Posted on | November 4, 2007 | 5 Comments
Very, very few things in this world annoy me. Public toilets that evidence “a deposit but no return” annoy me, I don’t enjoy flushing for someone else. Movie theater seats featuring something sticky annoy me, most movie seats don’t feature microscopes that permit you to identify that which now clings to your rear end.
The BBC has annoyed me, to the point of completely losing my readership today. I’m quite sad to give up one of my favorite sources of news, the BBC does not blast advertisements and seldom antagonizes anyone. I’m compelled, today, to antagonize them a bit.
The most annoying thing, in this world, to this blogger is an entity that is oblivious to the interest in the information that they convey. King Tut’s face was revealed and I’m unable to look at it because my free operating system is not compatible with their video formats. Oh BBC, are you pushing Microsoft or reporting news?
They (the BBC) wasted Richard Stallman’s time, they describe supporting free video formats as suicide, yet they insist that they aren’t in bed with Microsoft? If it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck, walks like a duck and talks like a duck .. friends, its a freaking duck.
I’ve linked to the BBC article (one last time that they benefit from the left over attention of my readership), so that I might point out what the article, and thinking on behalf of the BBC tech staff sorely lacks.
1 – Fifty (yes, 50) people in this world have seen the face of King Tut. The BBC dispatched (or did they dispatch) a reporter to cover this amazing event. No reporter from the BBC, on site or regurgitating information from other news feeds bothered to ask if anthropometrical data (signalment) would be published, or if the un-casking of the dead boy king yielded an opportunity to collect such data. Such data is invaluable to anthropologists all over the world. For such an event, one would think, the BBC would send someone who could adequately cover the topic. Or was this story a rush to get into the headlines to compete for Google placement?
2 – The video was in Windows Media Player or Real Player format, neither compatible with my free Ubuntu GNU/Linux desktop. Dear BBC, must I abandon principle and practice to fully enjoy articles featuring the depth of a rather shallow puddle?
3 – The BBC begged for locals or visiting locals to contribute better photos. Is the BBC in danger of bankruptcy? Can they not dispatch one lone soul to take some pictures in a hope of augmenting video that only a portion of their readership can enjoy?
Dear BBC, motivate your techs, get off your asses and report, not regurgitate news and you might regain my readership, if you care that you’ve lost it to begin with.