Wow, only $200k, and only because of EU privacy protections that half the country are so desperate to exit? seems worthwhile to do it again.
Exactly. With a fine that small, I have to wonder how much of a net profit the pharmacy made on selling information. The $200k is just going to get written off as a cost of doing business like most other paper tiger fines.
I don't know that I share the same experience. There are plenty of UI tools that help make git easier to work with, such that I wouldn't have much hesitation in making it the first VCS for a team.
I certainly don't expect them to be doing rebasing, bisecting, or force pushes anytime soon, nor would I suggest they start by setting each other as remotes to take advantage of the distributed aspect. However stage, commit, merge, pull, and push operations on a central origin are all pretty simple, and not much different than they would be doing with any other VCS.
Do "ordinary" people have a say through their representatives or not?
Yes! For your convenience, the amount of say you have is quantified by small, numbered, green pieces of paper.
English is _the_ human language of coding. Get over the fact.
The phrase you are looking for is lingua franca (which amusingly is not itself English).
We decided to wait for VS2015 because 2010 was fine and we didn't find 2013 had enough to offer in terms of improvement for our dev team.
That actually surprises me a bit. For my team, VS2012 (and later, VS2013) were night-and-day performance improvements over VS2010.
I have been using VS2015 throughout the betas with mixed results, but the latest RC was OK, so I put RTM on my main dev machine. There have definitely been some hiccups - it takes longer to load our main product's solution, and it hasn't been as stable as VS2013 was. However, I have stuck with it because Roslyn and its integration with the IDE is a leap forward compared to the tooling in VS2013, especially when you start looking into analyzers. Such is the price of living on the edge, I suppose.
A rock store eventually closed down; they were taking too much for granite.