Re: [backstage] Screen Scraping Advice ...

2006-07-26 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Murray, Simon (IED) wrote: Some time ago I wrote a simple screen scrape script in classic ASP using the Internet Transfer Protocol (InetCtls.Inet) which had it's limitations. I'm interested in using .Net and the HttpWebRequest class, but would welcome any guidance on the

Re: [backstage] A couple of things including Arrington

2007-02-22 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Mr I Forrester wrote: and you might want to check out the comments from Mike TechCrunch Arrington on the BBC - http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/news/archives/2007/02/michael_arringt.html Is there some more background to what he said? The BBC should be dissolved is a fairly strong statement, and

Re: [backstage] A couple of things including Arrington

2007-02-22 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
blogHUD wrote: I have posted the audio here: http://kosso.wordpress.com/2007/02/22/techcrunchs-mike-arrington-calls-for-the-end-of-the-bbc/ http://kosso.wordpress.com/2007/02/22/techcrunchs-mike-arrington-calls-for-the-end-of-the-bbc/ download! share! mock! taunt! ;) Maybe I'm going

Re: [backstage] A couple of things including Arrington

2007-02-22 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Scot McSweeney-Roberts wrote: Maybe I'm going deaf, but the audio isn't audible - I've got my speakers turned up full blast, and while there is enough sound to know that there is something there, it's still not audible. I take it back (partially). I swapped speakers and I got to at least

Re: [backstage] A couple of things including Arrington

2007-02-23 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Andy Leighton wrote: It is often worse than that. Look at Firefly - shown out of order and pulled from air before they had shown all the episodes of that series (11 out of 14 broadcast). That was Fox, again. That is something I can hardly imagine the BBC (or for that matter commercial TV in

Re: [backstage] HD-DVD how DRM was defeated

2007-02-26 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Andrew Bowden wrote: A less cynical way can be explained on the subject of web usability. Usability experts will tell you that many users get rather daunted by very long pages full of text, so the way round it is to split the article over several pages. Which is something I've always found

Re: [backstage] Ad Blocking

2007-02-26 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
James Cridland wrote: Incidentally, I have written stuff (for one of my websites) which blocks website content if the ads don't load. It's quite easy to do, depending on how your ads are being served. If ad-blockers grow, you'll see a ton of these scripts proliferating on the web. (Given the

Re: [backstage] Ad Blocking

2007-02-26 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
vijay chopra wrote: Try offering content that people want instead, and ask them to show support by clicking on the ads; I think asking people to click on the ads is against the Google's Adsense policy. https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=48182topic=8423 In

Re: [backstage] Ad Blocking

2007-02-27 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
vijay chopra wrote: Take a site like slashdot, I visit, I like the content, so I decide to white-list. However I find the ads over intrusive so I put it back on the black list, Do you subscribe to slashdot? One of the perks of slashdot membership is you don't get ads. Scot - Sent

Re: [backstage] Ad Blocking

2007-02-27 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Richard Lockwood wrote: I don't have to read the adverts in magazines or newspapers no one considers those an intrinsic part of [their] content No - but they're still there. You flick past them, and they don't annoy you by their very presence, which web ads appear to. Saying that, ads

Re: [backstage] Percentage of License fee going towards DRM?

2007-02-27 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Jim Gardner wrote: I would like to know what percentage of my license fee will go towards funding the proposed iPlayer services which are only to be made available to people stupid enough to be using Windows Are you certain Microsoft isn't funding it? I thought most of the Windows Media

Re: [backstage] Percentage of License fee going towards DRM?

2007-02-27 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Jason Cartwright wrote: This is all my personal point of view. I can't receive digital TV, so I'd like a refund on money spent to make BBC3 and BBC4. Oh, and I can't read welsh so could TV Licencing please send me a cheque for the money spend on http://www.bbc.co.uk/cymru/ Didn't some

Re: [backstage] Percentage of License fee going towards DRM?

2007-02-27 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Kenneth Burrell-CAPITA wrote: Hi Which is like paying income tax for Health Service and then having to pay for prescriptions? ... I can choose to go to Boots, or Tesco or one of any number of small chemists to get the prescription. I'm not forced into going to a single chemist, which

Re: [backstage] Percentage of License fee going towards DRM?

