The system is broken badly, and no government or private company is doing much to really fix it. My brother had his identy stolen and it made his life miserable for years. He eventually learned that a health care company had went out of business and simply threw their records in the trash, where they were retrieved by the thief. They caught him several times, with stolen identies of many people, but he keeps doing it because there is no real deterrent. Since it's considered a non-violent crime, the cops have limited resources, and the courts hand down weak penalties, which can't be enforced if the jails/prisons are full with violent criminals. Such bullcrap that people get away with ID theft so easily. Nearly makes you want to find the person and take care of the problem on your own.
I wish law enforcement would crack down on the stupidly overbright headlamps.
I think "Hulk SMASH" in my head everytime they momentarily blind me.
In 1991 I had a Geo Metro that got 50 US highway MPG unleaded. Yes it was a small car, but that was about 25 years ago!
Unless the real batteries are not rechargeable, from a car or solar power or some other source, or you have stored a bunch of alkalines and they still work. I guess the only safe option is to have the crank radio.
My Samsung Omnia from 6 years ago and Motorola Droid X from 4 years ago both had a working FM receiver, then 2 years ago I get a Samsung Note II and discover that it has a receiver, but it was disabled by either the manufacturer or the carrier. At first I thought it was mostly because Verizon wants us to listen to streaming radio and use more data so they can make more money. Then I read on some forums that any device with an FM receiver must undergo additional testing to meet FCC requirements, with cost proportional to the amount of spectrum used. So on a carrier with a large amount of spectrum (Verizon), neither the manufacturer (Samsung) nor the carrier wants to pay the fees. Sprint offers same model phones with working FM radio and the NextRadio app, which receives the FM signal, and optionally a small amount of bandwidth for the album cover and a link. Recently I saw a coworker on Verizon demonstrate a working FM radio on his HTC One M8, which means that HTC must have paid for the FCC testing to leave the FM radio functioning on a Verizon phone. The NextRadio app did not work on a Samsung S5. Most carriers will say that FM listeners are declining because of streaming and MP3s, so why bother with it.
Yes you need headphones, or a line in to your PC, or even a chopped off 3.5mm pigtail to receive the signal. Many people in the stores do not know the difference between an app like TuneIn and an FM receiver. I thought we might see HD Radio in phones by now, but it's proprietary so I can see why we might not. I was up for a new phone two months ago, but refuse to purchase one that contains a disabled FM receiver. I'm not switching carriers because of it, but it will be a deciding factor in which phone I purchase next. Then I can stop carrying around this Insignia HD Radio.
Jailing non-violent people is idiotic.
Ever experienced a severe, life ruining case of identity theft? Medical company goes out of business, throws away all records, criminals obtain records and assume identities of past patients, and victims spends many years fighting off all kinds of fradulent activity. But the entire system is broken with no fix in sight, and the criminals know this and continue their activities, especially when there is no actual jail time to worry about.