Re: [backstage] BBC Podcasts Including Music

2007-11-20 Thread Sean DALY
Greetings everyone, this is my first post. Jason Cartwright wrote: Of course, this won't happen (it be being popular, IMHO), because nobody cares what format they consume their content in - they just care that it works (which MP3 does). As proved by the BBC OGG trial years and years ago.

Re: [backstage] BBC Podcasts Including Music

2007-11-20 Thread Sean DALY
Martin Belam wrote: I'm more interested in Usability and Value For Money for Licence Fee payers. Does anyone have any kind of gauge of what percentage of portable music players will actually play files encoded in Vorbis out of the box without either a firmware upgrade or installing software on

Re: [backstage] Re: iPlayer on Vista now?

2007-11-20 Thread Sean DALY
neither have I seen GNU/*BSD (has anyone applied the GNU toolset to the BSD kernel, Steve Jobs did it, and look where it got him. - Sent via the backstage.bbc.co.uk discussion group. To unsubscribe, please visit http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/archives/2005/01/mailing_list.html. Unofficial list

Re: [backstage] Bandwidth Crisis

2007-11-21 Thread Sean DALY
a crisis in available bandwidth, which could lead to slow-downs in about three years time. I first heard this theory in 1995 (along with the theory that Apple was about to go under or be bought by Sun). These days, I think it's code for telcos who want to segregate packets, e.g. charge more

Re: [backstage] BBC Podcasts Including Music

2007-11-22 Thread Sean DALY
I agree with what Michael says. However I'm not sure the rights holders insist on DRM. They insist on protection of their income which flows from copyright, which is not the same thing. DRM is today's solution to provide that protection, but it is broken, costly, complicated, annoys end users,

Re: [backstage] BBC Podcasts Including Music

2007-11-22 Thread Sean DALY
Is there such a thing as legal creep? It's either legal or it isn't. Nick, I think what was meant is when rules, or regulations, or technical measures such as DRM go beyond what is legal. For example, an FBI logo-style warning shown at the beginning of a DVD, long enough to annoy me but not

Re: [backstage] Broadcasters to launch joint VoD service

2007-11-27 Thread Sean DALY
Robert Andrews thinks BBC Worldwide is in it for pay-per-view outside the UK: http://www.paidcontent.co.uk/entry/419-official-broadcasters-join-for-kangaroo-commercial-vod-platform/ - Sent via the backstage.bbc.co.uk discussion group. To unsubscribe, please visit

Re: [backstage] Muddy Boots on Backstage

2007-11-28 Thread Sean DALY
On the subject of citizen journalists, if I could generalize, I'd say it's quite true that we work for free and have to support ourselves by other means. Yet we feel that some stories should be covered that both the mainstream press and the specialised press cover superficially, or not at all, or

Re: Speed of bbc.co.uk? (was RE: [backstage] Future of BBC's iPlayer in doubt - Sunday Herald - Kangaroo ...)

2007-12-03 Thread Sean DALY
My impression is that this is a comment from a nontechnical user. She says system and talks about download, was she referring to the iPlayer client? If she is using a Mac, that would explain why it doesn't work. Maybe she is using Windows and has spyware slowdown syndrome. Maybe she can't get Real

Re: [backstage] Re: Accessibility in a Web 2.0 world

2007-12-04 Thread Sean DALY
: ./oggenc --downmix -q 2 --title='Sean Daly Interviews Ashley Highfield, BBC Director of Future Media and Technology, for Groklaw' --artist='Ashley Highfield' --date='November 14, 2007' --genre='Speech' --comment 'copyright=(c)2007 Pamela Jones.' --comment 'location=telephone interview' --comment

Re: [backstage] Please release Perl on Rails as Free Software

2007-12-07 Thread Sean DALY
Stone free The Jimi Hendrix version. Smoke free All flights. fre The Tivo version. It seems the romance languages avoid the pitfall by sensibly having two words for the two ideas, just like for penguins. So I'm on a one-man campaign to import 'libre' into English. Sean - Sent via the

Re: [backstage] flash streaming version of iplayer is live

2007-12-12 Thread Sean DALY
DRM is central to Adobe's pitch to broadcasters: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/6558979.stm http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressreleases/200712/120407adobefms3.html - Sent via the backstage.bbc.co.uk discussion group. To unsubscribe, please visit

