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*Cough* You work in the NHS in ops or IT service delivery do you? I thought not..
If there's the slightest change that isn't agreed by the Unions (and Linux is a big change for the whole suite of software that's required and available), the Unions can, and will invoke walkouts or strikes if necessary. There's a hell of a lot of negotiation involved.
From XP -> Win7 isn't necessarily a retrain. There's the familiar start button kinda thing, and most icons on the desktop. Win7 to Win 8 is. You'll note, there isn't much windows 8 in industry.
Office XP to Office 2007 was a retraining. 2007 to 2010, not so much. 2010 to Libre Office would be a definite.
Really, after working in big companies on international IT projects, and working inside the NHS in IT ops, running my own show, and consulting with various companies, I hear the kind of rant you're coming out with, and it's almost invariably from people who have never run heterogenous systems, never done major migrations, and never had to be involved in the whole business aspect. The "Well, we can rip everything out over a few weeks, and put it back so the lights look the same, and nobody will notice" plan is something I've seen time and time again. And it leaves a lot of extremely unhappy users, failed services, and project planners kicked out on their derrieres for incompetence.
Oh, and Linux boxes do run antivirus. For a good reason.
Re: So to the downvoters of testing...
You really don't work in that kind of environment do you? The way this works in enterprise is that they run very light teams on operations that keep the servers running, monitor and tweak the systems that host hundreds, if not thousands, of applications, check logs for security intrustions, upcoming errors, run diagnostics, herd requested changes through the process and so on.
Where you have a rapidly changing application (such as anti-virus, where if you don't have the absolute to the minute update and you get compromised by lack of it, you can lose your job), there is a balancing of risk very much in favour of trusting the third party. And you have a contract that hurts them if they take down your infrastructure by oversights such as this (and 'insures' you for any damages etc.). Contrary to what you seem to believe, there isn't infinite resource to check absolutely everything all the time, and if you try, it's a long, long queue. The job is managing risk, and in this case, it's the risk of being exposed to a virus infection that may leak your sensitive data to the world (big, big risk, and a fair likelihood), or the major vendor fails to test correctly to the level that it damages your infrastructure.
New application suite and antivirus definition update are two completely different things.
Re: Why would you standardise on *one* AV solution?
Wow.. You think there's only a single antibiotic on the market that everyone uses, because all infections are magically cured by it?
There are loads of antibiotics, and a whole array of drugs used to treat conditions, largely because there are strains of infection, mutation, slight differences in weaknesses between them and so on. If you simply had one drug for one condition, you'd have a reasonably ineffective drug that would get rid of some conditions (screwed if you weren't one of the ones it treated), and it'd very soon be the factor that every infection mutated to overcome (the big target).
Re: What If?
Essentially, many of them are. Researchers in the field of psychiatry which lead to the treatments are the ones who break the ground (backed up with neurological scans, biochemical analysis etc.), and get to prove the results, rather than rely on quackery. Once the results are in, and methodologies laid down, the less qualified practitioners get their side in the field (hey, I studied hypnotherapy long ago, and took a strong interest in behavioural psychology as part of my comp-sci degree; the part that had me going into AI and ALife).
If science hadn't been applied, we'd still be exorcising the PTSD patients.
Most of the medical practitioners I know of (hey, I'm in a hospital, so that's a good number) have no problem stating things eloquently and lucidly. A few possibly don't, and that's where you have dictaphones and medical secretaries.
Good managers are good managers irrespective of where they come from, but they better understand the parameters of their remit (non-IT managers in an intensely IT technical arena are extremely hamstrung in their effectiveness).
Interestingly enough, referring to IT staff as "peons" is a very quick way to end up with any of your projects that require any form of tech engagement to be put towards the end of the list (hint; it's a lot of projects, and the list can be long). If that's your attitude, damn glad I'm not somewhere you're a manager.
Re: Bashing the liberal arts
If your university was trying to teach science by rote, then it would never have had people pass, not with any grade that would be useful in the real world.
