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Comment: Re: If you've got good signal, digital is better, (Score 1) 192

by lazybeam (#45589275) Attached to: Final Days For Australia's Analog TV

In Australia the move to digital has meant they could consolidate channel frequencies. Previously we had channels 2, 7, 9, 10, 28 and 31. Now all broadcast happens in the frequencies of channels 6-12. I'm in Brisbane which has been digital only for a while. This means one can get a smaller antenna with better gain as it only listens on a narrower range.

My parents used to receive one station on channel 0 and the rest in UHF. Digital has moved all stations to the same 6 channel UHF block, so they can now take down the old VHF antenna completely.

Comment: Re:Daylight Saving Time (Score 1) 545

by lazybeam (#45314645) Attached to: A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones

Australians call it summer time too. Which means AEST is both "Australian Eastern Standard Time" and "Australian Eastern Summer Time" which is really confusing. (Slightly confusing also to the Americans because we are going into summer now; the southern states have just switched to summer time). I'm in Queensland and have scheduled interstate online meetings in "AEST" which means people showing up an hour early or late... Now we make sure we say "Brisbane time" or even "+1000" vs "+1100".

Comment: Re:Incapsula (Score 5, Informative) 93

by lazybeam (#45012005) Attached to: Another 100 Gigabit DDoS Attack Strikes — This Time Unreflected

We are an Incapsula customer and I can tell you we were NOT "completely unaffected". We experienced about an hour total of complete down time and several hours of slow response. Our servers were unloaded - no problems when bypassing Incapsula. So I guess they protected us from "that" but in the meantime all sites were unreachable. Though different ISPs had different levels of slowness at different times (trying our two different office connections and three different mobile networks).

Comment: Re: How old are you? (Score 1) 236

by lazybeam (#44606263) Attached to: The Death of the American Drive-in

The drive-in near my house just added a third screen, though I haven't been since. I have no real idea of their projection technology, but the last time I looked it used 35mm film. I'm 32yo also and taken my 3 kids but now the twins are toddlers they won't sit for the entire movie. When they were little they just slept. At least the car limited the annoyance of other viewers, even if we don't get to see the entire thing. Before the kids my wife and I used to reverse our station wagon with a mattress in the back. She'd usually fall alseep! Our current car (a Honda CRV) isn't as big and is full of stuff so we can't do that anymore.

When I was a kid I remember seeing a drive-in screen but even then it was disused. That field is now all houses.

A little unfair that the site don't acknowledge drive-ins outside the US!

Comment: Re:What we have here... (Score 1) 329

by lazybeam (#41758803) Attached to: The Struggles of Getting Into the App Store

I was thinking about Apple's "cut". I usually buy iTunes cards from a retail shop when they are on special: often $30 for 2x$20 cards or $40 for a $50 card. Who is eating this "shortfall"? The cards themselves are not free, the shop can't be making a loss, so how much would Apple actually make from these cards? If I then buy an app for $40, the developer gets $28, so there isn't much available in the $2 difference!

The Internet

Ad Group Says Internet Accounts For 5.1M US Jobs, 3.7% of GDP 73

Posted by timothy
from the exact-figures-are-124.987-percent-accurate dept.
lpress writes "A Harvard Business School study sponsored by the Interactive Advertising Bureau shows that the ad-supported Internet is responsible for 5.1 million jobs in the U.S. — two million direct and 3.1 million indirect. They report that the Internet accounted for 3.7% of 2011 GDP. The research, development and procurement that launched the Internet back in the 1970s and 1980s cost the US taxpayers $124.5 million at the time — not a bad investment!" Your calculations may vary.

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