"Beta", eh? I can see that.



  • It's Ulaxi! It's a site to help you compare your options for getting somewhere: Uber, Lyft, or taxi. Leaving aside the obvious WTFs (like the name), we see this software is in beta and limited to San Francisco only. Okay, let's try an easy query: Market and Powell to SFO. Notwithstanding that this would usually be a BART trip.







    That's ... interesting, I guess. Maybe I can poke it a little, make it work better.



    .... There we go, I fixed it!


  • @fennec said:

    It's Ulaxi!

     


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @fennec said:

    Leaving aside the obvious WTFs (like the name)
    But it's inspired by California! Specifically, California Syrup of Prunes…



  • @dkf said:

    @fennec said:
    Leaving aside the obvious WTFs (like the name)
    But it's inspired by California! Specifically, California Syrup of Prunes…
    Well, that explains why you don't see The California Raisins on TV anymore.



  • @fennec said:

    Notwithstanding that this would usually be a BART trip.

    If you want to be accosted by an insane, naked man, then sure. Or maybe you want BART Officer Barney Fife to accidentally shoot you in the back when he gets his taser and gun mixed-up*. Or just enjoy the aroma and delightful attitudes of San Franciscans.

    As for the app, it looks like in the first one it got the distance and cost right (although the quoted time is hilariously optimistic.) As for the second, it apparently isn't very good at parsing addresses. Presumably they're just passing that shit directly on to Uber, Lyft, etc. and since those apps work in more places than SF they don't know what to make of it.


    (*Hint: The gun is the one that goes bang-bang and that no BART officer is qualified to carry. The taser is the one you use for electrocuting bums when they're jerking off in public.)



  • The problem is it's not local ENOUGH. It should only cover one block.



  • @El_Heffe said:

    @fennec said:

    It's Ulaxi!

     


    Apparently all that extra TDWTF traffic broke it.



  • @mikeTheLiar said:

    @El_Heffe said:

    @fennec said:

    It's Ulaxi!

     


    Apparently all that extra TDWTF traffic broke it.

    This is like "stress testing" Faberge eggs.



  • @mikeTheLiar said:

    Apparently all that extra TDWTF traffic broke it.
    That's why it's "better than paid hosting".  You certainly wouldn't want a website that you're actually paying for to go down.



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    @mikeTheLiar said:
    @El_Heffe said:

    @fennec said:

    It's Ulaxi!

     


    Apparently all that extra TDWTF traffic broke it.

    This is like "stress testing" Faberge eggs.

    Nice 🙂

    Although the authors of this pile of poo clearly spent (0.0000001 * Avg(PricePerFabergeEgg)) on the development and hosting!



  • @skotl said:

    Although the authors of this pile of poo clearly spent (0.0000001 * Avg(PricePerFabergeEgg)) on the development and hosting!

    That would still imply they spent a dollar or two..



  • @El_Heffe said:

    ... 000webhost.com...

    TRWTF.



  •  @Shoreline said:

    @El_Heffe said:
    ... 000webhost.com...

    TRWTF.

    But it's "better than paid hosting"! Also I see they promise "Unlimited Disk Space" for <font class="box_newprice">$4.84/month</font>... if only Dropbox, Google and Microsoft knew about those guys, they wouldn't have to spend so much on hard disks!



  • @anonymous234 said:

     @Shoreline said:

    @El_Heffe said:
    ... 000webhost.com...

    TRWTF.

    But it's "better than paid hosting"! Also I see they promise "Unlimited Disk Space" for <font class="box_newprice">$4.84/month</font>... if only Dropbox, Google and Microsoft knew about those guys, they wouldn't have to spend so much on hard disks!

    I noticed this bit:

    [quote user="http://error404.000webhost.com/cpu-limit-reached.html"][/quote]

    Wow, that really sounds like 'Who wants to get suckered twice?' to me....



  • It does say San Francisco only, and SFO is not in San Francisco (it's in San Mateo County).



  • @barfoo said:

    It does say San Francisco only, and SFO is not in San Francisco (it's in San Mateo County).

    Except, that's clearly not the problem. The problem in the second photo is that "powell and market" is ambiguous as it doesn't include a city name so it picks something at random way outside of San Francisco and then gives the cost/distance to SFO. It clearly recognizes SFO as an address. Go to the site, type "powell and market sf" in the first box, in the second box type sfo and select "San Francisco Airport", and it gives the correct amounts.

    As for the first photo, it actually gives the correct distance (or really, really near it.. maybe it's working off of fennec's device's location which is really close to powell @ market). However it displays the [object Object] value, which I can recreate by typing in an address and then hitting "Enter" before it has a chance to load the auto-complete list.



  • I guess Alpha is the new beta in Silicon Valley.



  • Cut this site some slack. This is the first major step forward in achieving my dream of visiting all of the sites shown in the opening credits of Full House as economically as possible.



  • @bstorer said:

    Cut this site some slack. This is the first major step forward in achieving my dream of visiting all of the sites shown in the opening credits of Full House as economically as possible.

    Speaking of god-awful SF-specific "apps", you missed the Dolo thread. It's got everything: hideous shirts, "bespoke apps", ugly European cars and some ideas for establishing a profitable working relationship with abortion clinics.



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    @bstorer said:
    Cut this site some slack. This is the first major step forward in achieving my dream of visiting all of the sites shown in the opening credits of Full House as economically as possible.

    Speaking of god-awful SF-specific "apps", you missed the Dolo thread. It's got everything: hideous shirts, "bespoke apps", ugly European cars and some ideas for establishing a profitable working relationship with abortion clinics.

    Where do you think I've been the last few years? I was sitting in that goddamn park waiting for anyone else using the app to be my friend. My loneliness was finally broken when I met a clueless tween who should have been searching for "YOLO," but was very much out of the loop socially. Needless to say, we bonded over our shared love of hideous shirts and the Peugeot 1007. We're to be married next spring.


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