Analytical thinking is the foundation of science. If you can't analyse, you can't follow a path from hypothesis to conclusion. Half the problems are about removing personal bias and belief, which, it seems, your history teachers were actually advocating (so, not really teaching "history", but how to discard factual basis to create a revisionist agenda). So, it doesn't seem to have covered information gathering (more information hiding, and bias selection), analysis (you're not analysing anything in that setup, merely trying to select partial information to fit a preconceived stance), and definitely seems to be turning critical thinking on its head.
So, you reckon the science departments were teaching poorly, but you were taught well?
Every step of nicety and negotiation takes time. If you're in a business that pays for this service.. Wonderful.. If you're in a service that treats things as a treadmill that the technicians can never catch up with.. The politeness is a luxury that can't always be afforded when people decide to be less than helpful from the 'user' side.
There is such a thing in the world as a measured and appropriate response.
Given that most of the gals I know find a whistle (or other light hearted compliment) to be generally amusing, and on the days they don't, they have a rather scathing (but funny) response, I don't see the problem.
It's not revenge porn being published (that stuff deserves to have people committed to a monastery where they'll not get any until they sort their heads out), but it has all the hallmarks of minority vigilante justice. You know, where the small subset of people decide to impose their own world view on a majority that has a different way of thinking. In this case, the end result of the imposition is a lessening of interaction, and a further isolation of people (most of the 'banter' interaction assumes that people are generally amiable sorts, and initiating the interaction leaves the initiator in a slightly vulnerable position; scathing comebacks often happen, and can leave the initiator red as a beetroot.. But that's accepted as a possible outcome).
Assuming people are generally friendly and amiable is a good thing. Far better than assuming people are hostile by default (which has increasingly been the case over the last 20 years or so), which can very easily lead to increasing social isolation (which is becoming rather a huge problem).
Things like this.. Well, it's broadcasting to a large audience (who have no idea of what was actually going on) a personal (and probably entirely skewed) view of a situation, conceivably causing problems for some of those 'shamed'. There is no determination of what the situation really is. No appropriate response, just an assumption that the writer is right, everything else is wrong, and that it's ok to play the victim card to get potentially heavy retaliation against whoever you choose.
There's a word for this, and it's called "Bullying". It's a far more clever and manipulative version of bullying than the stereotypical thug in the playground, but it's still definitely bullying.
Years ago, when I worked in a variety of bars, I did a little experiment and put a mirror to this kind of behaviour'. The banter of the women, and the light hearted swats and things were met with extremely terse and accusing responses. Without exception, it was met with bafflement, derision or in some cases upset that offense was caused (even though it wasn't in reality; it was a debate style stance). Women just didn't understand why it was 'wrong' to make contact when they chose, or to have a little verbal banter. They were correct, but most of them, if you turned it around, believed it would be inappropriate to subject a woman to that. The only reason that was brought up for why it'd be inappropriate for it to happen to a woman was "well, they're women". Most, however saw the point.
One memory that really still makes me chuckle was back in my cycling days when a car load of gals drove up a hill I was cycling up, and whistled and cheered at me.. Then they drove down the hill and back up with the explanation that they just had to get another look at my legs and arse... That made me laugh, feel a lot better about myself, and actually made an otherwise crappy day a lot better.
So, thank you to gals that know that it's ok to be friendly and have banter out of the blue. Thank you to people who reach out and have a laugh, and assume you're a friend they've never met. Long may that continue.
"Paying users won't notice"
Really? That was supposed to happen with the current HD protections. And they flake out, causing all kinds of strife to people who just "expect it to work".
" users might even be allowed to create a copy"
There again, the probability is that they won't. Someone might decide to just hand me a million quid and a ferrari for the fun of it.
"Only the thieves will complain"
So, only people who break into your house and burgle it will complain? Oh, you mean people who copy it? So, you mean copyright infringers? That's a different legal context and an entirely different thing.
With the valid point that you make (an attack based on duplicating a legitimate user's content, framing them), you overturn your point about copyright infringers becoming accountable. They're not stupid, and they will find a way to make sure it's not them that gets brought to book. It may, however, catch one or two people who home duplicate (you know, how home audio taping killed the music industry, and the VCR killed the movie industry; the people who did all that damage.. They need to be locked up and criminalise for all the damage they did to industry, don't they?)..
