May 8th, 2007

monk john

It's not that they're bullshitting people

It's that they think people are too stupid to catch it.

Read this article about the latest BBC hire in the Beeb's IPlayer division.

Now, by itself, not really a big deal. Hiring someone for that post with that kind of experience makes sense. Microsoft as the source is no better or worse than Apple or Google. However, now read these three paragraphs:
A central area of potential co-operation is the BBC iPlayer project, for which the BBC Trust last week gave final approval following an open consultation. The proposition will use Microsoft Windows Media digital rights management to restrict playback of programming to within a specific time window from first transmission.

In its consultation, the BBC Trust received responses from thousands of members of the public. Over 80% of them said they thought it was very important that the catch-up service was not simply limited to users of Microsoft software. The BBC Trust will require the corporation to achieve platform neutrality within a reasonable timeframe but it has not specified a timeframe.

Microsoft recently announced a new initiative, Silverlight, which will enable playback of media protected with Windows Media digital rights management on Apple OS X computers, which goes some way to providing cross-platform compatibility.

Now, I know I'm a cynic, but somehow, I'm seeing the only !MS platform support being done via Silverlight, and when Linux users who pay taxes for the Beeb get left out in the cold the Beeb will throw up its hands and say "We have to protect our IP, and Microsoft hasn't released a Linux plugin. Whattya gonna do?" When the Windows version of Silverlight gets features that "alas, require Windows", (This is speculation, based on Microsoft's rich history of fucking over the !MS OS user base with regard to Windows Media. WiMP 10/11 Mac anyone? WiMP anything Linux? Right.), the Beeb's going to say "Well, gotta have the DRM, sorry guys, go yell at Redmond."


The BBC should at least try to hide the degree to which they're fellating BallmerGates.
monk john

Dingaling Du Jour

Today, it's Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Division, for the following comment on the Wii in this interview on
The challenge they have is that third parties aren't going to make much money on this platform because Nintendo is going to make all that money, and their ability to compete with something like a Halo or produce an experience like Madden on their system is going to be tough. They don't have the graphics horsepower that even Xbox 1 had. So it makes sort of the comparison set a little bit difficult.

Really Robbie?

Because I see that Madden '07 is available for the Wii now. I see that Madden '08 will be available for the Wii in August of this year.

Tiger Woods '07? In stock now Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam? In stock now.

For fighting games, it's a little weak, but Mortal Kombat Armageddon ain't Stick Figures on graph paper either. And I'm pretty sure that Rayman Raving Rabbids on the Wii pwns the Xbox 360 version. Ooh, throw a cow by moving a control on an Xbox controller. Whee. Damn. I simply must experience that. So that I can play Rayman like every other game plays on the Xbox 360. Wow.

Sure, the Xbox has games the Wii doesn't. Guitar Hero springs to mind. But then again, there's no Zelda or Metroid on the 360. So it all works out.

Once again, you have someone from Microsoft running a major division of that company who's either too lazy to actually be up on the competition, or too arrogant to think that anyone actually checks a fact anymore. Yo Robbie, stop assuming that all writers are as lazy as Le Scoble. Nincompoop.