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ICO warns UK broadcasters over filming using drones

jaywin

What about this sort of camera then - as used at Wimbledon - the ball under the basket has a 44x zoom, and the crane itself is parked right next to homes.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rDV3DHxEZYo/UcnF5_xMewI/AAAAAAAABBI/dFZMcS0Qn3Q/s1600/IMG_0794.JPG

Surely that would be in a position to get infringing shots which the broadcasters would already have to be aware of?

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jaywin

> And unlike, conventional, helicopter based news filming, a UAV is far less noticeable while being able to get much closer.

However, a UAV isn't going to be carrying a 72x + zoom lens.

You only need to look at the police TV shows like Interceptors to see how oblivious people can be to full size helicopters.

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jaywin

Agreed, it's not like the broadcasters have never had access to cameras that can fly above the public in the past. I would hope their risk assessments for using a full blown helicopter with two or three occupants is a bit bigger than what they produce for using a UAV (which isn't allowed within a few hundred metres of the public, and has to be line-of-sight to the operator anyway).

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

jaywin

Re: Windows 10 who cares?

Because people use them.

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White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?

jaywin

We're already seeing savings

In live events, LED sources are already saving significant quantities of electricity. And, yes, at the same time, people are using more and more fixtures, but they use so much less electricity than the discharge / incandescent predecessors that a real decrease in energy usage is happening.

Even more so where it comes to outdoor temporary events. Using LED can mean a more impressive stage / better lit site, while needing a smaller generator, less diesel and smaller, lighter cabling.

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EE TV: Network snubs 'Auntie's antique' for mobe-happy set-top box

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Designed their own EPG

You can tell. That thing looks un-navigable from a normal remote control.

And why does it need two, slightly different, clocks within ten pixels of each other? It looks like it's been thrown together by a graphic designer in Dreamweaver in about fifteen minutes, rather than the result of actually looking at other EPGs and designing something good, usable and quick.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

jaywin

But with 8k on the way...

... and the broadcasters actually interested in that format, anyone investing in a 4K TV now is likely to find that investment short lived when 8k comes on stream. And with the Japanese wanting to use the Japan 2020 Olympics as a showcase for their 8k technology, it's likely to happen much quicker than the panel manufacturers would like us to realise.

Besides, at least 8k has a frame rate increase - I'd be happier with a double frame rate HD resolution screen than a double resolution panel operating at the same early 1900's frame rate that was chosen as a compromise back then.

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What the BLOCK? Microsoft to gobble Minecraft-maker 'for $2bn'

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Re: Clumsy giant buys butterfly farm

> Modding is what makes Minecraft special - certainly that's what keeps my kids playing - but MS don't do variety/community at all well.

Flight Simulator says differently.

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

jaywin

Re: How about Rockall?

Fairly good chance of the replacement playmonaut repeating his predecessors fate though...

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EE rolls out London bus pay-by-bonk app – only fandoids need apply

jaywin

I honestly can't see one reason why I would ever want to do this.

Does anyone outside of the mobile phone company bubble actually seen any advantage of having a direct link to your bank account by waving your phone around?

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4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles

jaywin

Re: Concerning IPTV

> there is no reason that an IPTV solution requires client side storage of streams - timeshifted streams could be stored on a server and accessible on demand.

Which kind of throws out the idea of everyone sharing a single multicast stream doesn't it?

And as for a client side buffer enabling pause/rewind, how does that work if you rewind to the beginning of the programme you tuned into half way through?

While UDP multicast may be the most efficient use of bandwidth, using it will require bringing in many restrictions in what the public already expect from a streaming video service.

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jaywin

Re: Concerning IPTV

A single UDP stream would prevent many of the useful tricks iPlayer currently does, like changing resolution on the fly, buffering without losing any of the programme and live pause / rewind.

It would also require the live channels to have a completely different streaming infrastructure to the on demand channels.

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jaywin

Re: Screw +1 and +24

No, we'd just lose other services instead. Look at BBC Three being closed down to allow BBC One +1 to be launched without incurring additional transmission costs.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

jaywin

Re: It doesn't matter how good the display is if there's nothing to display

All UK broadcast HD is transmitted at 1080i50. 1080p25 content can be accommodated within the same broadcast stream.

