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Comment EU science programs open to non-members (Score 2) 517

It is possible to take part in EU science programs and funding like Horizon 2020 without strictly being an EU member. For example, Switzerland used to participate in such programs almost the same way member states do (including receiving funding, but of course also by funding it itself).

Unfortunately, the EU really likes using such programs to put pressure to non-member states for completely unrelated negotiations, and as a result has recently excluded Switzerland from Horizon 2020. I wouldn't be surprised if they used the same tactics also against the UK in the future.

Comment Re:How is Norway going to know? (Score 2) 245

Does it need to? It seems tax systems based on self-reporting and trust can work quite well (provided the taxes are reasonably low and people have a say in how the money is spent, as it should be in any democracy). For example, tax fraud is assumed to be low in Switzerland compared to its neighbor states despite the government having no way to know whether people self-report correctly.

Comment Silverlight *does* patch automatically ... (Score 5, Informative) 153

From the related MS13-022 security bulletin: "Most customers have automatic updating enabled and will not need to take any action because this security update will be downloaded and installed automatically. "

Unless you're one of those "smart" people that use windows but disable windows update ...

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