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BBC Turns Off CEEFAX Service After 38 Years

fiddlesticks Bit of background on the TeleText standard (160 comments)

This [Teletext/Cx, branded as CeeFax for consumers - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teletext%5D is (one of the many) the standard that my department (BBC R&D) helped invent - http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/publications/rdreport_1975_12.shtml

I was a baby then but nowadays we still used the standard to test the next-gen DTV aerial signal 25 years on http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/rd/pubs/whp/whp-pdf-files/WHP160.pdf)

I was part of the team that moved the 'red button' services across to use same page numbers (with an extra digit prepended for content not available on analogue TV) - my former workmate Andrew wrote about this here http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pressred/2009/05/assigningpagenumbers.shtml

Cx was always great for speedy updating, but the client (journalist) software was clunky. It did help the BBC learn the importance of writing concise summaries for textual viewing many years ago (which was very helpful when the Web came along)

It was always *digital* but TX-d on analogue circuits. I'll miss it, but the info there is still available, and guess what? Life moves on. > 98% of UK people have digital TV now and the switchover went well. Still free at point of reception, still advert-free.

more than 2 years ago
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Wikipedia Is Not Amused By Entry For xkcd-Coined Word

fiddlesticks That's not a BBC site (553 comments)

The site ("BBC News of America") mentioned isn't a BBC site.

It's registered to an individual in Pakistan, is full of odd typos, doesn't have the BBC logo and seems to only have one contributor

more than 4 years ago
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What Has Your Phone Survived?

fiddlesticks Re:your life? (422 comments)

Worse News: I suggest *you* consult the gramm[a]r police.

more than 4 years ago
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USPTO Won't Accept Upside Down Faxes

fiddlesticks Upside down or 180degrees? (427 comments)

Reading the FA, it could be that the faxer sent the fax the wrong way up/ down - so the office received a blank fax.

This would seem a perfectly valid reason to reject the submission

more than 4 years ago
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Has Texting Replaced Talking For Teens?

fiddlesticks Re:And the best part.... (373 comments)

So, one of your employees is late.

What's this got to do with texting?

more than 5 years ago
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Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train?

fiddlesticks Re:It's Time, not Money (1137 comments)

"I've made it a point the last couple times I've moved to make sure I have good access to transit options."

I take your points (time behind a wheel wasted, etc) - but is what I quoted you on such a revelation?

I like in the UK ("London, England") and don't drive. I have never moved somewhere without looking at 'good access to (public transport) options"

Is it really so rare in the US for people to consider how they'd get to work, or play, or their friends, by public transport that you consider it noting that recently you have been doing so?

When I've been to LA or NYC there have always been good, all night, cheap public transport options available. Is this not the case outside the E/W coasts?

Confused of London

more than 5 years ago
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"World's Cheapest Laptop" Available in Bulk Only

fiddlesticks Non x86 Flash (357 comments)

It does exist. The Nokia tablets (n800/810) run Flash.

If you give Adobe enough money, they'll port Flash to your device's arch. Doesn't mean you'll be able to download and run it on a random box you're running Linux on for fun though.

more than 6 years ago

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