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Comment: Re:Thank god (Score 1) 47

While I've been fortunate to have never received any of that junk, I do see this as a good move... and $5 is really low. Recall it's not $5 on any purchase, but $5 over the lifetime of your account. That's... well. If that's a problem for you, how exactly do you afford to have whatever it is you're running Steam on? I'll give you the internet - maybe public wifi (or stealing it)... but unless you dug the device out of the trash and are also stealing electricity, I think spending $5 at one time or another isn't much to require.

Comment: Re: broadcasting both analog and digital (Score 1) 223

by X0563511 (#49504941) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

Ah, yes - they have those around here. Honestly, I don't listen to those, as (by chance) the stuff they play isn't anything I enjoy.

I can imagine though that it's perfectly fine for stationary radios - it's the mobile receivers who would deal the most with fluctuating signal strengths.

Comment: Re:So much for long distance Listening (Score 2) 223

by X0563511 (#49502103) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

The way the digital stations around here work, is they broadcast both - and the receiver in my car seem to be intelligent enough to downgrade if the digital signal is too weak.

Basically, the radio starts off sounding like poo as it starts off in analog, but then as it 'locks in' (for lack of a better term) it switches over to digital and thus sounds much better. If I drive into a tunnel or such, the digital signal will drop and the radio will (without gap, mind you) drop back to analog, and switch back up when the digital signal is again stable.

I think what it does is it receives both, and keeps a running error talley on the digital stream. It uses this to determine if the signal is stable enough to use. I would expect even better performance if the streams were buffered for a second or two, but this isn't the case (at least the analog signal isn't - verified with my "real" radio)

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