Re: [backstage] flash streaming version of iplayer is live

2007-12-13 Thread Sean DALY
Does anyone know, is the Flash-encapsulated video On2-VP6, or H.264? I suspect it's the latter but support for that is very recent and compatible players are certainly not widespread yet. I'm waiting for the day the BBC arranges Dirac encapsulation with Adobe. There was a precedent with the

Re: [backstage] flash streaming version of iplayer is live

2007-12-13 Thread Sean DALY
desktop, anything other than WM9 has a steep uphill climb. Free codecs will have better chances as Microsoft's stranglehold on personal computers diminishes. Sean On 12/13/07, Dave Crossland [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: On 13/12/2007, Sean DALY [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: De facto standards

Re: [backstage] Interview with Anthony Rose - Podcast

2007-12-14 Thread Sean DALY
Well, It takes about 2 long minutes to encode to Ogg Vorbis, a format which can embed metadata unlike MP3 which cannot. Supposedly, everyone can watch Windows Media video too ;-) - Sent via the backstage.bbc.co.uk discussion group. To unsubscribe, please visit

Re: [backstage] BBC News : site feedback.... [Fwd: RE: Feedback [NewsWatch]]

2008-01-07 Thread Sean DALY
If the HTML is fairly standardized (I see that the datestamp is both in the metatags and in the body), it's even easier to add or change the presentation of datestamps, just a text operation which I'd take over a fancy CMS any day of the week. Static pages can be great for performance,

[backstage] 403 Forbidden on http://www.bbc.co.uk/technology/

2008-01-09 Thread Sean DALY
http://www.bbc.co.uk/technology/ is showing 403 Forbidden. - Sent via the backstage.bbc.co.uk discussion group. To unsubscribe, please visit http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/archives/2005/01/mailing_list.html. Unofficial list archive: http://www.mail-archive.com/backstage@lists.bbc.co.uk/

Re: [backstage] 403 Forbidden on http://www.bbc.co.uk/technology/

2008-01-09 Thread Sean DALY
: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto: [EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Sean DALY Sent: 09 January 2008 09:13 To: backstage@lists.bbc.co.uk Subject: [backstage] 403 Forbidden on http://www.bbc.co.uk/technology/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/technology/ is showing 403 Forbidden. - Sent via

Re: [backstage] 403 Forbidden on http://www.bbc.co.uk/technology/

2008-01-09 Thread Sean DALY
With or without slash, the redirect is OK for me on Firefox v2.0.0.11, Safari v1.32, Opera v9.25 on Mac, and Firefox v2.0.0.11, IE v6 on PC XP. On Jan 9, 2008 2:57 PM, Andy [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: On 09/01/2008, Michael Walsh [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: It simply because

Re: [backstage] 403 Forbidden on http://www.bbc.co.uk/technology/

2008-01-09 Thread Sean DALY
here's what curl (v7.14 on Darwin) has to say, with and without the trailing slash: $ curl http://www.bbc.co.uk/technology --dump-header bbc-co-uk.technology.txt !DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC -//IETF//DTD HTML 2.0//EN htmlhead title301 Moved Permanently/title /headbody h1Moved Permanently/h1 pThe

Re: [backstage] BBC Hires Dirk-Willem van Gulik as CTA

2008-01-17 Thread Sean DALY
I saw the BBC press release go up an hour ago: http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2008/01_january/17/gulik.shtml On Jan 17, 2008 5:15 PM, Tom Loosemore [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: It's only mid-Jan, but I bet the below is the best news about the BBC I will hear this year.

Re: [backstage] Streaming iPlayer age guidance

2008-01-18 Thread Sean DALY
Nick - I often use xmlstarlet to wade through unfamiliar XML files, like so: first, the structure $ xml el -u b008s14v.xml iplayerMedia iplayerMedia/concept iplayerMedia/concept/longSynopsis iplayerMedia/concept/masterbrand iplayerMedia/concept/masterbrand/ident

Re: [backstage] RTMP stream URL resolving script

2008-01-19 Thread Sean DALY
Well, it's public domain then, which is fine as long as you don't mind Corporation X incorporating and selling your code. Often, a simple copyright notice saying this notice must accompany all subsequent versions of this code is better than nothing. Sean On Jan 19, 2008 12:46 AM, Iain

Re: [backstage] RTMP stream URL resolving script

2008-01-20 Thread Sean DALY
I stand corrected. Concerning Corporation X, I should have said without attribution and without source code. Sean On Jan 19, 2008 2:22 PM, Dave Crossland [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: On 19/01/2008, Sean DALY [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Well, it's public domain then, which is fine The public

