So you are saying that an ISP pays $50,000/month for an OC-48 line, and charges 100 users (let's say) $100/month? So they have $10,000 in income and lose $40,000/month just on the bandwidth, not to mention all the other costs you mention?
Sounds like a crappy business model to me. Or maybe you don't quite have your facts straight.
The problem isn't that Office 2003 doesn't work for you. It is that people around you have newer versions, and your copy of office will not read the newer formats. From office.microsoft.com:
Although you can open Office Word 2007 files in previous versions of Word, you may not be able to change some items that were created by using the new or enhanced features in Office Word 2007.
Because the private sector has a proven track record of delivering (for the majority of Americans) shittier healthcare and a higher cost.
Oh, and what "decision" are you talking about? The death panels?
I also lived in Japan. I would say that Japan is far less tolerant of mistakes than most countries (possibly not some other ones in Asia). They are less tolerant of minorities, people on welfare, the homeless, and people who have criminals in their family. (It's quite common for a policeman to have to resign if one of his close relatives is convicted of -- or even arrested for -- a crime.)
Why else would my ex say that if people in the neighbourhood find out that she is divorced and doesn't have custody of our children, she and her mother might well have to move?
turn around 360 degrees and walk away.
Ummm, I think you mean "turn around 360 degrees and walk straight into it".
I don't think you understand the domain. I used to write medical records software, and there is a LOT of specialized work. Like the prescription module that has to use a third-party database to flag drug and other interactions. Or using ICD10 to categorize diseases and other health problems.
Sure, booking appointments and keeping basic patient records can be done by lots of software. That's only about 60% of it, though. Also, doctors and other medical personnel are extremely busy, and really want software to be tuned to their needs. Being mostly A-type personalities, they are very picky about it.
(Of course, nowadays I might recommend OpenEMR rather than a proprietary solution.)
I'd say it's because the networks want to see the response to a show before investing in a whole season's production. That way they can cut their losses if it's a disaster.