Links for 2013-04-15

  • So now you know who gets some of those excessive Ticketmaster fees….

    Interesting evidence; it appears Irish music promoters are getting “rebates” from the massive TicketMaster “booking fee”, on each ticket sold. This sounds like a cartel to me, and we need to regulate this. Where is the National Consumer Agency and Competition Authority?

    The matter is something which should be of concern to every gig-going music fan, regardless of whether they go to Stradbally or not. For years, many have asked about TicketMaster’s quasi-monopoly position in the marketplace and why this is so. We’ve always been told that promoters preferred to deal with one company rather than several and that TM’s systems and nationwide reach yadda yadda yadda was the bees’ knees etc. Other companies have tried to compete but no-one has been able to beat TM at this game. But why would promoters go elsewhere when they’re getting a slice of the TM fees back as rebates? Those past off-the-record attempts by and briefings from promoters blaming TM for those fees can now be seen as hypocritical. They’re sticking with TM because they’re receiving a take of the fees paid by punters who have no other choice in service provider if they want to get their hands on tickets. You wonder what the acts make of this cash-grab – perhaps some whip-smart agent is already making a claim for a percentage of the rebates because there would be no rebates in the first place without the act. Surely this is an issue for the Competition Authority and National Consumers Association too, given the manner in which the rebates are made and TM’s deals with the promoters? While promoters under TM deals are free to sell a certain proportion of their tickets with another provider, it’s usually only a very small percentage of the total and unlikely to trouble TM’s bottom line. Also, given that the rebates are volume-driven, it’s better for the promoters to keep the largest possible chunk of their business with TM. It seems that we have a new suspect in the blame game about why ticket prices are so high.

    (tags: regulation ireland cartels competition ticketing tickets ticketmaster music gigs consumer)

  • Blog shines spotlight on Dublin city’s illegal dumping problem

    Hooray, Eoin’s activism gets some coverage!

    THE SCALE OF Dublin’s dumping problem is laid bare in a blog that has seen contributors send in photos of chairs, fridges and heaps of rubbish strewn on city streets. Eoin Parker, one of organisers behind DublinLitterBlog.com, spoke to TheJournal.ie about the problem, saying that the blog was set up following the privatisation of waste management by Dublin City Council in 2012.

    (tags: dumping dublin litter rubbish blogs dcc d1 activism community)

  • Ked

    To our knowledge, Ked is the first scripting language to emerge from The People’s Republic of Cork. Below is an account of what we know so far about the mysterious Corkonian language. Any suggested updates or contributions are encouraged.
    Genius.

    (tags: coding cork jokes funny like languages programming)

  • Just how bad are RTE’s finances?

    A sobering examination by NAMAwinelake into the quagmire of Ireland’s publicly-funded national broadcaster:

    It seems that RTE has become a disaster zone, with libels and incompetence overseen by incapable management, and this is reflected in that organisation’s financial results. RTE still employs nearly 2,000 people and supports jobs and industry across independent producers and suppliers; it is a major business. But the time has come to call a halt to delusional management that is sinking the organization deeper into a quagmire which will ultimately need to be bailed out by the State. And Noel Curran is fobbing us off with flying a kite about a reduction in 65-year old Pat Kenny’s salary from €630,000 to €570,000?!

    (tags: rte namawinelake public funding finances money mismanagement ireland incompetence tv news)

  • High Scalability – Scaling Pinterest – From 0 to 10s of Billions of Page Views a Month in Two Years

    wow, Pinterest have a pretty hardcore architecture. Sharding to the max. This is scary stuff for me:

    a [Cassandra-style] Cluster Management Algorithm is a SPOF. If there’s a bug it impacts every node. This took them down 4 times.
    yeah, so, eek ;)

    (tags: clustering sharding architecture aws scalability scaling pinterest via:matt-sergeant redis mysql memcached)

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