Re: Surface RT - I have one
Yep, I've used one, and (the pro, as it needs active directory integration etc.). It's not too bad, to be honest (at least the Win8 UI works for the tablet form, rather than the travesty it is on the desktop).
However, it's not a "wow" that's enough to tempt people away from the rich ecosystems that are the iOS and Android platforms. It may have a place in business, but that would require a lot of training (and maybe putting Win8 on the desktop, which very few businesses are thinking seriously about), but it'll have an extremely tough time getting a footing in the consumer market, especially at the price points MS are pitching (hell, you can get an Android that'll do everything the Surface will for most users at a fraction of the price, AND it'll have a wealth of apps).
My money isn't on MS at the moment. It's an OK product released into a saturated market; you know, the kind of thing that you need a revolutionary product that makes people sit up and go "This is something new, and does things the other can't"..
Re: The real moral of the story is...
Well, when you really want the job, and the employer has to pick between two equally qualified people, you'll probably be a tad remorseful that the pic got out when the other guy gets the role.
There again, there may be some place that do hire you because they've seen naked pics of you.. I'm not so sure they're someone I'd be comfy working for.
Weird.. In running an enterprise setup, I tend to find that things tagged as being Enterprise level require support minions, have pretty detailed documentation that you get the vendors to dredge up for you on request (no futzing around on Google to see what someone managed to post somewhere 3 years ago), and has an uptime in years (24x7 systems). It's also replaceable (in the main) because it's architected to be replaceable.
Rarely had issues with support contracts, and the vendors don't play silly buggers. They play to the document. If they say they'll deliver, they do, otherwise they get hauled up.
Any migration to another system needs diligence and attention to detail. If you don't apply that, you're going to fail. Badly.
There really are a shed load of problems that can happen on the network.. AD just complicates it further up.
Icahn rumbles on about his army "improving shareholder value", but doesn't mention increasing the lifespan, reputation, quality or long term profitability of the company. Just the short term "Shareholder value".
In other words, if you hold shares in it, he'll strip it to the bone in the short term to give you a lot of fast money to put in the next company he dismantles, undoing the hard work of thousands of man years in mere months (and fattening his wallet in the process).
I tend to use Dell in the Enterprise context, and am quite fond of it. Don't have much to do with their PC wing..
Actually, brought to you by Tony Blair. We're just still paying for it.
Re: I particularly liked...
Thought you got that every evening if you lived in Cardiff centre.
Re: "technically difficult and time consuming"
Because they prefer the "private" API version that you can pay them to license (and is compatible with native code apps) due to the optimisations you can make, rather than the open and free HTML 5 license.
MS want to get the benefits of the private (pay for licence) API while not paying for it. They're trying to say that using the HTML5 API "is too difficult for them to get working, so it must be Google's fault, so they'll just use the pay for API for free because they want to".
This, of course, is a similar rationale to the piracy debates, with the difference that a good chunk of the pirates have no money and go for personal use, whereas MS have one of the biggest war chests out there with billions in profit every year, and they stand to have this as a 'feature' on software they're selling (if it wasn't of value to them/end users, they'd have quietly given up)
Re: The article is not entirely accurate
You know.. DVD Jon did some work that cost the DVD licensing groups absolutely nothing. All he did was allow you to bypass the ads, and download the content directly outside the regular security and license agreements. I'm sure you'll agree that the DVD companies were just being obstructive when they declared it illegal, and you can't see why they'd be in the least bit bothered, or why they'd order DeCSS to be blocked.
Because MS can't get the HTML5 API working (and they won't let any more standards compliant browser onto their platform), they seem to believe that it's ok to not spend more resource in fixing the problem (that would probably make their own platform better and more standards compliant as a result), and that they can simply shelve the attempt and go back to use something that they've already been told breaks a legal agreement.
