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On 15/07/10 12:11, Gordon Henderson wrote: > > So they've come to the end of their 9-year special deal which helped > earn Billy Goats a knighthood... Should our government be handing out titles to foreigners in the first place? (Especially foreigners who would have to renounce their own citizenship in order to, legally, accept them) > > Now they may have to pay the full whack or do some serious > re-negotiating it seems, as by now they're too deeply in the depths of > Microsoft to make a change... Or are they? Who knows, but if only they'd In many cases such "deals" simply involve going from very expensive to moderately expensive. > stuck to their guns 9 years ago. Corwards. > > One intersting quote: > > "Our source said the only alternative - a move to open source software - > was unlikely to overcome reluctance from staff to move to less familiar > systems." > > I'm sure a good team of programmers could make something look familiar > if they really needed to... > > And anyway, what's wrong with change? Anyway you'd get change by "sticking with Microsoft". It isn't always obvious what changes people will complain about most. Sometimes a major change can be more troublesome than a minor one. Because in the latter case people become frustrated and confused when they don't easily notice there has actually been a change until they are part way through doing something they are familiar with. An analogy would be a pianist expected to play a piano where the keys had been rearranged vs asking them to play the bagpipes.
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