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Reading between the lines of Alphabet’s lawsuit against Uber. I think they are implying (and intend to prove in discovery) that Anthony Levandowski arranged with Uber to:

  1. Steal LiDAR and other self-driving component designs from Waymo
  2. Start Otto as a plausible corporate vehicle for developing the self-driving technology
  3. Acquire Otto for $680 million
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    Man, I wish all of the culture and law submissions were this well-sourced and written. It’d make me a lot less grumpy. :)

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      I wish most of the ‘culture’ submissions were not submitted at all. ‘culture’ seems to be a catch-all for anything non-technical where someone wants to boast their opinion as fact.

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        You can filter out stories with culture tags if you want? https://lobste.rs/filters

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          That doesn’t really work if you are not completely against all ‘culture’ submissions. I happen to agree. Some are good, maybe most I wish weren’t posted.

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            I really wish there was a “Startup and SV News” category to filter, since killfiling culture also gets rid of interesting engineering-culture stuff.

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              There is such a category! It’s called Hacker News.

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            I understand this worry, both about quality control for Lobsters and when it pertains to the general problem in this industry where too many brain-dead ideas about management get traction. Tech management advice is full of “one weird trick” articles because (surprise?) well it’s corporate software, which is basically the fake news of white-collar world.

            On one hand, there’s a need for a tech-culture discussion place that isn’t controlled by fascists and by shills vested in the success of the products of one specific and specifically fascist startup incubator. On the other, there’s a perennial danger of culture/practices submissions drowning out the harder, technical stuff that gets less attention just because it takes time to digest. (Often, it’s days later when I get around to RTFA, which means that I tend to only comment on technical stuff when it’s material that I’ve already read.) That’s a problem that all of these forums seem to have.

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              On one hand, there’s a need for a tech-culture discussion place that isn’t controlled by fascists and by shills vested in the success of the products of one specific and specifically fascist startup incubator.

              I’d challange this a bit–I’m unsure that this is actually an underserved niche compared with properly hard-tech discussion.

              EDIT: Not to say it isn’t a good goal, mind you! I’m just thinking that there seem to be very few communities that genuinely focus on tech without devolving into advertising and other stuff.

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              We also need the culture tag so we can complain about Uber’s treatment of women.