99% of UK content is produced at 50 interlaced fields, or 25 frames per second (depending on artistic choice). Only things intended primarily for transmission abroad are produced at 60/30.

Most films (24fps) are sped up, reducing the running time and altering the audio pitch, rather than introducing quantization errors. American (60hz) programming can either be slowed down, have the frames interpolated, or a combination of both, which is one reason American stuff looks worse on broadcast TV to the Blu-Ray release when seen on the same television.

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Tesla trademark spat threatens Musk's China dream

jaywin

Sounds like someone's found a way around those pesky trademark laws when making cheap clones of Western products.

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

jaywin

Re: Is it Enjoyable?

> That, to my my mind, is the definition of an audiophile and does not deserve the perjorative use that the author has given it.

It's not really the author who has coined the perjorative use, it's the "audiophile" industry that has caused it themselves.

So much of the market aimed at audiophiles is taken up by conmen, liars and frauds that the entire industry has gained a big black mark. And the big problem is the people who have been conned into paying £500 for a 1m twin phono cable are unwilling to admit they've been conned, and continue to perpetuate the myths.

You could just describe yourself as a hifi enthusiast - that hasn't attracted the same negativity.

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jaywin

Re: Excellent stuff!

> Of course, one thing has changed - the price trend is ever upwards. Why haven't the advances in electronics and computing power made top-quality sound available for peanuts?

They have. The world of professional audio is constantly becoming cheaper, lighter, smaller and higher quality thanks to these advances.

However, these improvements aren't being seen in the same scales in the audiophile world. As long as people are willing to believe that spending £2000 on a power cable is making a difference to the sound, nobody is going to be working towards making these 'audiophile-grade' products affordable.

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jaywin

Re: Good point about loudspeaker and amp designers working separately

> If you buy active speakers, then the problem goes away!

No it won't, unless you're using the bastardisation of "active" which used to be called "powered".

An active speaker is one which requires an external crossover to split the audio into bands, as often found in audiophile set ups. A passive speaker is one which has the crossover contained within, so just requires a single amplified audio signal.

A powered speaker is one which contains all the amplification and crossovers, and requires power and line level audio.

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Conformist Google: Android devices must LOOK, WORK ALIKE

jaywin

Re: Google, your megalomania is showing

Just compare the UX on Sky STBs to Freeview STBs to see the benefits of having a common UI for a product.

Just about anyone in the UK can operate any Sky box, but most people are stumped for a few minutes by every new Freeview box they encounter.

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F1 racing ace Michael Schumacher's medical records were pinched

jaywin

Re: Is this really so unique?

I've had the same phone calls, without a trip to A&E. Or even an accident.

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

jaywin

Re: If this is not just an Orlowskasm

> PS: Why is Android landfill? Nokia/Microsoft sell phones at the bottom end of the market at a substantial loss. If anything deserves the name, it should be landfill Surface.

Android isn't landfill, but a large proportion of Android phones are that cheap it's easier and cheaper to go buy a new one and send your existing one to the dump if you hit any problems with it. It's nothing to do with the quality of the OS or (lack of) profit margins on the phone, it's simply saying that Android created and captured the market for "disposable" smart phones, which still makes up a significant amount of their user base.

You may not like surface, but if you'd spent £900 on one, I doubt you'd be chucking if for a brand new one at your cost if the battery went a bit iffy.

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That's right, MICROSOFT is an ANDROID vendor after Nokia gobble

jaywin

Re: history is always repeated.

Microsoft bought ICQ?

Was that before or after AOL bought it?

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Siri set to rival Windows beauty Cortana after Apple eats Novauris

jaywin
Facepalm

Sickening

Is it bad I keep reading that company name as "norovirus"?

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

jaywin

Re: Still doesn't look as usable

- weird left margin with mysterious / sinister black box at the top

That's part of the set

- close button, but no minimize or restore buttons on windows

Minimize & restore buttons are visible next to the close buttons

- tiny icons with no text in the taskbar (hope that the horrible mess overlaying it is something on the stage, and not on the screen)

The "horrible mess" is quite obviously a camera. There's no less text than present in W7.

