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Forum: Freesat 21-05-2015, 19:53
Replies: 47
Views: 17,918
Posted By SteveMcK
If by "instructions" you mean that pathetic...

If by "instructions" you mean that pathetic online help called "i-Manual" then yes, it mentions it in the "setting up digital channels" section. It talks about tuning in terrestrial channels, and...
Forum: Technical 20-05-2015, 19:27
Replies: 13
Views: 577
Posted By SteveMcK
My Sony Bravia TV has an FTA (not Freesat) tuner,...

My Sony Bravia TV has an FTA (not Freesat) tuner, and it regularly gets OTA updates. All I ever did was enable it in the menu. Occasionally when I turn it on it tells me that it has an update, and...
Forum: Broadband Internet 18-05-2015, 18:29
Replies: 8
Views: 361
Posted By SteveMcK
No, because you're not connected to the broadband...

No, because you're not connected to the broadband as a router. Your access point would be configured with your choice of network ID (SSID) and password, so your laptop could connect securely to it...
Forum: Broadband Internet 17-05-2015, 19:51
Replies: 8
Views: 361
Posted By SteveMcK
What you need isn't a router but an access point,...

What you need isn't a router but an access point, it creates your own WiFi network from any ethernet network. Places like Amazon have them.
Forum: Sky 16-05-2015, 19:50
Replies: 24
Views: 1,729
Posted By SteveMcK
Sender addresses are trivially easy to fake, you...

Sender addresses are trivially easy to fake, you need to check all the headers in the mail message to see where it came from.
Forum: Freeview 15-05-2015, 11:47
Replies: 26
Views: 2,911
Posted By SteveMcK
Unions are there to represent their members in...

Unions are there to represent their members in the workplace, they have absolutely no business interfering in government. They forget that all too often, which is why we need rules to control them.
I...
Forum: Freeview 15-05-2015, 11:38
Replies: 26
Views: 2,911
Posted By SteveMcK
It's not Government, it's Parliament. That's why...

It's not Government, it's Parliament. That's why the licence fee is a separate item and a separate debate in parliament, not part of the budget. I agree government shouldn't have control, but it...
Forum: Freeview 14-05-2015, 12:49
Replies: 26
Views: 2,911
Posted By SteveMcK
The BBC is not part of government.

The BBC is not part of government.
Forum: Technical 13-05-2015, 20:32
Replies: 27
Views: 1,064
Posted By SteveMcK
Whatever turns you on. Most people prefer...

Whatever turns you on. Most people prefer overalls.
Forum: Sky 12-05-2015, 19:07
Replies: 2
Views: 634
Posted By SteveMcK
Has the dish actually been changed? Sounds like...

Has the dish actually been changed? Sounds like someone 'casing' the house to check what sort of TV and HiFi your neighbour has, to see if it's worth coming back next time the house is empty.

He...
Forum: Sky 12-05-2015, 19:00
Replies: 24
Views: 2,309
Posted By SteveMcK
Why? If everyone knows there's a grace time,...

Why? If everyone knows there's a grace time, they'll all pay late. That's a substantial loss of interest to Sky. If you need a grace time, put a reminder in your phone for 5 days before the payment...
Forum: Technical 10-05-2015, 19:42
Replies: 4
Views: 360
Posted By SteveMcK
No, but they never caught on the way video tapes...

No, but they never caught on the way video tapes did. Most people recorded programmes to watch a bit later (timeshifting), which is what Sky+ boxes are designed for, and PVRs are far easier to use...
Forum: Broadband Internet 09-05-2015, 17:00
Replies: 48
Views: 6,400
Posted By SteveMcK
Different services run at different distances...

Different services run at different distances from the kerb. The ones that are most at risk of damage, i.e. gas, are furthest from the road. The less fragile ones, and the ones that don't explode...
Forum: Freesat 09-05-2015, 16:49
Replies: 14
Views: 1,781
Posted By SteveMcK
Hmm. With a couple of Raspberry Pis and a private...

Hmm. With a couple of Raspberry Pis and a private VPN tunnel this could make a nice alternative to a Slingbox for folks living abroad but with a UK address...
Forum: Freeview 06-05-2015, 11:45
Replies: 14
Views: 1,401
Posted By SteveMcK
Contacting the bodger probably won't get you...

Contacting the bodger probably won't get you anywhere, he's either too incompetent to know what he should do, or he's a cowboy who'll simply bodge it again. If you paid Argos for the aerial +...
Forum: Online Entertainment Services 06-05-2015, 11:32
Replies: 5
Views: 978
Posted By SteveMcK
They couldn't restrict it to UK citizens, that...

They couldn't restrict it to UK citizens, that would breach EU rules, it would have to be open to anyone in the EU.
The risk is that BBC Worldwide would then find it harder to sell their programmes...
Forum: Broadband Internet 04-05-2015, 18:39
Replies: 24
Views: 1,882
Posted By SteveMcK
I think that the larger the number of active ADSL...

I think that the larger the number of active ADSL lines there are in a cabinet the higher the general noise level can be, since the pair twists are rarely perfectly maintained. As the noise rises the...
Forum: Freesat 03-05-2015, 18:14
Replies: 20
Views: 1,650
Posted By SteveMcK
Believe me, it's still a great deal better than...

Believe me, it's still a great deal better than the rest of Europe, except perhaps Germany. Heaven help us if Labour get back in and destroy it all again like Tony Bliar did.
Forum: Freeview 03-05-2015, 12:52
Replies: 36
Views: 3,228
Posted By SteveMcK
That's dangerous. It means that "BBC funding" is...

That's dangerous. It means that "BBC funding" is just a line item in the budget, and gets voted on with the budget as a whole. There's too much opportunity for abuse by the government in power, a...
Forum: Freesat 03-05-2015, 12:28
Replies: 20
Views: 1,650
Posted By SteveMcK
Actually the UK economy is in pretty good shape,...

Actually the UK economy is in pretty good shape, far better than most of the rest of Europe. As for dropping the licence fee, all that would do is hurt the BBC, it would have no impact on the economy...
Forum: Freeview 02-05-2015, 19:29
Replies: 36
Views: 3,228
Posted By SteveMcK
Not by a long chalk, and most of the others have...

Not by a long chalk, and most of the others have advertising as well.
Forum: Freeview 30-04-2015, 19:40
Replies: 237
Views: 29,045
Posted By SteveMcK
You're still getting exactly what you pay for,...

You're still getting exactly what you pay for, more even :D
Forum: Freesat 24-04-2015, 18:49
Replies: 14
Views: 1,854
Posted By SteveMcK
Or several. Per person :)

Or several. Per person :)
Forum: Freesat 22-04-2015, 18:58
Replies: 14
Views: 1,854
Posted By SteveMcK
Well, the BBC did once reschedule Steptoe & Sun...

Well, the BBC did once reschedule Steptoe & Sun from peak time to 9pm (after polls closed) on the night that Harold Wilson's government got elected. Wilson was worried that too many typical Labour...
Forum: Sky 22-04-2015, 11:12
Replies: 21
Views: 1,594
Posted By SteveMcK
The BBC HD channels use a slightly different...

The BBC HD channels use a slightly different modulation system which gives more bandwidth, but makes the signal less robust. If you do have signal issues they'll be the first ones to suffer.

When...
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