Fantasy Football Is A Big Money Waster
A new study by Challenger, Gray & Christmas reveals that fantasy football costs employers more than $13 billion in lost productivity. The firm calculated:
– average hourly earnings of workers ($24.45)
– number of employed fantasy football players (18.3 million)
– each player spends two hours a week on fantasy football while working
– total: $13.4 billion per season
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McDoanlds In A Plane
A decommissioned passenger plane has been turned into a 20-seat McDonald’s in New Zealand, complete with authentic cockpit, although the engine has been removed. The Douglas DC-3 was one of three used by New Zealand’s South Pacific Airlines from 1961 to 1966. The restaurant’s owner, Eileen Byrne, told Britain’s Daily Mail, “The site was previously part of a car dealership, the Aeroplane Car Company, and the owner bought a disused DC-3 plane, which sat alongside the building. And when McDonald’s purchased the site in 1990, the aeroplane came with it.”
Siri Creators Taking Virtual Assistant to Next Level
The creators of Siri, the iPhone’s virtual assistant, are looking to take their concept to the next level, improving on the limitations that keep Siri, which can interact with single apps, from being able to combine functionalities or carry out more involved tasks. The newest virtual assistant they’re working on, called Viv, will be able to teach itself to understand new commands and perform new functions, allowing it to carry out more involved requests. An example from The Week of what it would be able to do would be fulfill the request, “Find me the cheapest seat on an evening flight from Dallas to Chicago next Thursday,” performing the series of tasks that would be necessary. According to Wired, Viv will be an open system that its creators designed based on three principles, or “pillars”: It will be taught by the world, it will know more than it is taught, and it will learn something every day. There’s no date yet on when Viv will be available to the public.