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Comment Re:Tradeoffs (Score 1) 435

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 Would they sell? (Score 1) 241

Imagine you're an ISP who paid your congressperson to vote for this law. Someone wants to use your freshly-purchased law to embarrass you and your law vendor.

If I were in that position, I would tell Search Internet History, "Sorry, we don't sell that." (At first, and then when I later got caught selling it to others, it'd become a more combative "Sorry, we don't sell that to you.")

Comment One pro of e-mail (Score 1) 111

E-mail has this one thing going for it that it is standard-compliant. So you can pick and choose which client program(s) you want to use to access your messages. Many of these clients are free. And You must have a very niche platform that doesn't have some sort of e-mail client.

Comment Re:Several things (Score 1) 189

It can't be dead due to the enormous security risk, because the industry has supposedly accepted proprietary EME "content decryption modules." The one aspect of Flash that really mattered is still with us; it's just theoretically smaller (provided people abstain from installing the ones that will have them join botnets, mine bitcoins, etc).

Comment Re:It's all about the battery (Score 1) 90

The manufacturers think we care more about water resistance than replaceable batteries.

And they care more about water resistance since it impacts warranty costs and dissatisfaction more than battery longevity.

Besides, the live cycle is assumed to be 2 years. The OS itself moves so much in 2 years that 'old' phones are a liability.

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'No Turning Back' on Brexit as Article 50 Triggered (bbc.com) 435

An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: Britain's departure from the European Union is "an historic moment from which there can be no turning back," Theresa May has told MPs. The prime minister said it was a "unique opportunity" to "shape a brighter future" for the UK. She was speaking after Britain's EU ambassador formally triggered the two year countdown to the UK's exit by handing over a letter in Brussels. It follows June's referendum which resulted in a vote to leave the EU. In a statement in the Commons, the prime minister said: "Today the government acts on the democratic will of the British people and it acts too on the clear and convincing position of this House." She added: "The Article 50 process is now under way and in accordance with the wishes of the British people the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union."

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