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That is after they make me watch a 15 second advertisement to watch TV I pay for on hardware I pay for on the only valid viewing option on my PC.
This pretty much tells me everything I need to know about your mentality and to put 0 effort in to my return arguement because you're flat out going to not buy them.
> There are Ethernet and power plugs at various spots in the garden..
That's great...for you. For many of us trying to do something as simple as plant a flower bed requires digging permits and utility companies to spend days trampling through your yard to mark where lines are. That's not to mention many people live in places where they can't run wires...say an apartment building or a house they rent.
>So.. because I've solved my particular needs for workspace freedom using wires Good for you. Solving problems using 200 year old technology.
> I would humbly suggest you have a good night's sleep and read up on some modern research on biological effects of RF, and perhaps come back to this discussion afterwards. I have...many of them in fact. I took RF engineering stuff in college. The problem I had with most of those reports are 80% of them were biased one way or another and paid for by some company with other motives; the others tended to be inaccurate for one reason or another. It's true we didn't fully know microwaves; but things have changed. We've done more studies...and many of those have been biased one way or another. It's like reading stuff put out by PeTA; it does nothing but help push their agenda while seeming like fact.
I guess that's my problem...I've worked with this stuff and worked with people who have been around it longer than I have..and we don't see the purpose. None of the guys I know who have been doing cell-phone sites for 30 years have no problem.
Of course are you to a nuclear plant? Anything within 50 miles and you're pretty much screwed anyway.
The lawsuit didn't include anything about disabling the copy of tapes. The argument was the devices themselves were capable of infringement and wanted Sony held responsible. Copying tapes wasn't a concern; as most people couldn't afford a VCR, let alone two; but TV networks were also making the claim that people recording content was infringing copyright.
The Supreme Court wound up making a decision on this case in '84; ruling just because the devices could be used for that purpose, they had a larger number of legitimate purposes; since they also ruled that time-shifting programs for one's own use was legal.
The 1992 Cable Act set up the must-carry; and it's intention was to help get smaller ignored broadcasters on to cable systems with the must-carry provision. The retramission consent was probably foresight. ATSC was working on HDTV standards at that time (which, if you ask me were at least 10 years too early); 8VSB and COFDM were modulation methods looked at. For some odd reason, the FCC adopted 8VSB even though it's technically inferior to COFDM. 8VSB does not handle multi-path very well, if at all. This is a problem just about everywhere, signals bounce. You live in the city, you get signals bouncing off buildings. You live in a rural area; you got signal bouncing off the ground, trees, etc. Why would you use a system that breaks down at the first little reflection?
Those in power knew that 8VSB modulation, in the long run; would cause OTA TV to fail. You'd get a small percentage of people who got signal; but people who used to get marginal reception don't get it at all. I used to get locals with an antenna; but with all the trees around my house it's no point. I get great signal levels, sure; the problem is the amount of multipath and signal degradation is so severe it's not usable.
Maybe that's not true...but the fact is; we're using a modulation system that's outright garbage. Majority of people can't get quality reception without expensive antennas or shelling out a lot of money; the day of putting rabbit ears on the TV are largely over. Create a system where people have to switch to a provider, then double-dip on the profits.
The fact is, no one was sure whether it was legal or not...till the networks got involved. Plain and simple..
Up next on the chopping block are going to be multi-room DVRs, Slingbox technology, and probably anything that delivers video to your computer. The judgement was not very clear on an even less clear law; and "past-precedent" will be used to get all kinds of new technology illegal.