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[News] [Rival] MSBBC Calls "Windows Users" Just "Computer Users" When Viruses and Botnets Strike

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] MSBBC Calls "Windows Users" Just "Computer Users" When Viruses and Botnets Strike
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 12:47:17 +0100
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Zeus banking virus is back warns security firm

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| Computer users should ensure that their anti-
| virus software and operating systems are kept 
| up to date, he advised. 



The BBC, DRM and the demise (?) of get_iplayer. what the hell is going on?

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| Itâs never nice to hear about the demise of
| a piece of simply brilliant software. when
| I discovered that get_iplayer was being
| pulled by its developer I was, to use a
| cliche, gutted. The potential loss of a
| piece of software that did just what it
| said on the tin is bad enough but it was
| impeccably free and open. Whatâs more, it
| was an example to the BBC about how things
| should be done. It was the work of one
| lone, unpaid developer, not the product of
| professional developers subsidised by the
| BBC licence. What happened exemplifies
| everything that is wrong with proprietary
| software.


Official Statement Objecting BBC/OFCOM Proposal

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| The Linux Foundation, on behalf of its
| members, would like to register its
| serious objections to the current
| BBC/OFCOM proposal, which would impose
| content management controls on new free-
| to-air high definition channels. The plan,
| which involves restrictively licensing the
| Huffman codes used in the electronic
| programme guide, would have a negative
| effect on open source applications and
| would distort the markets which have built
| up around those applications.
| The treatment of Open Source in the BBC
| document is incorrect and ignores the
| severe market distortions that this
| content management scheme would produce in
| open platforms. The use of Open Source
| within the market segments that would be
| affected by the BBC proposal can be
| divided into two business models:
| Proprietary but built on Open Source and
| fully open platforms. The HD Freesat
| system the BBC used to characterise Open
| Source falls into the Proprietary but open
| category; no analysis at all was attempted
| of the fully open category. The failure to
| look at fully open platforms leads to an
| important segment of the market being
| ignored.


An Open Letter to Ofcom on the BBC HD DRM Proposals

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| ...teach and conduct research at the Open
| University, which since its inception has
| used broadcast and multimedia technologies
| in education, we are writing to express
| our objections to the proposal to allow
| the BBC to add a Digital Rights Management
| (DRM) flag to its high definition (HD)
| output.


Last Chance to Save BBC from DRM

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| This leading question (and they are all
| phrased thus) pretty much indicates that
| Ofcom has made up its mind about the
| issue, and is simply going through the
| motions of consultation. Note, too, the
| euphemism âcopy managementâ, when what we
| are talking about here is DRM, plain and
| simple: even Ofcom is aware that trying to
| espouse the benefits of DRM is a lost
| cause.


How do you want to watch HD TV in the future? It's time to tell Ofcom

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| If you run open source capture/viewing
| software, such as MythTV, things get a
| little trickier. The developers of MythTV
| can't sign an agreement with the BBC in
| order to obtain the decoding tables,
| because part of the terms of the agreement
| are that the decoding tables aren't given
| out to anybody else. This is fundamentally
| opposed to the open source nature of the
| project, so simply won't happen.


BBC Activates DRM For Its iPlayer Content

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| "The BBC has quietly added DRM to its
| iPlayer content. This breaks support for
| things like the XBMC plugin as well as
| other non-approved third-party players. The
| get-iplayer download page has a good
| summary of what happened, including links
| to The Reg articles and the BBC's response
| to users' complaints."


Stop BBC âDigital Rights Managementâ from disabling your HD TV

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| The BBC want an offshore consortium of
| entertainment companies called the "Digital
| Transmission Licensing Administrator" to
| decide how your high definition TV and
| video can work.
| The American courts rejected these
| draconian restrictions, so the DTLA has
| chosen to pick on British TV viewers
| instead.


OSI Opposes Barriers To Open Source Software For Television

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| The Open Source Initiative Board has added
| OSI to the list of organizations asking
| that the BBC not be allowed to add digital
| restriction measures to digital broadcasts
| in the United Kingdom. The BBC's request to
| do so is being reviewed by the UK
| regulator, OfCOM, and OSI is supporting the
| position statement from the UK's Open
| Rights Group and encouraging others to do
| likewise.

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