Bit behind the times then aren't you!!!!
It was just a gentle wind up.
Actually I agree with you. Since, when you apply for your radio licence, you have to furnish some boat details, it wouldn't be asking much for each CG station to have a file containing these details related to the mmsi. Given the storage capacity of modern computers, it would hardly be a problem. It would be simple enough to update it on the fly I would have thought.
For me, the DSC system's advantage is it's ability to send a position along with the alert.
Normal calling is obviously different but just as combersome as ever and possibly more so. It is a little more private but that's not any great shakes.
However, although I'm listening, since I launched the boat last February, except for a radio check to make sure it was working in the first place, I've not had need to use it, nor has any of the info I've heard been of use.
I'm still waiting for that exciting mayday to arrive.
Actually, quite a few years ago, I was pleased to be listening cos there was warning of a controlled explosion and it was just where we were heading and we weren't far away.
Pre DSC times.