* Posts by Deej

19 posts • joined 30 May 2012

The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

Deej

Re: Con trick

I can't tell if you're joking about the consequence of compression on Satellite being that most transmissions ALL sound as rough and as hideous as each other, but I suspect it's just 'easier' to take the post-Optimod audio and spit it out to AM, FM, DAB, Satellite etc. Just lazy I reckon.

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Re: DAB killed the radio star

Yes agreed regarding the majority of units sold being of the 'portable' type - it's an absolutely fair point :)

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DAB killed the radio star

As a long-term fan of radio, and as somebody who set up a Community Radio station and took part in an temporary FM broadcast (RSL), I've been left constantly disappointed by DAB.

When DAB launched, the promise was of superior sound, masses of choice and so on. And certainly, when DAB launched, there was - Life, Chill, Core - numerous great sounding stations which slowly but surely ceased to be, leaving behind the same stuff but with a different name - Heart and Capital really; even Real Radio has gone now.

Those that remained slowly got worse to listen to with lower bitrates and a switch to mono (mono? REALLY?). The nail in the coffin for me as a listener was when Absolute Radio switched to mono recently.

As a potential broadcaster, I was left constantly frustrated about the high cost to entry on DAB - thousands and thousands of pounds (unfortunately I'm not allowed to say how much because of NDAs I've had to sign), but just unnecessarily high, which effectively locks out potential new - potentially innovative - broadcasters from the technology and unable to reach an audience desperate for something different.

And now a new MUX launches, probably with the same barriers to entry, and still everything in sodding mono! It's too little too late - I listen online now using Sonos and Pure Flow radios, and I suspect that more and more people will listen this way as well; particularly as online cars become more commonplace and TuneIn app becomes more prevalent. You can even listen in stereo - imagine that!

So, *so* disappointing.

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

Deej

I didn't think Boot Camp was really that widely used?

As per the title - I didn't think Boot Camp was that widely used; not when you have the likes of Parallels and VMware so you can run a different OS in a VM.

Can't say I've used Boot Camp in a very long time (but was using my Windows 10 VM only yesterday)..

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Thought Apple was kidding about diversity? Here's 50 MEEELLION reasons you're wrong

Deej

Anything like this is good

I think that any steps to create a diverse and equal workforce should be applauded; yes, you could say that money isn't the answer, or telling people about it (like the BBC - "we're officially banning all-male panels on comedy shows") leads to tokenism, but you have to start somewhere before it becomes the norm. Any effort to move towards making diversity and equality the norm is a Good Thing in my opinion :)

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Buggy? Angry? LET IT ALL OUT says Linus Torvalds

Deej

Middle finger

Much as I appreciate that Linus is not known for his diplomacy or tact, it doesn't mean that El Reg has to plaster the picture of him giving the middle finger all over the website. Where I work that makes the whole of The Register NSFW and there could be more organisations like mine, and it becomes more prominent because of the site redesign too.

Just a polite request to consider where your audience accesses your site, that's all.

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Tesco preps for Big Data Engine dump: Laters, Clubcard dev

Deej

The one thing that Tesco forgot a long time ago was customer service. I've been into Tesco many times when the staff at the checkouts have been chatting to each other without even acknowledging me, and then just holding out their hand for payment. Based on this, I refuse to shop in Tesco any more - I can't be the only one that is like this. Sainsburys' terminals even says "Greet Customer" before products are put through - a cheery 'hello' can make all the difference in my opinion.

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Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

Deej

*Arqiva - that is all :)

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TCL confirms plans to 'bring back' Palm – provided you tell it how

Deej

It's a shame they've practically ruled out WebOS already - I would have been really interested in that as it happens..

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UK.gov binds mobe operators to £5bn not-spot deal

Deej

Re: Arqiva: see also CrownCastle???

I may be wrong, but aren't Arqiva and Crowncastle (UK) the same entity now?

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

Deej

Yes, but will it blend??

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IT MELTDOWN ruins Cyber Monday for RBS, Natwest customers

Deej

Re: Resolved? I think not.

After reading this, I thought I ought to check my own RBS account and sure enough, the money that I transferred in yesterday is no longer showing.

As a result I phoned RBS, who were very apologetic but couldn't help in any way.

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Ex-Nokia team unveil Jolla smartphone with added Sailfish OS

Deej

Re: Don't think it's a good idea

Surely even the doomsayers have to applaud the efforts and the spirit that has gone into this handset?

These guys were laid off from Nokia; told they were surplus to requirements. They could have all gone home, played on their Xbox and moped around the house because they couldn't find another job (making a wild assumption there!), but they didn't - they got together and tried to do something different. Surely that in itself is worthy of some encouragement?

Just because *you* don't think it will work, doesn't mean that others do. I'm looking forward to reading a review, and highly likely to buy a handset when it reaches our shores.

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Turkish TV presenter canned for flashing too much cleavage

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Questionable decision....

.. I think the politician has made a bit of a boob there.

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Three axes data-roaming fees in SEVEN countries

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This is really, really good news!

Well done Three - it's about time that something like this happened :)

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Sky falling: 119,000 Brits flee O2, Be after Murdoch broadband gobble

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I will be one from the *next* 100,000

I've just had my MAC code; Be tried to get me to stay with a tempting offer from Sky - apparently I can get Sky fibre (even though there are not any FTTC cabinets in the viscinity and the BT Infinity checker says I can't get FTTC).

I'm off to (I think) IDNet, although I may have a look at PlusNet. Isn't PlusNet a BT company?

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YouView launches with pricey premium DVR

Deej

"The trouble is, of course, a lot of folk own DVRs already. No problem, says the ebullient Sir Alan, this is the box their going to replace their DVRs with"

*they're

The device feels as if it's a decade too late - not in terms of functionality but because it's yet another add-on box. At the moment, with the integration of Freeview / Freesat / iPlayer into Smart TVs, isn't the general trend to reduce the number of devices on the shelf below the telly?

Integrate it into a telly - yes, great. Or make it into a USB dongle so it can plug in to a PC / Mac or an existing telly that has a USB slot (assuming that kind of capability exists).

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HP open sources WebOS TouchPad tablet GUI

Deej

I stopped using my Touchpad just two weeks ago - I just got fed up of the pauses in mail app that caused me to delete multiple emails instead of one etc.

Shame really, as I really wanted WebOS and the TouchPad to be a market leader rather than a has been :(

I tried CyanogenMod 7 and 9 on it, and while it seemed to run OK there were still bugs that I experienced, mainly around wifi.

Again shame, as this could have given the tablet a new lease of life.

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EE splurges £50m on OS-specific experts

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Training? Just more staff would help

In an Apple store there are *lots* of staff; having to wait for help is not particularly common.

In an Orange store, you can wait for *DAYS* before being served. If you can't get the attention of a member of staff, no amount of training is ever going to help.

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