If the tables were turned, I think it's highly probable that MS would have fired the legal vultures off long ago and be claiming damages for hacking, computer misuse, patents, murder and having it away with the company Donkey mascot.
I don't see this as necessarily being Evil. I see it as showing a belligerent opponent that they have teeth. Being a good guy doesn't mean sitting there and just sucking it up every time, doing nothing. I means taking a stand against the right people at the right time to stop something much worse (remember the quote "All it takes for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing"?).
Sometimes, to make the world keep an even keel, you need to show the "bad guys" that you can be as mean, vicious and brutal as they can. Both sides then know it's not a winning game to do this, and hopefully rational business can (at some point) be resumed.
Re: "end the oligopoly of big business supplying government IT by breaking down contract...
* From my experience in local govt...
Weird.. From mine in the NHS, it comes down to:
1) Who will supply the service specified at the least cost.
Friends of people upstream is irrelevant (anti fraud does like to keep an eye on those kinds of goings on).
Company going bust is also a consideration, as is support, security and so on.. But it all comes down to being able to afford it (and the NHS really has very little money these days)..
"And use of an auto dialer also removes the legal requirement to check the 'random' number against the TPS database"
No, it doesn't.. Any number that gets called by the company must be vetted against the TPS. If a number slips through, the company, as an entity, is responsible for allowing that number through, hence the fine, autodialler or not.
Re: Microsoft: "We're always listening to our customers"
Tell that to Nethack/Angband. I _still_ play those after more than 20 years. They didn't cost much at all..
Actually, there are a shed load of older games that I still pull out and have a merry wander around because they were just so fun (even if quite simple).. And the running theme was that they all had good gameplay, even if the graphics were like trying to look at art through the medium of paintball gun.
I've been growing purple tomatoes for a while..
Purple Calabash can give a lovely deep purple (though do tend to the red)
Re: I can hardly believe
It's easy to grow from an install base of nothing. The telling part will be where market equilibrium is (i.e. at which point windows phone gets no more traction against the other competitors).
When the next iPhone comes out, it'll be "the fastest growing phone segment" on the market, and probably the same when the next release of Android comes out and Samsung et. al. release a swathe of new flagship products based on that.
Re: "endangerment of life"
How is it not endangerment of life to divert to repairing vandalism, resources which would otherwise be spent on looking after the public?
I suspect the "would" would be "could" and the fact would be "wouldn't"..
This is a real case of "your side, their side, and the truth". I'm suspecting the truth is in between all the polarised sides' viewpoints..
I tend to enjoy growing veg in the garden (the stranger stuff, like purple podded peas, white/purple carrots, many colours of tomato and so on; the stuff you don't often see in a shop).. Would that count against the £1 a week?
For the early ones...
It may well be to help prevent the spate of muggings and other assaults that went with the early iPhones and other "cool" gadgets that were the big status symbol of the moment..
If you turn its resale value to zero, you stop people mugging people for the glasses so they can sell them for 50 quid down the local pub (or sell them on an auction site etc.)..
Re: It means bad news for the end user.
Yes, the 15 billion will need to "grow". That doesn't mean paying it all back in straight cash; that would be stupid (and unworkable).
What the shareholders are after is investing money, and having that investment of X, have that be worth X+n at some time in the future, where n is positive and as large as possible. A great way of doing this is growing a company, obtaining more users for a service, finding ways of making it more efficient (newer hardware with less power consumption etc.), and generally lowering the maintenance bills that always dig into the balance sheet.
It may well be a case of nothing gets "repaid" from the investment, but the initial £15 billion investment becomes £15+n billion if the company ever gets sold on.
If the revenue stream is more than interest paid to the bank (if that's required, some companies have war chests well in excess of this, so interest payments are not a factor, making acquisitions with a long term revenue stream very attractive).
What we get to see is how the execs of the company change that £15 billion into £15+n billion. That's what decides the service.
Re: Not outsourced
Honestly, a management or financial task is just a manipulation of numbers. Here in techie land, we automate those and make them reliable and repeatable. What could be more efficient than replacing all the management number crunching with automation and saving shed loads more, removing most of the management? And CEOs? Hell, you can pick them up bargain basement straight off the end of a degree course. Big savings in the millions!
