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Comment Re:Assuming all goes well... (Score 1) 101

That's why they have a self-destruct mechanism. If it goes off-course, they push the button and it goes boom in the sky, not on the ground. Once it goes boom and becomes little bits, there is no more horizontal acceleration, and the debris falls below where the boom happened, which will likely still be over the water.

Comment Re: Norway switching off FM ? (Score 2) 303

Except that the HD Radio """standard""" is full of patents, so even if you knew how to make a digital receiver, you couldn't sell it without paying license fees.

And they call it HD to make you think "high definition" when in reality it's barely up to the quality of a 128K MP3. The HD stands for "Hybrid Digital". There is really no need for it to exist other than ZOMG DIGITAL.

Also, nobody cares about stereo on AM anymore, so there's no need for it there, either. AM (in the US) has become talk radio and low-income music for people who don't give a fuck about audio quality. (The AM band is full of Mexican-style music down here in Texas, with the occasional country or rap station in between.) It is also extremely susceptible to RFI, making the sound quality even worse. I even know of two talk radio stations that have LP FM simulcasts so you can get better audio within the metro area limits.

Comment Re:Quad Stereo (Score 1) 435

Some of those albums became available on DTS CD. DTS is an interesting format, because it is a 5.1 format that was designed to work inside of red-book CD audio. They even have to drop the high 2 bits from each channel to keep the dynamic range of binary data from killing speakers when played on a regular CD player without the proper decoder. Still, it's the only CD format that supports quadraphonic audio.

But it had little exposure until DVD made digital audio decoders a thing, and even then you had to hook up everything just right to play DTS from CDs.

Comment Re:Fixed that for you... (Score 1) 115

He means a satellite around the moon, dumb-ass. The moon is tidally locked, so the far side always has the moon in the way of the communications path. You need a relay satellite in lunar orbit, and even then you still would only get intermittent communication without multiple relay satellites. That's the main reason that the far side of the moon doesn't get much love.

Comment Re:Only 455? (Score 1) 189

They are also probably only counting English-language shows. Half of what I watch in any season is likely to be from the other side of the world, though music gets a larger fraction than that because Western music has been lame since the '90s. Also, I don't watch cable TV or subscribe to Netflix, Amazon, etc., so I don't even have access to much of that 455, nor do I care enough to pirate them. These days it's basically Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Agents of SHIELD, Fox's Sunday night animation block, and Nova, along with various current season anime from Japan.

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