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[News] Microsoft/MSBBC's Ashley Highfield Proceeds to Smearing Google, Not Just GNU/Linux

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft/MSBBC's Ashley Highfield Proceeds to Smearing Google, Not Just GNU/Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2010 22:32:36 +0000
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"We have 17.1 million users of bbc.co.uk in the UK and, as far as 
our server logs can make out, 5 per cent of those [use Macs] and 
around 400 to 600 are Linux users."

                                --Ashley Highfield, Microsoft liar

Microsoft 'takes on Goliath' with Bing TV ads mocking Google

,----[ Quote ]
| This is a big moment â we are taking out our 
| slingshots and taking on Goliath," said the 
| managing director and vice-president of 
| consumer and online at Microsoft UK, Ashley 
| Highfield, adding that he believed Bing met a 
| real desire from both consumers and 
| advertisers...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/mar/08/microsoft-bing-tv-ads-google"; title="

BBC vows to reinvent web services

,----[ Quote ]
| Ashley Highfield, director of the BBC's new 
| media division, shared a platform with 
| Microsoft boss Bill Gates at a technology 
| conference in Las Vegas [...] Mr Highfield 
| demonstrated how a system like iMP could work 
| on a computer running Microsoft's updated 
| Windows Vista operating system as part of a 
| potential home entertainment solution



TV facing 'iTunes moment' warns Microsoft's Ashley Highfield

,----[ Quote ]
| Television industry must act soon or face losing control of its online
| presence to brand such as Apple, says Highfield


Microsoft Exec to Serve as International Emmy Gala Chair

,----[ Quote ]
| Blair Westlake, the corporate VP of Microsoftâs Media & Entertainment Group,
| will serve as the Gala Chair of this year's International Emmy Awards, which
| take place on November 23 in New York City.


Microsoft's Westlake to chair Emmy Awards



Status Quo: Can't watch the news in Linux

,----[ Quote ]
| As you can see, we had one site that improved (CBS News) and one site that
| has actually gotten worse (BBC News). Congratulations to CBS news for joining
| the 21-century. I am not sure what to say about BBC News. Apparently, the BBC
| is now using a new video player called the "BBC iPlayer", which only supports
| Microsoft Windows operating systems. Because of this, there was a lot of
| controversy about the highly restricted player, including this petition.    


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.  


Why Linux Users Should Be Furious At BBC

,----[ Quote ]
| Recently the BBC had a bit of a wake up call regarding numbers and how many
| Linux users were really out there. Why does any of this matter? It has to do
| with something the BBC provides called the iPlayer. Seriously, relying on
| ActiveX is so "1990's" that it's painful, and as luck would have it, the
| Linux users who wish to use this BBC player made sure that the BBC knew that
| they were making the sought after content inaccessible to those people using
| Linux.      
| No iPlayer for Linux Users, But There Will Be An Alternative. Based on what I
| have been able to gather thus far, it looks like we will see an Adobe Flash
| option coming out soon. Then again, who really cares? Seriously, if the BBC
| is this foolish to ignore how much Linux growth is taking place both in the
| UK as well as the surrounding countries, then maybe people ought to be
| looking elsewhere? Is it because this is indeed, the BBC? So there is the
| belief that this is the people's media? Up until now, I enjoyed much of what
| the BBC had to offer, but this entire thing is enough to have pushed me away.      


Beeb slammed for 'fawning' to Bill Gates

,----[ Quote ]
| BBC viewers have flooded the corporation with complaints over how it
| covered the launch of Microsoft Vista earlier this week.
| In one cringingly servile interview worthy of Uriah Heep, the
| Beeb's news presenter Hugh Edwards even thanked Gates at the
| end of it, presumably in appreciation at being allowed to give
| the Vole vast coverage for free.
| In other TV news items presenters excitedly explained how Vistac
| ould be obtained and installed - details courtesy of the BBC's
| website.
| But British viewers, currently forced to pay a Â131.50 licence
| fee to maintain the BBC's "impartiality", were less than impressed.
| Scores got in touch to complain that so much was Auntie up Bill's
| bum that you could barely see her corset.



BBC: Death by a thousand top-slices

,----[ Quote ]
| So it looks like the end of the unique, state-centric model for funding the
| BBC. An incoming Conservative administration is unlikely to be more
| sympathetic to the BBC, with its stifling bureucracy and monopoly control
| over a compulsory tax.  

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