Bonum Certa Men Certa

The Sad State of the British Technology Press


Summary: A look at some major technology publications in the UK and where they leave us, the readers

TWO weeks ago we explained why The Register had turned bitter on Google [1, 2]. We also provided specific examples and cited examples where Microsoft was paying The Register for a webcast with Freeform Dynamics. Watch this new whitepaper/webcast that The Register started running yesterday. It claims to be about desktop virtualisation, but once again it seems like an advertisement that involves the host, Freeform Dynamics, and Microsoft.

They come from Lancashire Constabulary and - joined by our usual panel of experts, Tim Phillips from The Register, Tony Lock from Freeform Dynamics and Neil Sanderson from Microsoft - they run through all aspects of a desktop virtualisation project. The theoretical and the real practicalities courtesy of their significant experiences.

People will hopefully become aware of where money comes from and events that have shifted bias at The Register, which was once exceptionally critical of the abusive monopolist (it deserved that criticism). A lot of the bold writers have left since then, sometimes to be replaced by Microsoft boosters who hardly hide their convictions.

“This isn't about slamming the BBC as much as it is about explaining to people what forces are at play.”Then consider the BBC. Yesterday we wrote about it blocking GNU/Linux users from entering some BBC content just because of their software preferences [1, 2] (refusal of secret, user-hostile code that requires renting for money). In the BBC's case, we gathered a huge amount of evidence that explains the bias. This isn't about slamming the BBC as much as it is about explaining to people what forces are at play.

It sometimes seems like the only British technology site (among the big three, namely the BBC, The Inquirer, and The Register) is The Inquirer. Here is what it wrote about the BBC over the past few days:

i. BBC shuts out open source software

At the heart of the problem is Adobe which is not allowing its RTMP content protection measures to become open source. This makes it impossible to create a fully compatible open source RTMP client.

ii. BBC slashes its website operation

EXECUTIVES AT THE BBC are making huge cuts to the outfit's website in an admission it has become too large.

According to AFP, a strategic review to be announced next month will admit that the BBC must give space to its commercial rivals, which have been hard hit by an advertising downturn.

The Inquirer too has its moments of failure and it is written a bit like a tabloid. That said, it's impossible to pinpoint anyone at the The Inquirer who is a known Microsoft booster (meaning people whose main purpose is to increase sales of Microsoft products). The same cannot be said about the BBC and The Register.

Two weeks ago, one of our British readers asked us to recommend a British news site for technology. The only recommendation I could safely make was Glyn Moody's blog, but it's not a news site. Can anyone recommend more sites that adhere to facts and justice rather than trends and popular culture (e.g. iPod, Facebook, and disinformation about "hackers" and "pirates")?


