Feeds

Reg to BBC: we want our weather flat

3D maps? WTF?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The BBC's decision to switch from the traditional flat weather map to a so-called "virtual reality weather map" - introduced on Monday - has caused a bit of a rumpus among viewers, not least those of us at Vulture Central who like our weather flat, with fronts, pressures and wind directions clearly marked, and sun and cloud symbols to tell us where it's hot and where it most certainly is not.

The Beeb itself admits that it received 240 complaints about the new format, and little wonder. Jamie May, of Ticehurst, East Sussex, thundered: "I don't think the graphics are up to the BBC's usual high standard. It seems to copy the commercial channels' rather juvenile and too literal presentation."

We agree. Gone are the isobars and cold fronts, in comes the swooping "pilot's eye" view which doesn't actually provide any sort of clear picture about what the hell is going on. And if you live in Scotland, it gets worse...

SNP MP for the Western Isles, Angus MacNeil, has slammed the new map as having a southern bias which makes it difficult for his fellow countrymen to get a proper forecast. Accordingly, he has filed Early Day Motion at Westminster "calling on the BBC to rethink the new weather graphics". And quite right too, although we can give Mr MacNeil a forecast for the Western Isles right now without the use of satellite technology of sophisticated 3-D graphical rendering: it's raining and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Those readers who share our disgust at the new BBC weather map are invited to join us for a pint at the Ye Olde Boy in Witheringspoonhampton. We'll be the ones in the snug muttering about when we were lads kids had proper respect for their parents and you could get a yard of ale for tuppence and still have change from a tanner to see George Formby at the Odeon, etc, etc, etc. ®

Related stories

BBC Weather goes 3D
Luddite Reg readers want flat weather, please

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Criticism of Uber's journo-Data Analytics plan is an Attack on DIGITAL FREEDOM
First they came for Emil – and I'm damn well SPEAKING OUT
'It is comforting to know where your data centres are.' UK.GOV does NOT
Plus: Anons are 'wannabes', KKK says, before being pwned
Google's whois results say it's a lousy smut searcher
Run whois google.com or whois microsoft.com. We dare you, you PIG◙◙◙◙ER
Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale
Riddle me this: are you prepared to pay US$180k?
'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?
Plus: Flame of the Week returns, for one night only!
NEWSFLASH: It's time to ditch dullard Facebook chums
Everything hot in tech, courtesy of avian anchor Regina Eggbert
Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG
Stick it on the steering wheel and wait for the airbag to fire
prev story

Whitepapers

Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.