Linked by weildish on Tue 20th Jan 2009 02:13 UTC
In the News Those up top (the Presidential Inaugural Committee) chose to utilize Microsoft's Silverlight technology to stream the upcoming inaugural events for the new president of the United States. Though Microsoft certainly likes this idea, this leaves out thousands of people in the US and elsewhere who still cannot run Silverlight or an open source alternative on their systems from viewing the streamed video online. Update by Thom: Linux and PowerPC Mac fans rejoice, as they can watch the inauguration as well using Moonlight. Migel De Icaza wrote: "Microsoft worked late last night to get us access to the code that will be used during the inauguration so we could test it with Moonlight." Microsoft and the Moonlight team fixed this issue in one afternoon, so it might be a little rough.
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RE: way over the top
by karl on Tue 20th Jan 2009 11:17 UTC in reply to "way over the top"
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this is my tongue-in-cheek-response ;) (if you take it too seriously someone must have damaged your funny bone)

Perhaps Obama's inauguration, like that of any other U.S. President, seems to be "over the top" due to relative power and importance of the U.S. President, both domestically and internationally. On the one hand the Governor of California has arguably more power and influence than the Australian PM (I believe California alone has more people, and the GDP of California dwarfs that of the continent of Australia). And the last Australian PM simply asked "how high" everytime the last U.S. President, W, said "jump".

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