Re: [backstage] RTMP stream URL resolving script

2008-01-20 Thread Sean DALY
any indication of where to find it. Sean On Jan 20, 2008 10:35 PM, Michael Sparks [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: On Sunday 20 January 2008 17:01:43 Sean DALY wrote: A longstanding rumor, for which I have no proof, is that parts of Microsoft's network code was simply copied from BSD code, which

Re: [backstage] Transcript for Backstage Accessibility podcast

2008-01-22 Thread Sean DALY
As I've said previously, transcribing is a long, tedious and generally thankless task, yet is so well worth it -- often years down the road, when you can easily find what was said with just a remembered keyword or phrase. It's true that one would always like to have expressed oneself better, but

Re: [backstage] RTMP stream URL resolving script

2008-01-24 Thread Sean DALY
I believe icecast would be a better FOSS candidate for a multicast on-demand streaming server than VLC. But really, any discussion of streaming must needs associate the file format container and codec and client-side application (browser plug-in, dedicated, ...). And on a large scale, the

Re: [backstage] RTMP stream URL resolving script

2008-01-24 Thread Sean DALY
on it. The issue of open standards is of course perfectly valid. RealNetworks for example has had great streaming for years but I believe their protocols are entirely proprietary. Sean On Jan 24, 2008 11:42 AM, Sean DALY [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: I believe icecast would be a better FOSS

[backstage] Dirac Pro v1.0.0, SMPTE VC-2

2008-01-24 Thread Sean DALY
I think this is fabulous news. Congratulations to all who worked on it. A patent-unencumbered (say that 10x fast) royalty-free codec is something the world needs. So what if Microsoft doesn't support it, they don't support H.264 or AAC either (XBox Zune aside) and look where that got iTunes.

Re: [backstage] Dirac Pro v1.0.0, SMPTE VC-2

2008-01-25 Thread Sean DALY
press communication, this is one of those quiet events which could have enormous impact. Sean On Jan 24, 2008 11:39 PM, Steve Jolly [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Sean DALY wrote: I think this is fabulous news. Congratulations to all who worked on it. A patent-unencumbered (say that 10x fast

[backstage] co-branded Miro players

2008-02-01 Thread Sean DALY
Now here's an idea: branded, platform-neutral clients... http://www.getmiro.com/blog/?p=363 - Sent via the backstage.bbc.co.uk discussion group. To unsubscribe, please visit http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/archives/2005/01/mailing_list.html. Unofficial list archive:

Re: [backstage] co-branded Miro players

2008-02-05 Thread Sean DALY
mob: +44 (0)7711913293 -Original Message- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Sean DALY Sent: 01 February 2008 09:21 To: backstage@lists.bbc.co.uk Subject: [backstage] co-branded Miro players Now here's an idea: branded, platform-neutral clients

Re: [backstage] co-branded Miro players

2008-02-08 Thread Sean DALY
I found the Miro announcement so interesting, I decided to interview Nicholas Reville about it: http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20080207173143823 Sean On Feb 5, 2008 3:20 PM, Sean DALY [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Yes, very interesting. The Miro folk have experience cobbling together

Re: [backstage] Open source video streaming browser based video client

2008-02-19 Thread Sean DALY
I came across this recently but have not tested it: Flumotion Cortado by Fluendo, streaming applet for Ogg formats http://www.flumotion.net/cortado/ http://stream.fluendo.com/en/textos.php?id=8 On the client side, it's a java applet which can be embedded into a page. On the server side, Ogg

Re: [backstage] HD-DVD / Blu Ray

2008-02-19 Thread Sean DALY
The deck makers don't mind giving you control, but the disc sellers do. That spam bit of FBI warning (means a lot in France) is Hollywood, terrified that they will suffer by not offering consumers what they want (cf.: the music industry). In both cases the basic model has been to upgrade physical

Re: [backstage] HD-DVD / Blu Ray

2008-02-21 Thread Sean DALY
Concerning physical records, I feel the same way. I buy few items online, not only because of the silly DRM, but because managing storage and backups is a headache. I concur with Richard's comments that consumers are just putting it all on computers, but every consumer I know has difficulty

Re: [backstage] HD-DVD / Blu Ray

2008-02-22 Thread Sean DALY
Or reuse -- think of DAT, which the music industry succeeded in killing as a consumer format in the late 80s and was relegated to recording studios, but which got a new lease on life as a SCSI data backup format. The original CD-Audio Red Book gave rise to the CD-ROM XA Yellow Book after all

