No, you're quite correct. GNOME 1.x was a pile of bugtastic arse. It kindasorta worked, but I'm certainly not dewy-eyed about it.
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The iPhone 3G has a "real" GPS receiver in it. It also has A-GPS, which will attempt to use other things (cell towers, wifi data) to triangulate your position in the absence of satellite visibility.
The news website, programme sites and downloads of TV shows via the iPlayer can be accessed freely.
The BBC has also confirmed that users of Apple Mac and Linux machines will be able to use its TV catch-up service from the end of the year."