Another great book is The Interstellar Age by Jim Bell. Fascinating history of the Voyager project. An astounding fact from it: 99.8% of all the matter in the solar system is within the sun, and of what's left, more than half is inside Jupiter.
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'That's here. That's home. That's us': It's 30 years since Voyager 1 looked back and squinted at a 'Pale Blue Dot'
"Because back in the late 1980s Musicam (later MPEGI audio Layer II, or MPEG2) was the only realistic game in town for lossy digital compression that didn't also require huge amounts of processing power to decode."
I would urge anyone who has even a passing interest in this kind of thing to read "How Music Got Free" by Stephen Witt. It's an utterly compelling telling of the story of the creation of MP2, MP3, and digital music. It is a much better read than you would expect for such a subject - it revolves principally around three individuals: the creator of the MP3 format; the head of a major record label; and a prominent music pirate. You'll never listen to Suzanne Vega the same way again.
Re: just receive an IP stream, buffer as necessary.
"Seven-second delay to cut out obscenities, etc. when they have phone-ins.
Literally just delay it by a few seconds (okay, you'll have to adjust the clocks in the studio but I imagine they already do)."
This might surprise you but in 25 years of professional radio production I have never seen or had to work with any delay mechanism. That includes working time served at some of the largest BBC networks, commercial broadcasters, local radio, and with some big-name presenters. We rely on producer judgement, quick fader action, and when need be, apologies.
But actually I can count on one hand the number of times punters have behaved in such a fashion that we'd need it - the reality is it just doesn't happen. Probably because We Have Your Number.
I can also assure you the response we'd get from engineers if we asked for a special clock mode that set them back seven seconds...