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: Soooo ....
by sultanqasim on Tue 20th Jan 2009 02:52 UTC in reply to "Soooo ...."
sultanqasim
Member since:
2006-10-28

"If they wanted to use an open source alternative, what kinds of open source alternatives can do the things that Silverlight and Flash can? "
They could have used, uhh... flash! Its far more widespread than Silverlight, compatible with all major OSes, and even a functional FOSS version is availabe (gnash)!

"girl in college who didn't have all the tools needed for classes on her Linux netbook" - Not true; the girl was seriously retarded and was unable to realize that you do not need MS Word to type or IE to surf the net and simple things like that. If she wasn't so brain dead, she would have realized that linux would have worked fine for what she needed to do.

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RE[2]: Soooo ....
by testman on Tue 20th Jan 2009 04:12 in reply to "RE: Soooo ...."
testman Member since:
2007-10-15

"Not true; the girl was seriously retarded and was unable to realize that you do not need MS Word to type or IE to surf the net..."

So it is the end-user's fault again, is it? I'm amazed you can even see us lowly buffoons from up there in your ivory tower.

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RE[3]: Soooo ....
by wakeupneo on Tue 20th Jan 2009 07:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Soooo ...."
wakeupneo Member since:
2005-07-06

So it is the end-user's fault again, is it?


...well, if the "end-user" has taken so little time to actually learn anything about the computer they use, to the extent that they think Internet Explorer IS the "Internet" and that MS Word is the only product that can type a letter, then yes...it's their fault.

Something about a bad mechanic blaming his tools comes to mind....

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RE[3]: Soooo ....
by jabbotts on Tue 20th Jan 2009 13:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Soooo ...."
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Trying to install the Windows version of Word and IE on a non-Windows platform.. sorry.. that is the user's own fault. If the articles (there where a few I read) had indicated that she had did a single internet search for the solution or even asked a friend with an ounce more tech knowledge then fine.. bad little OS. She didn't though.

Tell you what. Throw iWork on your Windows machine then come back and tell us all about how it's not the user's own fault for wondering why the Windows version of IE won't run on any other platforms. (do I get to complain because the osX version of IE won't install on Windows too?)

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RE[2]: Soooo .... thankyou
by jabbotts on Tue 20th Jan 2009 12:57 in reply to "RE: Soooo ...."
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

That was the very article I was half remembering. The girl dropped her college courses for the year over issues that five minutes on the couch with a cup of tea would have solved. What she did was the equivalent of buying Windows and claiming it can't play games because the osX version of a game wouldn't install and run.

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