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DAB is a geriatric solution to a problem that does not exist.
Originally conceived as a way of automating radio listening so that people did not have to re-tune their car radios as they drove along, or suffer fading from multipath it was also adapted to increase the number of channels available by TDM. But we are not short of FM spectrum, particularly when so many local commercial radio stations have been merged into national conglomerates. And a serious attempt to measure the artistic quality would be very disappointing. Very dissapointing indeed.
The battery consumption of portables is appalling, and the level of technology required means that cheap radio is impossible. And the abysmal bit rates drive the final nail into the coffin from my point of view.
Oh, and as early adopters, nay originators, we are lumbered with a system that the rest of the world has moved on from.
We have internet capacity enough and satellite channels that cover all the stations (although the satellite channels are under-utilised, being fed from the low bit rate DAB channel in too many cases). Our american cousins, for all their failings, have adopted satellite receivers for cars rather than DAB, and we could do the same. On the subject of internet capacity, that could be improved if ISPs put simple caching servers in the exchanges, so that multiple consumers of radio or tv could be given a single feed over the backbone, rather than multiple identical feeds occupying bandwidth.
And yes, I live in an area which is "marginal" for DAB, but then it is "marginal" for FM, DVT, rdio 5 MW, and broadband as well. If DAB were any good I'd be putting up antennae
Sadly, long range radio listening on HF has become pointless just as a new generation of software controlled radios was making the hobby innovative again.
I really miss listening to Strauss from Vienna on 12MHz, and one of the high points of my life was listening to the Bernstein "Ode to Freedom" performance on Deutsche Welle's short wave live coverage.
>real work this afternoon
Don't lets go completely down the fantasy trail...
They were pretty clever stories for the 1950s, and fulfilled the fundamental law of SF in being abut the F, not the S. They made you think, and made you think about real life too. And, come on, is the bee gun not cool?
But the TV series was dire, because it concentrated on the S, all sets and special effects (both beyond the ability of the budget)
I don't think that melancholy air could easily be captured in a film, and as for Holywood doing it - well, no chance.
People prepared to pay apple prices are buying apple.
Android has to take market share fromm $299 netbooks. Its no good leaving off the keyboard, Ethernet & usb & then wanting $800
>The reality is that the Bush Administration actually believed that Saddam had WMDs.
A fair number of then believe that the world was made in 4004BC by a sky fairy.
Troll, cos we don't have any other supernatural beings.
"He's more deluded than I thought."
>He's more deluded than I thought.
And he's a self-obsessed, self-important tosser who gets off on publicity.
Thing is, I think wikileaks is a good idea. But He's spoiling it for me.
UK PC sales plunged in Q1
Would this have anything to do with the market maturing? That the PC I built 3 years ago or bought 2 years ago is still more powerful than I would ever need?
Or is it, perhaps, because I can't buy a new one without buying a new copy of Windows, which I already own?
Oh no, it's because I haven't got any money. Certainly not to splash out on something I don't need.
Nokia's famous engineering talent
>what happened to Nokia's famous engineering talent?
They were either sacked or ran away when Elop picked WP7
I see that I don't need to make my customary disparaging remarks about futurologists, spurious precision, and wishful thinking. It's all been said.
But I'm going to post anyway in case somebody predicted I would. Wouldn't like them to get it wrong!
soak the grannies
>the original investors get burnt and 10 years later someone gets a bargain.
Bit like the channel tunnel then. Sold off to the banks for a penny in the pound.
Time of crisis
It's interesting that they can afford to set on fire a perfectly good modern outboard. What happened to the tradition of using hulks for target practice?
See, now this is proper science.
I, for one, welcome, our UCL tefal-heads. If they can connect me up to my server by the power of thought alone, I will be happy.
"Companion Computing" == Please don't stop buying desktops, just 'cos we sold you this. Please. PLEASE!
And, frankly, I think their introduction would help cases like this but otherwise be a Bad Thing (TM)
In theory the law is supposed to stand in for all the victims and prosecute the offender. In this case, hands have probably been shaken with infolded fingers.
there is the rub
>Probably the CPS are unwilling to proceed because they'll lose.
>That loss could then render RIPA unworkable
Someone very senior has decided that. I suspect this is what is meant by "not in the public interest".
personally I'd like to see RIPA torn up and go back to whatever we had in the 1960s.
Out with the pitchforks, then!
For years people have paid for an 'opinion' from a QC, and filed the resultant letters. They are taken very seriously by the courts as evidence of best efforts.
Doesn;t mean I approve of phorm, who all need to f*k off and die of something horrid , but lawer's opinions are routinely sought before going to court.
 Twice. At least.
Even our backstreet computer store has a 7" android 1.x for 99 quid, and a 10" 2.2 for 200.
Both are a bit slow, but both have gps and usb ports.
But my Dell mini-10 has 3G, a 64Gb ssd, 3 usb plug'oles, wired and wifi ethernet, bluetooth, and a Sd slot, camera, microphone, two speakers, and 8 hours worth of batteries. Oh, and a gb of ram, and an atom cpu
And it has a hinge and a keyboard .
and cost me 199 quid. OK it doesn't have a touch screen, but it came with a fabric stuffsack. for 199 quid.
20 of your earth currency units off?
Wake me up when it costs less than 250
She's over there -->
on the photo scrolling app review
This is not a title
I am much more concerned about Google closing Android than I am about whether someone thinks they own the copyright on a few hundred lines of ascii text.
...my cell co does actively pursue and sue text spammers....