Do beware, that <insert role here> is just an <insert role here> and thus replaceable cheaper works for every profession. And some are automatable.
I was really fond
Of the look of my old Apricot Qi 300 PC (my first proper PC, after coming up through the ranks of the ZX80,81, VIC 20, BBC B).. It won me a few contracts in the day because of the built in security (infrared key card and security chip on board that prevented anything working unless you authenticated using the key, as long as you had it enabled)... It looked pretty neat too!
The elephant in the room..
That seems to always be forgotten is the concept of copyright, and what it was all about.
The origins had about a 12 year span of protection for a work. This is back in the days when it would take years for a work to saturate the market. So, in that 12 years, it was a fair deal that you really do respect the creator's work, let them make a name for themselves out of it, and then, at the end of that protection, they will need to have worked on something else to provide for themselves in the next 12 years (or be hired for shows for that work, or make some other use of it in a free market).
This pretty much seemed to work. It's also a fair deal. An artificial constraint on copying (not stealing) something for a very limited term, after which it enriches the world by entering the public domain. 12 years is enough that you know if you hold your end of the bargain, in a few years, you'll be able to watch it guilt free or do whatever you want with it. Entirely legally.
However, now copyright is at an insane level of life of the author plus 70 years, that is no deal at all. The media cartels have literally stolen the public domain (used the legal system to remove access to what used to be a public resource) for their own profit. What was once a deal that you could actually understand and could be understood to have a semblance of fairness to it is now more a "we own this in perpetuity, you will never have any participation in it, and you will only do with it what we want". Yes, it makes for a great corporate cash cow for the big productions, but causes the loss of many smaller ones that would survive without those restrictions.
Personally, I don't pirate. I choose not to buy if the deal doesn't feel right to me, under the understanding that copyright sets out in the deal today. There are a LOT of things I don't buy, because they just aren't worth the money, or perversely because the content producer is trying to enforce copy protection to the point it actually makes things difficult for me to get what I want from what I've paid for (which is one reason things like Diablo3 etc. will always be sat in my "wish I could have bought it, just for kicks and reminiscing, but they screwed the pooch with the ridiculous constraints. Deal breaker.".
Getting back to basics with copyright, and actually making a fair and balanced deal with the public would be the first step in helping prevent piracy. When it's a one sided dictat, rather than a deal, are you surprised that people rebel against the unfair conditions?
Re: No sympathy
Marketing, hard work?
I've worked in Advertising and Marketing segments, and it's not "the hard work". It's finding something quirkily catchy to say about something, and knowing the channels to use to put it into the media. Most of that is rote.
Inventing things, and actually getting products to work reliably and in a fashion where they can be released (especially as a lone inventor/small company) is extremely hard work.
Re: The G Bomb!
Nothing wrong with it.. Gaijin and proud of it! And thoroughly enjoy their pride in being Japanese too..
Now we know why they called it "Windows 8" and had that colour scheme!
Re: Win8 for business
The architecture behind Win8, I quite like.. The GUI makes me avoid it like the plague.. :)
Now, if MS, by default, allowed you to choose specifically whether you wanted to use Metro or not (so you had a Win7 equivalent desktop if that's what you needed for your environment) and had a Metro/touch base for a device that you needed that on, things would be great.
It's the probablity that nobody is going to use touch on a desktop (which still has a lot of use for regular office type work) because of gorilla arm and loads of other issues. Yet they have the interface forced on them.
And for the tablet, the desktop isn't the best metaphor.. Though they have that foisted on them too.. I take issue with the way MS are forcing people into the wrong tool for the moment, not on the underlying aspects of the OS.
Not all distros of Linux are free. Some are, some aren't. However, running them in at enterprise level (about the same kind of level that most of those features become really 'interesting') you're be an unmitigated fool to put a front line service server on anything but one of the distros that comes backed by sound commercial support contracts. That's part of the cost of the Microsoft products; they carry a service warranty with them (to a degree).
