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Forum: Non-platform specific satellite TV 20-06-2014, 20:40
Replies: 12
Views: 1,238
Posted By SteveMcK
BBC is noticeably weaker, over the last 3-4 days.

BBC is noticeably weaker, over the last 3-4 days.
Forum: Broadband Internet 18-06-2014, 21:22
Replies: 47
Views: 6,499
Posted By SteveMcK
I don't need to, I know what it means. It's...

I don't need to, I know what it means. It's evidence based on hearsay ('anecdotes') which cannot be verified, such as "I know, my family in France told me about it". The opposite is evidence based on...
Forum: Broadband Internet 18-06-2014, 13:21
Replies: 47
Views: 6,499
Posted By SteveMcK
Every country is limited by the same laws of...

Every country is limited by the same laws of physics. Ifyou live 4km away from the nearest exchange, and your phone lines are old and hooked onto poles, you're going to struggle to do better than...
Forum: Broadband Internet 18-06-2014, 12:59
Replies: 47
Views: 6,499
Posted By SteveMcK
I fear you don't know what "anecdotal" means....

I fear you don't know what "anecdotal" means. I've lived in France for 20+ years. It's not anecdotal, it's personal experience.
Forum: Sky 18-06-2014, 12:53
Replies: 32
Views: 1,273
Posted By SteveMcK
HDMI-Ethernet "adaptors" don't convert to an...

HDMI-Ethernet "adaptors" don't convert to an Ethernet protocol, they just allow you to send HDMI along cat5 Ethernet cable. You can't put powerline adaptors into the path, because the signal on the...
Forum: Sky 17-06-2014, 21:43
Replies: 32
Views: 1,273
Posted By SteveMcK
Until recently Sky boxes had two aerial outputs,...

Until recently Sky boxes had two aerial outputs, you could run a cable from the second one to a TV in another room, and wtch Sky (the same channel) there as well. That's probably what the cable is...
Forum: Broadband Internet 17-06-2014, 21:34
Replies: 47
Views: 6,499
Posted By SteveMcK
What is it with people and "shareholders"? If a...

What is it with people and "shareholders"?

If a company didn't raise money by selling parts of itself to shareholders, who reasonably expect a dividend in return, it would have to borrow money from...
Forum: Broadband Internet 17-06-2014, 21:28
Replies: 47
Views: 6,499
Posted By SteveMcK
Less, since the government gets a good chunk of...

Less, since the government gets a good chunk of that in tax, but overall it doesn't seem unreasonable for the cost of maintaining 10m lines, 5000+ exchanges and concentrators, and goodness knows how...
Forum: Broadband Internet 17-06-2014, 21:18
Replies: 47
Views: 6,499
Posted By SteveMcK
You have that backwards. The EU (Neelie Kroes &...

You have that backwards. The EU (Neelie Kroes & co) required that phone companies stopped cross-subsidising services, and required that each internal component paid its way. That's why calls got...
Forum: Broadband Internet 17-06-2014, 12:17
Replies: 47
Views: 6,499
Posted By SteveMcK
Most of it goes on maintaining and improving the...

Most of it goes on maintaining and improving the network. Do you have any idea how much behind-the-scenes maintenance and repair work goes on, 365 days a year, to keep a phone network running? Not to...
Forum: Technical 13-06-2014, 12:43
Replies: 22
Views: 1,400
Posted By SteveMcK
Depends on how you do it, and what you give. You...

Depends on how you do it, and what you give. You can set up "Payroll Giving" where the money is given from your pre-tax income, so you don't pay tax on it in the first place. You can also give assets...
Forum: Sky 13-06-2014, 12:23
Replies: 4
Views: 619
Posted By SteveMcK
I would go for 90cm at a minimum. Last weekend I...

I would go for 90cm at a minimum. Last weekend I was playing with an old 75/80cm dish in that area (about half-way between there and Grenoble). The BBC HD channels showed the poorest signal quality,...
Forum: Technical 12-06-2014, 12:33
Replies: 22
Views: 1,400
Posted By SteveMcK
Nothing. If you make a donation to charity you're...

