Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Nov 2009 20:45 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Now this is an interesting case. Late last week news got out that Apple is refusing to repair machines still under AppleCare from customers who smoke, citing health risks from second-hand smoke. Wait, what?
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Nonsense. Repair charges especially labor are often computed based on averages. If Apple can show that on average smoker's machine fail more often than non-smoker's they do not have to justify an extra charge for an individual machine. Presumably even working on a smoker's machine releases carcinogenic particles to the repair shop environment requiring better air filtration, more frequent cleaning, etc. Just ask a hotel about their extra expenses to maintain smoker's rooms.

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