Re: [backstage] Fwd: [Gnash-dev] EFF: Adobe Pushes DRM for Flash

2008-02-29 Thread Sean DALY
http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressreleases/200704/041607AMP.html snip For content publishers, Adobe Media Player enables better ways to deliver, monetize, brand, track and protect video content. It provides an array of video delivery options for high-quality online and offline

[backstage] Vint Cerf on the future of the Internet

2008-03-03 Thread Sean DALY
I had the honor and privilege of meeting Vint Cerf in Geneva last week and although he didn't have time for an audio interview, he very graciously agreed to answer my questions by e-mail: http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20080303140032154 Sean. - Sent via the backstage.bbc.co.uk

[backstage] New concept to solve last-mile broadband: walk yourself over to a video ATM

2008-03-04 Thread Sean DALY
http://www.news.com/Coming-soon-Movies-on-flash-memory-cards/2100-11398_3-6232651.html?tag=nefd.lede http://www.portomedia.com/ As I understand it, their idea is that you buy their proprietary USB-based key, walk over to their kiosk, select and download a film in under a minute, bring it home,

Re: [backstage] One-day Conference To Help Web Developers Address Accessibility in Web 2.0

2008-03-05 Thread Sean DALY
I agree that accessibility is below the radar of most developers. Less important topics are too, such as color management (modern browsers interpret ICC color profiles). In my experience, what's effective is to videotape the conference and publish the video and audio recordings with transcripts,

Re: [backstage] Undermining iPlayer DRM

2008-03-07 Thread Sean DALY
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/2008/03/bbc_iplayer_on_iphone_behind_t.html My secret source :-) I wanted to comment, but I got an http 502, there seems to be a problem. Sean On Fri, Mar 7, 2008 at 6:01 PM, Phil Wilson [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: With ideas like this being touted by

Re: [backstage] Undermining iPlayer DRM

2008-03-08 Thread Sean DALY
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] on behalf of Sean DALY Sent: Fri 07/03/2008 5:15 PM To: backstage@lists.bbc.co.uk Subject: Re: [backstage] Undermining iPlayer DRM http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/2008/03/bbc_iplayer_on_iphone_behind_t.html My secret source :-) I wanted to comment

Re: [backstage] iPlayer, DRM, Free Software and the iPhone

2008-03-10 Thread Sean DALY
My mother hates unnecessary technical complications (she finds computers and gadgets are complicated enough as it is) and DRM falls right into that category :-) On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 12:49 AM, Andy Halsall [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Till then, I would suggest you don't do anything your mother

Re: [backstage] A question about BBC-iPlayer_Setup.exe

2008-03-11 Thread Sean DALY
Dan - have you tried Stuart Caie's cabextract? I have used it on OSX to extract a single file from a .CAB package. On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 3:27 PM, Dogsbody [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Hi All, I'm still trying for find out more (you know when you get a challenge but just can't leave it

Re: [backstage] A question about BBC-iPlayer_Setup.exe

2008-03-12 Thread Sean DALY
after all, that's why I'm still trying to find out more (see below) :-/ Thanks though Dan On 11/03/2008 15:07, Sean DALY was seen to type: Dan - have you tried Stuart Caie's cabextract? I have used it on OSX to extract a single file from a .CAB package. On Tue, Mar 11, 2008

Re: [backstage] Guardian article about iPhone iPlayer

2008-03-13 Thread Sean DALY
Well, H.264/AAC is great for preventing technically challenged Windows users from avoiding DRM, since it is used by everybody worldwide with one exception... Microsoft Media Player. Well, WMP supports MPEG-1, that's already something. H.264/AAC *is* supported in the Xbox, which has a magnetic

Re: [backstage] iPlayer DRM is over?

2008-03-13 Thread Sean DALY
One could speculate that the BBC definition of platform agnostic is time-bombed DRM for every platform in the UK, the universe elsewhere, on a platform-by-platform basis, starting with Windows, then Apple, then... On Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 1:59 PM, Andy [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: On 13/03/2008,

Re: [backstage] iPlayer DRM is over?

2008-03-14 Thread Sean DALY
But the BS about the biggest market first is... well, true. You must serve your biggest audience first, but that's not at the exclusion of others. The point is that the biggest market, PCs running Windows, is captive to a monopolist which chooses not to support open standards such as MPEG-4

Re: [backstage] iPlayer DRM is over?

