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Comment Poor comparison (Score 4, Insightful) 345

I have no idea why the comparison between the Concorde and the 747 was even made in the first place. The 2 jets were made for entirely different purposes.
The Airbus A380 would be a better comparison, since it has the same intended purpose as the 747 (massive amount of seating and cargo space for cheap flights)

Also, Boeing was working on it's own version of a luxury supersonic competitor to the Concord (the Boeing 2707 SST), but the project ended up being cancelled before it was ever mass produced (mostly due to to all the sonic-boom issues related to flying over land)

Comparing the 747 to the Concorde is like comparing a double-decker bus to a stretch-ferrari limousine

Comment Re: What problem? (Score 3, Informative) 213

Taking a copyrighted work who's copyright is about to expire, and republishing on a newer format such as VHS or DVD, does not renew the copyright.

You don't have to use the original source if the copyright is expired and the new source is identical to the original. However, if the newer version has been altered (cgi added or something) then the added CGI would have a new copyright term, separate from the original copyright (but would only cover the modifications, not the original content)

Comment Re:What's the refresh rate and response time? (Score 1) 79

The problem of low refresh rate gets even worse as the FOV gets wider.
Human peripheral vision, while being far less detailed, is far MORE sensitive to movement and brightness, meaning that we can see screen flicker near the edges that we can't see directly in front of our eyes.

This is one of the reasons stopping Oculus from making a wider FOV headset. Widening FOV is easy, keeping people from getting sick is hard.

Comment Re:Battery drain? (Score 2) 350

There is no additional drain unless you are actively using the FM receiver.

Also, your phone people already has the chip, it's just disabled.

This isn't about mandating an FM chip in every cellphone, it's about mandating that the existing FM chips not be disabled (which only happens in the US versions)

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 350

What's a real scenario where one-way FM radio on a cell-phone would be a real life-line for anyone but the completely ignorant and inexperienced?

A tornado pops up, everyone hears the siren and goes into the basement, then the tornado starts knocking down power lines and causing fires, which burn the town to the ground with all the people still inside.

Comment Re: Lets say yes so they put an FM radio on my pho (Score 1) 350

It's not about ANNOUNCING the disaster, that's what sirens are for.

AFTER the sirens have gone off, and AFTER everyone is hiding in fear, wouldn't it be nice if they knew WHY they were hiding?

They can't call or text anyone to find out, since the towers will be overloaded.

Now, they could use the FM radio that is ALREADY BUILT INTO their phone, unfortunately the US carrier they bought it from specifically demanded that the FM radio be disabled.

A specific example of where this would save lives: A tornado pops up, the sirens go off, and everyone heads to the basement. Meanwhile the high winds have knocked down power lines everywhere, and started fires everywhere. The town is quickly burning to the ground (with people still in their basements), and nobody knows because they can't hear the local radio station talking about the fires.

Comment Re:Lets say yes so they put an FM radio on my phon (Score 1) 350

I think the psychological reassurance of just knowing what's going on during a disaster is probably the most helpful part.

Even if you can't DO anything about it, it's still better than cowering in fear because you are in the dark both literally and figuratively.

Comment Re:Makers or Service providers? (Score 4, Interesting) 350

How do you explain phones that have identical international and US versions, and only the US version has the FM disabled?

The (international) HTC Desire Z had an FM radio, and came with an FM tuner app to access it. (using the headphones as the antenna)
The identical US version, the T-Mobile G2, also had an FM radio but it was disabled in software. (to fix it, you just had to install the stock FM tuner app)

I can only assume that T-mobile demanded that the FM radio be disabled, in order to get people to use up all their data listening to streaming music.

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing for money.