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Getting Ready To Watch On Demand Movies In On Demand Theater
May 29, 2018 6:08 pm|Comments (0)

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Today brings news that ticks three of our favorite boxes at Data Sheet: Futurism (the future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed), clicks to bricks (online retailers opening physical stores), and the growth of Chinese tech giants (via a unit of Baidu (bidu) in this case). Aaron in for Adam on this four-day U.S. work week, thinking about the future of movies.

The actual news event is of the starting small variety. Baidu’s iQIYI, a video streaming service sometimes dubbed the Netflix of China, opened a tiny movie theater in the city of Zhongshang in the southern province of Guangdong. Adding a few dozen seats to the theater capacity of the city of about 3 million people sounds like a drop in the bucket.

But the new theater, called Yuke, is actually a series of mini-theaters, each with two to 10 seats, that can be rented by the hour to show any content available from iQIYI’s library. With cushy chairs, Dolby audio, and a screen much larger than a home TV, the on demand Yuke theaters represent a new hybrid way to consume streaming video. iQIYI, which went public in the United States a few months ago, says it plans to bring the Yuke concept to all of China’s major cities.

There have been rumors that Netflix (nflx) was pondering a more traditional theater play, as well. The Los Angeles Times reported last month that Netflix considered buying the Landmark Theatres chain, but ultimately rejected the idea as too costly. With malls facing increasing vacancies, maybe something more like iQIYI’s on-demand mini-theaters would be a smarter move for Netflix.


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Delta Passengers Are Outraged. They Say Those With the Cheapest Tickets Are Getting Nicer Seats
May 13, 2018 6:00 am|Comments (0)

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

“You’ll enjoy the best elite travel experience whenever you fly.”

That’s how Delta Air Lines describes the blessed privilege of being a Delta Medallion member.

Not just elite, but the best elite. The elite of the elite. 

I worry, therefore, that some of these Delta elitists are concerned that their eliteness is not complete.

And, indeed, that they’re being cast aside when it comes to upgrades, in favor of the riff-raff who bought the cheapest tickets.

Points, Miles and Martinis describes the pain: “On a recent trip, I noticed that the flight went from 6 Comfort Plus seats an hour before the flight, down to just 1 seat, 30 minutes prior as a result of the gate agents clearing Basic Economy passengers into Comfort Plus.”

Indeed, on this occasion, Points, Miles and Martinis insists that only one Medallion customer received an upgrade to Comfort Plus, while five Basic Economists were slipped straight into these more comfortable seats.

Others  commenting on this accusation said they’d seen similar events too. 

Goodness, this is like pulling people in off the street and giving them a table at the French Laundry. (Well, almost.)

It’s like giving lower-paid people a tax break that’s bigger than that poured upon the rich.

These Medallionists are peeved that Delta appears to be favoring the Basic Economists, who are only given a seat at the last minute.

The idea of Basic Economy — or Sub-Cattle Class, as I prefer to call it — is to shove these low-fare passengers into the middle seats that are left over. Not the Comfort Plus seats that are, well, a little more comfortable.

The suspicion is that, on some flights, gate agents are giving the nicer seats to these low-paying customers in order to get packed flights out on time.

I contacted the airline for its view. 

“While the situation described does not align with Delta’s upgrade procedure/policy, there is not a way to determine the Medallion level of other customers or the fare product another customer purchased via gate upgrades or standby displays,” a Delta spokesman told me.

So what are these aggrieved Medallionists supposed to do?

“Any customer who feels they were not given the correct seat assignment should share their concern with customer care, who will review their inquiry,” said the airline spokesman.

Some might fear, though, that this could be another painful assault on an airline’s most important customers.

Last week, I wrote about how United Airlines was angering its First Class passengers, removing some favorite menu items from its premium offerings.

Just, it seems, to save a little lucre.

Still, this alleged Delta move might encourage some passengers to buy the lowest fares, in the hope that they’ll actually get far lovelier seats.

Don’t airline passengers realize that the concept of Something For Nothing is precisely the one that airlines are fighting against?

Their principle these days is Everything For A Payment.

If this alleged Delta generosity toward the Sub-Cattle Class is true, it casts a pall on the image and modern purpose of airlines.


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Is Britney Spears Getting Closer To ‘X Factor’ Gig?
October 11, 2016 2:05 am|Comments (0)

‘I’m fascinated by her,’ Cowell says of singer, who’s rumored to be contender to join show.

By Jocelyn Vena

<P>There are several women’s names currently being tossed around as potential judges for the upcoming season of “X Factor.” Avril Lavigne, <a href=”/news/articles/1679730/x-factor-new-judges-hosts.jhtml”>Janet Jackson and Britney Spears</a> are the leading rumored contenders to replace <a href=”/news/articles/1678191/paula-abdul-exits-x-factor.jhtml”>Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul</a> for the show’s completely revamped second season, which kicks off later this year.
</P><P>In a recent press call, Simon Cowell would not confirm who producers were talking to, but he did not deny that Jackson was on the table.
</P><P>”You can probably count on two girls,” fellow judge L.A. Reid added. “That we can confirm.”
</P><P>Cowell recently addressed the Britney buzz on Billy Bush’s <a href=”http://www.accesshollywood.com/billy-bush/simon-cowell-x-factor-would-be-a-walk-in-the-park-for-britney-spears_articletab_61327″ target=”_blank”>radio show</a>, continuing to play coy about the chatter. “Well, I’m fascinated by her. The fact that she’s still one of the most talked-about &#8212; not just pop stars, but people &#8212; in the world today means that you’ve got this star power. This girl’s got resilience, and the fact that she’s survived this and she’s still hot, she’s still having hit records and she’s still controversial … there’s a reason for that.
</P><P>”I would think that if she’s managed to sustain a family, a career, which is tough, this is a walk in the park,” he added, noting that he believes she would be a good judge.
</P><P>While Cowell seems to be dancing around the issue, British “X Factor” judge Louis Walsh may have let the cat out of the bag in an <a href=”http://www.breatheheavy.com/2012/02/uk-x-factor-judge-confirms-talks-with-britney/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed” target=”_blank”>interview</a> on U.K. talk show “Craig Doyle Live.” He shared that Spears was indeed talking to producers about possibly joining the show.
</P><P>”I know he is talking to Britney. I know he’s definitely talking to Britney to do the American show. Absolutely true and maybe Janet Jackson,” he said.
</P><P>In the end, Cowell summed up the current spate of rumors on that conference call. “There’s a load of speculation, some true, some not true. It’s true to say that a lot more people have entered the frame this year. We were waiting to see who was going to contact us before we actually contacted people,” he said last week. “We’re in that place right now, which is a good place to be in. We will meet a number of people over the next few weeks, mainly to explain to them that this is a big commitment when you do a show like this because of the mentoring aspect.”</p>

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On getting your WordPress site hacked; pay now or pay more later
April 18, 2016 3:50 am|Comments (0)

In my last post I posed the question of whether it’s time to look for alternatives to the leading publishing platforms such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc., but, truth be told, finding an alternative that can do everything these products do is practically impossible … that is, unless you’re willing to spend money building a customized solution.

And that may be the reality of the future; if you don’t build your own solution paying upfront at perhaps 100x the cost (thanks, Keith) of, say, a simple WordPress installation, you’ll windup paying far more than that when you get hacked. According to IBM’s tenth annual Cost of Data Breach Study:

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