Posts by Paul Campbell

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  • Hard News: Onwards and upwards,

    On Sky? How can they do that? One satellite transmission, no?

    Last time I dumped out the Sky DVB tables (this was a while ago, pre HD and pre freeview) the TVNZ channels were in the clear and on their own transponder (with freeview in the offing this makes sense) - from memory there were 3 copies of TV1 with different regional ads. Sky ran 3 regional channel maps

    I suspect they dropped that down to make room for TV6/7 - if they want 3 HD channel (plus TV6/7) they'll need a lot more bandwidth - as a plus freeview will probably get HD TV1 too since it's all really the same bits on the same transponders on the same satellite.

    It is possible to do smart stuff at the settop end splicing in ads on the fly (requires hardware support in the transport processor), but unless you have some storage on the box (ie mySky only) or maybe stagger the ads wrt some other channel on the same transponder you still need the same peak bandwidth as sending all 3 channels

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2402 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Making a List, Not Bothering…,

    but think about the children! - we want them to eat their veges ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2402 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: After the Charter,

    probably not safe for work but it is Friday - now you realol can give a Flying F**K

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  • Hard News: Siren song,

    looks like it's back now - I was getting DNS and could traceroute all the way to Sweden too - I wasn't getting anything on the page 9and had no cached favicon) - my guess was that the single IP address was simply blocked somewhere between here and Europe

    Even though it works now I can't even traceroute as far as I could last night - really weird

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2402 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Siren song,

    totally off-topic - seems wikileaks.org is off the air here - looks like it's shit-canned by IP somewhere - could be we've fallen foul of the current Aussie fuss

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2402 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: Post St Patrick's Day Blues,

    I'm not sure they come in XXL ....

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  • Busytown: No news is good news,

    I have to go to bat for the court news - having lived for most of the past 20 years in a Chch sized city with such crime that murders only got reported in the paper if they were someone famous, or were particularly gruesome I've loved coming home to a place where ALL the crime is reported in the paper - I think there's a lot of value in publicly shaming people

    Of course the court news is really read by our grandmas .... and if your name shows up there you just know her friends will see it there and she will die of shame ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2402 posts Report Reply

  • Busytown: No news is good news,

    well I do get a physical paper, and cracking it open is very much part of my daily routine - but I bemoan that they keep sending me a sports section that never gets opened - probably I need the kindle version and maybe that's part of the future of newspapers - just news without the paper

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2402 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: So what are you doing in 2011?,

    heh - i see they've slated the Dunedin games for Carisbrook and not the mythical new stadium - probably because it can be made to seat half as many again people

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  • Hard News: Funky Seaside Village Revisited,

    Landmark Forum, urk - run away - I once accidentally washed up in a company in the US full of EST people - including some of Erhardt's family - it was occasionally surreal

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2402 posts Report Reply

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