2008-03-19 Thread Sean DALY
The --limit-rate parameter of curl is often used to simulate low or variable bandwidth, e.g.: curl --limit-rate 128 URL On the subject of DRM, Adobe has just announced their DRM server availability: http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressreleases/200803/031908FMRMS.html Bizarrely, the

Re: [backstage] Data Portability?

2008-03-25 Thread Sean DALY
And here's another: http://yhoo.client.shareholder.com/press/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=301421 - Sent via the backstage.bbc.co.uk discussion group. To unsubscribe, please visit http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/archives/2005/01/mailing_list.html. Unofficial list archive:

Re: [backstage] iPlayer DRM is over?

2008-03-26 Thread Sean DALY
I had some background discussions with PACT while preparing my interview with Ashley and what I learned (unsurprisingly) is that rights holders want to be compensated; the actual method is up for discussion. They hear that DRM doesn't work or is ineffective, but they don't see an alternative.

Re: [backstage] Ashley Highfield leaves BBC (almost)

2008-04-15 Thread Sean DALY
Tim, what disturbs people about a former MS executive in that position is that Microsoft's interests are not at all aligned with the interests of a public broadcaster. Microsoft wants video format lockin, which is why to this day Windows Media Player has no support for MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and AAC

Re: [backstage] Ashley Highfield leaves BBC (almost)

2008-04-15 Thread Sean DALY
It's possible there are Microsoft employees who could switch hats and support open standards - John Sullivan of Microsoft Research who headed the AVC standardisation effort wouldn't have any credibility problems. As it happens, Mr. Hugger's former job included blocking open standards; it's merely

Re: [backstage] Ashley Highfield leaves BBC (almost)

2008-04-15 Thread Sean DALY
Michael, that's easy: I would judge you on your actions. For my part, many (that would be MANY) moons ago I was a journalist for a Windows magazine and later, purchased over a quarter of a million dollars in Microsoft licences; in both ways I helped build their monopolies. I can't even say I

Re: [backstage] Ashley Highfield leaves BBC (almost)

2008-04-15 Thread Sean DALY
Yes Nick, that reminded me of Toyota aiming for zero emissions, wonder if they'll hit it this year (joke). DRM on Mac means Fairplay, so the announcement really should be no download support for GNU/Linux actually planned or possible since our proprietary software DRM partners make mutually

Re: [backstage] Ashley Highfield leaves BBC (almost)

2008-04-15 Thread Sean DALY
Dan, I take your point. It's the worst sort of technical issue, the kind that can only be solved by non-engineers. It's also of little interest to most developers, a mere nuisance, except for those obliged to code for it or silly enough to not use Windows. Sean. - Sent via the backstage.bbc.co.uk

Re: [backstage] Ashley Highfield leaves BBC (almost)

2008-04-15 Thread Sean DALY
Michael - mail me off-list. Thanks. Sean - Sent via the backstage.bbc.co.uk discussion group. To unsubscribe, please visit http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/archives/2005/01/mailing_list.html. Unofficial list archive: http://www.mail-archive.com/backstage@lists.bbc.co.uk/

Re: [backstage] Ashley Highfield leaves BBC (almost)

2008-04-15 Thread Sean DALY
I knew a filmmaker who handed out a card with the title Grand Pooh-Bah. - Sent via the backstage.bbc.co.uk discussion group. To unsubscribe, please visit http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/archives/2005/01/mailing_list.html. Unofficial list archive:

Re: [backstage] Ashley Highfield leaves BBC (almost)

2008-04-16 Thread Sean DALY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dESY1kJfGdw The classic Beanbags BT ad which my kids had me play every night for a week - Sent via the backstage.bbc.co.uk discussion group. To unsubscribe, please visit http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/archives/2005/01/mailing_list.html. Unofficial list archive:

Re: [backstage] Stephen Fry: There is this marvellous idea the iPlayer is secure. It's anything but secure

2008-05-08 Thread Sean DALY
I think the point is that no technical copy inhibiting scheme will ever work; the best ones will only discourage casual users but time and time again we see that such solutions merely penalize most users. Unscrupulous vendors or integrators will assert that protection is available to worried

Re: [backstage] Stephen Fry: There is this marvellous idea the iPlayer is secure. It's anything but secure

2008-05-08 Thread Sean DALY
http://www.contentinople.com/author.asp?section_id=450doc_id=152567 So Verisign is spinning off Kontiki? - Sent via the backstage.bbc.co.uk discussion group. To unsubscribe, please visit http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/archives/2005/01/mailing_list.html. Unofficial list archive:

