I don't think Asana competes with base camp, at all. It's an over customizable nightmare that you need engineers to administer for Big Corps. It competes with Jira. Basecamp is something that a nontechnical person can use.
I'm fairly sure I agree. If Uber is liable when the driver is moving a passenger from a to b then I think they should also be liable whenever the driver has the app open and is available for rides. I'm just not 100% sure they should be ever be liable for a driver's negligent acts because those drivers are independent contractors, not employees. That to me is the more interesting question.
Let's say I am a developer working at FooCorp and my employer provides an insurance for any accidents caused during work.
Now while I was having my lunch, there was a fire in kitchen that killed 2 employees. Now would it be fair for my employer to say that since the 2 employees weren't writing code when the accident happened, they are not liable for the accident?
I'm trying to break this down. I haven't decided yet whether or not Uber should be liable, but your analogy isn't working for me.
Per your analogy, I'm guessing that for the sake of argument in your mind, Uber driver was working for Uber.
Your analogy goes:
1. A has employee B.
2. A has insurance for accidents affecting B during work.
3. A was physically associated with an accident that affected B.
4. B was not working at time of accident.
5. If, 1, 2, 3, and 4, then A is not liable for accident.
6. Therefore, A is not liable for accident.
I think the point of contention in the Uber case is whether #4 is true. If #4 is false, your conclusion doesn't work. Ways that #4 can be false have already been discussed thoroughly in these comments.
Again, I haven't decided for myself whether or not Uber should be liable. But this argument doesn't convince me that Uber shouldn't be liable.
I'm not sure it's that cut and dry. Since the driver isn't an employee, but instead an independent contractor, he could have the app on while he's driving to go get groceries or any number of other personal errands. Should Uber be liable then? Maybe, maybe not. I'm not sure.
I understand your reasoning and I count myself on that side of thinking.
But then again, if you think about it, being an Uber driver is unlike any other contractor. If I were an Uber driver, i'd have my app open as much as possible. every second is potential income, and every ping to my app is guaranteed income.
Can a php contractor say that by having their email client open all day?
This is not really a debate about whether the family will get a settlement, it is more a debate between Uber and the driver's insurance company.
My guess the driver is going to be 90% liable, Uber 10%. California is a joint and several liability state, so Uber is going to pay all damages not covered by the driver's insurance. I am not a lawyer, but this seems so clear cut that it will never go to court.
I was using Heap Analytics on a Weebly site and didn't understand any of the variable names at first. They're definitely using naming conventions in the source that make it easier for them to manage (as opposed to optimizing for users).