Uber this morning is unveiling a company-wide effort to raise awareness of sexual assault, as it revamps how it handles customer complaints. The ride-hailing service has faced multiple allegations of criminal behavior by its drivers. A reported culture of harassment inside the company led to the resignation of its founder, Travis Kalanick, as CEO. Uber says the new initiative will make it easier for riders to share their stories. Since the company was founded, when a rider or driver reports a serious problem on the Uber app, an employee contacts that person to follow up. Now Uber is adding new sensitivity training to try to improve those calls. Uber accused of ignoring drunken-driving complaints Uber driver allegedly sexually assaults sleeping, drunk passenger Camera captures passenger assaulting Uber driver Last summer, a nighttime ride turned into a nightmare when 43-year-old Kris Brix said her Uber driver attacked her. "I pushed him off me, he came at me again and … [Read more...] about Uber revamps how it handles customer complaints of sexual misconduct
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***Warning: Minor spoilers for the TV shows Dark and Twin Peaks: The Return Time travel has long been a popular and enriching fictional subject, especially since H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, and entertaining spins in the Back to the Future Trilogy, and mindbending ones in the works of Philip K. Dick. Its latest manifestation comes in the Netflix series Dark, which is set in a small town in Germany. The show follows the threads that connect families in the fictional town of Winden after several boys disappear; the threads end up spiraling from a mysterious set of caves under the town. The caves seem to contain a triad of time portals that lead to 33-year increments of time passage from 1953, 1986, and 2019. Unfortunately, the nuances of the portals’ mechanics are mysterious to everyone, leading to dire consequences for its residents, and for the few who happen upon its quixotic properties. The show focuses more on the existential melancholy behind the concept of time … [Read more...] about The Lessons of Time Travel in “Dark” and “Twin Peaks”
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. plans to unveil a sweeping set of steps to prevent wildfires or contain them when they erupt. The utility, whose equipment is being investigated as a potential cause of the Wine Country fires last fall, will create a wildfire prediction and response center in San Francisco that will operate around the clock during fire season. The company will greatly expand its own network of weather stations to monitor conditions, adding hundreds more this year. PG&E will contract with out-of-state firefighters, keeping them on retainer for emergencies. And it will harden its electrical grid to better endure windstorms, replacing wooden poles with sturdier steel ones over time. “Our system and our mind-set need to be laser-focused on working together to help prevent devastating wildfires like the ones in the North Bay in October and Southern California in December from happening again, and in responding quickly and effectively if they do,” said Pat Hogan, … [Read more...] about PG&E’s wildfire plan: round-the-clock prediction and response center in S.F.
If you've ever wanted to play a raid in the style of Grand Theft Auto, the newly announced GTA Online Diamond Casino Heist might be for you. True to yesterday's teaser, Rockstar says that this Heist, which will launch on Thursday, December 12, is the most complicated and rewarding one yet, making it "highly replayable with new scenarios unfolding each time." The goal? "Breach the vault at The Diamond, grab the goods, and exact revenge on the Duggan family." "The Diamond Casino Heist is an all-new approach to Heist architecture and execution: one huge gameplay-packed operation as you work with the Cheng family to infiltrate the most secure building in all of Los Santos," the studio says. "Featuring a diverse range of opportunities for set-up and prep missions that shape your plan of attack, multiple paths of approach, constantly changing security measures and a dizzying array of choices once inside. Expect outcomes for you and your crew to change on the fly as you deal with each … [Read more...] about GTA Online Diamond Casino Heist coming next week “with new scenarios unfolding each time”
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