smallfries writes “After an extended struggle with Linux users in the UK, the BBC was once compelled into releasing a flash version of the iPlayer streaming service to satisfy their responsibilities to license-charge payers. After claiming that development of Linux and Mac variations of the iPlayer would take two years, Auntie Beeb has rushed to fortify the iPhone. iPhone customers ‘can also be trusted’ as a result of their platform is locked down … so the beeb opened a non-DRM hole in the iPlayer to improve them. This used to be guarded via the extreme safety of person Agent strings! long story shut, Linux and Mac customers have made their own non-DRM, non-microsoft platform from firebug and wget. UK customers can now watch (and keep) their favourite BBC presentations.”
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