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Comment: Re:Finally someone decides to do something (Score 2) 440

by sjames (#47960647) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

That's more or less my feeling on it. Perhaps an early fork will afford the opportunity to assert a proper design on the thing and salvage a win. Some of the individual features of systemd are good in themselves and I believe most of the cons can be fixed with a proper design.

Comment: Re:Repair (Score 1) 53

by sjames (#47951461) Attached to: Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

I keep seeing things with several regular screws and one a funky type (security torx and such), If they want to make it tamper evident, put a dot of acrylic on the screw,

Then there's clips that will snap together to make a tight fit exactly once. And of course the stupid plastic rivets.

I have no idea what devices you are seeing.

Comment: Re:Repair (Score 1) 53

by sjames (#47949721) Attached to: Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

So you're claiming it is somehow cheaper to produce 10,000 desk fans with 3 phillips head screws and one security head crew epoyed in than it is to produce the same run of fans with 4 phillips screws?

You claim the parts are interchangable on the assembly line but somehow not on the repair bench?

Or are you claiming somehow that it's cheaper to have employees assemble random piles of parts in bespoke fashion than it is to have them putting the same parts in the same place every time?

Comment: Re:Repair (Score 1) 53

by sjames (#47948827) Attached to: Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

On the other hand, there are plenty of LCD monitors thrown away even though a $25 CFL and 10 minutes could have it up and running if you could get the right CFL.

And don't forget that the time to go get a new whatever isn't free either. Some problems can be fixed in less time than it takes to buy a new one if it's reasonably made to be repaired.

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