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Hold your horses: Ireland, north and south are also using  these "type G" plugs, along with Scotland and Wales, who might have very well split from England if things continue to devolve at this rate.

Even on the continent, there are two main standards for outlets (essentially French and German), but German and French engineers have sat at a table decades ago to specify a power cord compatible with both types of outlets. This power cord type has been used all over Europe for donkey's years now.

* Swiss exception may apply.

by Bernard on Sat Feb 2nd, 2019 at 11:10:29 AM EST
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Yep, Ireland will have to change. Apparently there was a study of what it would take to unify EU outlet standards and it was decided that it would cost many millions and take many decades to complete.

On the other hand, the laptop computer companies and the cell phone companies seem to have no problems changing their connectors every three or four years for no apparent reason...

by asdf on Sat Feb 2nd, 2019 at 03:13:14 PM EST
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You forgot about Italy....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Feb 3rd, 2019 at 12:46:43 PM EST
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LOL.
A more perversely flaky system would challenge any genius to design.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Feb 3rd, 2019 at 09:13:09 PM EST
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