What shame? [Was: What a shame...]

Peter Hickman peter.hickman at semantico.com
Mon Oct 23 15:53:23 BST 2006

Luis Motta Campos wrote:
> Andy Armstrong wrote:
>> On 28 Sep 2006, at 14:06, Andy Armstrong wrote:
>>> http://media.guardian.co.uk/site/story/0,,1883159,00.html
>>> The BBC and Microsoft have signed a "memorandum of understanding" for
>>> developing the next generation of the corporation's internet-based
>>> services.
>> And now they're switching to WMA for downloadable media:
>> "Beeb breaks out with Windows WMA protection"
>> http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=35282
>   Sorry. I didn't understand clearly what's the shame here.
>   BBC seems to consistently choose and work with MS-friendly tools since
> long ago.
>   Am I loosing something here?
There is a difference between being a Windows shop and forcing your 
visitors to use Windows. I don't know what type of shop my bank is but I 
can access their web site for both my Mac and my Linux machine. However 
there are some sites that I can only access with the latest (version 6 
that is) version of Internet Explorer, for which I require a Windows 
box. Windows Media Player on OSX is less than capable which means that 
the BBC sites will start to become less functional for me if they push WMA.

If they then start being Internet Explorer only then they will be 
completely fucked.

This is what we have feared.

Peter Hickman.

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