2007-02-27 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
George Wright wrote: On Tue, 2007-02-27 at 18:09 +, Jim Gardner wrote: I'm sure Microsoft are desperately pleased with themselves for earning what ever percentage of that £131 million is theirs Programme ingest, programme creation, programme/contributor rights, content

[backstage] Freesat

2007-02-28 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Sorry if this isn't the best place to ask this question, but maybe somebody here knows - is Freesat proposing to launch a set of channels on a different satellite, or is it just an alternative EPG to Sky's? I've looked at the consultation paper, but it doesn't go in to any of the technical

Re: [backstage] Ad Blocking

2007-02-28 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Jason Cartwright wrote: Slashdot has put content on a public network, it serves me what I request, there is no obligation on me to request it all. The deal your informally entering into with Slashdot is that in order to pay for your request taking up thier resources you are served an

Re: [backstage] Percentage of License fee going towards DRM?

2007-03-01 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Richard Lockwood wrote: This is the argument that always crops up: Use a different business model. I've yet to hear someone come up with a workable one. Giving the end product away - and allowing everyone else to do the same - is *not* a workable business model. I wonder if there really is

Re: [backstage] Percentage of License fee going towards DRM?

2007-03-01 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Dave Crossland wrote: On 28/02/07, Mario Menti [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: In just about every definition, loss can mean being deprived of something, regardless of whether you physically possessed that thing in the first place. What loss are rights holders taking? Loss of potential revenue

Re: [backstage] Percentage of License fee going towards DRM?

2007-03-01 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Dave Crossland wrote: Consider why authors always cede their rights to publishers, and if they would do this if it was indeed a natural right? I thought that in certain countries (France springs to mind) you can't really cede your copyright to publishers, as copyright really is a

Re: [backstage] Percentage of License fee going towards DRM?

2007-03-01 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Dave Crossland wrote: On 01/03/07, Scot McSweeney-Roberts [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Dave Crossland wrote: Consider why authors always cede their rights to publishers, and if they would do this if it was indeed a natural right? I thought that in certain countries (France springs to mind) you

Re: [backstage] Traffic Info

2007-03-01 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Andrew Bowden wrote: It's certainly interesting as a concept, although I'm cautious on the fact that it doesn't really take into account the speed limits on different roads. Although I've actually no idea how you could take that into account!

Re: [backstage] Flash required?

2007-03-05 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Andy wrote: On 04/03/07, Gordon Joly [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Switch to Ruby on Rails and AJAX over and above Java? Ruby is server side, unless I am mistaken. Thus would not need to be installed locally, so a good thing there. Javascript (needed for AJAX) is implemented differently across

Re: [backstage] Flash required?

2007-03-05 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Tim Cowlishaw wrote: Is all the discussion of AJAX here missing the point slightly? It depends on how you define Ajax. Ajax is now often used to mean Web 2.0 style websites, based primarily on HTML/CSS/Javascript as opposed to just Asynchronous Javascript and XML. Especially as some AJAX

Re: [backstage] Flash required?

2007-03-06 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Jason Cartwright wrote: Why isn't the BBC spending my money wisely by making my child a flash game? Because it makes Mike TechCrunch Arrington angry? We can't have that. Scot - Sent via the backstage.bbc.co.uk discussion group. To unsubscribe, please visit

Re: [backstage] BBC parliment

2007-03-09 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Matthew Somerville wrote: The copyright rests with Parliament, presumably the Parliamentary Recording Unit, from whom you can purchase archive footage. As long as you stick to the rules about what you can do with the material even then:

Re: [backstage] BBC parliment

2007-03-09 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Richard Lockwood wrote: I don't recall The Daily Show relying on transcripts of Congress (or whatever they call it in those forn parts). The Daily Show uses video footage of Congress all the time. An equivalent usage of parliamentary video footage is specifically banned by that no

Re: [backstage] Backstage Podcast number 2

2007-04-17 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
George Bray wrote: So currently we have a couple of guests, however... 1. Who should we get on the podcast? The EMI guy who did the deal with Steve Jobs. An EMI competitor. An artist - someone who has a stake in their intellectual property, and a bit of an understanding on the distribution

Re: [backstage] BBC Archive trial

2007-04-19 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
James Cox wrote: I hope that if this gets past the various layers of governance and gets budget to become a 'real' project, some effort into hooking up into bittorrent (I'm sure Bram could come up with some trickery to have certified users (ie, license fee payers ;)) only which would

Re: [backstage] Project Kangaroo - what's the point?