TCO is not a flat line across all activities. Linux provides advantages in some places, it loses out in others. That's the nature of heterogenous systems; each has its flaws and weaknesses, use them to your advantage, rather than becoming an advantage (or disadvantage) to just one tool.
Not sure where you get the 'fewer servers to do the same work' idea from. Certainly for some variants of work, that's true. But it's a part of the story. In other workflows, you'd need more Linux boxes (if they could do the particular task).
As to Linux being more secure.. I've had to laugh at many people who've told me that, and I'd had to point out that they'd already been rooted. Security is what resource you put in to it. Linux has some damn fine tools to secure a system at various levels, you just need to have the manpower available to keep up with it. In most places, top management doesn't quite understand how essential it is to have good security, so you don't get resourced for it.. If it's not resourced, it's going to be lacking somewhere, Linux or Windows. The approach is different for the different OSs, and you have to see them differently in the slots they fit into in an enterprise.
Again, patch tuesday isn't so bad if you're resourced for proper maintenance, and have proper rollback plans in place. If you don't, Windows or Linux (or any other OS you care to mention) you're in a whole barge load of trouble..
Oh, and in case you were wondering, this was posted from my Linux laptop, as I've left the Android tablet in the living room. This sits next to my Windows workstation which I use to connect up to work remotely when necessary and it hosts all the tools I need to administer the Windows side of things. I use an iPhone because it does what I need in the way I need it done.. Each piece was chosen specifically to achieve a particular function, and I find I'm more than happy with the diversity.. Far happier than if I'd stuck with one product.. And that's they way I go in work too.. Heterogenous all the way..
Re: PowerShell .. MEH!
I did find some of the documentation being a little flaky moving from the good stuff in V2 to the early V3.. I suspect MS will be fixing this soon..
Definitely agree it's got a lot of power on Windows platforms.. I even stopped using Perl as my language of choice on Windows when it PS found its feet. Still use it on *NIX though.
Re: Windows Server is obsolete except as an exchange server
Status is something that's earned through the depth of the argument, and the insight of the poster.
Now, the original AC has some pretty interesting things to say, by and large in line with what I encounter.
Before you yell about Linux being top, and I don't know what I'm talking about, I'm one of the original people on zen.uwe.ac.uk. I'm pretty sure Alan Cox is familiar with that machine..
I was part of the crowd that created the box Tao on Linux (same site) as we were a little more lacksadaisical with what we wanted to do, and Zen became rigorously controlled. So, I go back some time with Linux (actually, to the point the original call was put out by Linus, and it wouldn't be the first time I've tinkered with the source).
That being said, I run windows boxes as well and Linux ones. Before Powershell, I found myself pretty much hamstrung on the wider rollouts and bulk administration. With powershell, I think Microsoft finally woke up. This is a good thing.
I've no idea how you suddenly think you're the victim and being 'attacked' when AC posted a pretty concise evaluation, and actually does sound like he's done his rounds out there, and you chose to accuse him of being a shill, and knowing nothing, deeming yourself superior because you know Linux..
The mark of a veteran in this game is rarely the highly vocal (RMS is an exception, not the rule) zealot, it's the one who casts an eye on the problem at hand and evaluates the breadth of their experience in the many tools they've encountered, and slots the best one for the job into the solution. Sometimes this is Linux. Sometimes it's Windows.. Sometimes it's something completely different (hey, welcome to embedded systems; if nothing does the job, roll your own).
If you throw a flame into a thread, expect it to gain heat. Cause and effect. You're simply reaping the rewards of the tactic you followed. Things like this remind me that we are indeed still in full swing in the Eternal September.. There are days when I miss the old times..
Tools for the job..
Like all things, you choose the best tool for the job if you can..
I've got an e-book reader (Kindle) and a slate (Fusion5 HD Android 10").. The slab does strain the eyes more to read, and I don't use it to read on late at night. It's also wifi only (I have an iPhone to do net type stuff if I really need to connection), so needs PCs to get content.
