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By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted August 03, 2010 at 17:32:53

This kinda thing is why us doomsayers is always sayin' doom. Not that we depend on iPods, but what about

Computers, for me, represent a very double edged sword. On one hand, they represent a lot of social possibilities we've only imagined before. On the other hand, they really are mainly a way for manufacturers to con us into buying some of the most expensive per-gram machines out there, only to watch them break months or years later.

Saving half a cent or less per unit may sound like almost a bargain, but if it incapacitates the whole unit beyond the hopes of repair, it isn't. And the thing is, most of these parts - microcontrollers, diodes, solid state hard drives, lasers, screens etc are useful in a million different ways. Or at least they would be if ya could still tear 'em apart like we used to. It's such a penny-wise and pound-foolish way to go about these things, but because consumers get stuck with the bill, the corporations barely notice.

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