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Comment Re:Transition (Score 1) 196

I think the problem here is the definition of the word "Television". The currently ubiquitous TV derives from a system designed to deliver media content via limited bandwidth radio. Even today, there are many people that do not utilise free to air TV services. There are many alternatives including cable, Internet, satellite and connected devices. From this perspective the TV as it was realised is dead. What has replaced it, even today in a large part, is a bloody huge screen with many inputs. At 66 years old, I need a bloody big screen. Small, high resolution screens are great on mobiles, tablets, etc. I'm quite happy to watch a movie on my phone whilst flying in an aluminium tube powered by dead dinosaur juice. However, in the comfort of my home I would like to see the movie on a huge screen with a good sound system. With multiple inputs and an Internet connection, the choice of content is limited by those that produce it.

Comment Re:I'll take that bait (Score 1) 613

The problem with most daylight saving schemes is that they are based on location, not latitude. People living in the tropics don't need daylight saving since the variation is small enough to be ignored. If societies in latitudes outside the tropics want the change, go for it but base the delimitation on latitude, not arbitrary geopolitical or business boundaries.

Comment Re:Yawn... (Score 3) 534

I would say that many people in "Christian" countries are cultural Christians. They probably believe in a god but don't practice any religious ceremonies. They were raised in a Christian country and so adhere to Christian norms. The same is true for many Muslims living in most Islamic countries.

Comment Re:What about if they inject signal? (Score 1) 109

Hmmm...Inject a different signal into every grid in every country on every planet. That would only localise the location to a grid, getting a location of a house, or even a suburb, would require a mind boggling stretch of the imagination. As has been said, battery operated camera, data compression and frequency limited microphones are just a few of the problems. It doesn't matter what ENF/FFT analysis is employed, you can't extract information from nothing. Once a signal is too far down in the noise level it cannot be reconstructed with any degree of fidelity. However, on positive note, I do see a Hollywood movie coming out of this.

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