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Very cool — it’s been a long time since I’ve done any non-Perl, non-PHP programming and I sort of miss it. Never did a lot with Java, I was mainly a Windows C/C++ developer.
I like companies with actual data about stuff, because you get posts like this. Personally, I see the Uber guys as a replacement for a rental car when I’m in SF, especially if I have bags or equipment (which are annoying on MUNI) and need to be to places in a predictable amount of time. It’ll also be good for the times where I’m drinking in the Haight or somewhere else non-touristy and want to get back to where I’m staying and get some sleep. Walking half way across the city because you can’t get a cab to pick you up at 2 AM sucks.
Marco Arment reaches the same conclusions I did about the opening of Facebook’s data center design, namely that their data center design doesn’t provide them significant competitive advantage. He takes it a step further, though: “With this move, I think Facebook is telling the geek world that they’re just as big and serious of a tech company as Google, and if you want to work on large-scale, interesting engineering challenges that affect hundreds of millions of people, you should work at Facebook.”