Nothing. If you make a donation to charity you're entitled to claim back the tax on it. Gift Aid just allows the charity to make the claim itself. Counting that as money "lost" by the government is...
Forum: Freesat 11-06-2014, 20:22
Replies: 31
Views: 3,062
Posted By SteveMcK
Well, let me be the second. Sony Bravia W-series...

Well, let me be the second. Sony Bravia W-series (805, I think), French model. Standard FTA tuner, scanned 28.2E without problems and found all the expected FTA UK channels. No need to add...
Forum: Technical 11-06-2014, 13:15
Replies: 22
Views: 1,400
Posted By SteveMcK
Nothing wrong with tax avoidance, perfectly legal...

Nothing wrong with tax avoidance, perfectly legal and we all do it. Every company has a responsibility to its owners not to waste money.

If the government wants someone to pay more tax they should...
Forum: Freeview 11-06-2014, 13:09
Replies: 51
Views: 4,777
Posted By SteveMcK
I think those figures come from the same type of...

I think those figures come from the same type of calculations which show that the average person has 1.99 legs...
Forum: Freeview 08-06-2014, 21:25
Replies: 32
Views: 1,746
Posted By SteveMcK
If you're in Galway try a visit to Clifden, good...

If you're in Galway try a visit to Clifden, good restaurants, nice pubs with music & craic. Definitely better than watching TV!
Forum: Freeview 07-06-2014, 21:30
Replies: 32
Views: 1,746
Posted By SteveMcK
N. Ireland has the same Freeview setup as the...

N. Ireland has the same Freeview setup as the rest of the UK, and any UK box will work there. There is a special transmitter in Belfast that also carries S. Irish (RTE) Freeview channels, but for it...
Forum: Broadband Internet 07-06-2014, 21:24
Replies: 47
Views: 4,980
Posted By SteveMcK
It's the only thing that affects ping time, which...

It's the only thing that affects ping time, which is why ping is a completely pointless measurement of network performance. A 'ping' is an exchange of ICMP packets, which are very small, 32 bytes, so...
Forum: Sky 05-06-2014, 21:54
Replies: 7
Views: 900
Posted By SteveMcK
It's not up to Sky. ITV tell Sky which regions go...

It's not up to Sky. ITV tell Sky which regions go with which postcodes, and Sky have to respect that. Complain to STV.
Forum: Landline Phones and VoIP Services 24-05-2014, 18:33
Replies: 4
Views: 526
Posted By SteveMcK
Unsurprising, sadly. Ofcom are no longer there to...

Unsurprising, sadly. Ofcom are no longer there to protect the users, but to maximize revenue for the spectrum owner. Gamekeeper turned pimp :(
Forum: Technical 07-05-2014, 21:19
Replies: 17
Views: 1,036
Posted By SteveMcK
How close are the trees to your house? Can you...

How close are the trees to your house? Can you put the dish beyond the trees? Even if it's 100+ metres away you can still make it work.
Forum: Freesat 07-05-2014, 21:13
Replies: 187
Views: 35,547
Posted By SteveMcK
The most recent one that they won was 2011. You...

The most recent one that they won was 2011.

You still persist in confusing broadcasters with programme makers. When a programme maker creates a work, and licenses it to the BBC, it doesn't matter...
Forum: Freesat 07-05-2014, 21:00
Replies: 187
Views: 35,547
Posted By SteveMcK
That is not true. French TNTSAT and FRANSAT...

That is not true. French TNTSAT and FRANSAT services are officially available only to French residents. Obviously people can lie, but there is no official access to them outside France.

What you...
Forum: Freeview 06-05-2014, 20:56
Replies: 24
Views: 2,156
Posted By SteveMcK
To some extent. SECAM colour was invented in...

To some extent. SECAM colour was invented in France, PAL was invented by Telefunken in Germany. In the De Gaulle era, just after the war, there was no way France was going to drop a French system in...
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