[backstage] Imitation the sincerest form, etc., or how copy and paste is getting out of hand

2008-05-15 Thread Sean DALY
http://www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/hrtova-nova-web-stranica-besramni-plagijat-bbccouk/386887.aspx http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/05/15/croation-state-broadcaster - Sent via the backstage.bbc.co.uk discussion group. To unsubscribe, please visit

Re: [backstage] BBC Look East HTML rich newsletter

2008-06-05 Thread Sean DALY
The only problem with sending an entirely plain text email is when you get into the world of stats. Well, that's a marketer's problem, and as an end user I don't care, I want information in a way I can use it. For the past eight years, the FNAC in France has cheerfully sent me a fat rich HTML

Re: [backstage] Friday humour

2008-06-06 Thread Sean DALY
A skeleton walks into a bar. He says, I'll have a pint... and a mop - Sent via the backstage.bbc.co.uk discussion group. To unsubscribe, please visit http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/archives/2005/01/mailing_list.html. Unofficial list archive: http://www.mail-archive.com/backstage@lists.bbc.co.uk/

Re: [backstage] Friday humour

2008-06-10 Thread Sean DALY
And an arrogant three legged donkey with one eye playing the piano while wearing shades? A hoity toity honky tonky plinky plonky winky wonky. - Sent via the backstage.bbc.co.uk discussion group. To unsubscribe, please visit http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/archives/2005/01/mailing_list.html.

Re: [backstage] Friday humour

2008-06-10 Thread Sean DALY
Not even, I saw a South African perfume advert featuring the Hoity Toity girl ;-) http://www.biz-community.com/Article.aspx?c=11l=196ai=5210 - Sent via the backstage.bbc.co.uk discussion group. To unsubscribe, please visit http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/archives/2005/01/mailing_list.html.

Re: [backstage] Nabaztags and BBC Radio...

2008-06-16 Thread Sean DALY
I have a first-generation one, and when it works, it tells us the local weather at breakfast time and blinks meaningfully (e.g. consecutive blue dots=rain AND wind). I say when it works, because their server reliability is awful, even for the clock which is often off the hour or is not announced

Re: [backstage] BBC E-mail: It's not the Gates, it's the bars

2008-07-04 Thread Sean DALY
I'm not sure I understand why one should have more freedom to twist Mr. Stallman's words than the protection under copyright to reuse and change traditional BBC articles. Mr. Stallman can be demanding (I have interviewed him twice, a daunting experience) but I think his message is very important.

Re: [backstage] Google Chrome

2008-09-01 Thread Sean DALY
Google starting from scratch with its own browser, Chrome Posted by Rafe Needleman http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10029914-2.html On Mon, Sep 1, 2008 at 9:05 PM, Michael [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Not seen anyone post about this yet: (Google Browser)

Re: [backstage] Google Chrome

2008-09-02 Thread Sean DALY
http://www.google.com/chrome The URL is live, but the download link seems to refer back to the homepage... On Tue, Sep 2, 2008 at 8:50 PM, Christopher Woods [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Chrome is using Webkit, so assuming you already count Safari as one of your three (*) existing major browsers,

Re: [backstage] Google Chrome

2008-09-02 Thread Sean DALY
They have also placed the link on their main homepage... On Tue, Sep 2, 2008 at 9:04 PM, Sean DALY [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: http://www.google.com/chrome The URL is live, but the download link seems to refer back to the homepage... On Tue, Sep 2, 2008 at 8:50 PM, Christopher Woods [EMAIL

Re: [backstage] Google Chrome

2008-09-02 Thread Sean DALY
http://blog.chromium.org/2008/09/welcome-to-chromium_02.html In this first blog post Ben Goodger mentions that the code is released under a BSD-style licence. On Tue, Sep 2, 2008 at 9:16 PM, Graeme Mulvaney [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: It's pretty spiffy - very fast compared to IE7 on Vista. I

Re: [backstage] Google Chrome

2008-09-02 Thread Sean DALY
, I've just read your mail in Gmail, in Chrome!First impressions are that the new JavaScript engine V8 is very quick indeed. Chris 2008/9/2 Sean DALY [EMAIL PROTECTED] http://www.google.com/chrome The URL is live, but the download link seems to refer back to the homepage

Re: Old thread, new News... Re: [backstage] BBC News : site feedback.... [Fwd: RE: Feedback [NewsWatch]]

