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  •  also that the computers are not designed to last. (9+ / 0-)

    The typical replacement cycle for a laptop is about 4 years.  The typical replacement cycle for a cellphone is 18 months.

    Compare to the replacement cycle of Bell telephones, which was 40 years.

    Bottom line is, we could have computer equipment that's built like Bell telephones.  The technology has reached an effective plateau to where further improvements have no effect on the user or the stuff that the system is being used for.  At this point the manufacturers could compete on ruggedness and reliability.  If they wanted to.  

    And they might, if the buying public demanded it.

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 01:51:38 PM PST

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