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Comment Never give up on Pop (Score 1) 361

I'm a fan of food metaphors to explain attitudes to music. Giving up pop music is like becoming a food snob or a diet freak. You become a grouch. By all means know what you like, but don't stop being social, you know?

In fact it pays to listen to pop. It's easy to assume pop is pap, but the opposite is often true. It is not just thrown together, but carefully crafted and clever, cutting edge art. The average musician can learn from studying it.

Of course I say this from the safety of the UK where pop actually evolves month to month, and dance music (EDM over the pond) has been mainstream since the late 80s.

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

"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

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

"... 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

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.

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