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 Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 20th Jan 2009 15:58 UTC in reply to "way over the top"
Bill Shooter of Bul
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Its a celebration of a peaceful transition of power in a non hereditary fashion, often between diametrically opposed individuals. Something that truly was remarkable when we first started doing it, so no its not about the power or prestige of the country. The occasion of the inaugural address has also been a moment where the new executive lays down his plan for the country. Some of the most important speeches by US presidents have come during their inauguration.

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