From here you see things differently

A tale of two headlines.

First, from the ultimate in mainstream, the BBC:

Second, from the much more edgy Register:

I did a double take when I saw the latter headline. Was this ban a daft move? A piece of political grandstanding with no basis in reality? The article gives the answer:

The city authorities of San Francisco have banned departmental purchases of Apple hardware after Cupertino dropped out of the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) green-standards scheme.

“We are disappointed that Apple chose to withdraw from EPEAT,” Melanie Nutter, director of San Francisco’s Department of Environment, told The Wall Street Journal, “and we hope that the city saying it will not buy Apple products will make Apple reconsider its participation.”

City government departments are only part of the deal. Local educational facilities – a sector in which Cupertino is dominant – also require EPEAT classification, and will likely end up boycotting Apple products, as well.

Naughty Register! It is amusing – probably less so for Ms Nutter – and is a short, sharp, example of why the Register is one of my favorite web sites. It’s a plain language source of high quality, mostly independent and informative material about the world of technology. And the writing is sharp, rarely bland, occasionally lacking in PC standards, and often entertaining. Or, to put it another way, the type of content rarely present in the mainstream media.