to disability justice in the workplace via ominous clairvoyance and getting absolutely fucking yoked enough to suplex a train like it’s Final Fantasy VI

[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

To be fair, it was a ghost train. Not being corporeal might make it incredibly lightweight. :p

[-] shadmere 10 points 1 month ago

You shall see a... cow... on the roof of a cotton house.

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[-] nl4real 67 points 1 month ago

Imagine if this actually worked like the main rideshare function. You order a ride in Roanoke and N&W 611 just rolls up to your doorstep.

[-] residentmarchant 33 points 1 month ago

Brings a new visual to the phrase "choo choo motherfucker"

[-] CommissarVulpin 5 points 1 month ago

As a railfan, this would be a dream come true

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[-] Twofacetony 44 points 1 month ago

I’m gonna play extreme geoguesser here, but is that bridge at Battersea park road/Queenstown road bridge, right near Battersea Park Station?

[-] Cornucopiaofplenty 24 points 1 month ago

I'm gonna guess the side of Waterloo station

[-] Toldry 25 points 1 month ago
[-] Cornucopiaofplenty 11 points 1 month ago

Bingpot! I think it was the glass on the left with the blue lines on it that did it for me, that's by the Bakerloo/Jubilee escalators isn't it?

[-] [email protected] 5 points 1 month ago

First use of "bingpot" I've seen in the wild. Thanks for making my morning!

[-] Twofacetony 8 points 1 month ago

Ooooh you’re good. Nice score!

[-] [email protected] 34 points 1 month ago

I'm not particularly fond of Uber's bussiness practices but if it is well integrated then it might encourage people who use Uber anyway to take a train instead of a car

[-] Tabula_stercore 14 points 1 month ago

It's not going to be well integrated. They will provide services only on profitable routes. All companies providing services on not profitable connections will lose out until the whole system is worse than before uber joined

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[-] [email protected] 33 points 1 month ago

How does that work? Like you put out a request and a conductor drives a locomotive to pick you up?

[-] [email protected] 44 points 1 month ago

I'm pretty sure you can just buy train tickets on Uber or some shit

Maybe automatically chain together and Uber and a train or something

[-] [email protected] 10 points 1 month ago

I figured out what you meant but my initial mental image for "automatically chain together" was a long line of Hondas and Teslas connected by short tow straps.

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[-] [email protected] 30 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

Fuck cars and fuck Uber but this sounds like a reaction to Lyft being integrated in the (excellent) Transit app

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[-] [email protected] 26 points 1 month ago

It's a pretty neat system they got, all you got to do is say "I like trains" in a monotone voice and BOOM! Train!

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[-] LesserAbe 15 points 1 month ago

This appears to have been available since at least October last year - you can buy train tickets through the Uber app. Thread from another forum here.

[-] [email protected] 13 points 1 month ago

They have e bikes on uber too, it's actually a pretty neat system.

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