Thursday, May 25, 2023

Miss Cellania's Links

Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock and Roll, passed away yesterday at her home in K├╝snacht, Switzerland. She was 83. A long list of heartfelt tributes flooded the internet as soon as the news came. 

Ford's putting AM radio back in vehicles, including EVs.

An Honest Trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie.

4 Child Kings Who Brought the Brutality and Incompetence of a Ruler Four Times Their Age. 

Transgender kids just threw an epic prom in Washington, D.C.

Amber the Orangutan Wants to Look at Babies.

15 of the Biggest Cleaning Mistakes People Have Made. Learn how to not destroy whatever it is you're trying to clean.

The True Story of Philip Ashton, Island Castaway.

The Nib is shutting down this summer. Boing Boing has a tribute.


Bicycle Bill said...

According to a story on Forbes (which has a paywall), Ford may be backing off on eliminating the AM radio in their vehicles, but it sounds like manufacturers such as BMW, Porsche, Audi, Volvo, VW, and Tesla still plan on phasing AM radios out of their EVs going forward.


xoxoxoBruce said...

Ford backed off on killing AM for 2024 models after talking to various states about the AM emergency warning systems, but no commitment past '24 models. It's just a software change. Like Tesla and John Deere, all the car companies will retain control of a car your paid a fortune for. They can change the software at any time without your permission or even telling you. On new Mercedes you can add lots of horsepower paying $60 or $90 a month. They are in complete control with propitiatory systems you can't hack.

What's Love Got To Do With It? EVERYTHING! RIP Tina.

gwdMaine said...

"Functions on Demand" It's the latest thing. BMW will sell you a subscription for heated seats. A monthly subscription to heat your front seats costs roughly $18, with options to subscribe for a year ($180), three years ($300), or pay for “unlimited” access for $415.

newton said...

The AM radio circuit is very cheap--pennies. It is often included for free in Bluetooth or Wifi ICs. The hard part is having a proper antenna, especially in modern electronics filled cars that generate a lot of interference for AM signals. Making AM radios work in modern cars so that provide a decent sound is difficult and can be expensive. It is a hard choice to make when they know that fewer and fewer people actually listen to AM these days. Ford backed off because they got a lot of press attention, but in the long run AM radio is probably a technology past its prime.