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Comment: the real question (Score 1) 244

is why it is turned off

if the question were "why should a phone add all this expensive hardware for negligible benefit" then the answer should obviously screw FM radio

but if the functionality is already there, why isn't anyone angry that you are being denied something for free simply so your phone carrier can squeeze more cash out of you?

i look at the other posts here and their priorities and their rationale, and i can't understand why this thought doesn't rank higher

and while we're at it, get us a tv tuner too, like in japan:


why aren't television and fm radio industries banding together to demand inclusion on smartphones? nevermind as a safety feature, you can make arguments for that, but even if you think that's a contrived concern, do it simply because it's a fucking industry of content, that you can get FOR FREE

Comment: Re:Unless (Score 1) 221

Yes, words can lead to death, and Goebbels propaganda is a rather good examples. And once again, he wasn't just a guy writing posters, speeches and press releases he was a senior Nazi who knew about the Final Solution, and when the Final Solution was finally wetr in motion, pushed for Berlin's Jews to be among the first to be moved.

Comment: Re:Unless (Score 3, Insightful) 221

You find it hard to condemn a guy who was given the job of justifying murdering six million Jews?

You do understand, I trust, that Goebbels was more than just a propaganda writer, but a senior minister and, for a brief time, one of Hitler's chief heirs. But even the propaganda itself was horrifying in its vileness and evil, and even Goebbels had never done anything else, that would still make him one of the evilest men in hisotry.

Comment: Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 1) 265

by Shakrai (#49503159) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

*shrug*, in New York State they have six months for all felony charges except murder, where they have a year. It takes time for both sides (defense and prosecution) to prepare their cases. 70 days seems reasonable to me, particularly in the case of someone (like the subject of TFA) who isn't being held pending trial.

Comment: Re:Unless (Score 1) 221

And who exactly did any of the senior Nazis kill? Hitler, Himmler, Goering, and the whole senior gang were the directors of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Are you seriosulyt asserting that they did nothing wrong? After WWIz I don't think Hitler actually killed anyone personally.

Comment: Re:vs. a Falcon 9 (Score 1) 64

by Bruce Perens (#49501071) Attached to: Rocket Lab Unveils "Electric" Rocket Engine

They can carry about 110kg to LEO, compared to the Falcon 9's 13150kg. That's 0.84% of the payload capacity. A launch is estimated to cost $4 900 000, compared to the Falcon 9's $61 200 000. That's 8.01%. That means cost per mass to orbit is nearly an order of magnitude worse.

Yes, this is a really small rocket. If you are a government or some other entity that needs to put something small in orbit right away, the USD$5 Million price might not deter you, even though you could potentially launch a lot of small satellites on a Falcon 9 for less.

And it's a missile affordable by most small countries, if your payload can handle the re-entry on its own. Uh-oh. :-)

Comment: Re:in my opinion this guy is like Jenny McCarthy (Score 1) 300

by circletimessquare (#49499089) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

are you against music because people can copyright songs?

that's exactly as stupid as what you just wrote

there is science

then there are corporations

you do understand those are different topics, right?

because the ignorance you just wrote suggests otherwise

Comment: Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 1) 265

by causality (#49498253) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

Well, the constitution does say any American citizen has free travel between areas within the US. So if I was this guy, I'd sue the federal court. Fun fact, because it's a federal issue, he's constitutionally promised a jury of at least 6 people if the suit is for more than $20. At that point, it really doesn't matter what the federal judge says, it's the jury. And since the US is a country of "letter of the law", the federal government is going to have a hell of a time defending this action when the constitution explicitly prohibits it.

Sure thing. All it will cost him is his life savings plus whatever debt he incurs.

I've got all the money I'll ever need if I die by 4 o'clock. -- Henny Youngman