Really? Wow! I am seriously impressed
I built a controller for a rising-quadrant receipt printer out of a scamp. I think it was a 8050 SC/MP-1. No stack pointer, no subroutine calls-and-return. Good enough though.
off the radar
Even a decade ago no-one would have dared to imagine this. Now the importance of the component industry is lost in the glare from Intel, Apple, et.al, and the politicians are less likely to cut up rough.
To their eternal shame.
This deal is as significant as M$/Nokia as signalling the decline of the west. Lights out, lads.
for glods sake
It's not a pharmaceutical, or a method of 3-d printing titanium.
It's a five quid golfing gimmick gadget, for people who are already too lazy to carry a set of clubs.
is it really worth the bother?
Is it just me?
I read the title as 'Broad US antithrust probe' and my eyes started to water.
Put that white coat away!
Is that the Moderatrix in the pictures?
Am I allowed to burst out laughing yet?
I've always wanted to name something after Yuri. I guess a soyuz is as good a tribute as any.
Had Sergej Korolëv lived I can't believe that Russia would not have got to the Moon, and Mars. I am so glad they are still providing launchers and keeping the dream alive.
I am increasingly alarmed by the idea that the success or failure of vast financial services depends on a few nanoseconds on clock edges. And now the cost of n* 126 watts over n*95 watts can tip that balance back the other way?
Does no-one else think something is out of control here? This is some sort of something-out-of-nothing flim-flam? It seems to me like the Laplace Transform of a ponzi scheme, escalating infinitesimals rather than volumes.
Oh, and it also seems like cheating. No-one made anything new, grew anything, or improved the lot of the masses. They just stuck a waterwheel in the flow of real commerce and are leeching off what other people do. Parasites.
so why all the apocalyptic panicking?
lots of talk but
No-one has explained how Unity integrates with GDM. On nearly every linux system I've used you can install alternative desktops and switch between them at the login screen. No-one in any review has told me whether Unity works like that, or whether Gnome, KDE, etc. become mysteriously unavailable.
then time to start asking for copies off some of the TV stations
And how do these idiots propse proving its their copyright? maybe the TV stations have won some IP
Play it again...Samsung
This is why I read the reviews. Never likely to buy stuff, but I love the throw-away irreverence.
"Microsoft Buys Open Source ReactOS For $12.3 Billion"
Chap on usenet posted this:
( suggestion that Apple had installed a speak-your-weight machine app on every ipod and iphone overnight, and to try it out put yours on the floor and stand on it)
if you even have a mother for that matter.
Didn't one of Pterry's villains say "I 'ad a muvver once. I fink I et her"?
Flimsy Plotlines? not as bad as the scenery and the control consoles.
How does that work?
You agree to meet someone at 9:00 on Monday.
It's monday, you get up at 06:00, wash, get the bus and meet him at 9:00.
The government announces that on Saturday the clocks will change. On Saturday you change your clocks. On Monday you get up at 06:00, wash, get the bus and meet him at 9:00.
See, no drama.
The morons will no doubt do it again. They were talking about repeating the bst in winter gag a few months ago.
Why don't people just get up when they want? if changing the clocks makes all get up an hour earlier that makes us sheep, not citizens.
1.04% for Java ME?
I'm tempted to join the "It's a comedy show" comments, but in this case I actualy thought it was a nasty hatchett job and a bit put up. They've fixed petrol cars after breaking them, and re-tested them.
I think in this case my feelings are with Tesla, although I do think that suing is blunt instrument.
Oh, and @MisestoPisces, yes. Clarkson is a twat. Hammond is a pillock, and I quite like James May, when he isn;t playing the buffoon.
The failings of futuremaths
A large, long-established retailer with a simple, uneveolving, business plan incorrectly guessed that their sales would go up during a recession, and look like idiots because of it.
Yet people in padded chairs can predice "107%" increase in sales of apple products 3 years hence with no idea how apple may change their business plan in the meantime.
Predictions now are no more worthwhile than they were from Nostradamus.
I don't get this
If you want to know the wavelength of a TV band signal, go look at a TV antenna.
Is this band really appropriate for pocket equipment?
Another money-spinning act of fawning sycophancy by the department of wishful thinking.
I'd like to add my own predictions that in 3 years time:
* Unemployment in Teeside will have fallen to 0.1%
* Stilton cheese will be outselling Brie throughout Europe
* Gordon Brown will have regained the Labour leadership and won a General election.
I still don't understand
Why the update mechanism wan't tested while the OS was being developed, & why the new updates can't be tested before publishing them.
Smoke or Vapour
Is this Vapourware, or the future of a once-mighty empire going up in Smoke.
How can it be that with that many highly paid brains in one building they havn't had something ready for five years?
It is customary for commentards like me to suggest that M$ never innovates. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present the evidence.
I said 3 years ago that Vista would cost them the farm, and I still believe it. Have you heard the mutterings from anyone who pays 450 quid for a laptop with W7 basic and then faces a bill for half as much again to make it do something? or people who discover 30 days in just what that "demo" version of office was really all about? Office + W7 premium can come to more than the cost of the laptop, the bastards.
This organisation has seriously lost the plot, and if they think they can derail the whole industry for the 13th time with promises of vapourware at some distant future date, then I think they will learn that the industry finally grew up. I really, really, home that they are doomed, and doomed properly.
A pox on them, the whole miserable crew of them.
"people with disabilities or cultural obligations"
I can work round this. We need another clause:
* People for whom the chicken dance presents physical or cultural challenges may substitute any other activity considered similarly ludicrous in the appropriate culture or lifestyle. Nudity is not necessarily discouraged, but should be used to produce hilarity, not arousal. footnote: stage arrows through the head were never funny.
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