grew up on your Popular Electronics crew, all those soldering wizards who educated us all. like to hear the back-story of how you and AT&T got into a cage battle over optoelectronics.
all that means is you can now formally forward the extortion threat to your new overlords. somebody who is anxious at not "getting a taste" can get this bumped up to $5 billion at the drop of a hat.
this court just dotted the "i"s. somebody else will get to cross the "t"s.
commercial mixes have always been punched up. if you sit at a console and watch a slow-rise standard VU meter, even the wildest disk jockey's rants will average -3 to -5 dBv. on a waterfall display, you will see a hot, strong midrange that doesn't fall.
now imagine a "wall of sound" where the waterfall display is almost fully lit. that's complex music production, or your average commercial today. if you are going to peak-limit that stream to the average power of programming, which mostly is talk, the commercials disappear.
that's what viewers want. not what broadcasters want. certainly not what advertisers want.
and face it, those peak limiters are not installed. past few months on DirectTV channels we watch, for instance, the program owners are not really controlling audio content. it's apparent that whoever is walking past the console at the uplink will occasionally come over and crank the gain up or down from the sharp differences mid-sentence (I'm talking to you in particular, Scripps, but DTV promos suffer from the same issue.)
regulators are going to have to mandate a spec to plug into the audio limiters before there is any real progress. most of the units in use like Orbans have the capability to dump octave bands or the whole audio stream on a peak in any octave of the audio band. they are generally set up to punch that waveform monitor to a big white wall, with whatever the program director wants emphasized in a little peak.
every yahoo (pun intended) with a tin desk, a telephone, and a tie can set up a little telecom company with just a few thousand dollars for the lawyers to draw up the papers. many have. the reason is that they get wholesale rates from every other telecom company on colocation, facilities, duct access, dark fiber, provisioned carriers, and everything including access to the bathroom. it's infinitely cheaper than bending the ears (or passing "campaign contributions" wink wink) to scores of local politicians who are studiously looking over their shoulders. and it gouges the incumbent carriers greatly.
gut the sucker and burn it down, let India collect on the 6-buck value of the land. still the extortionists.
but a day/night switchover.
which means they have back-assward management in the first place, for not operating a life-safety system as a 24/7 operation.
carbon-based computation should not be part of the core logic on which the air control system rests.
back when two-track was all you had, you recorded what you had on hand for talent, and bounced the two tracks onto one on another recorder. if you needed to add more later, repeat. the whole tape layer was used, and the oversaturation of bass in particular was the original development of "fat bass." it got easy when four-track head stacks were developed.
oh, there is something about knowing what you're doing in there someplace, too, because you had to KNOW where you wanted sounds to end up before you laid them down. no going back months later and doing another mixdown with different settings.
and unless you have a New York City density, it takes more money than you can ever get a return on to run FTTH to every hobbit hole and cabin. now, you can remote gig etherswitches and run spokes of fiber off that to cut the cost of cable placement, and you can subtend more dslams on short runs from a control unit, but if you have copper in the ground, it's still valuable. you can punch 100 Mbit/sec from a dslam from 750 or so feet on copper pair, perhaps bonding two pairs, and that's massively sufficient. if you can get within a mile of a house with a dslam, why not use the copper you've got?
"return to sende"BOOOMMMM!
obviously, their refund policy is going to change...
this is just about as significant as Sparkum Flint Works releasing a new line of arrowheads in a New York City event. on the wharf. at 2 am. on Thanksgiving Day. not even a slow or dead news cycle is going to get any interest.
you are getting silly, very silly... repeat after me... "patents are cheaper in Chapter 7. patents are cheaper in Chapter 7..."
they've driften along nicely for three years already. the drain is in sight. they don't need a C-level to reach it.
Samsung will buy $290 million dollars worth of iPhones, slap a Samsung sticker on them, and offer them for $1.98 as unlocked phones. give the receipt to the judge, and say "there, got it."
and even if you don't fix things, you should have at least an envelope monitor (scope) to set your drive level. and a spectrum analyzer (swept scope) is very useful to make sure you aren't splattering all over the bands. 100 MHz is marginal if you move above 20 meters. there are too many crummy signals out there from folks looking for that "big signal," which often as not is dirty as a spark gap.