2007-06-22 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Adam Bowie wrote: I don't think there's a set-top box involved. But if they make it an open standard then it's conceivable that set-top box makers could incorporate it into their boxes. In my opinion, the TV is still the best place to watch TV, so set top box integration might help make

Re: [backstage] BBC iPlayer, loved by millions, disliked by a single US citizen

2008-05-06 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On 5/6/08, Richard Lockwood [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: If I go to Morrisons this evening to buy four bottles of Timothy Taylor Landlord (other supermarkets and beers are available), do they ask me at the checkout how much I earn before deciding how much to charge me? No. Well then - it's

Re: [backstage] Freesat: open platform AND iPlayer

2008-05-08 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On 5/8/08, Andrew Bowden [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Unfortunately this was all done with what we term reference recievers - basically Linux based PCs which pretend to be set top boxes. The actual software in the Freesat set top boxes to handle text stuff is unlikely to be fully functional yet

Re: [backstage] Internet TV without streaming is like

2008-07-21 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On 7/21/08, Oeztunali, Sebnem (CT) [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: -Ursprüngliche Nachricht- Von: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Im Auftrag von Dave Crossland Gesendet: Freitag, 18. Juli 2008 20:20 An: backstage@lists.bbc.co.uk Betreff: Re: [backstage] Internet TV without

Re: [backstage] erik huggers on open standards

2008-08-13 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 1:16 AM, Mike Melanson [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Name 2. I keep up with current subnotebooks and I don't know any that use non-x86 CPUs. The Maplin minibook uses an XBurst (MIPS). I could stretch the point and say that so does the Razorbook 400 (which would name 2),

Re: [backstage] BBC DRM iplayer mobiles etc

2008-10-16 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 10:50 AM, Iain Wallace [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Similarly, if Channel 4 want to DRM all their media then it's entirely their choice because they don't have my money and they aren't funded by what amounts to a tax. If I was a Channel 4 shareholder I might raise the

Re: [backstage] Is DRM on its last throes at last?

2009-01-12 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 12:18, Ian Forrester ian.forres...@bbc.co.ukwrote: I mean what other popular DRM is there now? Windows media plays for sure? Audible.com still DRMs their audiobooks, in their own proprietary formats.

Re: [backstage] Digital Britain Interim Report is published

2009-01-29 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
I love how they make it sound like Apple's recent dumping of DRM was an embrace of some form of DRM that would work on any and all devices: Digital Rights Management (DRM), properly applied, also has a role (i.e. where it allows users to access content on any device that they own, rather than

Re: [backstage] Digital Britain Interim Report is published

2009-01-29 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see any mention of FM vs DAB quality. Even if the coverage is (eventually) there, if the quality isn't as good then I don't see 50% of the population switching to DAB any time soon. On Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 16:31, Brian Butterworth briant...@freeview.tvwrote: In

Re: [backstage] Digital Britain Interim Report is published

2009-01-29 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
: owner-backst...@lists.bbc.co.uk] *On Behalf Of *Scot McSweeney-Roberts *Sent:* 29 January 2009 16:41 *To:* backstage@lists.bbc.co.uk *Subject:* Re: [backstage] Digital Britain Interim Report is published Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see any mention of FM vs DAB quality. Even if the coverage

Re: [backstage] Clay Shirky: Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable

2009-03-16 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 12:45, Kevin Anderson global...@gmail.com wrote: Yes, we're in a post-industrial era for journalism. That's been pretty clear to most of us who weren't wed to the old model. We don't really know what comes next. There was a speech at SxSW on that -

Re: [backstage] You Tube to drop support for IE6

2009-07-15 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 13:22, Peter Bowyer pe...@bowyer.org wrote: of the UK government still use IE6 unfortunately. Especially unfortunate if you happen to be a member of that community If you're in an organization (government or not) that's still mandating IE6 aren't you probably going to

Re: [backstage] Fwd: [Autonomo.us] Skype, out?

