[mythtv-users] mythtv-users Digest, Vol 51, Issue 120

Rod Smith mythtv at rodsbooks.com
Fri Jun 22 21:29:09 UTC 2007

On Friday 22 June 2007 16:23, Gregg wrote:
> Thanks for the input, I can see how there could be a delay if the
> server goes down or internet connection is bust, but honestly how
> often does that happen?  2% of the time?

And how frustrated will you be when you can't schedule a recording because 
your Internet connection has gone down? Especially if it's for something 
that's about to begin airing? Granted, scheduling by time would do, *IF* you 
know the channel and the exact start and stop times -- but maybe you just 
heard that such-and-such a movie is on tonight, but your source didn't 
mention the exact time or channel.

> And what percentage of mythtv users are using dialup?  I made the
> assumption that most everybody is connected through dsl,cable etc...
> my bad :).

"Most" may be right, but the problem is that the proposal does place an extra 
burden on the minority who lack the benefits of broadband. The same is likely 
true of the NNTP proposal, at least in extreme form -- if you've got to pay 
for a third-party Usenet service but I don't, then using NNTP exclusively 
would be bad for you. There might be ways around this, though, such as 
volunteers running small-scale NNTP servers on a gratis basis for just this 
purpose. I'd do this myself if the NNTP proposal went anywhere except that 
the terms of service for my cable provider forbids it. :-(

> Personally I don't really care if the
> provider sees that ip xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx is searching for "for "Paris
> Hilton's Makeover Tips".

You will when the data miners connect that IP address with your home address 
and you start getting gaudy Paris Hilton junk mail that all your friends see 
when they visit you. ;-) (And if that thought doesn't frighten you, 
substitute something else -- NASCAR ads, X-rated video ads, Star Trek 
convention flyers, or whatever.)

Rod Smith

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