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Just the expression "state-owned media", in implying "state-controlled media", misses the point to begin with. State control of the BBC has always been rather minimal. The license system does seem archaic but, historically, it has permitted a well-funded and high-quality source of news, documentaries and other programming without the annoying commercials that everyone else endures and without an imposed partisan bias. There is nothing wrong with government funding per se...
I suspect that you made an early judgement on the organization based on name and ownership, and then never actually checked it out as a news source. It's surprisingly balanced as far as I can tell. I have yet to see any content that could be interpreted as supporting terrorism. Which news sources do you prefer?
Except that it is clear that Apple is striving in this area, and is setting new standards. But because they have not been immediately and completely successful you feel able to condemn them and Capitalism? What an idiotic post.
It is worth noting that the BBC News website has given full coverage to Apple's response. The BBC anti-Apple slant has always been real, but patchy. Whether it was related to the Micro is hard to say, but that's an interesting hypothesis. The degeneration of parts of this thread into political ranting suggest that many here are simply unfamiliar with the BBC and its reporting which, by and large, is more factual and less partisan than almost anything originating here in...
I think you just answered your own question.
Quite exact, the way I was envisaging it, which was to adjust the rotation rate so that at impact, it is oriented as needed.But it occurs to me that they may do something rather different, especially since many dropped phones likely don't have much angular velocity to start with. Rigid-body rotations are stable about the two principle axes with the greatest and least moments of inertia, so two internal rotation systems, in principle, would be adequate to achieve any given...
But angular momentum is moment of inertia x angular velocity, so such a system can work with relatively low-mass components provided that they spin fast enough.
Interesting concept that I recall being discussed a year or two back. The issue with modifying angular momentum during a fall remains the need to know the exact height of the phone above the impact surface. That is the single, critical unknown. Without an ultrasonic method - mentioned as a more advanced enhancement - or something equivalent, it's hard to see how this can work.
I've never felt the need for one but, to be fair, the screen protector is surely not intended to be more scratch resistant than the screen, but simply to isolate the screen from objects that might, otherwise, scratch it. No doubt the protector itself gets scratched in the process.
 I wasn't taking exception to what you said - just pointing out that it was not technically correct. You are right that explosives produce quite remarkable, and unintuitive effects, but a result of that is that they are widely and greatly misunderstood. As I said - the explosive  cannot itself (neither the direct detonation shock wave nor the associated air blast) have that kind of effect on materials such as steel. No chemical explosive can, even those substantially more...
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