2009-08-04 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Tue, Aug 4, 2009 at 08:13, Dave Crossland d...@lab6.com wrote: Have you heard of Red Hat? There was an episode of Global Business on the World Service about them last week http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p003r602

Re: [backstage] License to Kill Innovation: the Broadcast Flag for UK Digital TV?

2009-09-17 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 17:29, Ant Miller ant.mil...@gmail.com wrote: Keeping audiences happy as DSO happens and Freeview+ rolls out is a critical task, I think that there's going to be a lot of unhappy freeview HDTV owners wondering why the TV they have recently bought isn't picking up the

Re: [backstage] License to Kill Innovation: the Broadcast Flag for UK Digital TV?

2009-09-18 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 01:01, Mr I Forrester mail...@cubicgarden.comwrote: On Thu, 2009-09-17 at 22:04 +0100, Scot McSweeney-Roberts wrote: I think that there's going to be a lot of unhappy freeview HDTV owners wondering why the TV they have recently bought isn't picking up the new HD

Re: [backstage] License to Kill Innovation: the Broadcast Flag for UK Digital TV?

2009-09-18 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 15:54, Brian Butterworth briant...@freeview.tvwrote: Once again, Freeview+ is the PVR, Freeview HD is the HD service I know that, I was requoting Ant's minor slipup of using Freeview+ for FreeviewHD

Re: [backstage] The BBC is encrypting its HD signal by the back door

2009-09-30 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 18:21, Nick Reynolds-FMT nick.reyno...@bbc.co.ukwrote: Cory's piece is inaccurate in many respects - see this http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/2009/09/freeview_hd_copy_protecti

Re: [backstage] The BBC is encrypting its HD signal by the back door

2009-09-30 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 19:07, Nick Reynolds-FMT nick.reyno...@bbc.co.ukwrote: that's why there's a public consultation Where? There doesn't seem to be anything related on ofcom's site http://www.ofcom.org.uk/consult/condocs/?open=Yessector=Broadcasting%20-%20TV You'd think they'd be the

Re: [backstage] The BBC is encrypting its HD signal by the back door

2009-10-01 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
] On Behalf Of Scot McSweeney-Roberts On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 19:07, Nick Reynolds-FMT nick.reyno...@bbc.co.uk wrote: that's why there's a public consultation Where? There doesn't seem to be anything related on ofcom's site http://www.ofcom.org.uk/consult/condocs/?open=Yessector

Re: [backstage] The BBC is encrypting its HD signal by the back door

2009-10-03 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 19:53, Nick Reynolds-FMT nick.reyno...@bbc.co.ukwrote: How would the cause of audiences be served if the BBC refused to deal with content vendors and as a result audiences could not access that content? As usual it's a difficult balancing act. But the content

Re: [backstage] Encryption of HD by the BBC - cont ...

2009-10-06 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 15:00, Sean DALY sdaly...@gmail.com wrote: David, I'm curious, what's your basis for asserting that FLOSS is incompatible with DRM? Sun's Open Media Commons project is designed to allow media playback restriction. OpenIPMP (http://sourceforge.net/projects/openipmp/) is

Re: [backstage] dot.life, windows 7 ubuntu

2009-10-23 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 13:31, Tim Dobson li...@tdobson.net wrote: http://popey.com/blog/2009/10/21/bbc-breakfast-talk-up-windows-7-dismiss-rivals/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/technology/2009/10/24_hours_with_ubuntu.html I noticed this line in the dot.life article But when I tried to install

Re: [backstage] dot.life, windows 7 ubuntu

2009-10-23 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 20:04, Andy stude.l...@googlemail.com wrote: 2009/10/23 Scot McSweeney-Roberts bbc_backst...@mcsweeney-roberts.co.uk: What's really sad about this statement is he could have had audacity installed in seconds - I guess he didn't know about the package manager

Re: [backstage] Interview with Rupert Murdoch

2009-11-10 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
There's an article on the guardian about how he wants to sue the BBC http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2009/nov/10/rupert-murdoch-bbc Apparently, the BBC is stealing his news. I wonder how long it will be before he retires. Scot On Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 09:05, Brian Butterworth

Re: [backstage] Interview with Rupert Murdoch

2009-11-10 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
, he'd accuse Twitter of it as well. On Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 13:29, Scot McSweeney-Roberts bbc_backst...@mcsweeney-roberts.co.uk wrote: There's an article on the guardian about how he wants to sue the BBC http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2009/nov/10/rupert-murdoch-bbc Apparently

Re: [backstage] iPlayer on Freesat in November.