The Kindle is the connected device. I'm an avid reader, and when going on holiday, more than once I've been sat in the middle of nowhere, and thought "Well, that's the last book done.. What now?", then browsed the book store to grab a new book there and then, and give myself something more to read. The battery life means I can do that for days between recharges.. Great for trekking round.
Tablets have all you need for media, and watching a quick movie, or browsing net, email, and all the photo editing on a journey after downloading the DSLR images.. There's plenty of scope for both, as their primary roles are significantly different.
If you've only got budget for one, then the tablet is the choice.. If you're precious about your reading experience (I am), then eBook readers are the way to go there.. Taking enough paperbacks for me to last a long holiday (2 weeks plus) would mean I lose half my weight allowance in books! Nowhere to stow the diving kit then (as that stuff gets heavy!).
Will get the tech heads perhaps interested. The rest of the world just wants something that works..
From this review, it seems you're extrapolating the possible tech wish of lovely hardware into a prediction that everyone will love it, despite the software really being a bit of a pain in the derriere..
That's not usually the way it works, alas. From all the 'normal people', to quote Avenue Q, I hang out with, they all say they just want something that works and doesn't get in the way. Good hardware spec, bad hardware spec, they'd not know the difference.
However, show them a graphical inconsistency, and they lose patience really quickly.
Mine should be turning up today..
Absolutely loved Darksiders.. The storyline was amusing, dark, yet occasionally light hearted, and engaging..
The puzzles are enough to make you think, without being so tough that you need to go off and ask someone. Watching and thinking was the key.. As for replayability.. I'm on about the 6th run through; it's like picking up a good book and re-reading it again. On the latter run throughs, I'm finding things get easier every time, not by rote muscle memory, but because I find out more things I can do to make my playing style more efficient, and more tactics that give better result.
If this one is even half as good, I think my life will be sunk into it until Guild Wars 2 springs out of the woodwork.. Then I think I'll need a clone so I can be in two places at once.
No, I don't have to wonder why.
It's because someone charged of criminal offenses and due to attend a court of law absconds and takes refuge in an embassy.
Embassies can take the choice to harbour a criminal (hes absconding breaks his bail conditions, which is a criminal offense) or refuse them access. By granting him access, they've created a diplomatic incident (using diplomatic power to subvert the justice system of the host country). If the UK shrugged it off and said "Whatever, go for it", then its international standing in the diplomatic stakes would be seriously hampered. With precedent set, any country could run black ops inside the UK, then when they're discovered, give them immunity by have them run back to the embassy without any consequence. I guess you can see where that path leads.
Up until the time Lasange chose to run, he still had a chance. Now he's committed a crime in this country too (demonstrably).
Ecuador is pretty silly to make a stand on this, as by international dealing, this is going to reflect VERY badly on them. Deals they may have struck to their advantage will probably not be offered, as people just don't trust them so much.
The threat had to be made. Ecuador know the deal, and they chose to follow this route anyway, which could possibly lead to them losing their embassy in the UK, pretty much over trying to keep someone from attending a trial which would be their main way of proving their innocence.. They know they're on the wrong side of the justice system, they're just hoping media will portray them as heroes.. Taken in the harsh light of day, I'd say they just look silly.
Re: Getting him out
That's a pretty sensible thing really.. Given the amoung of shagging around Lasange had been doing courtesy of his media profile, he'd be a pretty strong candidate as an STD infection vector. If the deal is "OK, but protect me from what you may have picked up", but he refused to do that.. That's putting the other person at risk, thus the interpretation into law.
Maybe not rape in the way we perceive it, but I think sexual assault isn't too far from what a court could judge..
Re: How about some nice ladies finally finding interest in all the work?
Innuendo, scare women? Who do you think is reading "50 shades of grey"?
Most of the gals where I work are far more into the innuendo than the guys! They just don't have an interest in the geeky side of the tech work.
Re: Its a MMORPG !
You're really not a programmer are you?
If you can't abstract away the file storage, you've got no business going near commercial coding that uses data storage.
It's a political decision to force people to use the real money marketplace, no more and no less.
Bad move, marketers.
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