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Slaying Dragons #24 – The Wonders of Digital

24/08/2019 |

In today’s world, practically everything is digital or about to become digital and whether that is a good thing warrants some debate. Digital devices are examples of technology and I have held the view for a long time that technology, and the science it is based on, is generally neutral. What is good or bad…

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Hugh Robjohns MIPS Awarded Honorary Doctor of Technology

26/07/2019 |

In a ceremony on Thursday 25 July – the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) conferred IPS member Hugh Robjohns, as an Honorary Doctor of Technology in recognition of his service to the public understanding of science and technology. Vice-Chancellor of UWE Bristol, Professor Steve West said, “We are extremely proud to confer…

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Slaying Dragons #23 – Time Accuracy

26/06/2019 |

John Watkinson considers Time Accuracy. It’s a funny thing, but despite the Compact Disc being over three decades old I am still regularly faced with misconceptions about digital audio. I don’t mind so much when they come from the population at large, but when they come from the mouths of those making a living out of…

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Slaying Dragons #22 – Teaching

09/06/2019 |

John Watkinson looks at teaching. I have spent a significant part of my life explaining things, because, for reasons that are not clear, I am considered to be good at it, good enough to become a metateacher, someone who teaches others to teach. Over the years I have tried to work out for my own…

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Slaying Dragons #21 – Artificial Intelligence

05/05/2019 |

John Watkinson looks at Artificial Intelligence. Intelligence suggests ability to reason, whereas knowledge is the possession of facts. The two are somewhat independent. The need for artificial intelligence (AI) would suggest that the real thing is in short supply, or is simply too expensive for some purposes. The problem with real intelligence is that it…

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Slaying Dragons #20 – High resolution?

28/03/2019 |

John Watkinson wonders what high resolution or high definition audio might mean. In these days of newspeak, words no longer seem to mean what they used to. Resolution and definition are terms used in audio that have been adopted from photography and television, where I believe they still have some meaning. To see what they…

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Slaying Dragons #19 – The deciBel

19/02/2019 |

Alexander Graham Bell was a multi-faceted individual with wide ranging interests. One of the earliest machines to fly in Canada was down to him, and he also pioneered the hydrofoil. In audio the level unit we use commemorates his name. Bell’s wife, Mabel, was profoundly deaf and as a result could not hear herself speaking…

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700 MHz PMSE funding scheme

29/01/2019 |

Ofcom held a stakeholder meeting about the 700 MHz PMSE funding scheme on Friday 25 Jan 2019. For a limited time approx (until 1 Feb) you can view a video of the event. Download a pdf of the slides used in the presentation (not time limited).

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Slaying Dragons #18 – Troubleshooting

27/12/2018 |

John Watkinson looks at Troubleshooting. Sound only needs air to travel in, but once we want to transmit or record sound, we have to use technology which is imperfect and subject to failure. Locating and rectifying failures then becomes an integral part of dealing with technology. Efficient faultfinding requires a logical or scientific approach. Sadly,…

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John Andrews BSc

28/11/2018 |

The IPS Executive Committee regrets to announce that John Andrews BSc, member 570, former Chairman and current Vice President of the IPS passed away in his sleep on the evening of 22nd November. Beginning his career in radio at the BBC as a sound mixer John went on to become Operations Manager in charge of Radio…

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