Well, i thought it was funny.
10 years in a governmental organization is bloody fast! Not to mention they would have had a ton of apps and systems dependent on proprietary stuff that would either need migrating or testing under WINE.
But mainly, it would be the fact that a majority of departments I can imagine would have been fighting the change tooth and nail, not to mention pressure from MS sales reps who would have been doing the rounds convincing everyone they could that a change would be the end of the world!
To the contrary, Satanism directly and proudly promotes evil, damage, and chaos; Satanism conflicts with the constitutions.
Have to contradict you a bit here. I guess your understanding of Satanism is based off only the typical understanding of it from a Christian viewpoint?
There are a number of styles of Satanism in the world. These guys (from the article) seem pretty decent. Basically their tenants seem to be more "Christian" than your average Christian. Seem like a pretty decent bunch actually, check out their website.
A bit further down the Good-Evil scale you have LaVeyan Satanism which was developed by Anton La Vey circa 1966. To quote wikipedia "Its core beliefs and philosophies are based on individualism, secular humanism, religious skepticism, freethought, epicureanism and "eye for an eye" morality." But actually its tenants still seem quite reasonable to me and still more "Christian" than most Christians.
Of course, you have the far end evil scale of Satanism, and maybe there are some groups in the world which follow such doctrines, and such guys would give even Christian or Islamic fundies a run for their money in the evil department. Can't say i've ever encountered or really even heard of such groups though.
Modern day Satanism rarely conforms to what Christians expect of it, just like Christians rarely conform to the teachings of their Bible (except the parts they cherry pick).
Does it have the missing first page from the bible that reads:
"Dedicated to my loving wife Sarah.
The stories contained herein are fictional, any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental."
The Catcher in the Rye was ok, not an amazing "classic", but i got some enjoyment out of it.
To Kill a Mockingbird gave much more impact, a better "classic" of american literature and more coherent.
Catch-22, another much touted "classic" was completely bizarre, but strangely enough, I enjoyed more than the first two.
So all three are kind of US classics, but there again, Shakespear's books/sonnets are also classics, and, if I may be blunt, pretty crap compared to a lot of other literature out there.
Ill recommend a book, something not in my usual line of reading, but really made a big impression on me: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
I'd call that one a classic.
If someone doesn't want their work published they shouldn't put it on paper.
It's really that simple.
That's why Hari Seldon used a time locked vault to make his announcements
This is actually something I go into quite a bit in my training about business communications.
Part of it is the push-back with the client. Don't accept meetings where a team of 20 are involved where only 2 people are actually relevant. Only include those who are absoloutely needed. Break up big meetings into smaller ones. Schedule meetings for times when they don't occur smack bang in the middle of developers best development times (you know, just between their first coffee of the day and lunch), let them get absorbed in the code for a decent length of time without pulling them up for air... seriously, they will get more code done in that period than at any other time. In fact, don't bother coders when they are in the zone...
Agile, scrum, stand up meetings, they have their place, but who should be involved in what aspects and when is a part that is often done wrong.
Work requirement, that's why i'm stuck with Skype
Can the Skype team stop adding more and more crap to it, and start removing some of the existing bloat?
I want an instant messenger, not something that takes minutes to load, minutes to fetch messages (many of which i already read on another comp or on my phone, but it still alerts me like they are new messages), and when finally loaded i get bombarded with ads that do not interest me in the slightest, or offers to connect Skype to Facebook and the like, something i already told it to go do something anatomically impossible about more than once.
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
My favourite movies of the last year or so have been those that are different. Some of them didn't get such good reviews, but they had differences that set them apart from the rest.
For example: Cabin in the Woods (everyone dies! Yay!), Cloud Atlas (intricate plot lines), and Gran Torino (I had expected the ending to be typical hollywood and was pleasantly surprised).
Why is everyone discussion the actual method, and not mentioning why the hell any sort of security system is needed in the first place?
Ok, maybe i'm going to sound like an old fart here, but when i was a kid school doors were only locked overnight. Otherwise it was open access. Not sure how it is in the UK these days, maybe they are also becoming scaredy cats like the 'muricans. I'm now in Russia and our kids' nursery didn't lock the doors either, they go to private school now, and while the door isn't locked we do have a security guard at the entrance, but i'm pretty sure that is more to stop people coming in and nicking stuff rather than protection of/from the children.
Why do i think this is only about control and security theatre? Making sure he kids actually attend? Hell, when i was at school it was normal to occasionally skive off school but the class register would show your absence anyway. If kids are not attending then its time to have a word with the parents.
Why do people hate on the US you could ask?
Its an interesting (but off-topic) question. But if people are hating you, there is usually a reason. Think about it.
Ah, in that case its even worse! It indicates the US is lacking behind other countries in producing quality mathematicians!
And our company employs a lot of our programmers from the university maths department. With good reason.
Until they say they can't find a file they want, and can't remember the name of it, and call their family member who knows computers to ask them to find it for them.
Gah, sorry, i'm an expat, got used to referring to everything in km these days.