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Comment No we don't need to plan for a future without jobs (Score 1) 917

We just need to plan for a future with different sorts of jobs. The exact same thing was said about other labour-saving equipment that was introduced into industry in the past. Probably one of the first American examples was the Cotton Gin. That actually lead to an increase in employment (of slave labour).

As most of us on here are well aware, computers need to be programmed before they will do anything, and they have a tendency to break and require maintenance. More computers means more jobs for slashdotters doing these sorts of things. Also there will be more work on product design and development, as if you can get a computer to deliver the actual product, you can easily do a lot more variations on what you offer, and that will be how you differentiate from competitors.

Comment Re: Guardian?! (Score 4, Insightful) 259

German banks want financial services to be a larger part of their economy. They already ask why the main interbank clearing house for Euro transactions is in London, when the UK isn't in the Eurozone. They will now ask even more why it is in a country that isn't even part of the EU.

Comment Re:Don't Panic (Score 3, Insightful) 535

That has happened because the situation in Northern Ireland has changed. One of the main reasons why they wanted Northern Ireland to become part of Ireland is because of the benefits than free trade and an open border with the South would bring. Being fellow members of the EU meant that they could have those benefits while still being part of the UK. After the border was opened, unemployment in Newry, a city close to the border, fell from 30% to 6%, thanks mainly to people from the South visiting the city to go shopping, and businesses being able to export their goods much more easily to the South.

Comment Re: Don't Panic (Score 1) 535

And the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland has vetoed equal marriage rights in Northern Ireland on three separate occasions now. The other big party in Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin, is known as a "republican" party, but to compare with US politics, it is more helpful to swap the labels round.

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