[ExI] I Miss The King of Extropia

Tara Maya tara at taramayastales.com
Thu Jul 21 21:45:54 UTC 2016

Perhaps as we switch to a Maker economy, recycling can occur right at the household level, as things are tossed back into a decomposer, and then a new gadget is ordered up to be made along a new design downloaded from whatever designer or company one fancies. 


> On Jul 21, 2016, at 9:44 AM, William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com> wrote:
> dave  There's an interesting article in The New Yorker about LED "light bulbs" and planned obsolescence:
> ​It was, oh, about 30 years ago or so that my local electronics fixit guy told me to hang on the my electronic products like my microwave, and fix them as long as they can be fixed because they were putting cheaper parts into even the top of the line models.  I have a power amp whose transformer weighs more than several new receivers  - about 40 pounds.  It will live a lot longer than I will.​  McIntosh.  Pay for what you get works at times.  At premium levels.
> But what can you do?  My B and D dustbuster battery gave out (my second and reconditioned one) and it will cost me $35 to replace it, more than several B and D new dustbuster models.  How to decide?
> For products like TVs, why put quality parts in them when new technology will replace it in a few years?  You'll want the newer model - bigger, better resolution, more features, and cheaper!  (BTW, Murdoch's prediction about the cost of DVDs turned out wrong.  He said that next year (which was about 2005) they would cost nothing.)  Close.  Sell the players at cost so you can sell them the software, he said.
> I wonder what a car would cost if every part were the best that it could be?  Right now we've got 'Good enough for who and what it's for.'

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