Caught

A fisherman caught this guy on the Buckroe Pier. Earlier today he was in a tub waiting for the wildlife service folks to respond, sedate and remove the hook from his mouth. He (I assume it’s a he) doesn’t seem to particularly enjoy captivity…hopefully by now has been released into the water of VA Beach. Big fella, probably twice the length of my foot.

  

Censorship around the globe

The Committee to Protect Journalists put together an in-depth article about the top ten most censored Countries around the world. It’s a really fascinating read, highlighting the punishments for not towing party lines, number of jailed journalists and some of the techniques used to control what’s read and put out into the ether. I thought going into this that it would be pretty easy to guess who number one would be, surprisingly I was wrong (but it was close).

Living in a country where speech is protected and reporters are everywhere, it’s easy to forget or overlook that it can be much more difficult to report on the truth elsewhere. Makes me even more proud to work for a company that’s all about democratizing publishing.

Here’s a link to the article:
https://cpj.org/2015/04/10-most-censored-countries.php

Norway will say goodbye to FM radio in 2017

Looks like Norway will become the first country in the world to completely phase out FM radio over the next two years, in favor of digital audio broadcasting. The cost savings is pretty significant, according to a press release issued: “The cost of transmitting national radio channels through the FM- network is eight times higher than with the DAB-network”.

The DAB model is really interesting, surprisingly (to me) as of this writing, 43 countries use this as a communications medium.

Digital audio isn’t a new technology, I’m pretty familiar with its use in two way communications, specifically trunked radio systems going digital for encryption purposes. This usually results in many more transmission sites, poor/choppy audio and a myriad of complaints from those using the system if it isn’t done right. But that’s here in the states where there’s a limited number of frequency ranges available for use, with the higher frequencies unable to reach long distances without repeaters all over the place.

I’m really interested in how the spectrum is going to be handled in Norway, if they’ll be using low frequency terrestrial transmitters, or multiple higher frequency sites. I’m sure some of the information is out there…my inner-geek has been awoken, need to learn more about this.