The SI unit of time is the second. I understand it's used widely even in backwaters like the US!
You mentioned online courses. There are plenty of good quality ones these days. Some you're expected to work to a particular schedule, some you can do at your own pace. 10 hours a week is plenty.
Your characterisation of the multi-player experience is rather slanted. I've played quite a few games online as part of a competitive team against other teams (UT, Quake, Tribes2), or as part of cooperative team against the game (WoW raiding). I view these as positive social experiences.
Multiplayer gaming doesn't have to be about jumping into some public server with a bunch of random strangers.
While I totally agree that Romero was an abject failure...
Doom, Quake, Wolfenstien - "abject failure"? Please.
Surely the question is rather - why should the BBC provide you with content if you're not prepared to give that information?
The BBC is funded by payments from TV licence holders in the UK. All the content it produces is available free in the UK. It also makes money from selling programmes overseas. If there was no revenue from overseas sales then people in the UK would have to pay a lot more.
So - why should you get the BBC content for free when you've not contributed to the costs of producing it in the first place?
Whilst unit testing is a good thing in general it's actually hard to know how many tests to write. Whilst it is in theory possible to write tests for most things, it's completely infeasible to a priori write tests every for possible interaction with any reasonably sized bit of software. In practice everyone ships code with gaps in the test suite.
There are contexts in which we should be formally proving the correctness of code. This tends to be a niche thing tho' because it's hard and time-consuming.
It's not just the spend, it's the spend compared with the cost of developing and marketing the game. A game like GTA takes many millions to make, a game like WoW takes many millions to make and millions more to keep the infrastructure up. You can make a lot of sales and still lose money. A cheap to make smartphone game can be very profitable even if people don't spend much on it.
One wonders whether the real issue is lack of MS office, rather than lack of Windows?
All of that applies to bridge too. The main problem with bridge is that you need multiples of four to play.
Criminals can promise things that legit marketing emails can't.
I suppose that doesn't quite answer the question of whether any of those pieces of software actually produce documents that comply with the standard, which is what the actual requirement is.
But in any case the practical difficulty will be that people will say they have complied with the requirement by saving as ODF from Word, whether or not that actually enables interoperability with non-Word software.
Assuming there's compliance with this edict at some point in the foreseeable future (which is questionable); what's going to happen is that people will save as ODF from Word. The question is then whether you can truly use other software to work on those documents. MS has a long history of failing to properly implement standards; or even their own specifications.
Truth might not be an absolute defence to defamation in the US, but it is in English law.
But in any case this is not about defamation. It's a different thing.
Seriously, I don't think I ever received anything from them that couldn't be sent in RTF format, but that's another story.
99% of the stuff that gets send as word processor files could be plain text.
Only in the US would 3 weeks be regarded as a generous holiday allowance. In most of Europe 4 weeks is a minimum - many people have ~6 weeks+.