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Old 1st Feb 2018, 21:23
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New BBC Weather website

Checked the BBC weather as I usually do only to find a shiny new website.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/0/tn34

To get my local weather I have to enter my postcode but before I can do that I have to register. So I click on Register and the first question I get is asking my Date of Birth.

All I want is the effing weather forecast, not an effing birthday card.

I'll be looking elsewhere for weather forecasts.
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 21:30
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I just checked the BBC weather and got the usual, bog standard version (22:20)
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 21:32
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I do not have a television licence, as I do not have a television, nor do I watch 'live' television on my computer, yet, now I need to register if I want to listen to BBC Radio online via my computer - either live or via iPlayer.
I consider this to be an excess of 'control' by the BBC.

WRT weather forecasts, try https://www.theweatheroutlook.com
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 21:50
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Is there necessarily any penalty for giving other than a true DOB?
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 21:54
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Sounds like an attempt to restrict access by users outside the UK via VPN.
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 21:58
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Just tried it from Mexico and it works fine..
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 22:04
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Originally Posted by finfly1 View Post
Is there necessarily any penalty for giving other than a true DOB?
You get puzzled "happy birthday" greetings from emails and social media. The other possible drawback is when you forget your password, and asking for your birthday is one way to retrieve it, and you've forgotten the fake birthday too.
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 23:58
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No problem.

Does not ask me to register or enter DOB. Near KSQL
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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 03:18
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I just put in Pattaya and it seems like a high of 30c here today and a low of 26c..... that'll do for me.

I always avoid ATMs on my Birthday as the ones here play Happy Birthday to you before giving you the cash!
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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 04:52
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The reasons for the change is given here.

BBC Blogs - Internet Blog - Change in the Weather

All the standard buzzwords and excuses of course.

Edit to add: First time I tried logging in this AM it defaulted to a seemingly random U.K. postcode and asked me to either log in or register, when I tried a second time it happily took me to worldwide weather without asking anything intrusive...

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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 05:02
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The BBC ended their previously useful Travel service.

It seems that requiring users to sign in is aimed at 'providing a more personalised service'- which I can do without.
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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 05:25
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If there were Oscars for bullsh** buzzword bingo, the BBC would walk away with the lot.
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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 05:44
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No change here in the Derbyshire tundra, but, as this is part of that fabled Beeb land "The Weejons " then presumably the peasantry will just have to wait their turn.

On the other hand, the good old Met Office ( albeit now also doing a credible impression of "Pearl and Dean " complete with helpful explanation as to why ) still offers the best option.

Although for an organisation with a super computer, it's amusing to see a pretty cloud with a bit of sun at the top above the "Now" forecast..... when most of the North Atlantic is falling earthwards outside.

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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 05:58
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Wasn't there a recent 'divorce' between the Met Office and the BBC?
The Met Office has provided data for the BBC’s weather forecasts since the corporation’s first radio weather bulletin in November 1922. However, the BBC announced two years ago it would seek a replacement as part of a cost-cutting drive.
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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 06:05
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Rotten tomatos.

Rather bad reception going on in the comments section of the new WX page.
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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 06:10
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Don't like the new format but I suppose I'll get used to it.
My main 'bug' is that whereas they used to give an 'actual' for Farnborough (presumably via the Semi Automatic Weather Station on the airfield owned by the Met Office and also used by Farnborough ATC), now they give an ob from 'Wisley'. I don't know what sort of obs station could be at Wisley though so I don't trust it; presumably it's at the RHS Gardens rather than on the old airfield.
I use the BBC site in conjunction with Will it Rain Today? | Rain radar for the UK | Going to rain? | MeteoGroup which shows actual rainfall.
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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 06:10
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I use the Met Office app on my phone and the "now" thing amuses me. And then, one day, I noticed their definition of "now" means "updated an hour ago".
One day I was at Heathrow, taking photos. I had gone there on the basis the Met Office had predicted some decent weather. Having endured some pretty heavy cloud, when sunshine and/or sunny spells had been forecast and were showing no change for the time I was there, I got fed up. I took a photo of the heavy overcast and emailed it to the Met Office with a single question: "How do you square this with your current forecast?". No reply but about 45 minutes the forecast was suddenly updated to a more accurate view of current conditions.
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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 06:22
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What new BBC weather webpage? It doesn't matter what route I use I get to the old one every time.

BBC Weather
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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 06:28
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Originally Posted by Wingswinger View Post
What new BBC weather webpage? It doesn't matter what route I use I get to the old one every time.

BBC Weather
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When I click on your link it very definitely takes me to the new site, complete with adverts...it even has a little section entitled “welcome to our new site” !!
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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 06:34
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There's something odd going on then. I've just been taken to the old one (again). Try this link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2635167
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