- tiny start button, less easy to click

Same size as W7

- live tiles on the start menu, presumably difficlt to configure and taking time to go and check how many emails you have, what the weather forecast is, etc whenever you click the start button

It's clear you've already reached a conclusion about the update, without even seeing it in use or trying it for yourself with these sort of comments.

- internet explorer icon next to start button, presumably difficult to remove / replace

No different to W7. I've seen loads of installs with IE there, that can be moved / removed like any other pinned app.

- still letting applications install unwanted crap on right of taskbar (and no clock there)

There's a clock there, and all the icons are for windows features

- that's enough free UI design consultancy from me....

If it wasn't free, I'd be asking for my money back. It's clear you didn't even look at the UI before you volunteered your consultancy.

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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

jaywin

Re: WTF is a USB "encrypted slot"??

> Maybe it's an upside down one.

Wouldn't work - everyone knows that to plug in a USB plug you have to rotate it twice through 180 degrees to get it to go in. Mounting the socket upside down would just reduce the rotations by one.

What it needs is to be mounted at 90 degrees.

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

jaywin

Re: socapex

Socapex FTW

No other connector comes close in the "what does it carry?" stakes - 240V / 415V / amplified audio / motor control / 6 circuits / 9 circuits - all "standards".

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

jaywin

Dixtionary definition

Audiophile - hi-fi enthusiast with a credit card

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What can Microsoft learn from 'discontinued operations' at Nokia?

jaywin

Re: The explanation is simple

> Nobody trusts a company that simply is greedy and wants dominate all, cloud, servers, phones, games console etc

As opposed to one that is greedy and wants to dominate all, cloud, search, phones, social media, adverts etc

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jaywin

Yet it manages this on hardware less powerful than the equivalent Androids? And the animations (which aren't lengthy), run smoothly - unlike the equivalent Androids.

I'm yet to hear one single person with an actual clue about the subject criticise the UX performance of WP, in fact, completely the opposite, with many of them saying it's a notable plus of the OS that it can perform so well on such "poor" hardware compared to it's competition.

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jaywin

Re: Reason?

Vast majority of people buying mobile phones don't a) know what the difference between a closed and open OS is; and b) don't care.

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jaywin

Re: Dead Platform

> What a load of <bip> this software was. I never was even able to create any contact ... I mean, it is (and has to be) straight forward on any Android or IOS platform, but is apparently a dark mystery you have to solve on WP !

People Hub > Click "+" button > select "New Contact" > enter details. Done.

If that's a dark mystery then I'm surprised you can operate a keyboard in order to type this waffle.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

jaywin

Four channels?

BBC One

BBC Two

BBC Three

BBC Four

And then there's:

BBC News

CBBC

CBeebies

BBC Alba

And that's before you include the World Service television channels which will shortly be paid from the licence fee rather than a grant from the FCO.

I'm still not sure which one of those mostly shows repeats from BBC One though...

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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

jaywin

Waste of time

4K is a waste of time and money. 8K is already being trialled and by the time the 4K market has established itself, 8K will be becoming available. The broadcasters have been working on 8K for years, the only interest in 4K has been from the likes of Sony who're trying to sell TVs and offering to do work on the cheap in order to get some content.

8K, running at 50fps, with a full 12+ surround sound will be a significant upgrade on our current HD systems. 4K is just another marketing gimmick to sell more stuff.

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

jaywin

Re: I've never understood the need for on-screen logos

> You can watermark without needing DOG's. Trust me, it's been going on for years. Little boxes sit in the broadcast stream and can add watermarking that is undetectable. I was involved in a trial for this 8 or 9 years ago with a major broadcaster and have no doubt it has become far more sophisticated since.

And yet they still persist in putting cue dots into the active picture area, because it's the only signal guaranteed to pass through all the processing...

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jaywin

Re: Cooking etc.

> We'd just start saving money.

Is it cheaper to keep building new production teams to come up with new ideas than it is to continue to make episodes of older ideas which can then be sold internationally?

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Ofcom, it's WAR! Mobe networks fire broadside over 2G spectrum pricing

jaywin

They seemed all for AIP when it was about getting other users to cough up their old spectrum or pay full whack for it, users like the MOD, ATC and the RNLI...

