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  1. Ok, I definitely won't try combining the cables then. That whole issue seems far more fraught than I imagined. Maybe one day they'll invent a simple coax to HDMI adapter and I can use that. For the time being I'll manually switch the ATV/DTV cables when necessary - I can run a little coax extension cable from the TV so the socket is easier to reach. If I get fed up of doing that, I guess I'll have to get a separate digital tuner as you suggest.
  2. Well I just hauled myself out to an IT mall, a Tesco Lotus, and a couple of seedy open-fronted high-street TV shops. I guess I don't have the requisite shopping skills... The only antennas I saw anywhere were a couple of plasticky looking things in the latter. Didn't like the look of them. Came back empty-handed and exhausted. Which is why I prefer online shopping. Anyway, no hurry. One other thing - maybe it's pushing my luck, but can I feed both cables into the TV at once (that is, the new DTV antenna, plus the original ATV condo cable that comes from the wall) so I can flick between DTV and ATV using the remote? Otherwise I have to reach behind and switch them manually (which is quite tricky on my set as the socket points downwards). Will the two signals work through a Y-splitter without interfering with each other? If you're wondering why I might need to switch back to ATV at all, it's because we get fed, free of charge, some channels that are actually useful, such as a Malaysian Astrosports which shows Premier League (albeit not too clear). That's basically all I use the TV for - the rest is for the vahine.
  3. If BA they don't give out exact details as to what caused this, then they shouldn't be surprised that people suspect a cyber-attack and cover-up. Multiple systems apparently went down simultaneously. All too easy to imagine that an attack that takes out the national carrier for days would be hushed up - otherwise who would want to fly with them? It could ruin the airline, and perhaps that was the intention. Just as suspicious is the fact that the BBC et al are not questioning that it was an 'outage caused by a power failure', which even barely technical people can see is bs.
  4. Ok, that gave me an idea - I do have a length of spare coax cable, so I just stripped 8 inches or so off one end and bunged the other in the TV antenna socket. It worked. Found 26 DTV channels, all looking pristine, so I guess I'm good. This is definitely solved. Thanks for the help.
  5. Too lazy to go out shopping. There's a big choice on AliExpress, delivered to the door, and probably a few hundred baht cheaper. No hurry. Question is whether to get an amplified one. I'm about 6km from the transmitter. Absolutely wrong side of the building, but I have a balcony which might help.
  6. Ok thanks, will get one from AliExpress. According to this map http://dtvservicearea.nbtc.go.th/webpeople/ the Bangkok transmitter is on Baiyoke Tower 2 - the wrong side of the building from me. Not sure if that spells trouble.
  7. Thanks for the comments. There's no access to the roof of this 24 storey block so I don't know what's up there, but it sounds like that's the answer - I guess I'm not hooked up to a regular antenna at all. I have to admit, I never really understood where all those analogue channels were coming from... So I have to get an indoor antenna and fiddle around with it to get the DTV channels. I thought those days were over. Oh well...
  8. Newish TV (Sharp lc-40le275x) with DVB-T/DVB-T2 tuner built in. Using RG-6 coax which presumably connects to the condo's antenna on the roof and which supplies about 100 analogue channels. But when tuning DTV, no signal is found. Some people say a 'digital antenna' is necessary. Others debunk this and say there is no difference between analogue and digital antennas. If all antennas are the same, I'm wondering why DTV doesn't work through the condo's coax cable? It seems a bit ironic to have to buy an old-fashioned indoor antenna in order to get a higher-quality picture, so before I buy one, I'm trying to understand this.
  9. Reconciliblahblahblahblahblahllalalalalalalalaalalalalilahdidahididahdishlobbolobbolobbolobbolobbolobb... I stopped listening.
  10. That was the apparent paradox which I explained. The advantage is transmitted socially. For instance, Leonardo da Vinci (no doubt in my mind he was gay, though conventional society may resist the idea) took mankind forward and showed us things we still benefit from today, without him ever having had children - and the reason he was able to do what he did was because he wasn't bogged down with domesticity. Man is a highly social species, so the transmittal works very effectively. This theory can change the world quite extensively - more than any other theory since Darwin (and Darwin has arguably had fairly limited practical effect). If nations suddenly realised that homosexuals make an important social contribution to human development (I honestly don't believe it's occurred to them), and if nations are shamed by being easily rated on a scale of social development as revealed by the their treatment of homosexuals, then the sum of human happiness will take the biggest single leap in history. However, I have reservations about pushing it because the inevitably consequence is that society will become more effete as gays start openly having relationships and even bringing up children - that wasn't evolution's plan, and some cultures simply aren't ready for that - ie, they really do have more building and fighting to do. I'm not gay myself, by the way. Just an objective observer.
  11. It's nature, live with it. They could develop water-puppets as in Hanoi. Even more-money-than-it-can-spend Singapore gets flooded occasionally.
  12. No problemo. My theory implies that animal species too will benefit from homosexuality, though clearly not quite so dramatically as in humans. You translated my examples into the animal world literally, when all that it really imlies is adaptive behaviour - ie, behaving in original ways that can lead to evolutionary advantage. A species that has members who are biologically 'liberated' from the drudgery of survival and procreation, is freer to 'think', ie. develop and exercise intelligence (even rudimentary), which will translate into greater aptitude for adaptive behaviour. Who can say, but that gay bull may have had particular aptitudes advantageous for the species - for example in finding water or migrating or whatever else they get up to. In any case, it's a slow process and cattle have presumably been held back in the grand game by other factors, such as not having hands. The theory is, I am convinced, unassailable - and you didn't offer a better one. Next.
  13. They're caught in a moral trap. They're obliged to tend to suffering. And there's always suffering. In return they are afforded high social status and pay. Presumably they knew that when they chose to become doctors?
  14. I have an anthropological theory on this (you may not be surprised) that is apparently unique - at least I've never heard it elsewhere. Thus: The apparent paradox that homosexuality is selected for so widely can be explained as an evolutionary process like any other, only nobody understands why. The explanation is that homosexuals are basically freed from the drudgery of procreation to develop society in other ways - intellectual/artistic pursuits, and also in vital service activities such as grooming (and interior decorating, to jest just a little). It's no coincidence that most (yes, most) of the greatest artists and intellectuals through history, right back to Socrates, have been gay. The effect of the biological liberation of this group has literally been, on a macro level over the ages, to develop the human mind and effectively boost human evolution. In that sense I would claim that homosexuality has actually been essential to the development of the human species. So. Far from being vilified, homosexuals should be honoured for their special gifts, right? Why is the whole notion of homosexuality still taboo and repressed to the point of illegality in some countries? The answer relates to the country's stage of social development. Societies that are still struggling to establish themselves hold mere procreation to be of primary importance. Everyone knows that homosexuality still exists and recognises the contribution they make, but removing the taboo from homosexuality would encourage effeteness and decadence before their society is ready for it - they consider that they still have building and fighting to do. Socio-economically advanced countries have already made it - the macho struggle for survival and for establishing a secure and affluent society is now over and they can now relax and open up. Hence we see different attitudes among different societies. This concludes the analysis. Put my Nobel in the post. I thang yew.
  15. Hilarious. Every time this comes up the line on the map is in a different place. Are they aware that this line goes right across a mountain range? And in fact right through Khao Pu-Khao Ya National Park, the most sensitive and inaccessible part of the chain of mountains that runs right down this part of Thailand? And have they considered that it will turn the Ko Lanta coast into a tanker parking lot while they queue up to go through? The topic is brought up every now and again just to make the government look dynamic. It will come up again in another year's time with the line drawn in a different place.