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Comment Re:Terrible Idea (Score 1) 248

This is a TERRIBLE IDEA!..... the manufacturer will close all authorized service in that state. Require shipping the device out of state for repair. They could go as far as requiring shipping out of the US for repair.

What BS. There will always be a proportion of the population who will be prepared to pay more for an authorised dealer repair. I have a top-of-the range Pentax camera needing repair. In the UK there is no restriction on anyone repairing a camera but I still took it to a Pentax authorised repairer. But I repair my own cars and computers.

There are some good reasons why an authorised repairer should cost more than an unauthorised one, such as having attended the manufacturer's training course. There are also some no-good reasons : I approaced an "authorised repairer" for my phone (listed as such on the phone maker's website) and it transpired that they were not even aware that they were one. I guess some previous manager had paid the maker for the right to say they were one, and there was nothing more to it than that.

I bought something. It stopped working. It had to be shipped to China for warranty repair. It wasn't expensive and I threw it out. Lesson learned.

WTF has that got to do with this discussion?

Comment Re:xWare reverting (Score 1) 248

Since this would require 2 copies of the OS and firmware to be stored in the unit (which will have to be stored somewhere that won't be overwritten accidentally), this will just bump the price up.

Of course it does not have to be stored in the unit. In any case storage is cheap, an my laptop does have a restore/repair partition as it happens.

This is a technical site you are posting to. Don't insult our intelligence.

Comment Re:Lease model work around? (Score 1) 248

I would honestly be happy to trade able-to-repair for free-repair rules on a lot of things that I am just not competent or equipped to repair with or without a manual.

It would not be "free", it would be in the cost of the lease. Hiring/leasing things more than occasionally costs far more than owning them, unless you are the sort of person who is forever busting things and cannot repair them (which characteristics usually go together). The leaser also controls what you get, which in the case of IT equipment will include adverts constantly stuffed down your throat (to "enrich" your experinece).

Comment Reduce, Reuse, Recycle [but not Repair] (Score 1) 248

The US Government (the UK's too) says "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" to save the planet.

Conspicuous by its absence is "Repair", despite the fact that it would have made a nice 4th "R". A lot of the problem is that politicians are the sort of people (PPE graduates mostly) who have never repaired anything in their lives and regard repairing as doing something dodgy and disreputable

This is how politicians see DiY repairs

Comment Re:Needs to be handled differently, IMO .... (Score 1) 135

King_TJ wrote :

I actually had some of my most enjoyable dates with women I met on Craigslist personals -- where half the time, they didn't even share a photo. I just went by what they wrote and how they wrote it, to determine if they seemed intelligent, relatively honest, and if we had some things in common.

I gave up looking for "ideal" profiles (same interests etc) because I found that the more "ideal" they sounded the less likely they were to respond. As you said :-

When I put in the effort to really read through detailed profiles, compare "compatibility percentages" based on tests we both took, and contact people who shared mutual interests and beliefs.... I generally got no response at all.

In the end I did not worry if "they seemed intelligent, relatively honest" etc and I just contacted those which were (1) shorter than me (I'm a guy); (2) 0-8 years younger then me; (3) reasonably near to me ( I was in a big city anyway); and (4) not ugly in their photo if there was one. That way I met some girls from utterly different backgrounds from mine (including, believe it or not, an ex- Playboy Club Bunny Girl, but she was not as hot as that might sound) and found that whether we clicked or not was orthogonal to commonalities on paper. I never expected nor wanted an intellectual sparring partner.

Comment Re:Marketing slowly sneaking up on common sense? (Score 1) 129

This. What I find hilarious is I buy an item online, let's use the new router ....... for the next 3-4 months I will see only adds for that item I'm happily using at home now.

You are lucky. 6 months ago I signed up a spamming company to a website for Thai Brides. Now ads for Thai brides keep popping on my screen. I have to shield the screen from my wife.

Comment Re:Maybe people are oversaturated (Score 1) 129

The advertisers would disagree..

Sure the advertisers disagree, or they'd fire themselves.

A few brands in the past thought this and stopped advertising. "People" forget quickly - and even more quickly when a competitor keeps advertising.

Not necessarily. For example in the UK (and maybe the World) Stihl is the best brand of outdooor machinery. But I have never seen an advert for Stihl in the media. Yet they dominate the professional market because of their reputation which people do not "forget".

1 - People are born and people die.

Adverts are not the only way that people learn of a brand. They learn from other users, reviews on the web (amateur and profesional) and simply Googling for makers' web sites. If I want to buy a camera I would Google for "cameras" and find the web sites for Nikon, Canon etc. I don't think anyone is complaining about advertising in the form of makers' websites describing their range of stuff.

2 - People who do use XYZ product are likely to use more or choose a specific brand if they are constantly exposed to it. Think "Bud/Coors/XYZ light please" at the bar. You are more likely to choose something that is "top of mind" and advertising keeps it top of mind.

Nope. Talking beer, what is top of my mind is the beer I like. I've tried many beers and II prefer London Pride - but never seen it advertised.

Comment Re:CTR was NEVER a good metric (Score 1) 129

[the advert] crosses the threshold into annoyance status. In which case the target is irritated by the brand, and actively or passively avoid it.


Some brands I avoid (in the UK) because of annoying ads - Karcher (pressure washing kit), Quality Street (chocolates), Microsoft (lots of other reasons to avoid them too), GoCompare (insurance), Blackthorn (cider).

Knowing how expensive advertising is, if a brand is heavily advertised I know that less money is going on the quality of the product itself.

Comment Re:Charge? (Score 1) 382

Buses go through predictable routes

Bus routes go everywhere, but there's one very key differences between busses and cars. Have you ever seen a bus park at a local service station?

Actually, I have. I live in an area in South Wales that is fairly remote from a bus depot. I think some buses are stabled locally and have seen them filling in my local Tescos' filling station.

Comment Re:Just like the flying car too eh? (Score 2) 382

Cities should seriously look into electrifying heavily used bus routes.

Er ... no. "heavily used bus routes" tend to have several services along the same road. Sometimes a slow-filling bus on one service needs to be overtaken by another on a different service that does not need to be at the bus stop for so long. That is not possible if they are all trolley buses (overhead catenary buses as you refer to them).

I remember trolley buses in London. They mostly ran on routes in suburbia in radial directions so they did not cross or share any road with each other. Where they shared a road with other services, those others were diesel buses. All a bit limiting.

Comment Re:Apparently this will not be. . . (Score 2) 557

until the various Linux communities figure out how to make their software work as easily as either of the big boys, which means running real programs such as Photoshop ....

Unless, highly unlikely, Adobe were to release the source code for Photoshop, that is not possible for the Linux community to "figure out". Only Adobe could do that.

Comment Re:bad Desktop Environment (Score 1) 557

Microsoft spends lots of money to make all sorts of peripherals ... work.

No Microsoft don't. It is the peripheral makers who spend the money and effort to make their stuff work in Windows; they do not always bother to do that for Linux. All Microsoft need to do is sit on their arse and let it happen.

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