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Comment: Re:Still Needed (Score 1) 233

by PPH (#48663329) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail

I have a live secretary

Reminds me of the story about the bigshot who was sitting in his office, shooting the bull with a client. Figuring he'd impress this guy, he reached over and hit the button for the intercom to his secretary in he outer office. "Get my broker on the line, hon'." She replied, "Which one is that, sir? Stock or pawn?"

Comment: Re:Wide vs. narrow appeal programming (Score 1) 268

by PPH (#48663187) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

Local OTA programming doesn't have that large an audience. And yet they seem to produce their own content.

broadest of audiences,

That's more a chacteristic of nationally syndicated programming. You can't sustain viewership across the country by doing pieces on the best places to shop in Seattle.

Local broadcasters who are down on their luck financially seem to jettison their own produced programming and replace it with national shows. This leads me to believe that the fees (if any) that the nationals charge OTA broadcasters for content is pretty low. They want the eyeballs for their ads. But repeat the programming on cable and all of a sudden the content owners see another income stream and (thanks to Congress) they want to grab a piece of the pie.

Comment: Interesting Tactic (Score 1) 161

by PPH (#48660861) Attached to: 'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks

Instead of having the CIA/NSA/State Department file charges, they find someone to file charges on behalf of the American public. It would seem that these agencies have the duty of protecting the public and would be expected to file a lawsuit if justified. But then members of the agencies could be called in cross examination to testify as to the exact nature of the harm done. And that's the sort of thing TLAs hate to do on the record.

So, call up a buddy. Have him file suit. But he can't "spill the beans" on any internal processes or documents, since he has been retired for some time and not privy to current events.

Comment: Another factor (Score 1) 130

by PPH (#48660795) Attached to: Does Journal Peer Review Miss Best and Brightest?

Research published in lesser read journals gets fewer citations than elite ones. If you are writing your own paper, you might want to drop a few big names rather than some obscure ones to gain credibility. The initial reason for the elite journals' editors rejection may have little to do with an in-depth analysis of the research. So it goes on to some lesser publication.

From TFA:

It's a sign that these editors making snap decisions really quickly still have a nose for what quality is and isn't

That could be bad logic. The initial rejection by the editor of an elite journal may have little bearing on the quality of the research. But it does influence its subsequent exposure to the scientific community. That factor alone may cause it to be less cited.

I would expect that the study done on this topic does make some attempt to correct for this. But I can't be bothered to follow up on it as a new paper by Bennett Haselton on the distribution of ice has come across my desk and requires my immediate attention.

Comment: Re:Stoppit with this hysteria! (Score 4, Insightful) 289

by PPH (#48660151) Attached to: BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

Seriously, what's in it for the ISP to push these things?

I'm guessing that the gov't is leaning on ISPs to get an explicit buy in/out of filtering per customer. So that later on, when someone in the household stumbles upon that midget porn site, no one can claim shock and offense.

The down side (as others have pointed out) is that little Timmy might be the first one onto the family Internet connection one morning. And the "Do you want to watch porn?" might not get the response intended.

Comment: Re:Combination of revenue sources is required (Score 1) 268

by PPH (#48653569) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

most pay TV channels can't pay the bills to produce original programming.

And yet, my local OTA TV station seems to make a go of it. With a much smaller market available to spread the costs of their news anchors or local personality talking heads.

I think what you are hearing is the lobbying PR of the pay TV channels trying to protect one source of income that they had Congress write into law years ago.

Comment: Re:Satellite TV is unicast (Score 1) 268

by PPH (#48653501) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

satellite television is broadcast with conditional access and satellite Internet is unicast

Merely a technical detail of the implementation by Dish. And not really of concern to, or the business of, any outside party.

Tomorrow, Dish could lease bandwidth from some ultra cheap, high bandwidth satellite provider that would enable them to switch to video delivery via IP or whatever. That's not my business, or Fox's. The encrypted satellite up/downlinks are private communications channels for the exclusive use of Dish between their head end and set top boxes. What Fox, or Netflix, should pay for, is the service of delivering a video/audio stream to the HDMI port on the back of the STB.

The fact that Congress has a couple of morons who write laws based not upon a product or service, but one particular implementation of that is what hampers innovation.

Take an astronaut to launch.