Post by bobharvey Post by Catman Post by Adrian C
Good Lord. I thought that kind of rabid response only happened on Usenet.
Some of his examples are overstated, and the language is hysterical,
but the underlying politics are sound. When 625 lines started, the
law required 405 lines to remain on-air for 20 years after the last
set was sold. There were still analogue sets in the shops this year,
particularly small sets - the kind poor people buy. The funtionallity
of digital systems is rather restricted cf analogue
Can you give me a example of a small, analogue set being sold this year
for less than say £99.99?
I've found a 7 portable on Amazon for £59, but I have to wonder how many
were *actually* sold.
In what way restricted? I'm not sure we even have the same definition of
Post by bobharvey
We are having something similar happen with radio. No-one wants DAB
but there is talk of switching off analogue radio in a few years.
Well *I* quite like DAB, so to say that 'no one' wants it is patently
untrue. It certainly does have issues, that I'll grant you.
Post by bobharvey
I have a more subtle reason for fearing the demise of analogue
broadcsting. I recall seeing a radio transmitter in a museum in
Cuba. It had been molished by a local doctor, and was used by Castros
men to communicate with the public before they siezed power. I've
made radios from a few bits of scrap. In WW2 p-o-w made crystal sets
with a blue razor blade as the diode. My first tv had 5 valves, my
first colour one 11.
With digital, none of this is remotely possible. Everything is
controlled. There are no pirate dab stations. Resistance is futile.
OK we have the internet, but Lord Voldeson wants all ISPs to be secret
policemen. It scares me a bit.
I think you're being scared of the wrong things in a *big* way. I'll
give it 5 years *max* before DAB / DVB transmitters are widely available
to any hobbyist. cf. home PC, CD, DVD etc etc.
There is much to be scared of in terms of control and monitoring, but
that's not where I'd start.
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