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Comment: Re:Everyone loses (Score 5, Interesting) 428

by Sockatume (#47945743) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

It's not Scotland that'll keep them in line, it's Northern Ireland and Wales. If they renege, then perhaps there won't be another Scottish referendum to worry about, but it'd certainly fire up the seperatist movements in the rest of the union. The only way to avoid that is to both keep their promises to the Scots, and to make similar offers to the other nations.

Federalism's coming.

Comment: Re:Civil war (Score 5, Insightful) 428

by Sockatume (#47945561) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

Sure, like how the close-run US elections in 2000 resulted in the Great Californian Succession and the Annexing of North Dakota, followed by two decades of brutal guerilla warfare lead by crack teams of Canadian mercenaries. Every time a democratic decision goes the down to the wire, society immediately collapses.

When you have fair democratic decision making in a timely and open fashion, people live with the result. Maybe not happily, and maybe not without division, but life goes on. Where you hold fixed elections in an effort to get an oppressed populace off your back, then you have a civil war.

Comment: Re:Repair (Score 2) 52

by Sockatume (#47945515) Attached to: Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

I've noticed that even Apple's walking that back a bit; the iPhones are getting more repairable so they can actually fix phones in-house instead of sending them off to specialists and handing out warranty refurbs like candy, which has to have been an incredibly expensive process.

The whole point's moot though, the most expensive consumer products are the least repairable ones, and vice versa. The argument advanced doesn't make any sense.

Comment: Re:Repair (Score 1) 52

by Sockatume (#47944735) Attached to: Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

You don't even need a heat gun if you're happy with replacing the whole screen assembly; it's a bit involved on a 4 or 4S but on everything else the screen is basically the first component you remove when you start taking screws out.

I do see a lot of broken screens in the UK too, mind. Mostly sellotaped up or something ridiculous.

Comment: Re:Thank god for Apple... (Score 1) 52

by Sockatume (#47944539) Attached to: Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

Apple's been using Gorilla Glass in the iPhone since day one; arguably they're the reason why it's commercialised at all, given that it was still a lab project when they started investigating Corning as a supplier. They're such a big customer that Corning's shares fell when the implausible rumours of sapphire-covered iPhones started appearing.

Comment: Re:Repair (Score 4, Interesting) 52

by Sockatume (#47944389) Attached to: Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

The price of smartphones seem to have revived that culture to an extent here in the UK; phone repair shops started springing up like crazy by 2009 and now even my local cobbler has staff trained to do simple phone jobs. Most of the standalone places do PC and console repair, and customisations too. Admittedly, my handset came back from the cobbler scratched on the inside of the glass and with bits of leather and boot polish stuck in the corners, but you can't argue with a £15 fix over a £150 Apple Store replacement.

And yet, I have to ask around a bunch to find a guy that does professional-grade tool-sharpening. Go figure.

Comment: Re:"Affluent and accomplished" is not the criterio (Score 1) 172

by Sockatume (#47944191) Attached to: Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

It has certain connotations, though; I don't think I've ever heard someone describe, say, the Kardasians as affluent. Rich, yes. Affluent? No. People like this company's founder, people who work in classical music, those are the people you reserve hundred-dollar words like "affluent for".

Comment: "Affluent and accomplished" is not the criterion (Score 4, Interesting) 172

by Sockatume (#47943769) Attached to: Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

It's rich people. Let's just put that down in here in black and white. A nine-thousand-dollar entry fee doesn't test for your contributions to medicine or the arts, or whether you've taken your hard-earned wealth and invested it in a nice brownstone filled to the brim with the best contemporary art has to offer. That $9000 bouncer will be just as happy to let in every reality TV star, pop artist, flash-in-the-pan record producer, and fleetingly-wealthy action movie screenwriter.

And if you think that a $9000 fee is going to stop somebody from registering just so they can grab all your "private" communications and put them up on the public web, you have seriously underestimated human puckishness.

Comment: Re:WTF (Score 1) 322

by Sockatume (#47936057) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

In which way? Microsoft and Google were each investigated for exploiting their monopoly position (Google has ~95% search share in Europe; Microsoft had a similar share in OS) to push a product (servers, ads) in a manner which reduced competition. As we keep being reminded, Apple has nothing like a monopoly position in search.

An Ada exception is when a routine gets in trouble and says 'Beam me up, Scotty'.

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