markhb wrote:The CEO of RyanAir (or someone there) has also suggested that passengers ride standing up. Even PeoplExpress didn't suggest that (or pay toilets), and they cut every penny they could before Frank Lorenzo bought them out and created Continental.I suspect that "IP via CWR" would cause a lot of radio interference just like broadband-over-powerlines does. The unshielded powerlines (or in this case rails) would act like a giant antenna, broadcasting interference to shortwave and CB radios. I realize you're probably joking, but I think thats why it wouldn't work.
More on-topic for this thread: regarding the availability of connectivity for a trainset, the comparisons to cruise ships and aircraft are neglecting one point: trains travel on dry land, on a continuous ROW. I am not suggesting that running their own WAN with periodic POP/routers would be cost-effective in the short term, but it is a solution that isn't available to sea or air travelers. It could even be an aspect of an FCC-led nationwide broadcast broadband project.
OTOH, has anyone experimented with IP via CWR? :D
Also, I heard that the FAA has a specific rule against airline pay toilets, but I'm not sure if thats really true.