* Posts by Barney Livingston

2 posts • joined 2 Aug 2007

Note to Captain Kirk: Warp speed will kill you

Barney Livingston
Boffin

What about the Bussard Collectors?

"the main function of a Starfleet Bussard collector is to collect interstellar hydrogen atoms for fuel replenishment"

http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Bussard_collector

Free Software Foundation plans protests at 'corrupt' BBC

Barney Livingston

DVB

Andrew wrote: "I fear I may be missing the point here, but to watch BBC Terrestrial Broadcasts I have to purchase a 625-Line PAL receiver. I can't watch on a US-made NTSC set, I can't watch on a French SECAM set, I certainly can't watch on my fridge or my vacuum cleaner. Yet no one finds this odd."

Somebody's stuck in the 80s. There has been receiver equipment capable of handling various analogue TV formats commonly available for several years.

All of the BBCs channels can be had in fully DRM-free standard cross-platform MPEG video either from a normal TV aerial or from a satellite dish in most of Europe (though a large dish might be needed in far-flung areas). I don't know exactly what content the BBC plans to make available on iPlayer, but for the likes of Eastenders and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps surely the BBC is the rights holder? Could be that they're worried about stepping on BBC America's feet.

Jess writes "I'm surprised that no-one has come up with a ""community iPlayer", that captures digital TV to mpeg files in a big cache and allows you to fetch programs that you have missed from other peoples caches, via bitorrent."

They have, it's called uknova.com.

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