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Comment Re:Worried? (Score 2, Interesting) 450

Some of those areas don't have variable electric tariffs that promote use of electricity when the electric company wants you to use the electric. Here in central NC, most residential customers just have one electrical rate - whatever the electric company wants to charge, and there's no competition. However because the electric infrastructure around here was built around supplying lots of electric power to the textile mills and they have now been shut down, the power companies have excess capacity here. Datacenters are coming here to fill the void somewhat, but not in terms of raw number of employed people. But when it comes to electric vehicles the interim solution is for electric companies to offer an "electric vehicle" tariff on a circuit that is controlled by the electric company - and to encourage EV users to charge at times convenient to the electric company. However these charging stations should IMO make use of a dual circuit - giving EV owners the option to give their vehicle a charge boost at peak power pricing, whilst giving the same option of garaging the vehicle overnight to charge when the electric company thinks it can send power to that charging station.

Comment Re:All mine were cheap! (Score 1) 1259

Also if you have the old style "mortgage" loans (as I do), once you hit 50, the loans are forgiven - and you qualify for deferment if you make less than £X per year. I've always made under £X per year so always had a deferment... at this rate come 50 I'll be having the writeoff. Not my plan... but still...

Comment Re:Shouldn't happen..... (Score 3, Insightful) 262

If the FCC standard chosen actually worked for VHF then that would be true. Low VHF (i.e. between channels 2 and 6 inclusive) is actually not very good for the 8-VSB modulation method. The complaints I hear are from TV DX reception enthusiasts and they're talking about their LOCAL stations... TV DX enthusiasts are more than likely to have decent receiving equipment and antenna installations, and they're having problems with the low-VHF signals. High VHF is better but is still more susceptible to interference compared to a UHF signal.

The main advantage to ATSC is its power requirements - i.e. more bang for the watt.

DVB-T has a nice capability that ATSC doesn't and that is its design to use different modulation techniques - QPSK, 16-QAM or 64-QAM. This allows a broadcaster to choose between a more robust signal with a lower bitrate, or a higher bitrate with more programming but a more sensitive signal. Also DVB-T can support single-frequency networks, which ATSC cannot. However DVB-T has been improved and there's DVB-T2, along with Mpeg4 will allow for 3 HD channels to be broadcast on a 8Mhz TV frequency.

Comment Re:expediency yes, but within the rule of law (Score 1) 281

There's another way to keep the meetings secret and stay within the 15 minute criteria. At our workplace we have to schedule meetings ahead of time far in advance but often because of the nature of our work they can get cancelled at little or no notice. Our way around that is to schedule for more than one day the same meeting, and the first time we get to meet is the 'meeting', the rest are then just cancelled.

So all the DHS needs to do is schedule lots and lots of meetings, give the required 15 days notice, and hey if the meeting gets cancelled then so be it. But then because of the scheduling and the publication of these meetings - it's in the public record that they're meeting - they're just *always* in meetings, that happen to be always closed.


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