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Comment Re: They're already doing that to an extent (Score 1) 94

The US and UK have something similar. Automation and biometrics have been going on for years at our country's borders. For island nations it's basically impossible for most people to enter/exit the country anonymously. I'm not sure what the critics are whinging about in this case because they do seem a little late to or detached from the game.

Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 300

So many macbook owners have been waiting 5-6 years screaming for new tech and apple is failing to deliver.

Should have bought a MacBook Pro ;) I've got a 17in MBP that's over five years old, and it's still an awesome machine. I do all my Lightroom work in it for instance. I've also got an old MBP that turns nine next month - it's still good for email, browsing and playing music, but I'm beginning to think an SSD would have been a good upgrade a couple of years ago!. These Macs can last for a long time, which is why 16GB seems way too little for a new machine.

Comment Re: Envy is one of the seven deadly sins (Score 1) 408

There's already high speed operated by Thalys from Brussels to Paris, so maybe already enough capacity? Or perhaps it's the same problem faced by DB when it comes to running trains from Cologne to London: too many different national rail standards and requirements. It seems to me that the EU hasn't done too good a job of extending the single market to rail (yet), although this becomes prohibitively expensive where there are differences in things like loading gauge.

Comment Re: Mind blowing (Score 2) 343

COM came with cross language ABI compatibility; separation of interface and implementation. From this perspective it was a very practical and useful technology. It got pretty damn complicated with ATL and I worked somewhere that created lots of custom objects defined in C++ rather than IDL derived from Microsoft ActiveX controls, but that's a different story. It remains a useful technology on Windows that sometimes makes integration of components from different places easy, especially if you've only got a legacy 32-bit library and want to use it in a 64-bit app.

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