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[News] Microsoft's MSBBC Entryist Eric Huggers (of iPlayer Fiasco) Makes Good Use of Taxpayers' Money

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft's MSBBC Entryist Eric Huggers (of iPlayer Fiasco) Makes Good Use of Taxpayers' Money
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 21:27:18 +0000
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Eric Huggers from Microsoft:

How do you spend Â639 on a taxi? Ask the BBC's technology chief

,----[ Quote ]
| As the BBC's director of future media and 
| technology, Eric Huggers is accustomed to 
| wrestling with the most tricky questions 
| relating to the corporation's role in a 
| rapidly changing digital age.
| But even he may find himself struggling to 
| answer one conundrum thrown up by his newly 
| released expenses claims: how is it possible 
| to justify spending Â638.73 on a taxi?



EIM: We refused Microsoft's orgies and paid for it

,----[ Quote ]
| Relations between EIM Computerized
| Technologies Ltd. and Microsoft Corporation
| (Nasdaq: MSFT) have always been sensitive,
| but EIM's statement of defense in a lawsuit
| against the software giant sets a new
| standard.
| EIM, was one of Microsoft's largest
| distributors in Israel until mid-2005, when
| their contract expired. In the statement of
| defense filed with the Tel Aviv District
| Court, EIM claims that its relations with
| Microsoft broke down because EIM's
| employees refused to participate in sex and
| drug orgies on a cruise organized by
| Microsoft in May 2005 for its Israeli and
| Turkish distributors.
| EIM alleges, "For the pleasure cruise,
| Microsoft, or people on its behalf, invited
| women who provided sexual services for
| money. During this cruise, the Microsoft
| representative encouraged the participants
| in the cruise to party with these women,
| including receiving said services. They
| were also offered banned substances."



Dirk-Willem van Gulik appointed BBC Future Media & Technology Chief Technical

,----[ Quote ]
| Erik Huggers, BBC Future Media and Technology Group Controller, has appointed 
| Dirk-Willem van Gulik as the division's Chief Technical Architect. 
| [...]
| Dirk-Willem is a recognised contributor to the Open Source Community and has 
| been a board member of the Apache Software Foundation since its inception.  


BBC Director General grilled by MPs on iPlayer

,----[ Quote ]
| During the meeting there is discussion of iPlayerâs total cost to the licence 
| fee-payer - the BBC representatives are unable to give a figure, but start 
| the bidding at Â20m, excluding staff costs. Thomson gives incorrect 
| information - that Mac and Linux versions of iPlayer have the same 
| functionality as Windows versions - and has to change his evidence at the 
| end. Perhaps it was this confusion that prompted Dr John Pugh MP to follow up 
| the encounter with a letter direct to Mark Thomson today discussing platform 
| neutrality in greater detail. A copy of this letter has been passed to the 
| Open Rights Group.        


BBC Corrupted

,----[ Quote ]
| Today the BBC made it official -- they have been corrupted by Microsoft. With 
| today's launch of the iPlayer, the BBC Trust has failed in its most basic of 
| duties and handed over to Microsoft sole control of the on-line distribution 
| of BBC programming. From today, you will need to own a Microsoft operating 
| system to view BBC programming on the web. This is akin to saying you must 
| own a Sony TV set to watch BBC TV. And you must accept the Digital  
| Restrictions Management (DRM) that the iPlayer imposes. You simply cannot be 
| allowed to be in control of your computer according to the BBC.      


BBC iPlayer Protests 

,----[ Quote ]
| Who are the people responsible for creating this mess?
|     * Mark Thompson, BBC director general (DG)
|     * Erik Huggers, group controller at BBC Future Media & Technology
|     * Ashley Highfield, director of new media and technology
| Right now, there is very considerable concern within the BBC that the actions 
| of the Director General and his team are sending the corporation in the wrong 
| direction. The BBC has been embroiled in a number of recent controversies, 
| all linked back to the DG's leadership.   

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