2009-11-10 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
I've got one (though I've not signed up to to the VOD service). You can get them for around 30 quid on ebay. The best thing about it is that you can pull recordings off of it over the network (no DRM needed to enable this sort of functionality either ;-) It's also useful as UPNP network media

Re: [backstage] MSIE Marketshare at 4%...

2009-11-30 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Sun, Nov 29, 2009 at 20:31, Dave Crossland d...@lab6.com wrote: ...on the PyGoWave website ;-) http://pygowave.net/ More seriously, I thought all you Wave fans might like to hear about this if you didn't already. I'm guessing from the name that it's a Wave server written in python and

Re: [backstage] Is this BBC Homeplug product legal?

2009-12-14 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 17:30, Brian Butterworth briant...@freeview.tvwrote: Why would you want to use a HomePlug? To easily extend my home network. People used to have landline phones upstairs, and everyone was happy with wires for that. If everyone was happy with that, then DECT phone

Re: [backstage] Is this BBC Homeplug product legal?

2009-12-15 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 12:11, Paul Webster p...@dabdig.com wrote: Radio Society has more info http://www.rsgb.org/plt/ In particular they are chasing after the Comtrend models supplied by BT. I thought the Comtrend powerline adapters aren't HomePlug ( http://www.homeplug.org/) standard

Re: [backstage] BBC iPlayer and the Nokia N900

2010-01-01 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Fri, Jan 1, 2010 at 13:19, Tim Dobson li...@tdobson.net wrote: We'll have to see what happens, but it wouldn't surprise me if 2010 was the year video DRM got dropped as DRM for audio and in music has been in the last year or two... I'm not that hopeful. I think the biggest driver behind

Re: [backstage] Freeview HD Content Management

2010-01-22 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 13:08, Rob Myers r...@robmyers.org wrote: Holding a new service hostage is a convenient way of achieving this. Maybe they could just scrap Freeview HD all together and bring back the interactive services. If you want HD then you need Satellite or Cable, much in the

Re: [backstage] Fwd: Slashdot| Apple's Trend Away From Tinkering

2010-02-05 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 07:19, Mo McRoberts m...@nevali.net wrote: OTOH, Apple has quite regularly suggested that Macs aren't necessarily consumer-focused. Seeing as the first few Macs couldn't even be opened up*, I doubt Steve Jobs has ever really cared for tinkering. I can remember the first

Re: [backstage] Fwd: Slashdot| Apple's Trend Away From Tinkering

2010-02-05 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 13:17, Mo McRoberts m...@nevali.net wrote: Since Jobs' return to the helm, Macs have become steadily and increasingly more open with each passing year, both in hardware and software terms. Remember when the only way to run an alternative OS on a Mac was by booting Mac

Re: [backstage] Fwd: Slashdot| Apple's Trend Away From Tinkering

2010-02-05 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 14:49, Alex Mace a...@hollytree.co.uk wrote: So we're just ignoring WebKit, Darwin, Grand Central and the rest of the stuff on this list? WebKit wasn't Apple's - It was from originally KDE. Darwin is BSD on top of a Mach microkernel - again, not Apple's code. Giving

Re: [backstage] Fwd: Slashdot| Apple's Trend Away From Tinkering

2010-02-05 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 14:58, Darren Stephens darren.steph...@hull.ac.uk wrote: No, For many people it is ENTIRELY rational behaviour. Most people are not like us (who jailbreak iphone and touch and tinker with OS X). Most people want a consumer project. They want something they can switch on

