Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by ats at 2006-06-22 23:58
A Commons debate, mostly fairly civil, about the future of the BBC. It's quite interesting reading.
There are a few howlers, though: "One thing that the BBC has done is make a major contribution to digital switchover through the innovation of Freeserve, following the failure of the ITV digital project."
"I support the proposal that the BBC should become a world player as a search engine"
Not going to happen. Ever. There is precisely one company that's a world player as a search engine these days, and the BBC's budget would be small change to Google.
"He had an absolute hatred of the irritating little logo that appears in the corner of the screen from time to time -- many Members present probably share that view -- often in the middle of an important programme."
"The problem with today's debate is that the biggest issue in broadcasting has not been raised: the demise of "Top of the Pops", which is a very serious matter."
Posted by ats at 2006-06-22 12:05
"Microsoft has released a free Office plug-in that enables you to mark Office documents (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) with Creative Commons licenses."
I was having some difficulty understanding what the point of this was, and my best guess is that it's MS attempting to discredit CC.
My gut reaction is disgust at CC for collaborating with Microsoft -- but I'm sure Microsoft are entirely aware that most people are going to have that reaction, and CC don't have the courage to refuse the "gift".
The tool is, of course, completely useless, and since your work produced with it is locked into a proprietary format there's nothing open about it.
I wonder how it marks the document as under a CC license
And is this really much different from Insert > File ... (which contains boilerplate license text)