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The real reason it costs so much to go to a concert
  • The secret third option to pour some water on fiery demand is not exactly popular, but it is simple: Make the tickets more expensive on the primary market.

    It’s easy to see why artists are reluctant to set their prices to what a ticket would sell for on, say, StubHub. Fans would rightfully complain, and many musicians do want to give all fans the chance to come to their shows. But one surefire way to deter scalpers would be to raise prices and narrow the margin that a reseller could make by flipping a ticket. (Theoretically, there’s a ceiling on what people would pay for concert tickets, and surpassing it would quench demand.) There’s a logic to doing so for artists: If a ticket sells for $100 on the resale market compared to $50 on the primary market, “the scalper’s making more than you are from your art and your labor,” notes Koebler.

    Leave it to an economist to find the "solution" that completely ignores the actual problem.

  • The real reason it costs so much to go to a concert
  • You've got it backwards.

    The prices are high, because they know enough of their fandom has the means to pay it, and they will.

    There's no question that the tickets will sell, and there's no hope that any "message" will ever be sent.

  • The real reason it costs so much to go to a concert
  • Who's "they"?

    Because it certainly isn't the entire fandom.

    Someone will always pay more, because they have more to spend. Just because the show sold out doesn't mean an accurate representation of the fandom are the ticket holders.

    The prices are not fine for most fans, but there are enough that pay anyway. The majority get punished by the "free market" that they're locked out of. It's not as if there's a cheaper alternative Taylor Swift concert the market can move to.

    There's also the fact these are limited time affairs, so even if people aren't fine with it, they don't have a choice if they want to see their favorite artist in their prime.

    Also, the idea that if it's not food, it's okay for it to be price gouged is ridiculous. You can take any economic theories you like and blow them out your ass, because the fundamental point is we want a fairer world where the poor are not consistently and routinely fucked over by greed and the wealthy that get to buy special treatment at everyone else's expense. It is not unreasonable to want a world where the poor get to enjoy things at a reasonable cost.

    You might as well just say that not everyone needs to fly when we have buses and trains and boats, so why don't airlines just make all the seats first class?

  • California Passes Bill Requiring New Cars To Beep At You When You're Speeding
  • -hijacks the cellular connection in your phone when you connect it to the car.

    How would it do this without the user triggering it? I don't own a newer car, is this a real thing some of them can do?

    I know in my phone I have to turn on sharing the mobile connection via USB, it's not something that just happens.

  • California Passes Bill Requiring New Cars To Beep At You When You're Speeding
  • The statistics around accidents with large vehicles like that are less about their operation and more that they exist at all. Accidents will always happen, certification or no. The issue is someone struck by one will be more likely to sustain heavier or critical injuries, and smaller cars offer less protection for their passengers when hit by heavier vehicles.

    So rather than "you can use one of these completely unnecessary vehicles if you pass a test once", they should just be outlawing them all together as basic consumer vehicles. If they aren't being designed for specific utilities or business purposes, you can't make them and sell them to just anyone.

  • California Passes Bill Requiring New Cars To Beep At You When You're Speeding
  • The GPS isn't the issue, the speed limit database is. How does the car know what the limit is, and how does that database get updated when limits are changed or new roads are built? What is the mandate on the updating of that database?

  • National Park Service cracks down on Pride leaving LGBTQ+ rangers feeling betrayed
  • So by the sound of it, no one is being bared from participating, and the Pride events in the parks are not cancelled, though a bunch of approvals for participation in other events are waiting on a decision.

    Just can't use the official NPS uniforms.

    Ok. Fair enough.

    Every NPS employee should get custom shirts that state clearly who they work for. Maybe even design them to look similar to the uniforms. March in those, and leave no question who you are. Then we'll see what happens.

  • The Google AI isn’t hallucinating about glue in pizza, it’s just over indexing an 11 year old Reddit post by a dude named fucksmith.
  • reply guys surfing in from elsewhere

    I love this term.

    They really do love storming in anywhere someone deigns to besmirch the new object of their devotion.

    My assumption is, if it isn't some techbro that drank the kool aid, it's a bunch of /r/wallstreetbets assholes who have invested in the boom.

  • DuckDuckGo is down. Is there any info about it?? [EDIT: IS BACK]
  • Bing guys don't seem to have a system status page (that I could find)

    Microsoft's current MO is "very basic information is a privilege, not something you as the user should have access to easily".

    It's why I have to use PowerShell and Graph to get half the relevant data I need, because they won't just put it in the god damn admin panels.

  • How (and why) to de-Google your life and protect your privacy | Proton
  • I understand your feeling, but I think massive advertising is needed.

    Why is it "needed"?

    This is high level marketing, basically telling the general public there is another way other than big tech

    Why do they care about attracting all these people?

    Every one of them increases their operating costs, and doesn't provide revenue if they stay in the free tier. Why do they want to increase their numbers so badly?

    Why isn't it enough to just make a good product and let that be what brings people in?

    The only reason for this kind of aggressive advertising is because they're making a push for growth. They want to become one of those "big tech" companies.

    Let me be clear, I'm not shaming them for advertising their services. But I'm uncomfortable with the scale and aggression with which they do it. They are putting money into this, and a lot of it. It's not like they're a non-profit, the end goal is pretty obvious here.

    We've been through this before with so many other tech companies, Proton will be no different. It's just entering the honeymoon phase, is all.

