Posted Sep 19, 2012 14:18 UTC (Wed) by corbet
In reply to: Subscriber links
Parent article: The coming robot apocalypse
That is, in fact, exactly what they do; the links never break, they just cease to be relevant. (If you look at a subscriber link URL, you'll see that it has the original article number in it so the redirect can be done without us having to actually remember that the special link ever existed).
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