2008-09-10 Thread Sean DALY
I use Google News often and this happens all the time. PR Newswire is particularly vulnerable, as they don't add the year to their datelines. Here's one in the top ten search results for two big companies: http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/cgi/news/release?id=126607 No year! Note that the copyright

Re: [backstage] Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2008 16:40:58 +0100

2008-09-17 Thread Sean DALY
Adobe AIR for Linux beta http://blogs.adobe.com/ashutosh/2008/09/adobe_air_for_linux_beta_is_ou_1.html no DRM support :-) On Mon, Jul 7, 2008 at 1:09 PM, Frances Berriman [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: -Original Message- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of

Re: [backstage] Manchester Free Software Talk: Dave Crossland - Free as in Profit

2008-09-29 Thread Sean DALY
May I recommend ffmpeg2theora? for example: ./ffmpeg2theora rawfootage.dv -x 352 -y 288 -v 2 -S 0 -K 128 -c 1 -H 32000 –artist 'Dave Crossland' –title 'Free as in Profit' -date 'September 16, 2008' –location 'Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA)' –organization 'Manchester Free Software

Re: [backstage] Questions for upcoming interviews

2008-10-01 Thread Sean DALY
Well, licensing refers to law, which governs the legal system, which is still mostly effective in protecting privacy, determining ownership, setting wrongs right, etc. I'm not at all sure I would want a unique identifier, even biometric, on any of my documents in this age of Google (which as far

Re: [backstage] BBC DRM iplayer mobiles etc

2008-10-16 Thread Sean DALY
Indeed I had been under the impression there was progress when Ashley Highfield told me last November that long-term, DRM should be open source or better yet, work should be done with rights holders to do away with DRM. In my conversations with people from PACT I got the distinct impression that

Re: [backstage] Microsoft says it 'has always preferred' DRM-free content

2008-11-23 Thread Sean DALY
Aleem, are you aware of the difficulties the BBC has encountered in the iPlayer project after choosing Microsoft DRM to satisfy content rights owners? On Sun, Nov 23, 2008 at 12:25 PM, Aleem B [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: BBC is a public service so the issues don't really translate to

Re: [backstage] Microsoft says it 'has always preferred' DRM-free content

2008-11-23 Thread Sean DALY
Aleem - The answer is yes, the question is so confounding that a quick response won't suffice. Take a look at the backstage list archive, you will drink deeply from that fountain. On Sun, Nov 23, 2008 at 1:49 PM, Aleem B [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Aleem, are you aware of the difficulties the

Re: [backstage] So Long and Thanks For All The Fish?

2008-11-28 Thread Sean DALY
Could you please explain foot-candles? On Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 10:22 AM, Brian Butterworth [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: A little nerdy Friday amusement... I saw an article about Mystery of dolphins' speed solved on BBC News. There was a small error - the measure of force was quoted in kilograms.

Re: [backstage] iPlayer caching

2008-12-18 Thread Sean DALY
It is said ( http://blogs.msdn.com/ukgovernment/archive/2008/12/17/windows-for-submarinestm.aspx also http://www.surreycomet.co.uk/news/topstories/3982380.Submarine_job_wrapped_up_in_time_for_Christmas/ ) that The [Microsoft Windows] system, which has been installed on all seven Trafalgar class

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

2009-01-13 Thread Sean DALY
Digital Restrictions Management is a dead end. Consumers don't want it. Hollywood's head-in-sandism on this is beyond pitiful. DECE is chaired by the very exec who imposed the Sony BMG hidden Windows rootkit on the Amerie record on my shelf, and which fortunately for me was not interoperable with

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

2009-01-14 Thread Sean DALY
Yes, likely in 2010 On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 11:57 PM, Ian Deeley ian.dee...@gmail.com wrote: Aside from the fact Windows 7 supports H.264 and AAC Sent from my iPhone On 13 Jan 2009, at 22:31, Sean DALY sdaly...@gmail.com wrote: Digital Restrictions Management is a dead end. Consumers

Re: [backstage] Mozilla to support open video natively

2009-01-27 Thread Sean DALY
They could wrap Dirac in an Ogg container, that would be cheaper. The Ogg Vorbis pilot was done years ago, when there was no non-IE browser with more than 3% market share. Adobe quietly added support for Speex in Flash 10. I have no doubt both Adobe and Mozilla would support Dirac if asked to by

Re: [backstage] Make the primary operating system used in state schools free and open source

2009-02-11 Thread Sean DALY
For the past two years, the Ile-de-France region which includes Paris has distributed 200,000 USB keys with free open source software to students of 450 secondary schools each September. The gcompris project (= j'ai compris = I understood) for young students is available for all platforms in over

Re: [backstage] Slightly bias view maybe?