  • Parents called for mental health help. Police arrived and fatally shot their son.
  • Look at the report for this case, for example:

    The officers met with DMH personnel outside the residence who indicated that the DMH were called to the scene due to Yang’s erratic and threatening behavior. The officers were also advised that Yang did not live at the location, and had attempted to assault one of the DMH employees when they attempted to speak with him. Based on their assessment, DMH determined Yang was a danger to others.

    In their efforts to assist DMH personnel, the officers requested additional units, a supervisor, and notified the Department’s Mental Evaluation Unit. Several attempts were made to communicate with Yang and encourage him to exit the residence; however, he refused. After formulating a plan and obtaining a key to the residence, the officers ascended a narrow staircase leading to the front door. The officers announced their presence and then utilized the key to open the front door. As they did so, Yang was observed standing in the living room several feet away, armed with a large kitchen knife. Moments later, Yang advanced toward the officers and an Officer Involved Shooting occurred.

    Here's the singular question:

    What was the rush?

    They needed to take him in, but they are afraid of him acting erratic and wielding a knife.

    Why the fuck do they push to enter the building? There was no one in there. He could not hurt anyone while he remained hold up inside other than himself.

    Why couldn't they just wait him out?

    By pushing to resolve the situation immediately and forcing their way in, they *exacerbated the situation.

    I think they should have been called, but they should be there as backup in case someone is getting attacked. But no one was in danger here until they entered. There was no reason to push this. All they did was create a reason to kill him in self defense.

  • Parents called for mental health help. Police arrived and fatally shot their son.
  • Ok, that's fine. We'd need more details about what actually transpired and what the support team told the cops.

    But it sure seems like in a situation where the support team calls them, it should be with the understanding that they're there for backup, not to barge in and fire.

    But looking at the report, that's what happened.


    On May 2, 2024, at 10:58 a.m., Olympic Division uniformed officers responded to a radio call at an apartment in the 400 block of South Gramercy Place to assist the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) who were attempting to place an individual, later identified as 40-year-old Yong Yang into custody.

    Why was the Department of Mental Health "attempting to place him into custody"? They were trying to detain him and take him from the premises, under the law...which sounds an awful lot like an arrest with a different set of paperwork.

    So basically these were just cops without guns...who went ahead and called the cops with the guns anyway.

    I said it another comment but where was the emergency here? Why did they need to get him into custody immediately? He could not hurt anyone but themselves locked in an apartment alone. He was showing aggression when people tried to enter, but could not hurt them if they stayed out.

    Why did they enter and give him someone to hurt? Seeing as how all that was going to do was give them justification to hurt him.

  • IGN immediately lays off every non-UK person at their newly bought sites, including some key members like deputy editor Alice Bell
  • There never was a chance.

    Generally when companies like this are bought it isn't to acquire the talent. That's legitimately what needs to be taken into account when it comes to things like antitrust. You want to buy out this company, are you buying it because you want their talent to join with yours to make something better? Cool. We'll let you do that provided you do it today fair and competitive manner.

    Any other reason for wanting to buy this company is going to need to be pretty heavily scrutinized.

  • iPhones And Androids Can Now Warn You of 'Secret Trackers'
  • The solution would probably just be to dismiss the alert with a response like "I am on a plane, bus boat, etc. I'm traveling with strangers and their stuff". Then it would temporarily remember all the local devices, and then dump that list after a set period of time.

  • iPhones And Androids Can Now Warn You of 'Secret Trackers'
  • It has to keep pinging so the iPhone knows it's still close. Other devices detect that ping; it can't choose who hears it when it calls out.

    That's the whole thing: they are constantly calling out to any Apple device in the area so that device will report to Apple the tag's location through the Find My network. It has to call out, otherwise it can't function as a tracker.

    Which is where this new standard comes in. Alerting you to an unrecognized device nearby that is pinging out while you're moving, because previously there was no shared standard that permitted this across all devices.

    But there's really no good solution to this that isn't going to be messy and trigger a lot of false positives. It's a band-aid on a problematic technology that has been normalized, and now they're trying to back-port privacy into it to save face. All of this discussion should have happened before they started selling anything.

    It's bad enough to sell cheap consumer tracking devices and provide access to a whole mesh network of other people's phones to use them on, without any consideration for what they would be used for. It's especially egregious that they made that technology proprietary so Android devices could not easily identify a tracker near them.

  • Hydraulic Press Channel - Is Apple's Hydraulic Press iPad Ad Realistic? [12:39]
  • I liked this channel much more when it was just "Welcome to the Hydrologic Press Channel, today we're pressing ___", and then they do it.

    Now it's lots of unnecessary build up, with an on-camera host, just filling time out to hit that 10 minute mark.

    Perfect example of how YouTube's algorithm destroys good channels.

  • Android apps that allow hiding or collapsing images in comments?

    Looking for any Lemmy app that provides a setting to hide or collapse inline images in comments, like RES let you do on Reddit, or like RIF, to re-create the text-only comment experience. I've been using Boost, which I really like it and want to keep supporting, but this setting is still a WIP I think, and it's a must for me. I wanna try others until it's added.

    Thanks all

    Update: if you're looking for the same thing, I eventually landed on Summit.

    The Boost for Lemmy app preview looks promising for RIF refugees

    Just thought I'd point this out to anyone looking for an RIF alternative that's actually in the same vein as RIF (compact, simple, clean).

    Boost was a Reddit app until today. They just added a preview to the Play Store for their Lemmy app with no fanfare.

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