Linked by Scott Cabana on Thu 2nd Dec 2004 20:18 UTC
Editorial A couple of days ago, I read an interesting article by Kevin Kostis about how complex computer systems are and how they have a long way to go. I have to partly agree with his assessment, however a lot of folks don't take the time to learn about there own investment.
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Re: nonamenobody
by dpi on Fri 3rd Dec 2004 16:18 UTC

In the UK we have a TV program called "house of horrors" where they create a very simple, common problem with (say) the central heating boiler. Then they call a dodgy repair man and secretly film him as identifies the real problem in seconds and then creates false problem which will be much more costly to fix (espescially when you count the 200% markup on parts he charges on parts (which you don't need in the first place)). If you don't want to learn basic maintenance and repair and you get stiffed by one of these guys, who do you have to blame but yourself?

Interesting (very interesting posts anyway). There's 2 aspects in this though: 1 is material, 1 is knowledge. If you're able to find out what's wrong in such situation, then you still need the material. Material, as opposed to software, cannot be copied for free since it costs money to build each part. This is where material is fundamentally different than software (which is, if i may add, a reason why some car analogies are flawed).

Cars, computers and their parts are build in massive amounts to save costs. Sometimes, you cannot simply DIY and save both time and money (say car spare parts) but with other material its so cheap (oil or a screw) that you can. Imagine the time, knowledge and money it costs to build your refrigator or car. You gotta get something back from that huge investment. It could be a huge satisfaction because you managed to make it, because you learned, because you had to for study, because you invented something new, because you'd like to build a business on this -- but all these reasons don't count for most people.