* Posts by Rob 15

11 posts • joined 29 Sep 2010

Good news: Google no longer requires publishers to use the AMP format. Bad news: What replaces it might be worse

Rob 15


I thought low page latency is something any decent web developer or organisation would strive for, i.e. the opposite of most news sites. Other vitals would include 'not covering the page in crap making it impossible to read' (take a look at the Evening Standard website). So because Google is asking for low latency and other metrics it's evil? Or is the evil bit that it has a way of enforcing that in return for exposure?

Beyond video to interactive, personalised content: BBC is experimenting with rebuilding its iPlayer in WebAssembly

Rob 15

Re: Independent R&D Subcontractors

Whenever it is so obviously failing so spectacularly, Rob 15, quadrophonic stereo for British Brainwashing would be more considered as virtually useless and somewhat gratuitous.

Not really. Most drama, sport and films already created and broadcast in surround. Some of the music does, like Jools' shows. Despite having created or acquired the surround mix for broadcast, the BBC then chucks this away and uses a stereo mix for iPlayer. Multiple streaming services use surround and promote it alongside HD/4K as a core part of their service.

Rob 15

Re: Independent R&D Subcontractors

Hmm, that's all a bit cryptic for me. It sounds like you're invested in it. Don't blow the cash on croissants. Good luck...

In the mean time, something like surround sound on iPlayer would be more useful. It's a bit more tangible at least.

Rob 15


I wonder how much the BBC spends on R&D, and is it still justified? Their hit rate seems quite low but maybe that's normal for R&D. But it seems like rebuilding iPlayer repeatedly isn't a particular problem that R&D seems to solve. If the BBC still need an R&D department it should be much more tightly focussed.

BBC have done interactive TV / branched narrative stuff before (see Attack of the Graske, Test the Nation and so on). It's fun and gimmicky, but has high production overheads and little use. And the technologies it was built in have all disappeared so there's no longetivity to it. At the time, the BBC hailed interactive TV as a new medium, after TV and radio, but they eventually closed the interactive TV team as a waste of licence fee money. In pursuing this again (but with shinier technology) it seems that the BBC tech departments have no accumulated corp experience and too much cash to blow.

UK's National Rail backs down from greyscale website tribute to Prince Phil after visually impaired users complain

Rob 15

Speaking of ads

Since you brought up the topic...

Why doesn't El Reg have ads that don't stalk your readers? Does such a thing exist? Presumably if you were a printed organ you'd manage to source ads that aren't dependent on tracking to work.

Venerable text editor GNU Nano reaches version 5.0 and adds the modern frippery that is scrollbars

Rob 15

Re: Tilde

Which MS-DOS editor?

The fullscreen one, edit.com from MS-DOS 5 onwards. Also used as the qbasic editor.

Rob 15


I've just discovered the editor 'tilde'. It's a bit like the old MS-DOS editor. Features include (shock) ^S to save and ^Q to quit. It's a nano killer.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

Rob 15

how about

Zune Corp

The Patch Factory

Rob 15

Re: Bob


Sony Ericsson: 'We dropped the ball on iPhone'

Rob 15

I used to have a string of SE phones, culminating with the C750. It had a beautiful camera and a reasonable battery life, which only now are the current generation of Android phones matching. Why did SE drop the Cybershot line of phones? I don't see how that had anything to do with iPhones.

I've still got it as a spare, since it can handily tether data via Bluetooth to my laptop.

Amazon browserizes Kindle book samples

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Not in Opera Mini

In Opera Mini on my android phone, the embedded book displays on top of the Reg article rendering it unreadable (on both the mobile and full fat versions of the site)


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