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Chicago to Ban Use of Mobile Billboards?

Chicago Alderman Bob Fioretti wants mobile billboards removed from the streets of Chicago, and he’s making 3,500 phone calls per month to persuade the city to rally with him. According to Fioretti, mobile advertising is a liability, causing distracted drivers, traffic congestion, and even global warming. His proposal to the City Council in September was adamant about putting the kibosh on mobile ads; not only does he want them banned, he also wants to levy a $5,000 fine for any billboard truck that is caught within city limits, with exemptions for only public transportation and taxi cabs. The irony is, of course, that even the city of Chicago has used mobile billboards to advertise the Head Start preschool program. Whether or not Fioretti is aware of the city’s history, he insists that “we are trying to become a greener city. We are trying to become a clean city, and these mobile billboards just add to the problems of our environment,” he told CBS 2 Chicago. At least one local media company has protested Fioretti’s anti-mobile-billboard agenda, saying that Fioretti has skewed information about the emissions levels and safety records of mobile billboard trucks. We’re similarly dubious about the proposal, which seems to target mobile advertising unfairly. After all, every vehicle releases noxious fumes that exacerbate global warming—as well as contributes to the gridlock that plagues so many cities. And...

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Buying Tickets Online

It can be hard to remember the days before ticketing software became an option for purchasing seats to events––particularly for the current generation, which has practically grown up online. For decades, the only way to obtain tickets for a show, concert, or sporting event was to go to the box office of the event venue and buy them in person. This is a familiar scene in TV shows and movies — the long line of anxious fans camping out to obtain tickets to see their heroes play or perform live, praying that seats don’t sell out before they get to the front of the line. With the rise of credit cards, purchasing tickets over the phone became possible, thanks particularly to the ticketing agents Ticketmaster. However, even calling to purchase tickets over the phone is quickly becoming an obsolete buying method. The Internet is now an intrinsic part of our lives, and it has become one of the most important places to purchase tickets for a wide range of different events. There are many benefits to purchasing seats through an online ticketing system. One important benefit is the speed of access. There’s no need to stand in line or to wait until an operator is able to handle your call. The only restriction on how many people can purchase tickets at one time is the amount of traffic that...

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Design and Evaluation of Movie Allocation Algorithms

The large size, hard real-time constraints, and general complexity of a video-on-demand system lead to many difficult design decisions that may affect the system’s ultimate cost and performance substantially. The primary design problems of the video-on-demand system are real-time disk scheduling, buffer management, perfecting, movie allocation, disk striping, device bandwidth reduction and others, where the movie allocation determines the number of movie copies and the placement of movie copies in video servers. The movie allocation among these problems is important because it controls an efficient usage of space and bandwidth on video servers. In this paper, we study the...

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