Tony Blair was and remains 'bad.' I'm not sure where to place him in relation to Cameron, since they're both clearly obnoxious and, it seems, demonstrate no functional capacity as to why they were ever trusted to lead a nation.
Of course, the problem with the British system is that there are two main Political parties, neither of which show merit, compassion or understanding for the electorate that elected them into power. And with the current debacle of Government, it seems the traditional third option, Liberal Democrats, will never be trusted again.
On the plus-side, this gives us the chance to vote for an independent, or otherwise non-traditional, party (Pirate Party, hopefully...); but I suspect there are enough people still holding on to the traditional ideals of Conservative and Labour, despite the growing confluence of both those systems of belief.
There are times I can't help but wonder if Al-Qaeda just sits back, looking at the internet, and wonders, with some bemusement, if it's even worth bothering doing anything else to incite the US. Currently it seems that you're undermining your own constitution and civil liberties rather more than they were ever able.
The point of terror is to terrorise, Congress, currently (and admittedly perhaps staged entirely for its own increase in powers), seems to be ratcheting up its own levels of terror on a daily basis without outside help from any actual terrorists.
I've got to say I fully support this move; I think any action taken by Thom, or his producers, that reduces the chance of my accidentally listening to any of his work (including that with Radiohead) is to be commended. If he wants to help me out, and reduce his own income, then I'm failing to see the down-side.
Oh, I absolutely agree, yes: every game (maybe not MMOs, but I don't play those, so I'm not sure) should have a local option for single-player, if only to provide as a fall-back for when the servers, the ISP or the telecoms provider screws up (like any of those are even a rarity).
SimCity as a social game is something that not only doesn't interest me, but I find it a large negative.
Whereas I can see the point of a social SimCity; for example all the various treaties and agreements with neighbouring cities from previous games, they'd be much more interesting with actual negotiations between human players, particularly if there was some ability to negotiate properly (altering costs, binding to other services, trade-exclusivity, mutual funding for a joint multi-jurisdiction Fire or Police Departments, or whatever else...).
That they managed to completely screw up, and obviate, the potential of social, making it a requirement of even non-social environments? That takes a level of skill most, thankfully, don't have.
Unfortunately those of us that grew up with this game and wasted many many many many hours of their lives building cities in each version (Original, Simcity 2000, Simcity 3000, Simcity 4, and expansion packs) can't not buy this game.
No, actually, I'm having precisely no difficulty in not-buying SimCity 5 (despite loving each of the previous games, except SimCity 3000). I am, however, rather enjoying watching the debacle unfold, despite knowing that EA is unlikely to change anything at all about its behaviour until such a time as people begin to entirely disregard their products.
Of course, this won't be considered as a possibility unless people also contact EA to explain, specifically, why they're not buying; otherwise it will be interpreted as "We're not doing enough to combat piracy!"
One example of Doyle's attitude about Holmes can be seen in his correspondence with the American stage actor William Gillette, who wrote an immensely popular play about Holmes and asked permission to have Holmes get married in the drama.
"Doyle sent him a telegram back that said: 'You may marry him or murder him or do whatever you like with him,'" said Stashower.
As a citizen of the United Kingdom I'm actually horrified at the attitude of the judge; does anyone know how one files a formal complaint against a judge for their behaviour, arrogance and, frankly, unwarranted increase of a prison sentence?
While the password recovery question may, indeed, be 'mothers' maiden name,' there's no reason to believe the answer to the question is, in fact, his mother's maiden-name. I know I have, essentially, nonsense (or at least non-sequitur) answers to email password-recovery questions.
Still, I can't imagine any part of Hotmail (or any other webmail service) is inherently secure against interested parties.