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    Didn't the host used to be in Bits back in the day?

    I'd agree though it is more from a socio-political stand point than technical.

    Still very interesting. Suprised to find this on BBC 2, not on BBC 4.

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    In what way MS bashing?

    From a sociological view point what was repeatedly stated - the internet is free. Well yes to anyone that is connected. But that connection has to be paid for doesn't it? Free speech? Tell the world what's going on where you are? Not so even in the most connected of places.

    And the shots of the host, with her laptop, in the most unlikely of geographical locations? Surfing I find that most unlikely.

    Talking heads = cheap television

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    Quote Originally Posted by leco View Post
    In what way MS bashing?
    Firstly, I felt there was an implication that Bill Gates' objection to people pirating his software had in some way taken something that had been previously only ever been pure and unsullied, and somehow made it grubby. This is based on a very dubious suggestion that Gates was the first person ever to conceive the notion of profiting from software. It also implies that Gates should not have the right to profit from his labour, just because some others in the past had given theirs freely. Metallica's point from later in the programme applies equally to Gates.

    Secondly, much was made of Microsoft's anti-competitive practices, and government having to step in to prevent their evil plans for the domination of cyberspace. Essentially, what the US and EC have been trying to do in their championing of the common man vs Microsoft, is to stop Microsoft giving away free browsers as part of the OS. While this may be in the long-term interests of maintaining a competitive market and therefore probably good for the consumer at some point in the future, it does run contrary to the programme's notion of free access to the web.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
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