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Comment Re:Scotland just announced a post-Brexit independe (Score 1) 400

Whoops, sorry. I should have said they're sick of the English.

Also, won't Scots always be "Brits", no matter what? Scotland will always be part of both "Great Britain" (an island) and "the British Isles" (the group of islands which includes GB). Or is "Brit" in this context a demonym only for a citizen of the UK?

Naming in the British Isles is really, really confusing. (For example, is "Ireland" a country, or an island? It's both! And they're not the same, because the statement "Northern Ireland is part of Ireland" is simultaneously true and false.)

Comment Re:Most of the alternatives he describes... (Score 1) 100

As I pointed out before, stuff like this just won't work. It doesn't matter how good it is technically, you can't get entrenched incumbents (like Apple that you mention) to adopt it, and without a critical mass, it fails. One company won't adopt it because they can't get vendor lock-in, another because they can't easily make money on it somehow, etc. For instance, why would the carriers want to adopt this, when they're making huge profits off of SMS messages now?

The only way stuff like this gets adopted is if it's forced on them somehow, and they really don't have a choice. Either some hugely powerful government forces them to adopt it, or it gets so much grassroots adoption that it becomes a de-facto standard. See web standards for the latter (everyone hated IE6 so much that they adopted Firefox/Chrome in such large numbers that web devs were forced to follow actual standards, and MS was then forced to follow suit. And this largely happened because of Chrome, which was made by Google, whose incentive was inserting spyware into the browser).

At this point, I really don't see what could force the big email providers (namely Google and MS) to adopt a new standard. It also doesn't help that so many businesses use Outlook, and frequently not the very latest version, so upgrading to a new standard isn't as easy as just hitting F5 on your browser as it is with a webmail system, though a fallback to SMTP would alleviate that, plus if enough large businesses really liked what Email2.0 had to offer (built-in encryption, etc.), they might willingly adopt new email clients just to get those features, though that's pretty hard to believe considering how stuck they've been on Outlook/Exchange for so many years, but if MS supported it quickly that would probably lead to quick overall adoption. But I don't see that happening because MS has a *long* history of hating open standards unless they can "embrace and extend" them to get vendor lock-in.

Comment Re:Tradeoffs (Score 1) 400

The Brits may well elect to ask the EU whether it takes them back on 20 years or so. Of course, they will suffer pretty badly in the meantime and they will have to struggle to meet the acceptance criteria. Alternatively, they can go the Swiss route: Agreements where it counts, but no vote in what the EU does. For a rich, small country like Switzerland, that works well. For the Brits, not so much.

Comment It also sucks your cap (Score 1) 186

[H*R's and Weebl's] solution was to put the toons on youtube for HTML5 compliance. It works, but it kills their easter eggs.

The size penalty of rendering the vectors to pixels also kills viewers' monthly download quotas.

Comment Re:But can it app apps? (Score 1) 186

and coding is annoying if I don't plug in an external keyboard.

I figured that much. But there are people in Slashdot's comment section who claim that a tablet with a USB or Bluetooth keyboard could replace most or all uses of those 10" laptops that were sold from 2008 to 2012, including lightweight programming.

Comment Re:Scottish independence (Score 1) 400

The country called Ireland is independent. You are referring to Northern Ireland, which is a contituent part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

But the country Ireland is not entirely independent, it's a constituent part of the island Ireland, which is composed of two countries, Ireland (the country), and Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom), the former being a country and not an island, though it's located on an island by the same name. Furthermore, Ireland (the country), while independent of the UK (which includes Northern Ireland (the country), is a constituent part of the EU, which will very soon not include the UK, nor the entirety of Ireland (the island).

I feel like a character in a Monty Python movie....

Comment Re:Scottish independence (Score 1) 400

Would it still be "Great" Britain if it was just England and Wales?

Your question makes zero sense actually.

"Great Britain" is not a country. It's an island. It has 3 countries on it, England, Wales, and Scotland. It will always be "Great Britain", regardless of any political divisions, unless 1) it sinks into the ocean, 2) some wacky geological process causes it to merge with continental Europe (not likely, the English Channel is actually rather shallow and used to be dry land not that long ago), or 3) people for some reason simply stop calling it "Great Britain" and call it by some other name.

The name of the country you're thinking of is "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". Really a rather ridiculous name IMO. It's usually shortened to "United Kingdom". If Scotland leaves, I don't really see why they'd be forced to change the name; it doesn't specify that the UK occupies the entirety of GB, just that it's largely located there, which won't change with Scexit. However, if Northern Ireland also decides to leave this sinking ship, then they really will be forced to change the long-form version of their name. But it'll still be called "UK" for short, even though the union only composes two countries (England and Wales), plus some other territories (Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Gibraltar, etc.).

What'd be really interesting is if Wales also decided to secede. It's unlikely of course, since the graphs I saw showed very strong support for Brexit in Wales, but suppose they all changed their minds and managed to secede. Then there really wouldn't be anything that could properly called "The United Kingdom", since a union of one political entity really doesn't make sense. I suppose they could hang onto it out of nostalgia, or try to argue that the various Shires are united, or that the presence of territories like Isle of Man still make it a "union", but it's pretty weak, but they can call themselves whatever they like. But at that point it'd make more logical sense to just call themselves "England".

Comment Re:Lack of privacy (Score 3, Informative) 100

Comcast can't insert ads into email you read on a webmail platform like GMail, thanks to it being https protected. Of course, the webmail provider (like Google) could insert their own ads, but at least there you have a choice of provider and can change if you want. You can even set up your own webmail system with squirrelmail on your own server.

Comment Re:Most of the alternatives he describes... (Score 3, Insightful) 100

The problem is getting everyone (or even a critical mass) to adopt it. Email was created back in a time when academia was running the internet, and wasn't interested in marketshare, profits, vendor lock-in, etc. It became universally adopted, and then when the internet became commercialized email was a necessity so the corporations had to adopt it or else be irrelevant. Now it's not like that. The corps won't adopt any kind of open, universal standard on anything (look at the mess that exists with IM protocols: open ones are shut down in favor of closed, proprietary ones). Google could create an open standard for email 2.0, and Microsoft and Yahoo will refuse to adopt it, for instance, and without support in MS Exchange/Outlook/OWA, it won't go far. MS could make email 2.0, but of course their version is going to be vendor-locked somehow and require license fees from others to implement.

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