It really is BS what has happened, as the water in the reservoir is going through a filtering system before it actually hits the pipes, at least that's something I hope it is, otherwise there are much MUCH worse things to worry about.. Hell one dead animal in the reservoir is much MUCH worse than even a football team pissing in the reservoir.. IMHO they should fire the person who decided to drain the reservoir..
Well, you forget one thing, Facebook bought Instagram and let it do their thing without real interference (even though it IS a service that is ripe for being facebookyfying (as I call it)), just like they did with WhatsApp and a lot of other companies they bought..
Facebook will certainly provide a service for the Oculus which is more in their vein, but it will also be just a hardware device which will be usable for anythingelse just like games, without any facebook connection..
You really are ignorant if you think the direction of the Oculus Rift will change in a way that would be bad for VR, think again..
And then you even mention Google, a company that is even MORE set on monetizing people's data, even your mail/documents.. So if you have a gmail account or an Google accound you are really just a hypocrite for saying something about Facebook..
Let's not forget, facebook is in business of making money no matter how, so if they Oculus Rift is a succes they'll make money no matter what, being it through the hardware as being through other extra VR services..
And at the moment there is no other VR competitor that is in the same ballpark as Oculus, especially as most 'older' VR competitors have always been doing consumer VR as an extra but mostly were building stuff for the millitairy and industry where money isn't really the problem.. Also Mobile tech has only become really usable for VR the last few years..
what are the consequences of sending those "anti-waves" on other parts of the world, there is a reason those 'waves' are going on.. those 'waves' are also a way of releasing kinetic energy that has been building up, but what will happen if you just send the released energy back, it might just pop out at the other side..
However, the modern crop of Hollywood movies are just not worth the ticket price.
Well, why do you want to watch them anyway?
Everything is becoming more expensive, people want higher wages, the money has to come from some place.. A can of cola is also much more expensive now than it was in the 70's...
If you think a modest 42" TV is better, than you really are going to the wrong movietheaters..
And what is reasonable? some people think 1 dollar is still too much, others think 10 dollars is still too cheap..
Let's not forget those movies costs millions of dollars to make these days (again, people want more wages) and that money has to come from somewhere.. If people keep pirating movies, it'll take longer for the producers to get their investment back..
And as I said, if you think current movies are crap, why watch them anyway, even the bad remakes.. Let's not forget, movies/series are still just luxury products, so if you think it's too expensive, just leave it be and wait until it pops up at some tv-channel near you, where you 'pay' through having to watch ads..
it's easy to say, 'only $100K', but having to fit a complete fleet of planes makes it a very expensive extra, especially with the financial problems the sector already has..
But then again, why would a system like that cost a $100K, I can't believe a 'simple' satelite telephone would be sufficient to stream the data to a basestation, hell it also can be used then to monitor the plane when it goes off the radar..
But people making claims that it 'only' costs $100K are OR selling the device OR are really ignorant in what it actually costs to outfit a whole fleet of planes with those..