The Rock is the definitive answer.
To be fair, I'm not sure that all Scots would be aware that American states have flags, which struck me as cute until I realised how big the states are.
Oh, it's binding alright. Westminster ceded the necessary legal powers regarding the nature of the union through the Edinburgh Agreement.
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.
Why are you presenting one guy's personal poll of only 2000 people as the election result? It's only got a dozen people in some of the age bins, for God's sake.
And even then the 18-25 year-olds voted no!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
I'm not sure how switching to Android is going to help you; Google Wallet is the only NFC payment system of note there, and after three years it's US-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.