Re : Please, at least read comments before posting responses to them
>> @ Michael : you are a linux devotee, I'm sorry to hear that, j
>Hmm...I think you should read (a) again and reassess how seriously you think that part of my comment was? Life long. Think about it.
I did, otherwise I would have passed a comment like, you must be one of the younger users on the site. I worry about anybody who describes themselves as a devotee of an app programming language or OS (I used to be like that but family life soon knocked that out of me).
Having used Linux since about 95, I find it does about 90% of what I want to do, but considerably less for what I HAVE to do (christ I'm connected to a VME command prompt ATM), I probably know more know more than most linux users.
>> What is the critical mass of devotees before the BBC has to support your platform of choice.
Personally I find that a valid question, what percentage of users does an OS require before Auntie must cater for them ?
>On second thoughts, given this, you clearly didn't read anything that I wrote at all. Instead it's clear that you decided what I wrote [which you actually got completely arse about face] from reading only the first 4 words. Nevermind.
> I'm thinking of a word that describes you but it certainly isn't "pragmatic" :)
Hey I have enough scars from the OS wars from yesteryear to survive a bit of name calling. Yeah cheeky and rude can certainly apply (on occasion) partially as this thread has been replayed more often than the xmas Dr Who episode over the last 6 months (reminds me of Groundhog Day actually)
It's a tiresome subject as no matter what the BBC do theyre damned (hey possibly it may be the basis of the xmas 08 Dr Who special), if the unleash their own codec and the masses have a problem, theyre ignoring their core audience, if they cater for a masses theyre in the pay of M$.
For the record I don't agree with DRM (it dosn't work), I don't like windows ir MS but it's the platform of the masses and thats who the BBC have to cater for first and foremost.
The non M$ users will have to fend for themselves for a while longer, atleast theyre the group most equipped to find a method of creating a workaround.
My kids parents for the most part wouldn't stand a chance of working out any issues should a codec or BBC created app go frankenstein.
PS I probably was a bit aggressive