I was talking with someone who recently dined out and they said the couple next to them were constantly texting away on their phones through their whole meal, not talking at all. I suggested that maybe they were texting each other. So if the data stops, we might have to start talking more. EETimes would possilby turn into the EEPub, a pub that serves beer and is a gathering place for EE's the world over to discuss...sports and stuff. :) This pub would probably be in England, since they are well known for their pubs.
True story: I was out one night with an English friend of mine who at some point mentioned the multi-volume leather-bound set of English cookbooks he had bought for his wife. I literally laughed out loud and asked why it required so many volumes to say "get a piece of meat and boil it beyond recognition." Or option two: "Go out for a curry." He didn't think it was funny, but we're still friends :)
Max, for a people that allegedly don't plan the French do some things very well --
1) One of only two airliners flying with more than one million hours fatality free is French-Canadian -- the Bombardier-Canadair CL-700 series and it's stretched variants -- the other is the Boeing 717 which was the last of the old Douglas DC-9 series- work of a Scottish American's legacy.
2) Commercial Nuclear Power -- no other country has this down to the point where they are built on assembly lines --- Here in the US, like the UK things are done on-site and every one is different from the next -- even from the same vendor for the same base model.