'Cos today was analog television self-immolation day, a 16+ hour day for me, on no sleep from the day before.Your analog TV has (mostly) died. Click through the over-the-air channels (yeah, "what're those." Bigosh, it was good enough for Batman and Maxwell Smart) and you may find a low-power TV station hangin' on (their doomsday comes later) and, as of right now, one or two hardliners that will keep the Sarnoff-and-Farnsworth smoke signals on 'til the very last second but by and large, the decodable NTSC signals of our youth have been replaced by digital carriers that mostly look like amplified noise. The tricks that let modern-as-tomorrow* digital TV carry a big bandwidth in the same space as kerosene-powered TV also produce middlin' good encryption as a byproduct. The other side of SETI won't find much meat in it.
Many stations ran "nightlight" messages on their analog side all day, bland announcements that run to, "...As of today, digital television is here. If you want to keep watching over-the-air TV, you will need a new D$T$V receiver or a set-top converter box. If you can't figure this nonsense out, call us, visit our web page or tattle to our Mom..."
It kinda reminds me of this:
Gotta sleep. Clowns? Ha. I seen worse in the mirror.
Update: "Poor, elderly hardest hit:" Reason Online has a round-up of the transition.
* Prove it's sarcasm. G'wan, try.
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