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BBC Planning To Launch Global iPlayer VoD Service

BiggyP Re:As a British taxpayer... (179 comments)

A lot doesn't equate to nearly enough, and i don't think i've ever seen it happen for radio content. PVR mode in get_iplayer is a great idea, but it still needs me to anticipate the first episode for anything that isn't in catch-up mode. Then there's the issue of older programming, which BBC worldwide have got their grubby hands on and are holding to ransom on paid-for cable/satellite channels, can't we at least have more repeats?

more than 5 years ago

BBC Planning To Launch Global iPlayer VoD Service

BiggyP Re:As a British taxpayer... (179 comments)

Not only that, Channel 4 make a large quantity of their content available on 4od(nasty flash site but still vaguely usable in linux) for 30 days, or indefinitely for stuff in their backcatalogue, such as the comic strip presents and every episode of peep show, whereas the BBC keeps recently aired content online for 7 whole days and expects you to buy the DVD if you would like to watch anything older... If i miss the first episode of a programme and realise this just after the second episode has aired i then have to go and torrent it before watching ep2 on iplayer. Now i keep an eye out for things and just rip everything remotely interesting with get_iplayer, resulting in nice mp4s that i can watch later, as in whenever i like, and without suffering the appalling performance of fullscreen flash.

Another great move by the BBC is to offer drm-free downloads of iplayer content, but guess what, you ordinarily(get_iplayer can retrieve these, thankfully) need to own an iPhone for them to extend this functionality to you, great, huh?

more than 5 years ago

Mozilla CEO Objects To Safari Auto Install

BiggyP Re:Monopolies and anti-competitive behavior. (768 comments)

If Safari was forced, you might be able to compare Apple and Microsoft. It's not, unless you fail to read the dialog, so charges of leveraging a monopoly position are bullshit.

Ah, my mistake, it is, of course, common knowledge that _all_ users read dialogues thoroughly before proceeding during an update... You are joking, right? Please tell me you're joking, otherwise it sounds like naivety or favouritism.

Unfortunately an awful lot of iPod users are frequently outwitted by various bathroom objects...

With Windows IE is present from the word go, it's something we're aware is there, it doesn't get installed by stealth some time later on, we can choose to use something else and in theory that choice should be honoured(in practice this may not be the case). Apple's updater is very different, a user installs iTunes, they get quicktime by the backdoor too but we'll ignore that, uses iTunes happily for months without noticing anything unexpected, always installing updates and patches when asked, along comes an update dialogue with a checkbox, user blindly accepts and down comes safari. Chances are that they've bought into the cult of apple anyway by this stage and there's a strong possibility that the new icon on their desktop will be met with some excitement.

more than 6 years ago



BiggyP BiggyP writes  |  more than 8 years ago

BiggyP writes " Software Freedom Day has been steadily building momentum since its inception in 2004, this year we have more teams celebrating in more countries than ever before! Those teams which have already finished their SFD06 activities for today have been busy uploading Photos and reports of the day, you can check out the Photos in the gallery and a couple of teams from the land of the long white cloud, Christchurch and Hamilton, just to be going on with. Keep an eye on RecentChanges and TeamReports to see event reports as they hit the wiki.

Happy Software Freedom Day Slashdot!"



Best things of 2003

BiggyP BiggyP writes  |  about 11 years ago OSNews had a similar thing a little while ago, so i guess this is my list.

please note that some items may be least crap as opposed to best ;)

Best Desktop OS:
to be both fair and objective here i have to admit that Windows2000pro is still one of the best desktop operating systems, it's stable enough, hasn't got all of that terrible Luna-blue-plastic-crap, and is modern enough to support new hardware fairly well, oh, and GTK2 apps run really nicely on it(while not as well as on X), of course, i'm focusing most on ease of use here, Linux still confuses the hell out of average desktop users during the installation phase, although that might just be because everyone who has trouble installing linux experienced problems due to a lack of knowledge in the area of partitionsing and are trying to install dual boot. however, once installed(or if installed on it's own with default options), Linux comes a (very)close second, and in fact wins in a number of areas.

Most Helpful online tech news site:
/. beats everyone, as usual. OSNews is still ok, but quality of (mainly outside)reviews and freshness of content isn't good enough. and as for TheRegister, well, it's as bad as it ever was.

Interesting online communities/technologies:
Audioscrobbler did it for me, cool idea, quite well implemented but undergoing improvements and rebirth as Last.fm

Best Desktop Environment/User Experience:
GNOME2 with a little help from the likes of Redhat Bluecurve and Ximian industrial, a really clean and in my experience responsive UI, it's great to see the kind of commercial attention that GNOME has been getting this last year, and i hope to see great things from Ximian in future, maybe SUSE will start putting a little more thought into their GNOME desktop now that they're working under the same roof. i'm not anti KDE as such, but KDE users and developers don't seem to understand the reasons people get annoyed with them, why they can't moan to Trolltech about licensing instead of Bruce Perens about policy is beyond me. don't see GNOME people complaining about SUSE, Xandros, Lindows, Knoppix, etc. in fact, the Knoppix has been matched to some extent by Gnoppix, it already provides a much better desktop experience from the word go.

Best Album:
without a doubt The Mars Volta's Debut De-loused in The Comatorium, trult amazing, all i can say is go listen to it.

Best Graphics Application:
The GIMP 1.3.x has proved to be a great improvement, technically, from the 1.2 version, most of the UI is thankfully still pretty good, but a number of crappy hacks have been added to make Photo$hop users feel more at home, while ignoring the existing userbase whow find The GIMP's existing UI to be functional, shortcut keys logical, and right click menu efficient.
so, new users should find it much easier to get to grips with, which is great, but existing users will need to relearn parts of the UI, and all the tutorials need updating, oh well, that's progress, i still really like the thing.

that was terribly ranty and not very productive, but hey, isn't that what a journal's for ;)

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