Re: [backstage] Fwd: Slashdot| Apple's Trend Away From Tinkering

2010-02-05 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 15:01, Mo McRoberts m...@nevali.net wrote: On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 14:29, Scot McSweeney-Roberts Yup. it nearly put them out of business. I'm not sure 'open to the point of financial ruin' is a beneficial strategy for anybody concerned. I didn't say killing off

Re: [backstage] Fwd: Slashdot| Apple's Trend Away From Tinkering

2010-02-05 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 15:29, Mo McRoberts m...@nevali.net wrote: On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 15:09, Scot McSweeney-Roberts bbc_backst...@mcsweeney-roberts.co.uk wrote: WebKit wasn't Apple's - It was from originally KDE. Darwin is BSD on top of a Mach microkernel - again, not Apple's code. Oh

Re: [backstage] Fwd: Slashdot| Apple's Trend Away From Tinkering

2010-02-05 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 15:16, Alex Mace a...@hollytree.co.uk wrote: If you want to run Mac OS X on Dell hardware, go right ahead, Apple won't stop you. I don't see why Apple, with a minority share in the computer market, should officially support you doing that. No, Apple will actively stop

Re: [backstage] Fwd: Slashdot| Apple's Trend Away From Tinkering

2010-02-05 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 17:06, Mo McRoberts m...@nevali.net wrote: On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 16:57, Scot McSweeney-Roberts bbc_backst...@mcsweeney-roberts.co.uk wrote: No, Apple will actively stop me from doing it, by making subtle changes to the OS to ensure it won't run, such as actively

Re: [backstage] Fwd: Slashdot| Apple's Trend Away From Tinkering

2010-02-05 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 17:14, Alex Mace a...@hollytree.co.uk wrote: Just don't use Apple products and stop moaning about it. I stopped using Apple products several years ago. I don't really care one way or another how open Apple it's products are - I do moan when people say Apple are open when

Re: [backstage] Fwd: Slashdot| Apple's Trend Away From Tinkering

2010-02-06 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 19:26, Mo McRoberts m...@nevali.net wrote: On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 18:57, Scot McSweeney-Roberts I don’t think _anybody_ claimed that Apple was “open”. Apple have, however, become far _more_ open than they were, and are continuing to do so. And I'd say they're about

[backstage] Podcasts feeds not working in Rythmbox

2010-03-12 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
Has something been done recently to the podcast feeds as I just noticed Rhythmbox is having an error with all the BBC podcasts I'm subscribed to (non BBC podcasts are working just fine). It looks like something has changed sometime between the 4th and the 11th as the 4th was the last In Our Time

Re: [backstage] Podcasts feeds not working in Rythmbox

2010-03-24 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 17:53, Ian Forrester ian.forres...@bbc.co.uk wrote: Have you tried another client like Banshee? Banshee seems to work. (I've been in two minds about switching to Banshee anyway). Send us in the XML file as you get it your end. Here's the XML ?xml version=1.0

[backstage] Re: [backstage] Re: [backstage] Re: [backstage] Re: [backstage] Re: [backstage] Re: get_iplayer 2.77 release (wa s Re: [backstage] get_iplayer dropped in response to BBC’s lack of suppor

2010-05-27 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Thu, May 27, 2010 at 18:10, Kieran Kunhya kie...@kunhya.com wrote: The point is the view is that Open Source software isn't considered bothering about by the BBC because too few people use it and there's the fear of piracy. (in spite of the fact that downloads from VoD aren't used by

Re: [backstage] Freeview HD Content Management

2010-06-15 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 16:37, Andrew Bowden andrew.bow...@bbc.co.uk wrote: Ease of use aside, even the iPhone 4 doesn't really have the screen resolution to require HD content - will many handheld devices really need HD? The Archos 7 Home Tablet handles 720p. I would expect HD capability to

Re: [backstage] Freeview HD Question

2010-06-16 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 09:57, Stuart Clark stuart.cl...@jahingo.com wrote: [I know such information doesn't help for open source projects, but it would be interesting to know the level of the monetary/contractual bar to people wanting to do things officially, and what effect doing so has on

Re: [backstage] Freeview HD Question

2010-06-16 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 10:42, Mo McRoberts m...@nevali.net wrote: only for those people who *actively* use open source. doesn't help at all with open source stacks embedded in consumer-facing products. I doubt it would matter much with embedded systems. I can think of three cases - 1) The

Re: [backstage] Freeview HD Question

2010-06-16 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 11:30, Adam Bradley a...@doublegeek.com wrote: But the BBC would require as part of the download agreement that you had appropriate content management on the device, wouldn't they? I would be very surprised if that wasn't part of the T C's, but then it's not much

Re: [backstage] BBC Trust approves Project Canvas ...