Recent Techrights' Posts

The forbidden topics
There are forbidden topics in the hacker community
Curation and Preservation Work
The winter is coming soon and this means our anniversary is near
Microsoft GitHub Exposé — In the Alex Graveley Case, His Lawyer, Rick Cofer, Appears to Have Bribed the DA to Keep Graveley (and Others) Out of Prison
Is this how one gets out of prison? Hire the person who bribes the DA?
Richard Stallman's Public Talk in GNU's 40th Anniversary Ceremony
Out now
They're Been Trying to 'Kill' Richard Stallman for Years (by Mentally Tormenting Him)
Malicious tongue wanted to do him what had been done to Julian Assange
We Temporarily Have Two Gemini Capsules
They're both authentic and secure, but they're not the same
Consumerism is Lying and Revisionism
We need to reject these liars and charlatans
Links 30/09/2023: Open VFS Framework, CrossOver 23.5, Dianne Feinstein Dies
Links for the day
Security Leftovers
GNU/Linux, Microsoft, and more
Microsoft Down on the World Wide Web, Shows Survey
down by a lot in this category
IRC Proceedings: Friday, September 29, 2023
IRC logs for Friday, September 29, 2023
A Society That Fails Journalists Does Not Deserve Journalism
It's probably too later to save Julian Assange as a working publisher (he might never recover from the mental torture), but as a person and a father we can wish and work towards his release
Almost Nothing To Go With Your Morning's Cup Of Coffee
Newspaper? What newspaper?
A Lot of Technological 'Progress' Has Been Nothing But Buzzwords
Free software does not try to excite people people over nothing
Techrights Was Right About the Chaff Bots (They Failed to Live up to Their Promise)
Those who have been paying attention to news of substance rather than fashionable "tech trends" probably know that GNU/Linux grew a lot this year
Selling Out to Microsoft Makes You Dead Beef
If all goes as well as we've envisioned, Microsoft will get smaller and smaller
Mobile Phones Aren't Your Friend or a Gateway to Truly Social Life
Newer should not always seem more seductive, as novelty is by default questionable and debatable
Links 29/09/2023: Disinformation and Monopolies
Links for the day
iFixit Requests DMCA Exemption…To Figure Out How To Repair McDonald’s Ice Cream Machines
Reprinted with permission from Ryan Farmer
Jim Zemlin Thinks the World's Largest Software Company Has 200 Staff, Many of Whom Not Technical at All
biggest ego in the world
Links 29/09/2023: Linux Foundation Boasting, QLite FDW 2.4.0 Released
Links for the day
Red Hat Does Not Understand Community and It's Publicly Promoting Microsoft's Gartner is basically lioning a firm that has long been attacking GNU/Linux in the private and public sectors at the behest of Microsoft
A 'Code of Conduct' Typically Promoted by Criminal Corporations to Protect Crimes From Scrutiny
We saw this in action last week
Objections to binutils CoC
LXO response to proposed Code of Conduct
Conde Nast (Reddit), Which Endlessly Defamed Richard Stallman and Had Paid Salaries to Microsoft-Connected Pedophiles, Says You Must Be Over 18 to See 'Stallman Was Right'
Does this get in the way of their Bill Gates-sponsored "Bill Gates says" programme/schedule?
Techrights Extends Wishes of Good Health to Richard M. Stallman
Richard Stallman has cancer Still Going, Some Good News From Canada
a blow to software patents in Canada
The Debian Project Leader said the main thing Debian lacked was more contributors
The Debian Project Leader said the main thing Debian lacked was more contributors
IRC Proceedings: Thursday, September 28, 2023
IRC logs for Thursday, September 28, 2023
Links 28/09/2023: Openwashing and Patent Spam as 'News'
Links for the day
Links 28/09/2023: Preparing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.9 and 9.3 Beta
Links for the day
We Need to Liberate the Client Side and Userspace Too
Lots of work remains to be done
Recent IRC Logs (Since Site Upgrade)
better late than never
Techrights Videos Will be Back Soon
We want do publish video without any of the underlying complexity and this means changing some code
Microsoft is Faking Its Financial Performance, Buying Companies Helps Perpetuate the Big Lies (or Pass the Debt Around)
Our guess is that Microsoft will keep pretending to be huge, even as the market share of Windows (and other things) continues to decrease
Techrights Will Tell the Story (Until Next Year!) of How Since 2022 It Has Been Under a Coordinated Attack by a Horde of Vandals and Nutcases
People like these belong in handcuffs and behind bars (sometimes they are) and our readers still deserve to know the full story. It's a cautionary tale for other groups and sites
Why It Became Essential to Split GNU/Linux Stories from the Rest
These sites aren't babies anymore. In terms of age, they're already adults.
Losses and Gains in an Age of Oligarchy - A Techrights Perspective
If you don't even try to fix something, there's not even a chance it'll get fixed
Google (and the Likes Of It) Will Cause Catastrophic Information Loss Rather Than Organise the World's Information
Informational and cultural losses due to technological plunder
Links 28/09/2023: GNOME 45 Release Party, 'Smart' Homes Orphaned
Links for the day
Security Leftovers
Xen, breaches, and more
GNOME Console Won’t Support Color Palettes or Profiles; Will Support Esperanto
Reprinted with permission from Ryan Farmer