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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

Mister Transistor Re:DVB Tuners (81 comments)

That is a newer generation of the same thing, but if you notice they decode DVB-T2, which is High-Definition. The cheap RTL dongles decode about 3 MHz of spectrum space which is enough for a Standard-Definition DVB signal, but not enough for HD. The newer ones that do DVB-T2 have a wider chunk of spectrum space they translate, wide enough for an HD signal. In the US, an ATSC or "digital TV" High-Definition signal is about 6 MHz wide, for reference.

These newer generation dongles must have internal improvements that allows them to grab a bigger hunk of RF spectrum. The professional SDR devices that cost upward of $1000 can grab much larger chunks of spectrum, some can do 20 MHz wide swaths of RF.

about three weeks ago
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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

Mister Transistor Re: DVB Tuners (81 comments)

Your point is? The Xbox acts the same as a PC. The host (PC or Xbox) runs software that tunes the device and then decodes the compressed MPEG video when they are in DVB mode so you can watch TV. I was also pointing out that they usually have an additional non-MPEG mode that makes them a generic IQ type SDR, and this device may also have a "hackable" aspect to it.

about three weeks ago
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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

Mister Transistor DVB Tuners (81 comments)

USB DVB tuners have been around for a while now and are amazingly cheap. Like $9.99 cheap. Besides receiving compressed DVB signals, most of them also have a general-purpose tuner mode for broadcast, etc. reception, and they make dandy Software-Defined Radios (SDR) that can tune from 50-1000 MHz or more, and translate an entire 3 MHz segment of the RF spectrum for software decoding.

The cheapest ones are based on the RTL-2832U tuner chip. They are a cable-TV tuner IC coupled to a USB soundcard IC internally. Check out rtl-sdr.com for more info. The PC software to receive radio is free, mostly open source and quite sophisticated, rivaling several-thousand dollar conventional radio packages. Check out sdr-radio.com and sdrsharp.com for a couple of the many software packages out there. Cool stuff!

about three weeks ago
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Lionsgate Sues Limetorrents, Played.to, and Others Over Expendables 3 Leak

Mister Transistor Re:Problem solved! (207 comments)

Wow. Just wow. I have to wonder how much money they stuffed up that guy's ass to write that "review". My God, there wasn't that much gushing at Spindletop!

Kind of makes you wonder if the "leak" wasn't deliberate. It would be hysterically ironic if the DHS investigation proved THAT out...

about a month ago
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Lionsgate Sues Limetorrents, Played.to, and Others Over Expendables 3 Leak

Mister Transistor Re:Problem solved! (207 comments)

Their biggest loss will be the revenue lost from all the people that will get to see ahead of time what a turd this will be - BEFORE the Hollywood Bullshit Mega-Hype Machine has a chance to launch the hypnotic media assault that will try to trick the masses into thinking it's a good movie.

about a month ago
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Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

Mister Transistor Re:Oblig. Monty Python (131 comments)

I just wish it had happened to YOU when you were born. Then I wouldn't have to deal with trolls like you. That's right, trolls. You dried-up-cunt type PC thugs are making it impossible for anyone to have a conversation of any kind without "offiending" someone like you in some way, thin-skinned douchebags that think the world should stop every time you sneeze. If you had your way, humor would be outlawed and/or impossible because it would always offend someone somehow. You PC assholes love to try and make people walk on eggshells, ready to cry foul as soon as someone missteps.

As I said, there is a LOT in the world that is wrong right now, even *gasp* things more important than YOU and your easily-offended sensibilities. Not some stupid gaming shit, perhaps that is the peak of your world worries. Is it bad, yes, of course, no fucking kidding, that's not the issue. We have a LOT worse to deal with. Real, important shit, like we are about to have a new old war in the Middle East, the USA govt is rampant and unhinged, Russia possibly even more so. I could go on, but it's enough to say that people are dying in real, large numbers and not just two unlucky infants in a pool of millions.

Just stay away from Slashdot entirely. If my humorous post so deeply disturbed your shit then some of the trolls here that are really trying ought to give you a sheer heart attack. And maybe, that would be a good thing. Good riddance to the likes of you. You make the world a worse place by your heavy-handed and misguided efforts to tilt the world view in your direction and to make sure that no one has ANY FUN AT ALL, WHATSOEVER.

