It appears you have no idea what 1st, 2nd, and 3rd world means. It is a cold war relic that refers to alignment not development. 1st world: USA, UK, etc, 2nd world: USSR and China, and 3rd world was everyone else that didn't pick a side.
The thing of note here is that this vehicle is half surface and half submersible. There is the top section that is mostly a surfboard with solar panels and a bottom section that hangs down about 7m and has a bunch of wings on it. So the fact that it didn't get torn apart or tangled up is impressive.
I'm not going to draw the line, but "Can it suffer?" is just as much a grey zone as the DNA one, as any stressing factor can construe suffering. A plant suffers from lack of water, a bacterium suffers in too low a pH, I suffer if I don't have coffee in the morning.
Soulskill from the go-big-or-go-home dept.
AT&T is acquiring satellite TV provider DirecTV in a deal worth $48.5 billion. This will bring 20 million more U.S. television subscribers under AT&T's roof, making it the second biggest TV provider, behind Comcast. The deal is subject to regulatory approval, and to help that along, AT&T says it will sell its 8% stake in America Movil, which is a competitor to DirecTV in some areas.
"By acquiring the country’s biggest satellite television operator, AT&T will help bolster its competitive position against Comcast. Though pay television is considered a mature market whose subscriber growth has slowed dramatically in recent years, the business nonetheless generates billions of dollars in cash. ... Part of the attraction may be DirecTV’s ample cash flow. While its business has shown little growth in recent years, it generated about $8 billion in earnings last year. Much of that will go toward future investments in growth, AT&T said, including bidding at least $9 billion for wireless network capacity that the government plans to auction off soon. By gaining satellite TV, AT&T may also be able to free up capacity on its existing broadband network."