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Web Daddy Berners-Lee DRMs HTML5 into 2016

jaywin

> It seems that the content industry is so short of funds that they want everyone else to pay to keep them in

> business.

Fancy that. Doing work and expecting to get paid for it.

How very much dare they.

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jaywin

DRM enabled HTML5 or Flash?

How many people against the inclusion of DRM in HTML5 are happy to keep installing / patching Flash / Silverlight / AIR?

I don't know what world the EFF live in, but by blocking DRM from HTML5 they are not going to force even one company to give up their precious DRM. This isn't about the EFF fighting for freedom, this is about them restricting the availability of content in some sort of bizarre war against copyright.

No DRM in HTML5? - the current plug in's will keep being used - not a sudden change in the use of DRM.

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Bill Gates: Yes, Ctrl-Alt-Del salute was a MISTAKE

jaywin

Re: Ignore the obvious choice

That's used under Windows though.

Pause/Break on the other hand... "Hello, IT" "My computer has broken / paused. Fix it" "Just push the Pause / Break button" "Many thanks good sir"

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Ofcom set to fatten up London's White Space TV spectrum

jaywin

The PMSE crowd already have a licensing regime in place and have done for decades. It's not like the US where they just use the spectrum without oversight, Ofcom has been making loadsamoney out of them for years by doing short term (12h+) licences for spectrum they have identified as being available.

If you're in the middle of a live broadcast, you don't want someone marking your current allocation on your presenter mic as now being unavailable causing it to retune, so the database will be of no interest to the incumbents.

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YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

jaywin

Re: Typical non-programmer article - the API is not HTML5, ever

Exactly - I wonder if people would be reacting the same if Google had decreed that all YouTube apps had to be written in Brainf**k to be compliant with their ToS.

API providers should not be allowed to decide what language the client apps are written in.

A browser based HTML5 app does not give the same UX as a native app on any platform - especially WP as the browser does not have access to any of the standard UI features / animations.

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Feds arrest rogue trucker after GPS jamming borks New Jersey airport test

jaywin

Re: The new battlefield...

> How would that work in a road tunnel?

Simple answer: Have a time out for loss of signal before limiting the speed.

More complicated answer: You've got a GPS - the vehicle will know it's going into a road tunnel, so the limiter could be disabled for that stretch.

Anyway, it's an off the cuff idea, based on my experience that for every way round a stupid rule the workers find, the bosses will find a grossly over-exaggerated method to counter the work around in preference to solving the issue the workers are facing.

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jaywin

The new battlefield...

How long until some company starts fitting their vehicles which limits the speed to 25mph when there's no valid GPS signal being received?

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Asus boss flushes down tabs, says 'Windows RT has not been successful'

jaywin

The problem wasn't RT, it was the pricing.

Look at the number of people, even on here who said they'd grab one when it was rumoured to be £199. Then look how many were still interested when the actual prices were announced.

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Firefox OS mobilises HTML5, without the added Steve Jobs

jaywin

Re: I don't see this as an advantage.

This is where things like Microsoft's TypeScript start being handy.

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EU sets ball rolling on ominous telly spectrum review

jaywin

Re: IP

> just think back to Virgin dropping Sky's channels for the same reasons, until they sorted it out.

Or the summer only BBC Red Button HD service not being available on Sky at the moment which is rumoured to be because of the ongoing argument about carriage fees from the BBC to Sky. That issue even managed to make it disappear from Freesat for about a week because of issues with running EPG data through Sky's systems.

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Windows 8.1 start button appears as Microsoft's Blue wave breaks

jaywin

Re: Windows 8.1

You've got the Windows XP Start Menu on your Windows 8 machine?

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Online music world on iRadio: Apple, imagine our concern

jaywin

Sounds like a poor copy of Nokia's Mix Radio service...

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MYSTERY Nokia image-mangling mobe spotted in public

jaywin
FAIL

Re: What use is a camera

I'm not sure they're hiding their phones from you because of embarrassment, more boredom of you ranting at them about how rubbish their phone is when you've not tried using it.

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Microsoft offers free keyboard covers for Surface RT

jaywin

Re: More lipstick...

Have you loaded Linux onto your iPad?

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