2009-02-23 Thread Sean DALY
Having experienced the music business in the 1980s as a musician, audio engineer, record producer, occasional DJ concert promoter, record pressing plant sales marketing rep, and staff worker for a PolyGram label, allow me to paraphrase O. Henry: ...As I said before, I dreamed that I was

Re: [backstage] The BBC as sheep... and irresponsible ones too

2009-02-25 Thread Sean DALY
back in the day, before a recording session we would degauss the reels with a magic wand degausser, on the understanding that doing so to a master tape would mean a fate worse than death. I still have a little one somewhere which I would use on quarter-inch reels, I wonder if that would work on a

Re: [backstage] BBC becomes the British Botnet Corporation

2009-03-13 Thread Sean DALY
I listened to a discussion on the World Service radio The World Today programme yesterday morning, and I was disturbed at the sloppy reporting: although botnet machines are exclusively running Windows because of the poor Microsoft security model, this was not mentioned. In fact, OSX was cited as

Re: [backstage] BBC becomes the British Botnet Corporation

2009-03-13 Thread Sean DALY
Thanks for that Nick I should mention that the Click presenter interviewed on The World Today did say that following the test in which spam was sent to the BBC's addresses, the owners of the compromised Windows PCs would be informed. Presumably by a mail not marked as spam ;-) Journalists will

Re: [backstage] BBC becomes the British Botnet Corporation

2009-03-13 Thread Sean DALY
I, too, stand corrected. Thanks Gordon. It's interesting that some of the most evil stuff I have dealt with, and this example too, comes from an unusual vector. I managed to avoid the Sony BMG rootkit since I don't listen to music on my old PC (that Amerie disc is still on my shelf waiting to

Re: [backstage] BBC becomes the British Botnet Corporation

2009-03-13 Thread Sean DALY
I have to disagree. Although describing all systems as potentially vulnerable is factually correct, it's not informative in the context of massive botnets. It's the difference between discussing a rare contagious disease and a flu epidemic. Although the precautions to take in both cases will be

[backstage] Clay Shirky: Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable

2009-03-14 Thread Sean DALY
http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2009/03/newspapers-and-thinking-the-unthinkable/ I was fascinated by this piece. Example: Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism. I waited for him to cite the example of the BBC as a model that could survive the Internet revolution... but he

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

2009-03-14 Thread Sean DALY
gratifying (they are associated with high quality media) and frustrating (PBS/NPR content can often be  seen as too worthy or righteous, and equating the two doesn't convey the sheer scale and scope of the BBC) Brendan. Sean DALY wrote: http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2009/03/newspapers

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

2009-03-15 Thread Sean DALY
I would venture to add it's even worse for print journalists, who generally speaking in the past had a stressful day to make deadline then time off was time off. Nowadays, print journalists covering a beat are often expected to file online from wherever they are if there is breaking news in their

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

2009-03-17 Thread Sean DALY
A key characteristic of a newspaper is that you can fold it up. Foldable or rollable screens may yet arrive in the next few years, I vaguely recall Samsung and Sony showing proof-of-concept and prototypes the last year. The Touch Book by Always Innovating is creating buzz, you leave the keyboard

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

2009-03-17 Thread Sean DALY
was a contender). I have a Zoltan Zowii USB Ethernet adaptor (http://www.flickr.com/photos/curiouslee/2233561457/), works great it's supposed to be Wii-compatible too. Sean On Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 11:23 AM, Rob Myers r...@robmyers.org wrote: On Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 10:09 AM, Sean DALY sdaly

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

2009-03-17 Thread Sean DALY
right, an hour's autonomy per 10 minutes of cranking. But it has only been deployed in Peru I think. Sean On Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 2:47 PM, Steve Jolly st...@jollys.org wrote: Sean DALY wrote: I have two XO-1s from the previous G1G1s and a third I picked up on eBay. It's rather magical the way

[backstage] Alan Rusbridger of the Guardian on the future of journalism

2009-04-30 Thread Sean DALY
http://vimeo.com/4359127 Very alert commentary by the Guardian's editor-in-chief. On inverting the journalistic model: Commentators are not the future... the expertise lies outside the newspaper; on so many subjects, they actually know more than we do serious journalism is not sustainable in

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