Another wonder of GPS technology .... or maybe not?

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Rigil Kent (August 03, 2013, 11:09:07 AM):
Skeptical about ...
... because how would a satellite know if your house has a tv in it, unless the tv also broadcasts some signal or the other.

ETA: Not my bill, by the way. >:D
Hermes (August 03, 2013, 13:48:25 PM):
The satellite does not track your TV, it tracks your licence. Tracking anything in my study is quite an achievement.
Rigil Kent (August 03, 2013, 15:26:06 PM):
The satellite does not track your TV, it tracks your licence.
Are you being serious? Does the licence transmit something? Mine's just a piece of paper! ??? ???

Even so, the SABC still has to detect a TV to draw any conclusions. If they don't detect a licence in a house, it may well be that there is no TV either.

Rigil
BoogieMonster (August 04, 2013, 22:43:22 PM):
All this means is that they know who has a TV license, and their addresses. If they happen to stand outside your house they can tell if you have a TV license or not by checking their database for addresses in the general vicinity of a person holding a GPS, and seeing if you're one of them.

They are deliberately trying to make this sound scarier than it is.

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it may well be that there is no TV either.

I have a distaste for their "guilty until proven innocent" ways. I bought a TV, big deal, that doesn't mean I watch any broadcast TV. However I must still have a TV license until such time as I've proven that I had the reception equipment in the TV removed by a "qualified technician". All this so that I can fund stuff like SABC propaga.... I mean news.
brianvds (August 05, 2013, 04:16:37 AM):
I have a distaste for their "guilty until proven innocent" ways. I bought a TV, big deal, that doesn't mean I watch any broadcast TV. However I must still have a TV license until such time as I've proven that I had the reception equipment in the TV removed by a "qualified technician". All this so that I can fund stuff like SABC propaga.... I mean news.

I wonder whether, under our new and liberal constitution, you are required to let a TV license inspector into your house without a search warrant.

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