THE BBC'S DESCENT to the level of a local paper continues unabated. Reporting on an Edinburgh conference, some luckless hack has managed to file 350 words claiming that Scotland could be the next big thing on the Web.
The basis for this somewhat surprising claim is, it goes without saying, entirely based on supposition rather than fact. A bloke who was born in Scotland and once worked for that well-known success story, Netscape, stood on his hind legs and told delegates that there was 'no structural reason' why Europe couldn't be at the forefront of the next stage of Web development.
What exactly comprises a structural reason is unexplained, as is how a European opportunity would automatically mean jobs for Scotland.
The geezer talking up the rosy future for Scottish IT, John Giannandrea, former chief technologist at Netscape, left Scotland for the US more than a decade ago and now works for an outfit called Metaweb Technologies, based in, err, California. µ
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