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Comment: Re:Obvious (Score 2) 339

But the original question is interesting. Local radio is invaluable in a disaster. The power budget and infrastructure (transmitter towers) for FM radio are much more available. The service area of a single FM radio tower could cover hundreds if not thousands of cell towers. Cell towers also depend on digital backbone and data connections (routers) that also need uninterruptible power.

But the thing about the cellular network is that it's incredibly resilient. Some years ago we had a major earthquake here that wiped out significant chunks of a city and the surrounding area. No power, no water, nothing. The cellular network partially functioned (on banks of lead-acid batteries at many cell sites) until crews got generators in as a priority (which included, among other things, competing cellphone providers servicing and powering each others' gear), and cellphones themselves were battery powered and kept going while (mostly) mains-powered radio receivers went silent. So the cellular network, while overloaded due to the scale of the disaster, continued to provide service. For the subset of radio stations that were still operating, very few people were able to listen.

Comment: Re:Obvious (Score 1) 339

But not a matter of 'just turn it on' and everything magically works.

Good technical summary, but there's another point you missed: Why would I want to use my retina-display facial-recognition streaming-video touch-sensitive camera phone as a freakin' 1930s-vintage wireless set? My phone (Chinese-made) has the FM radio componentry in it, but the only thing I've ever done with it is remove the icon for it to stop it cluttering up the desktop.

Asking the Betteridge's-Law-confirming "Does Lack of FM Support On Phones Increase Your Chances of Dying In a Disaster?" is equivalent to asking "Does Lack of a Wagon Singletree (for horse-hitching) on a Car Increase Your Chances of Dying In a Disaster?". For both cases there's probably some form of specially-constructed disaster you can come up with for which the answer is yes, but in practice, the answer is no.

Comment: Re:DAB or DAB+? (Score 2) 283

by arglebargle_xiv (#49503403) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

Had a year's worth of Sirius satellite radio with a new vehicle. Couldn't stand to listen to it. the sound quality was awful, just like you describe. Even talk stations were tinny and clipped and grating on the ears.

Well you have no-one to blame but yourself for that, if you'd remembered to tape on your Brilliant Pebbles with Teflon Tape, plug in your Tice Clock, and outline the speaker in Green Pen, then you'd have noticed the difference immediately, with strong bass in impact and quantity, clear mids, nice extension and clarity in the trebles, and one of the best soundstages in the market, the physical properties of width and depth producing a sense of great size and space when listening (except that final bit where the third cellist from the left paused to scratch their elbow, which upset the recorded acoustic imaging a bit).

Comment: Re:What is wrong with SCTP and DCCP? (Score 0) 84

by arglebargle_xiv (#49503383) Attached to: Google To Propose QUIC As IETF Standard

These are well-established, well-tested, well-designed protocols with no suspect commercial interests involved. QUIC solves nothing that hasn't already been solved.

Yeah, but it's from Google, and whatever Google wants, Google gets. They've already done this with SPDY, rammed through the IETF with unseemly haste as "HTTP 2.0", with any objections either ignored or declared out of scope. I don't see how QUIC will be any different, the IETF will rename it to give the impression they had some input into the process, but that'll be all.

Comment: Re:The new version is terrible! (Score 1) 207

by arglebargle_xiv (#49492143) Attached to: Google Sunsetting Old Version of Google Maps

I didn't even know that the old one was still available, so I've been forced to use the new one. And despite all of the usage, I still hate it. Do they not focus test these sort of things?

Of course they did, on the same people that Slashspot tested Beta on.

I have a permanent redirect for Google maps, just go to Google Maps Classic. Of course now that they're discontinuing it, the utility of the redirect will be limited (sigh). Now it'll be a toss-up between which sucks less, new Google Maps or Apple Maps.

(ObAppleMaps joke: A man using Apple Maps walks into a bar. Or a church. Or a cinema. He's not quite sure.

Comment: Re: title is wrong (Score 1) 237

by arglebargle_xiv (#49476019) Attached to: Chess Grandmaster Used iPhone To Cheat During Tournament

If he can argue his way out of the charges, he might be a masterdebater, though.

And that's what's really going on here, he was ducking into the lav to toss one off but since masterdebation is still illegal in Dubai he had to come up with this ludicrous red herring involving an iPhone and toilet paper. Suspiciously soggy toilet paper...

Comment: Re:Arbitrary major version jumps (Score 2) 172

by arglebargle_xiv (#49462415) Attached to: Linux 4.0 Kernel Released
I know that sounds like cynical marketroidism, but sometimes you do need to do that to wean people off some hideously ancient version they're still running on an old 386 under Netware 3.1 bricked into a wall next to the second floor men's toilet. "Last 3 major versions" sounds like a pretty generous strategy, we do "last n minor versions", where n is usually spread over 2-3 years. In other words unless you have a long-term support contract, if you come to us with a problem in a product written in the heyday of Windows XP, you're told to upgrade.

Comment: Re:remember...... (Score 1) 187

by arglebargle_xiv (#49455659) Attached to: LG Split Screen Software Compromises System Security

It is no surprise that LG decided to ship a half baked solution for their new flagship displays.

It's kind of a surprise they shipped it at all. I didn't know what this thing did without a bit of googling, it appears that it's custom software that allows you to display multiple windows at once on your desktop, like, um, what's that Microsoft OS called that does that too? Not Microsoft Window (aka Windows 8), but the one where you can have multiple windows tiled across your desktop.

Oh yeah, Windows 1.0, that was it.

Comment: Re:UAC is for idiots (Score 1, Funny) 187

by arglebargle_xiv (#49455507) Attached to: LG Split Screen Software Compromises System Security

As what I'd consider a 'power user', one of the first things I do is turn that obnoxious thing off.

And I appreciate that, I really do, although I wish you had less crap on your machine, it's slowing down the warez site I'm running on it. Some of the other guys have been complaining as well.

Oh, and could you at least write or call your mother once a week or so, I'm getting sick of seeing her nagging in your inbox.

Comment: Re:No one mentions the cost (Score 2) 140

by arglebargle_xiv (#49384333) Attached to: World's Largest Aircraft Seeks Investors To Begin Operation

We paid 90 million for something we sold back to the builders for 300k. What the hell man?

Probably out of embarrassment. It may be called the Airlander but Flying Buttcrack

would be a better name. If that thing was flesh-coloured instead of white it'd be on porn sites.

To spot the expert, pick the one who predicts the job will take the longest and cost the most.