* Posts by JimboSmith

22 posts • joined 16 Aug 2012

Applications to run more white-space Local TV stations invited

JimboSmith

Local radio has recently not been a success in this country, far too many stations were licensed with too little advertising money to go round. Then the disaster that is DAB came along and cost stations even more money with the carrot of automatic licence renewal to try and offset that. There hasn't been a single DAB only station that has made any money and Planet Rock is up for sale again, never having made any money. Global Radio paid well over the odds for GCap Media and then lobbied the government to allow them to merge loads of their local stations. They then cut the number of stations that they broadcast in half in what in the industry was seen as a way of drastically cutting their costs. They needed to do this because they had taken out a loan to buy the business and they had repayments that were rumoured to be quite high. I used to work in the industry and have knowledge of this.

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BlackBerry 10: AWESOME. If the hardware matches it, RIM jobs are safe

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Re: Actual IMAP?

I can get several days out of my blackberry (9700) and have been the envy of many of my friends because of that. are the

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Re: One-trick pony

I've got a playbook thanks, bought three one for me and two as Christmas presents.

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Re: email without BB services

You could go with T-mobile and get BB service for £3.33 a month if you pay £20 for 6 months upfront.

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BBC in secret trial to see if you care about thing you plainly don't

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Re: Power Hungry

Back in 2000 we only had a handful of stations and the transmission bit rate for each station was fairly high, now only Radio 3 is at 192k despite the BBC stating this was the lowest acceptable bit rate for DAB TX back in 2003 (see page 34 of this PDF version of the BBC R&D white paper WHP061 http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/rd/pubs/whp/whp-pdf-files/WHP061.pdf for more details. Classic fm is the next best at 160k but that's under the limit. Worse is the fact that the treasury is millions of pounds worse off because they didn't auction the analogue national licences whn they came up for renewal because they expected there to be an impending DAB switchover, so there wouldn't be any bidders for a shortened licence term. All ballcocks of course, DAB switchover will be 2020 if they're lucky.

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Re: So..

- Increase the power levels so they're not an order of magnitude below the FM broadcasts. It's a SFN right? What's the problem?!?

As I understand it there is a maximum power level and minimum distance between transmitters, if these aren't adhered to it causes reception problems .

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Judge drops TV ad-block block: So how will anyone pay for TV now?

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30 second skip

Bill you are aware that you can add a 30 second skip into your Series 1 Tivo aren't you. http://www.weaknees.com/30/

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Apple's skinny new iMac line: Farewell, optical drives

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Pirate

Have you been talking to my doctor about prostate exams? She used those exact words!

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Apple unveils iPad mini, upgrades its big brother

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Re: Your cut-out'n'keep guide

It's £129 for the 64Gb Version in the UK (at Currys/PC World)

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Free games for all after EA discount code goes viral

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Re: Only needs online once

Yup but the computer is in a remote house where there is no internet, no reliable mobile signal, which is why I wanted the game - you can get bored of the same view. My plan was to burn the download to a DVD and then install it on the computer when I got there which would have been fine. However the computer would need to be connected to the internet to validate the game and as I can't move it around easily - a mini tower and I don't drive, that's why they refunded the cost. I can't install it on my laptop owing to policies with some of the clients who I work with, about what software is installed on the machine when I connect it to their network. The text on the box did say that it needed to be connected to the internet, however it was covered by the price sticker.

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Steam sucks, it refused to let me use a genuine store bought copy of a game, so I contacted support and complained. They added the game to my Steam account so I could download it, all 3GB of it but they then asked me if the computer I planned to play it on was connected to the internet. When I said no they said they'd have to refund my money as it needed an internet connection even if I was doing a single player version.

