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Comment: Re:Government picking favorites (Score 1) 76

by Cryacin (#46777071) Attached to: Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers
By far the greatest reason why TV channels are so tasty to cellular phone and data providers, is that they generally are lower frequency in spectrum. Why is this good? If you have a portable TV and a cell phone, you'll find that you'll still get TV signal when you don't have cellular signal. They are lower frequency, and thus penetrate further into places like carparks, concrete structures et al.

That's why in Australia, carriers like Telstra beat the pants off other carriers like the Optus network, because their plans work in more carparks, buildings and those lovely artsy fortified bunker's that you get around the place.

Comment: Re:It was a "joke" back then (Score 5, Interesting) 275

This reminds me of Isaac Asimov's Elevator Fallacy. If we imagine ourselves back in the 1800's when buildings were no taller than 10 stories, and then talk about how towering behemoth buildings stretching 100 stories high exist, a science fiction writer would talk about how there would be sky lobbies so that meetings can be held along the way up the building, and that at the end of the day, to avoid the long trek back down the endless stair case, a slide would allow those at the top of the building to travel all the way down in a matter of minutes.

That, or the elevator would be invented.

It's exactly these unforseen technological changes that make us laugh at the predictions from earlier, as the pain points back then are completely irrelevant and solved today, only to have new ones exposed that were never even thought of. Who would have considered it abnormal back in the 80's to need to add and remove media constantly from their system, but would even have thought of software needing to be efficient because of power consumption?

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