Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Jul 2017 17:07 UTC
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"We must reinstate the reparability of all products put on the market," said Parliament's rapporteur Pascal Durand MEP: "We have to make sure that batteries are no longer glued into a product, but are screwed in so that we do not have to throw away a phone when the battery breaks down. We need to make sure that consumers are aware of how long the products last and how they can be repaired".

Parliament wants to promote a longer product lifespan, in particular by tackling programmed obsolescence for tangible goods and for software.

This is a very noble goal, but I am afraid that in many product segments, this ship has sailed. Does anybody honestly expect, for instance, smartphone makers to go back to screwed cases and removable batteries? I would love if they did, but I just don't see it happening.

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ThomasFuhringer
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2007-01-25

Sheltered rich kids do not appreciate the value of freedom because they have not experienced what it is like to have lost it.
Freedom has to be defended every day from all sorts of mafiosi trying to take it away from you.

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