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Re: The BBC and the climate (ON Topic!)

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Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [B Gruff] on Friday 17 February 2006 14:21 \__
>> The BBC is inviting viewers to join the Climate Prediction Programme - a
>> project along the lines of Seti, with "background" S/W running the climate
>> model.
>> See here:-
>> http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4702636.stm
>> - and to take part, it takes you here:-
>> http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/hottopics/climatechange/
>> The film etc. is all Windows (and thank-you trolls, but it DOES play under
>> my Linux/Firefox!), but then one goes to the FAQ (Under Help and Support):-
>> http://bbc.cpdn.org/help.php
>> - and under 2., Dowloading and starting the experiment, we see:-
>> "Can I use Linux or a Mac?
>> Many Linux kernels are suitable. If you are running Linux, you can download
>> (http://bbc.cpdn.org/download/mirror.php?file=bbcclimate.sh)
>>  a Linux version of the software. After the download, you will need to
>> 'chmod u+rx bbcclimate.sh', then './bbcclimate.sh' to install"
>> So - Auntie has done it - become Linux-aware!
>> Granted, difficult to find, and little in the way of instruction compared
>> with pages and pages of Windows stuff, but I would suggest that at the
>> moment, any Linux user reading what I have quoted above would know exactly
>> what we are talking about and how to go about using it - agreed?
>> In short, I would plead that the BBC is implicitly saying "We don't need to
>> tell these Linux folks much - if they use Linux, we take it as read that
>> they know what they are doing"!
>> (I told you I was on-topic!)
> The BBC have been sticking to this strategy with their short netcasts for at
> least a year. They provided Real Player feeds and they bothered to give
> technical details to Linux users who, for once reason or another, struggled
> to have Real Player installed.
> Since you mention an all-Windows feed here, I guess it comes to say even more
> about the BBC's openness (or lack thereof, depending on one's
> point-of-view). You can possibly recall the attitude which had the BBC API's
> exposed to the public as to make it less privatised and restricted.

They ran an ogg feed for various programmes for some time - twas quite
successful, but the trial was shut down - I don't recall the reason
given.  Also, they've been very keen to promote the dirac video codec
which they developed, which was /fully/ open source.  They were trying
to generate interest - don't know how far they got.  I saw a demo of it
running an HDTV stream - it was very good - there were some artefacts,
but unless you're a bit of an expert, you probably wouldn't've seen

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