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It's been a while since I last played around with the #BBC json data. I tried to code up an app for my Pebble to pull the data in but had to accept that I'm a perl hacker, not a coder :-)

Anyways, a chap called Keanu Lee wrote a really neat app for +Pebble called "Pebble Cards" that shows a variety of different snippets of information and also allows users to provide their own JSON data sources to be displayed. This I can hack with!

My first attempt just pulled in a cut down version of the data I was already parsing in:

http://witewulf.dyndns.org/cgi-bin/6music_programme.pl

and gave the artist and title to Pebble Cards in:

http://witewulf.dyndns.org/cgi-bin/6music_pebble.pl

I thought that was pretty neat, but then I thought maybe people would be interested in more than just 6music so I set about figuring out the URL format for other BBC stations. Now, from this URL you can specify the station and the refresh interval for your Pebble Card:

http://witewulf.dyndns.org/cgi-bin/BBC_radio_pebble.pl?station=6music&refresh=10

It will show the currently (or most recent) playing track from 6music and refresh every 10 minutes.

Working values for 'station' I've found so far are as follows:
radio_one
1xtra
radio_two
radio_three
6music
asian_network

It's posted in the Pebble Cards discussion thread on the Pebble Forums, too: http://forums.getpebble.com/discussion/comment/100320/#Comment_100320
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Two nights ago #Netflix started playing up. When viewing it on the built-in app on our #Sony TV, the AppleTV or laptop we were seeing the US line-up listed but were only able to watch the episodes available to UK viewers. This was most frustrating, suddenly being able to see the additional five seasons of Weeds we've been waiting years for but not actually being able to watch them and, worse, some shows we usually have in the UK not being listed at all.

Strangely, though, our iPad, iPhones and WDTV were all behaving normally, showing the UK listings and able to watch all content.

I tried logging out and in again on the telly and #AppleTV (amusing sidenote: you have to do the Konami Code on the TV remote to logout :) ) to no avail. I tried a chat session with one of Netflix's techsupport bots tonight: they wanted to give me contact details for Sony and Apple to talk me through factory defaulting the devices. Not a chance!

I was trying to figure out what the commonalities and differences were between the working and non-working devices and it struck me that maybe it had something to do with #IPv6 . I have a Hurricane Electric tunnel terminated on my Airport Extreme that I've been using for years with no problems. Indeed, we've been using Netflix on this network since August with no issues, why it only stopped working recently I don't know. Anyway, I decided to try turning v6 off on the TV (thank Sony for their very deep/granular configuration menus!) and Hey Presto!, everything was back to normal.

It would appear, after some further reading, that Netflix's IPv6 implementation gets a little broken by Akamai's (their CDN provider) geolocation. Even though the far end of my HEnet IPv6 tunnel terminates on their London POP, Akamai are still identifying me as being in the US as the AS for my netblock (AS6939) is registered in the US. But, if that's the case, why does the content not actually stream to me? I'm guessing that it's only the front-end servers, the web servers, etc., that are actually IPv6 enabled (I've certainly never seen any traffic down my IPv6 tunnel in the past when watching Netflix) and it falls back to IPv4 for the actual streaming, whereupon the streaming servers say "Hey, that IP address is in the UK! They're not having any of our lovely new content!".

This is what happens when you try to run half a service dual-stacked, and half on IPv4 only. It breaks.

Netflix, you fail at IPv6

Hurricane Electric, please update the records for you London POP to show us as being in the UK!
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Agreed - I now have a 200 GB cap on my internets (until I can switch to PlusNet), so NetFlix isn't really an option for the moment.
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This looks like an interesting (encrypted) Dropbox alternative so I am, of course, whoring for referral bonuses. Click the link, sign up for a free account, use it or don't, choice is yours, but get me free storage space either way :-)
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If client-side encryption and geeking out on privacy is your bag, then SpiderOak is worth a look too.
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Nice. One of mine is pretending to be a 1541 and talking to my VIC-20... ;)
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Just carried out the bass mod on my Sennheiser HD439 headphones and simply cannot believe the amount of bass these things can put out. As suggested by the author, I only uncovered one of the holes in each cup, I dread to think what it would sound like with more as this is a seriously bass-heavy set of headphones now. No need for my fiio to boost the bass anymore, that's for sure...
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Getting close to the end of another year so here's my Top 10 (in no particular order) of the music that's come to my attention in the last 12 months (compiled with a little help from +Last.fm):

Losers - ...And So We Shall Never Part
http://www.last.fm/music/Losers

Amplifier - Echo Street
http://www.last.fm/music/Amplifier/Echo+Street

Fish - A Feast of Consequences
http://www.last.fm/music/Fish/A+Feast+of+Consequences

Public Service Broadcasting - "Inform - Educate - Entertain"
http://www.last.fm/music/Public+Service+Broadcasting/Inform+-+Educate+-+Entertain

Matt Berry - Kill The Wolf
http://www.last.fm/music/Matt+Berry/Kill+The+Wolf

Mogwai - Les Revenants
http://www.last.fm/music/Mogwai/Les+Revenants

Bruce Soord with Jonas Renske - Wisdom of Crowds
http://www.last.fm/music/Bruce+Soord+with+Jonas+Renkse/Wisdom+of+Crowds

Cyril Snear - Riot of Colour
http://www.last.fm/music/Cyril+Snear

Rush - Counterparts (2013 Kevin Gray Remaster)
http://www.last.fm/music/Rush/Counterparts

Roy Harper - Man & Myth
http://www.last.fm/music/Roy+Harper/Man+&+Myth

Okay, one of those is a bit of a cheat as it's really a 17 year old album, but seriously, that new remaster of Counterparts is like listening to a new album. I'd have have had the remaster of Marillion's Radiation in there, too, if I thought I could get away with two of them :-)

Of course, as I'm stuck in the past, the actual artists I've listened to in the last 12 months looks a bit different:

1 Amplifier 471 plays
2 Rush 248 plays
3 Marillion 245 plays
4 Jimmy Eat World 242 plays
5 Mogwai 219 plays
6 Losers 212 plays
7 65daysofstatic 203 plays
8 Oceansize 193 plays
9 Depeche Mode 190 plays
10 Katatonia 160 plays

Yeah...been listening to a lot of Amplifier this year :-)
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Get down to Nottingham Skeptics In The Pub tomorrow night for their "Science of Christmas" night. Good talk, good discussion and great beer!
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Don't look at this +Matt Hill, no, really...DON'T LOOK!!!!
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Diy blindness :-D
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Amazing story of the lowest bandwidth possible comms powered just by the human voice...
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Okay, so this is more than a little creepy and invasive. Google aren't the only ones selling your soul on your behalf...
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Never seen the benefit of a smart tv given all the other gadgets I have. This has put me right off them.


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