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Comment: Re:Anyone know what, exactly, was the issue? (Score 1) 186

by residents_parking (#47738841) Attached to: BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

"as a Brit you can't avoid being a taxpayer but you can most certainly avoid being a licence payer."

If current murmurings are to be believed, the new DG wants iPlayer and all other "watch again" services to be subject to the license. IMHO that will make an Internet connection subject to the TV License.

Comment: Re: Do the math (Score 1) 338

by residents_parking (#47738787) Attached to: New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

You're *accidentally* half right. DC is used over long distances and especially over cables, but point to point. (Although, part of the UK rail network is 550V dc with booster stations, but that's another story.) Conversion in this context is AC to DC and vice versa.

Sheesh, I live right where the cable is terminated on the UK side. The converter station at Sellindge is just up the road, and it's a butt-load bigger than a 2GW transformer, it's acres of kit. Everyone here knows this stuff.

Comment: Re:Anyone know what, exactly, was the issue? (Score 1) 186

by residents_parking (#47738529) Attached to: BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

"... keeping the BBC free from political influence"

Or accountability. Seriously it would be easier on my conscience if the BBC were a government department. Because being forced to pay for something you can't control which rubs its own political ideology in your face every day ...... sucks.

Comment: Re:media cos killed it w/compression+Bitstarvation (Score 1) 197

by residents_parking (#47690247) Attached to: Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

I can tell the difference between MP3 and FLAC while driving my car with the bog standard stereo. Once it's been pointed out to you, it soon becomes really annoying.

You don't even need ears to notice the difference. Just look at the spectrum. MP3's top end (13kHz up) flops about all over the place. And whaddya know? One sure sign is truncated reverb tails. But it can be difficult to put this into words. People might say there is less air or less space or depth. Bottom line it's measurable.

Anyone doing any kind of pro audio would be able to tell the difference. So take your gold plated straw man and burn him somewhere else, thank-you.

Comment: UK TV Licensing (Score 1) 200

It is well known the BBC want to extend TV licensing to "watch again" (not quite the same as on-demand) services like iPlayer, 4OD etc. The argument goes that a PVR needs a license but a PC does not, and that this is an anomaly. I can easily see ISPs being used as middle-men to collect the fee.

Comment: If you're going to spend any money ... (Score 1) 502

Don't buy a card. Period. Get a decent USB I/O. That way you can use it anywhere and it doesn't have to be buried with your dead desktop.

Don't get me wrong, internal sound is actually not bad these days, but you never really know what you're getting and you might need to hack about with grounding for acceptable performance. (My current desktop is OK on output but terrible on input, even with hacks.) If you need something dependable, buy an external lump with known quality. I have a Roland Quad Capture I'm happy with.

Whoever dies with the most toys wins.