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What in the hell is that, right?

Well, if you’re young, smart and more driven to succeed than I was, hit the books son and learn how to read, write and apply that tier of math because the world will be needing people like you more and more over time, and they’ll pay you too. Cash money.

So that formula is the Okumura-Hata model to predict the total path loss along a link of terrestrial microwave and other types of cellular communications in a medium-sized city. It’s one of many mathematical gems used by engineers to calculate the real-world size of a cell created by a tower in an urban area.

The information yielded is helpful to know when planning where to place cell towers when wiring up a city for wireless communications. Much work was put into coming up with it and its application is very practical indeed, not just academic.

We’re not calculating the circumference of a circle for the hell of it anymore. This is all about doing more with a finite resource. This isn’t a game; this is real life kiddo. Wake up.

History has shown that over time more people tend to be alive simultaneously and using one or more mobile devices. Over time more white cops shoot black kids, and those people congregate into already-densely populated areas, livestreaming the chaos from their phones to phones of others.

In order for livestreaming the looting and arson to go smoothly, people need to be able to communicate. So cellular carriers are desperate not just for more spectrum from the government but for better math to plan tower distribution and to devise protocols, like LTE Advanced, that can support twice as many protestors in a given cell sector than your daddy’s clunky old LTE protocol (I’m talkin’ system spectral efficiency from dynamic radio resource management — google it).

Too long; didn’t read? Math, unlike Latin, is worth studying. So is calligraphy.

Also, that cop’s innocent, get over it.

Doug Simmons