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Comment: Re:So much for long distance Listening (Score 1) 211

by hjf (#49503005) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

bullshit. I'm sure it's possible to create a modulation and encoding system that can "partially recover" a stream. if you have good signal, you get "HD quality", but with lower rates you start degrading. Unrelated, but like Wi-Fi does. 300mbit on clear view of the AP, down to 1mbit if you're unlucky.

Another thing about digital is spectral efficiency: how many bits per unit of transmission you can send. For TV with ISDB-T you can send 3 SD channels in the same space as ONE analog channel. This means, in the case of digital radio, you could use really redundant transmission. Maybe FEC with 3x the data. (FEC TLDR: it converts N packets to N + M, you only need to recover any N of those (N+M) packets, in any order, to fully recover your original data).

If you go into HAM land, they have all sorts of modulation schemes. Olivia MFSK for example, is able to receive data 10dB UNDER THE NOISE FLOOR. Olivia is able to recover information so degraded your ears can't even tell it's there. To you, it's all static.

I don't know how DAB works, but considering it was developed in the early 90s, it probably sucks. It doesn't mean "all digital sucks".

Oh and btw: ISDB-T, for example, is able to give you an excellent HD image in a situation where you'd be getting a blurry, noisy, ghosty image if you were to use analog.

Comment: Re:No they can't ignore consumer protections (Score 1) 245

by hjf (#49482087) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

Did I say "we're poor because US and EU oppress us"? No, I did not.

I didn't say we were any good. I stated something else: Argentina is never in a fair trade field. That has nothing to do with corruption. Even if Argentina straightened itself, the US and EU would still find some technicality of why they can't buy our goods or services.

Comment: Re:Consumers are not going to notice much differen (Score 1) 72

by hjf (#49479841) Attached to: Samsung SSD On a Tiny M.2 Stick Is Capable of Read Speeds Over 2GB/sec

There are plenty of people working with 4K video nowadays. Even "just" HD video. A lot of folks move a LOT of data with "just their laptop". It's a trend. "Specialized workstations" we only know because we're here, but the truth is, most people just don't want a PC anymore.

Want a shocker? A LOT of people are just not replacing their broken PC anymore. They're happy with what their phone or tablet can do. And if they do get a PC, it's almost always a laptop.

Only gamers care for "big rigs" nowadays.

Comment: Re:People are tribal even when they don't realize (Score 1) 245

by hjf (#49478391) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

You can enter any time and use yahoo instead of google. For a while now. Since Yahoo Search used to be powered by Google.
But anyway. You could also download and install ANY OTHER BROWSER, even using IE. Microsoft DID NOT force you to use IE to browse the web.
And Google is in a dominant position, and, while it doesn't force anyone to use their products or services, they showcase them in a very special way. Go to Do you see any ads? YES, ONE: An ad for CHROME, which, guess what? Is the dominant browser now. Fine. Let's say I'm the Mozilla Foundation: google, how much would it cost to put the Firefox ad in google's home? Google: "we don't sell ads for the google home".

THAT, my friend, is abusing a position of power.

Comment: Re:No they can't ignore consumer protections (Score 1) 245

by hjf (#49478201) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

First you claim the EU wants to be competitive, then you say it wants to be self sufficient and basically "block everyone out".

Yes. I know this. I live in Argentina, and we're constantly being hostigated by EU and USA. Americans want "free trade agreements" (where they reserve to refuse products from us selectively), and EU demands we "allow importing of their products" (while agreeing they won't be doing the same in return). At least the EU is a bit more honest about it.

I don't mind countries (or "economic zones") protecting their industries and jobs. I just hate being sanctioned for doing the same (Argentina constantly gets sued, even for subsidizing things. And of course, the courts are in the USA or EU, so we get no chance of winning. When we sue back, our disputes are ignored)

You can't call yourself "competitive" if you rely on a closed, subsidized market.

Comment: Re:This sh*t again? (Score 2) 245

by hjf (#49478107) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

And yet, we didn't learn a single thing about the IE "incident". Chrome is the "dominant" browser now, and many websites are designing around chrome ("ugh, no one uses that SlowFox anymore!").

I had a security camera application (Ubiquiti's AirVision) running fine. It kept nagging me for an update. The update now only works with Chrome. Fuck me, right?

Comment: Re: Invisible hand (Score 1) 536

by hjf (#49343805) Attached to: Comcast's Incompetence, Lack of Broadband May Force Developer To Sell Home

Where I live the telephone company contracts another company to do the "shitty job" of hooking new customers: laying (or hanging) wires, drilling walls, etc. They also have access to junction boxes.
Guess what? It's a mess. Installs are crap. They don't even bother putting junction boxes lids back on (gotta love the sound of rain in your phone line).
So they have to send out their crew of actually trained phone company employees to fix the mess left by the hired installers.
Very fucking efficient.

Comment: Re:The Cost of Monoculture (Score 1) 95

by hjf (#49308401) Attached to: South Korea Begins To Deprecate ActiveX

Yes. We do some warranty stuff for LG. Their website is IE6-only (older versions on compatibility mode). It uses a SHITLOAD of ActiveX components for really, really dumb things. Like: Grid Views, Drop Down Views, etc. It's the typical "I'm used to a desktop app so I expect a web app to behave exactly like a desktop app, with pop-up windows and all other controls". This is endemic with MS developers.

Comment: Re:Well no shit! (Score 4, Interesting) 232

by hjf (#49302881) Attached to: FTC: Google Altered Search Results For Profit

Have we forgotten the whole MS Antitrust fiasco? You remember that Microsoft WAS FINED because they bundled a fucking WEB BROWSER with their OS and made it the default, right? MS didn't force anyone to use it.

And yet, on iOS you can only use the bundled one and nothing else.

LOL. And Microsoft is still evil.

You will have a head crash on your private pack.