I hope my diatribe lived up to your wildest dreams, sweetie.

about a month and a half ago
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Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

Mister Transistor Re:Oblig. Monty Python (131 comments)

"Won't somebody think of the children!!" Cry me a river, then piss off. We all have plenty of much more serious stuff to fret over than a couple of losers that made a bad decision. The sheer stupidity and rarity of the action makes it ludicrous enough to be surreal - it makes a joke of itself.

Lighten up, Francis.

about a month and a half ago
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Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

Mister Transistor Oblig. Monty Python (131 comments)

Well, that's it, we're broke. It's science experiments for the lot of you!

about a month and a half ago
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FTC Files Suit Against Amazon For In-App Purchases

Mister Transistor Re:Where is section 5? (47 comments)

+1 Virtual Mod Point (out today, sorry!), Funny.

about a month and a half ago
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Judge Shoots Down "Bitcoin Isn't Money" Argument In Silk Road Trial

Mister Transistor Re:Moron Judge (135 comments)

You're talking about Acid, right?

People exchange that for goods and services all the time, and it's always valuable!

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

Mister Transistor Re:One might say (174 comments)

I know every time I use my Verizon phone, I feel knocked over and winded, but the word you wanted was "tattlers".

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

Mister Transistor Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (174 comments)

STOP THINKING of new ways for them to cram ads down our throats! Please. You want to give them ideas?!?

about 2 months ago
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New Snowden Leak: of 160000 Intercepted Messages, Only 10% From Official Targets

Mister Transistor Re:What's worse? (201 comments)

Plus the trolls are plentiful enough they don't need to PAY them to find a dissenting opinion!

about 2 months ago
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On 4th of July:

Mister Transistor Re:That's How I Know I Got Old (340 comments)

Nice! That's pretty close to the view I had, about the same distance away, too. I wish my adventure wasn't before the days when everyone had a camera-phone on them, or I would have gotten some nice shots at the time as well. :(

about 2 months ago
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On 4th of July:

Mister Transistor Re:That's How I Know I Got Old (340 comments)

There is one place better than on the ground. In the air, at about 1000 feet or so! I was lucky enough to get a reservation at the John Hancock tower restaurant on the 95th floor some years back.

This was in Chicago on July 3rd (when Chicago sets theirs off) and they are sent up from the water on barges just off the shoreline at Grant Park, near Navy Pier. They go up 600-800 feet to detonate typically, so you are nearly on eye-level or slightly above with the explosions! They are only a few blocks away so they are really BIG! Unfortunately, the windows are so thick on the big buildings, there is little to no sound to go with them, but they do pipe in the simulcast music of the CSO playing the 1812 Overture in sync.

THAT was the best way I ever saw fireworks!

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

Mister Transistor Next Door to the Freak Show (310 comments)

Balancing a Compaq luggable and an MCS-8051 full in-circuit emulator on top of a cigarette machine in the vestibule of a restaurant next to a Methadone clinic in Brooklyn, New York. I was writing answer-detection and rate tables for a pay telephone for which I developed the hardware and firmware. After getting things right, I burned an EPROM on-site and it was good to go. This was back in about 1986 or so...

about 3 months ago
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FCC Website Hobbled By Comment Trolls Incited By Comedian John Oliver

Mister Transistor Re:Just goes to show (144 comments)

Ah, I remember my 8th birthday, too...

about 3 months ago
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Declining LG's New Ad-friendly Privacy Policy Removes Features From Smart TVs

Mister Transistor Re:Accept no computer you don't control (221 comments)

Apparently, then things have changed a bit since I tried them, mine was a Roku 2, and admittedly it was a while ago. However my experience with them was sufficient to sour me on them permanently. Mine would play via USB, but not through the LAN to my storage servers without a paid app to do it. I still don't like the idea of embedding my credit card info into yet another device and/or company, though.

Thanks for the update!

about 3 months ago

Submissions

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Demonoid Down - And Out?

Mister Transistor Mister Transistor writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mister Transistor (259842) writes "The popular Canadian torrent tracker site, demonoid.com is down. There is just a terse message apologizing, and stating the CRIA contacted their ISP and "it is not possible to keep the site online". No indication was given whether this is a permanent condition, or if they will seek an alternate ISP to host the site. So much for "private" trackers... They will be missed!"

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At Last! - A First Post!!

Mister Transistor Mister Transistor writes  |  more than 11 years ago

What the heck is this for, anyway? Me talking to myself?!?
Hmm... Note to self: Don't talk to yourself.

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