Perhaps it is like lift and elevator. We inverted the product, but ya-all invented the language. So who gets to decide? American English allows math as a plural, officially or not, while it is, perhaps, a bending of the rules.
Absolutely, it has always been EA's style to force obsolescence. I've still not forgotten how they wouldn't release a video update for NFS3 (the original hot pursuit) when video cards changed to the modern type. Their reply was to buy the newer version, which wasn't hot pursuit. I already owned the newer "most Wanted", and that didn't help one bit. Some times the strategy or something of a game just hits with a person, and almost the same won't get it. They are so far off in the woods with that title now, I don't even check to see if it might accidentally be fun. I've moved on to Rockstar Games
Very much so, I even reported them to Badware for including a pup installer in a piece of freeware hosted on their site, no opt out, just a silent install that took the better part of an afternoon to cleanup.
"real causes like Gun Control and Mental Health"
I realize the NRA started the rift by blaming video games, but weapons don't kill, any more than cars do. Falling rocks do kill though. I'd rather have a gun in my hand than a cop on the phone.
Same for the other "Wars on _____", The War on drugs escalated a minor infraction by a bunch of hippies to a full fledged conflict involving cartels and billions of $$, The war on poverty seems to have escalated that as well, when that started there were a damnsite fewer street people than there are now.
I'm with the school of thought that they are rewarding bad behavior. Even dim and muted cell phones have no place in a theater. The offenders should be executed, a permanent solution to a temporary problem perhaps, but repeat offenders would not exist.
The real object is to keep the annoying little farts out of the coffee shops and such, so the adults can get a table.
It won't keep them off the wifi, they will be in the park across the street with a "Pringles can" antenna.
I totally agree, I'm a child of the Cold War, and grew up listening to Bob, I couldn't wait for his latest. Now I've had time to reflect, he was a bigger part of the problem than the fat cats he mocked. He now is the establishment, and he is good at it. Just sad, that's all.
I'd say it was about 2009, & as stated in my other post, if I wanted a computer for Grandma, it would be my first choice. She'd never figure out how to screw it up.
I'd also love to put a few clients on Ubuntu, unfortunately business apps generally require windows, you're damn lucky if they work with that, and that's just the reality of life.
It really doesn't matter if it is superior in many ways, it isn't what suppliers expect to see, and that makes it a poor choice.