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Death to bugs

nowitall
10-04-2007, 08:15 PM
Oh great. I was watching 'Sunrise Earth' and noticed that an immovable bug is now present on the screen. Not only immovable, but animated as well. :banghead:

Since nobody complains, I expect the situation will only get worse. Just look at all the channels that run promos for upcoming programming during a show, and look at all the news channels that fill the screen with blocks of text.:mad:

mluntz
10-04-2007, 09:49 PM
Are you talking about a real bug, like a spider?

buzd
10-04-2007, 11:21 PM
A spider isn't a bug. Ask an entomologist.

fmw
10-05-2007, 03:30 AM
A spider isn't a bug. Ask an entomologist.

A spider is an arthropod, not an insect. However, calling it a bug would be fine, since bug isn't a scientific term anyway.

DodgerKing
10-05-2007, 07:22 AM
A spider is an arthropod, not an insect. However, calling it a bug would be fine, since bug isn't a scientific term anyway.

Not accurate. The insect order known as Hempitera (http://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/) are commonly called true bugs.

robox4
10-05-2007, 07:35 AM
This thread is overwhelming evidence that we've been spoiled by the new HD already.

nowitall
10-05-2007, 10:12 PM
No, the responses on this thread show that folks deserve the crappy programming, screens filled with advertising during programs, advertising that appears on the football field, and the ever-more intrusive logos (bugs) that are appearing on our screens, since nobody cares.

I can't believe you guys wet your huggies over wide pictures while letting broadcasters fill up the screen with the eyesores known as 'bugs'.

"On today's TV screens, the station-identification logo sits tethered to the surface, like an annoying rash that won't quite disappear. You think you ve kicked it when -- WHAMMMO -- there it is again, blemishing the patina of an otherwise perfectly good viewing experience. Once a translucent image that surfaced only intermittently, today's screen logo has become a monstrous exaggeration of its former self. While this speaks poorly for broadcasters, it represents an even greater shame for designers, many of whom would like to think they can rescue their clients from making appallingly bad choices, like displaying large, pulsating logos in the corner of a television monitor.

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"In an effort to retaliate, some viewers opposed to these corporate (and graphic) interventions have formed grass-roots posses hoping to take on the broadcasting heavyweights with a kind of critical mass. Watchdog groups like Squash the TV Bugs in the US and Logo-Free TV in Britain have been moderately successful in raising public awareness, writing manifesti and sharing useful links with their equally annoyed brethren -- yet in spite of such admirable intentions, there remains an air of inevitable despair about it all. Will the TV bugs continue to grow in size, noise and frequency, until we all succumb to a state of passive acceptance? Can TV bugs ever be restricted, minimized, abolished altogether? (TiVO, where are you?) Late-night TV host Conan O Brien offered his own remedy not long ago: reaching for a can of insecticide during his show one night, he sprayed the famous NBC peacock, whereupon it dissolved and dripped right off the screen. "
http://www.unmediated.org/archives/2005/08/why_bugs_dont_b.php

fmw
10-06-2007, 06:02 AM
Not accurate. The insect order known as Hempitera (http://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/) are commonly called true bugs.

Following that logic then it would be no worse to call a spider a bug than insects from other orders.

DodgerKing
10-06-2007, 07:40 AM
Following that logic then it would be no worse to call a spider a bug than insects from other orders.

No

I was commenting on the portion of the post that stated a "bug" isn't a scientific term. There are groups of insects called "bugs".

vargora
10-06-2007, 08:51 AM
And the HD is so realistic that the bugs on TBS-HD last night were not only making the viewers squeamish, they were bothering the players too!!

Oh, those were real bugs or insects or Canadian Soldiers or... ;)

tumbleweed
10-06-2007, 09:06 AM
And the HD is so realistic that the bugs on TBS-HD last night were not only making the viewers squeamish, they were bothering the players too!!

Oh, those were real bugs or insects or Canadian Soldiers or... ;)

One of the commentators said they were flying ants. They looked to me like some kind of fly a bit smaller than a house fly. Maybe one of our bugologists could identify them?

BTW I totally agree about the crap the channels and networks put on my screen. These idiots may think it makes me more likely to watch their programming, actually the reverse is true.