16 posts • joined 4 Sep 2007
FM Reception Crap, Ditto DAB
I have spent/wasted £100s on several DAB radios since FM reception where I live is dodgy. The DAB reception is marginal - radios have to be positioned in just the right place, and the level of service is awful (some types of weather seem to kill it). I just hate that mud-bubbling sound.
As for DAB on the move: just laughable, quite unable to begin to complete with FM.
It seems incredible that Freeview TV works but basic radio services don't. It also seems incredible that UK Government continues to peddle basic DAB that doesn't really work and never will.
Perhaps some variant of LTE to rule us all will provide an alternative - sometime, maybe...
Bundled with, Worth, Free, ...
At least this comes 'bundled with books, magazines and video worth more $200' rather than 'with FREE $200'. But 'worth'? Only if you could persuade folk to purchase all those items at resale price.
Vision Plus box - just awful
Aside from wanting Sky3 and Sky4, the sheer awfulness of the Vision box is what made me switch to Sky.
Someone has to pay
Those who don't transfer vast peer to peer files should not have their service degraded by those who do - an argument for 'pay per byte' . Whether at the client or server end of the link...
Should BT be prevented from traffic shaping to ensure delivery via Broadband of the Sky channels on its Vision service? If not, is this because delivery of pay-TV is somehow different from the hallowed Internet?
Providing the network to support the Internet is not a charitable occupation: it tends to be 'for profit' for better or worse - and in my view better than attempting to pay for it out of general taxation and gave it run by some quango...
Forget the CPEs
And have the pleasure of splashing £440 every 3 years for the delights of the 6 hour multi-choice exam. At least that forces you to revise - and means an average annual cost including membership of circa £200.
Bad Couple of Years for the Adobe Security Team?
Working in a security team is usually a depressing experience - under-resourced and fixing crap mistakes made by people who should have known better; not being allowed in to the design and review cycle early; etc.
And now you report it as if they are the ones to blame.... look higher up the tree and earlier in the process!
energy problems solved
Downhill both ways... all our energy problems solved! How many cyclists will it take using their dynamos to charge us all sufficient batteries to power our electric vehicles (or even our puny LED lights that now replace the incandescent bulbs I fondly remember...)?
Toujour La Change...
Can I nominate 'New Labour' since the term 'Old Labour' or simply 'Labour' seems to cover the ground admirably?
Unplug all extension wiring...
I just received an iPlate - net effect an apparent slight reduction in speed.
However, when I unplug the internal wiring and plug a micro-filter in to the BT ‘test socket’ to which my home-hub and a DECT phone are attached, my ‘IP Profile’ rises from 2mbit/s up to 6.5mbit/s.
So I am now thinking of some experiments to cut (or perhaps earth) the bell-wire – or another approach would be to insert a (very short range) DECT extender to link from the micro-filter attached to the test socket through to the internal wiring – more money but might do the trick?
Thanks to Neil from BT who rang to provide support and knew what he was talking about!
Make it run on VMWare 'hardware' without any expert knowledge required - then I will try it!
A Good Thing
Surely it is? And if it leads to modifications (codification of de facto practices) to the standards then that too is 'a good thing'.
Exemption from procurement rules...
Fine to hear of a success - all credit. Procurement rules seem designed to (a) promulgate an adversarial environment; and (b) thwart the PRINCE2 principles espoused by our own Governments's OGC... So no surprise to me that (again credit where due) something that worked broke the mould...
Most PSB output is shite...
Most PSB output is shite... but SO much better than the commercial channels.
Roll back to BBC1, BBC2 and the 3rd channel I say.
I have spent £thousands on gadgets to show / hear this rubbish - more fool me - and would cheerfully just have radios 3 & 4 - even tho' they have dumbed down in a disgusting fashion. Bah Humbug.
How do I offer to pay NOT to be advertised to?
BT Fails Duty of Care?
BT has repeatedly tried to get me to take their home hub and sign-up for 18 months. They want me to throw away my firewall/router to replace it with something totally insecure - and the blurb mentioned some 'security device later'. I think this stinks from a major provider - and I think El Reg should take this up with them.
Freeview made my mind up
I intended to purchase LCD. Helpful chap in shop got the set I had picked, and showed me Bugs Life from DVD with direct digital to the LCD - it looked great. Then I asked to view output of a freeview box since in reality this is 99% of my viewing. The LCD looked terrible - flesh tones of the news reader made her look like a dummy. So I looked at the same output with a plasma and the results were natural. I bought the plasma.
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