This is not really medically related, but I included this as it somewhat reminds me of some of the folks I run in to with tablet pcs and the fears associated with something new. If you read here enough, you know I am very much into privacy in all areas, but gee, knowing where the cab is? Most major companies with vehicles use GPS and have they ever thought about the good side of technology, as it could help locate one in the case of an emergency?
I have to say this story fits right up there with folks I see that look at me like I am "Lucifer" carrying around a tablet pc, something very simple and easy to use, yet folks who have turned off the "I want to learn" switch mostly have nothing a a lot of negative energy to offer in this direction anyway and many of them are in positions of controlling budgets and purse strings that strangle the rest of us trying to make progress and make our lives a little easier, again with staying abreast of our privacy rights and how to deal with it as well. You can stay away from all areas of technology by choice, and can still have your identity stolen just as easy too. The cabbies I feel are right up there with techno fear and will hold back progress for all, and I am guessing a good portion of them have a tendency to shun technology. This gets the techno bunk story of the week. BD
As we told you in March, the technology-bucking drivers of New York City have put their collective foot down and said "no" to GPS systems in city taxis. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance, a non-unionized group with more than 8,400 members, claims it will call for its drivers to strike if city leaders don't retract plans to install GPS units in 13,000 cabs. No new information there, but recently the NYTWA announced that September would be its target month for the walkouts, putting a very real timetable on what would be a crippling move for the city. If you'll recall, the touchscreen devices would allow passengers to pay by credit card, check the news, and map their taxi's location. The systems would also track pickup and drop-off points (information taxi drivers already report), but cabbies fear their employers will use the information to keep tabs on their whereabouts. The NYTWA plans to specify the date and length of the strike next month, so you'll know more when we do.