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Apple Maps too good for Taiwanese military

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Mushroom

Google and Bing have blurred/blocked something else

So with all this secrecy around you have to wonder what's under the green blur on Google that affects a part of Russia close to the Bering Straits. You can see the blur here :

http://maps.google.com/maps/place?ftid=0x59f78f69ab39b585:0x5fc26c2ebfa92b76&q=66.26658,179.216423&ved=0CA0Q-gswAA&sa=X&ei=PU51UMPeFsPg8APiqYDoBw

So then we look at Bing and discover that it is also hidden here too but someone with more expertise in Photoshop has been copying and pasting not with getting heavy with the blur tool.

http://www.bing.com/maps/?FORM=HDRSC4#JnE9LjY2JTI1NDAyMjY2NTglMjUyYzE3OSUyNTQwMjIxNjQyMyU3ZXNzdC4wJTdlcGcuMSZiYj01My4xMDc0Nzg1MjA4NTg0JTdlMTQuMzI1MDk3NTYwMjUlN2U0NC4yMjk3NjkwOTIxNiU3ZS05LjYyNTA5Nzc1MjI1

Have a look at the small lake closest to the pin and then look down and right you'll see where they've copied it from to do the cover up.

It's actually an old Russian missile complex but then that's hardly a secret anymore, and all what I've written above + pictures of the complex can be found here:

http://www.thelivingmoon.com/45jack_files/03files/Russian_Bases_ICBM_Site_Chukotka.html

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Inside the real-world Double-O section of Her Majesty's Secret Service

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Re: There have been a few...

Thank you!

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I read the synopsis of a book about a UK unit that actually carries out the "we didn't do it" killings and it was fascinating but I can't find it now despite scouring Amazon. for example they all use assumed names to help preserve anonymity, however they take this to the nth degree and don't discuss their real identities even within the unit etc. If anyone knows what it was called would you be so kind as to please post the title here.

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Tablet security study finds BlackBerry still good for something

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Re: Playbook

Skype being missing is I think down to Skype not RIM.

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WTF?

I object to that on the basis that I've bought three, one for myself two as Christmas presents. so that's 129 then.

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Major Freeview EPG revamp to go ahead after appeals rejected

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Re: Channel Numbers are so 20th Century

My Sony allows me to do just that - I've binned all the shopping channels and reordered/renumbered the channels so that the +1 is next to the normal channel, not miles away. Wouldn't buy a telly that didn't have those features as standard.

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Re: Renumbering

It doesn't affect me because I have my channels in a specific order with either their own sequential numbers or given a specific number (e.g. 301 is on 31) so DMOL can do what they like it won't affect me. I don't use a PVR though and I can imagine that would be a pain.

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Sky gripe grounded Freeview EPG facelift

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Stop

Why doesn't every manufacturer just offer the option to change the channel numbers, delete channels etc. on their TV's? My Sony CRT Freeview jobby allows me to do all that, and the only annoying thing that happens when they do a rejig of the channel numbers is a message appears telling me to do a retune which I just ignore. I'm not buying another TV that doesn't offer that as a default feature.

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Apple TV: Rubbish, you don't like documentaries – I'll just flick to porn

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So It's just like a Tivo then - mine was doing that sort of functionaliy in 2002.

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The 'experts' who never see BBM will never understand RIM

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BBM just for the young?

I'm approaching the big 40 not 14 and I use BBM (as do my friends) and it's only £3.33 a month from T-mobile if you PAYG for 6 months in advance. I haven't found an unlimited SMS package for that price anywhere else, and BBM rocks!

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Hypersonic Waverider scramjet in epic wipeout

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Re: Sunk cost

Certificate of Airworthiness.

Airbus were not prepared to continue support, making the replacement parts, technical support etc. and therefore surrendered (after consultation with BA/AF) the type certificate for Concorde (i.e; handed it back to the regulators) meaning that the entire fleet was grounded. Branson could have bought them but he

a) Only said to the press that he was prepared to offer £1 for them, same as BA paid.

b) Couldn't fly them anywhere without a Certificate of Airworthiness.

So what was he going to do with them, open up a museum? Because strangely that's where they all ended up, just without the bearded one having any involvement.

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