Are they worried about hurting this guy's feelings? This isn't a daycare. Are you worried about this guy leaving for another company and taking valuable information with him? He's not going anywhere, no one else would hire him with skills that old.
If you have a company that mature without either annual reviews or management that feels that they should manage, your company has a dire problem and you should get out of there. The way you phrase this makes it sound like it's actually a government position, and sadly that is more par for the course. Now you know why people don't like paying their taxes.
As far as the phone stuff is concerned, essentially yes.
The first digit being a "1" for long distance is only true in the US. When you come up with the phone system, of course you give your country the first country code.
This is idiocy. The article is talking about Q3 sales numbers, not "in use" not "deployed" not anything other than Q3.
Why are people extrapolating that to installed/user base numbers?
Media let it die? Romney made an argument out of it and it was in the news cycle constantly.
I don't know what he hoped to prove by it, really. Romney never said that he would have done anything differently.