Why is EA desperate to require online play that will later make the game artificially obsolete? The answer is that a well-realized city simulation has to be a vastly unprofitable game for EA. I can't even calculate all of the new games I failed to buy while I was hooked on earlier versions of SimCity. I spent so many hours with that thing my per-hour price for playing SimCity has got to be almost zero. For me, SimCity has proven to be the cheapest form of commercial entertainment possible. No wonder they need to break it.
Tenure is an up-or-out system. He was fired. He was not denied "a substantial promotion." You don't know what you are talking about.
nifty-c writes "Singapore has invested heavily in higher education partnerships with the US and launched an ambitious program of high-tech research with Western countries, but recent events have opened these links to convroversy. Prof. Cherian George at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, is a communication and information school professor and an outspoken critic of his government's censorship of the Internet. NTU recently fired him, sparking an outcry from critics who claim political interference. This week a group of faculty and affiliates at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society has 'strongly caution[ed]...colleagues working in the area of Internet and society in any dealings with Singaporean universities.' And it has led to calls by American students and academics to reconsider links with Singapore. Meanwhile, a student petition in Singapore nears 1,000 signatures and Singaporean colleagues write that they 'cannot fathom how Dr. George's output does not meet international standards.'"