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3 posts • joined 16 Aug 2007

Free software campaigners stonewalled at BBC

Roz Sermons

Re: @Roz Sermons

QUOTE: "Jeez, the freetards are out in force once more."

Hey, I didn't say that it was a good idea. I was just pointing out an inaccuracy in what had been written.

The content providers did not say to the BBC "Thou shalt used M$ and only M$" and there are always options.

Personally I quite understand the impossibility of writing DRM that can't be cracked and I would question if any DRM isn't a waste of money for exactly the reasons specified by several people above.

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Roz Sermons

Re; @Morely Dotes

QUOTE: No. The BBC says its content partners demand DRM with timebombing, i.e. Windows Media.

Which doesn't mean that the Beeb's partners demanded Microsoft DRM. Even if the Beeb chose not to write a DRM themselves they could have chosen to go into a partnership with someone other than M$ for them to produce the DRM specified.

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iPlayer Politics: Behind the ISPs vs BBC row

Roz Sermons

IPlayer as industry standard - God I hope not

I am very scared at the concept of the iPlayer becoming an industry standard. It has so many gaping flaws.

First of all there are no controls so I can't tell it how much bandwidth it can use. It just uses all of it, which means that no one else on my home network can access the internet while it is running. For some reason this annoys my husband.

Secondly, it doesn't tell me how much bandwidth it is using or how much data transfer there has been or is going to be. I get a file size so I know how much I have downloaded but it doesn't say how much it has uploaded or even that it is uploading.

In a half way decent bit torrent client both of those issues have already been addressed but when this question was addressed to the BBC on their forums they only said that it was unfair to other users if we could stop the iPlayer from uploading. The fact that we were discussing both up and downloading and only wanted to be able to control when and at what speed it happened appeared to slip their notice.

The final flaw is perhaps the most dangerous: I can't turn the damn thing off without killing the process. And despite all my efforts it still starts at boot time without showing any sign that it has done so. The only way that I can check if it is there is by going to the task manager. What gave the BBC the right to hijack my PC? I wouldn't mind quite so much if it told me it was running or if I could stop it is necessary. Since it doesn't and I can't how is it different to any other trojan?

The concept of a whole industry taking this as a standard scares me. We are going to have enough trouble as consumers persuading the BBC to correct the flaws in iPlayer without having an entire industry convinced that this is the only way of doing things.

Don't get me wrong, I like having the ability to watch TV like this, I just don't understand how the BBC could believe that this piece of software was ready for a general release when there are so many obvious architectural flaws in it.

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