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Comment Less accessible (Score 4, Insightful) 293 293

One of the things about FM radio is it's so easily accessible - you can (in the UK at least) buy a rubbish FM radio from a pound shop - it might not be great of course, but it makes it a medium practically everyone can enjoy. DAB is comparatively quite expensive.

Comment Declined, probably (Score 1) 244 244

What doesn't seem to have been mentioned here so far is how we define "watch TV", by which I don't mean nit-picking about if it's broadcast, on DVR or streamed from Netflix, iPlayer or your favourite torrent site. I often have the TV on, but just to provide "filler" noise in my house while I get on with other things - I frequently have the TV on, but I rarely *watch* it.

Comment What I want in my car... (Score 1) 148 148

What do I want in my car? 4 wheels (plus a spare in the boot), pedals and a gear leaver (that are physically connected to the things they control), an engine, seats, windows that open and maybe a radio. Anything else is just something to fail or distract me from what I'm supposed to be doing (driving). I'm not old enough to be a stick in the mud but I like having a car that is relatively simple and easily maintained.

Comment Re: Home server not the fix-all (Score 1) 166 166

I know none of this will help you sir, but I wanted to address some of these concerns for people in the UK, like me. I've been running a home server for a while now (and recently switched to a Raspberry Pi, mostly for the power savings). Anyway... For your Internet connection, I highly recommend Plusnet's fibre broadband, if you're lucky enough to live in an area where it's available. For £20/month (plus line rental) I get around 20mbps upstream. I've had their fibre broadband for about 6 months now without any downtime. They have no issues with me running a server, and offer a static ip for a one-of setup fee of £5 (which they say will make it easier to host your own website, etc, thus taking care of any worries about falling foul of their tos). Their sister company just-the-name will sell you a .co.uk domain for £9/2 years. In case you wonder, no I don't work for them, I'm just very impressed by their service.

Comment Good clean wifi? (Score 1) 390 390

“We are promoting good, clean, WiFi in local cafes and elsewhere to make sure that people have confidence in public WiFi systems so that they are not going to see things they shouldn’t.”

What on earth is good clean wifi? The wording here suggests that he thinks simply allowing porn is going to make it flash up on peoples' screens.

Comment Re:these guys are poor businessmen (Score 2) 174 174

It certainly worked on me. I'd never heard of this shop before, despite living a few miles down the coast from it, but now I'm sorely tempted to pay them a visit and get myself some local cider to entertain myself with one evening (and possibly pick up an iPad while I'm there)

IBM Advanced Systems Group -- a bunch of mindless jerks, who'll be first against the wall when the revolution comes... -- with regrets to D. Adams