2010-06-28 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 09:24, Frank Wales fr...@limov.com wrote: Kieran Kunhya wrote: Does anyone else see this as the BBC effectively bailing out other broadcasters by providing a common platform backed with licence fee funded content and development? No, this is what I'd expect the BBC

Re: [backstage] Canvas - Open Source Consortium

2010-09-13 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 12:19, David Tomlinson d.tomlin...@tiscali.co.uk wrote: To quote the OSC. http://www.opensourceconsortium.org/downloads/project_canvas/project_canvas_consultation_response.pdf Project Canvas in its current form is going to lead to the BBC having unprecedented

Re: [backstage] Canvas - Open Source Consortium

2010-09-13 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 21:22, David Tomlinson d.tomlin...@tiscali.co.uk wrote: The Google TV box (Logitech Revue) is an addition to your set top box, so it does not integrate with Free To Air TV and may be unable to access UK catch-up content. But it's also getting installed directly into

Re: [backstage] Canvas - Open Source Consortium

2010-09-14 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 09:22, Andrew Bowden andrew.bow...@bbc.co.uk wrote: The systems in a UK TV reciever are different to those of a French one, of a German one, of a USA one Are you honestly saying that a DVB-T receiver bought today in Germany won't work in France or the UK? Yes, the US

Re: [backstage] Canvas - Open Source Consortium

2010-09-14 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 09:43, Mo McRoberts m...@nevali.net wrote: As I said, it'll work in a basic generic fashion, but there are many many aspects which vary between countries, including the EPG and Red Button. Which doesn't help the consumer at all. If I buy an ATSC TV in the New York and

Re: [backstage] Canvas - Open Source Consortium

2010-09-14 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 09:41, Andrew Bowden andrew.bow...@bbc.co.uk wrote: From: owner-backst...@lists.bbc.co.uk On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 09:22, Andrew Bowden andrew.bow...@bbc.co.uk wrote: The systems in a UK TV reciever are different to those of a French one, of a German one, of a USA one

Re: [backstage] Canvas - Open Source Consortium

2010-09-14 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 12:21, David Tomlinson d.tomlin...@tiscali.co.uk wrote: On 13/09/2010 23:11, Scot McSweeney-Roberts wrote: The distributors already use GeoIP or billing addresses to attempt to restrict access on the internet to services (including the BBC), and while iplayer, ITV

Re: [backstage] Canvas - Open Source Consortium

2010-09-14 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 13:08, Mo McRoberts m...@nevali.net wrote: Given the specs haven't been finished yet, it's the preserve of precisely nobody _right now_. True, but I still would have expected at least one of the big manufacturers to be on board by now. Failing that, even someone like

Re: [backstage] Canvas - Open Source Consortium

2010-09-14 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 13:50, Stephen Jolly st...@jollys.org wrote: On 13 Sep 2010, at 19:38, Scot McSweeney-Roberts wrote: Why would a manufacturer make a Canvas box instead of something that they can sell in most of the world (or even all of the world with the right components)? Why

Re: [backstage] Canvas - Open Source Consortium

2010-09-14 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 13:51, Mo McRoberts m...@nevali.net wrote: On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 13:42, Scot McSweeney-Roberts bbc_backst...@mcsweeney-roberts.co.uk wrote: On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 13:08, Mo McRoberts m...@nevali.net wrote: Well, widespread support from the industry: http

Re: [backstage] Ping...

2011-06-02 Thread Scot McSweeney-Roberts
On Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 18:35, Ben Weiner b...@readingtype.org.uk wrote: What benefits will be brought by a developer network over this fine and venerable list: a lick of paint and ... ? ;-) Please let it not be a web based forum. Scot - Sent via the backstage.bbc.co.uk discussion group.