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Comment: Re:If anyone actually cared... (Score 1) 706

by X0563511 (#47467199) Attached to: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Because computers are made of components with standardized interconnects. You don't replace parts of a board, you replace the board. If you know what you're doing, you can repair individual components... because those parts are standardized.

That is not the case everywhere else.

Comment: Re:If anyone actually cared... (Score 1) 706

by X0563511 (#47456769) Attached to: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Sintered metal would be a lot more brittle than a cast or forged part, keep that in mind.

You could make a cast from ABS or the like, but that takes a lot of experience to pull off (and you burn out the ABS, which is hardly good for the environment if it's being done in any sort of quantity)

Comment: Re:If anyone actually cared... (Score 1) 706

by X0563511 (#47456717) Attached to: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

The simple stuff like screws, nuts, and bolts are already interchangeable. Go to the hardware store and look around - notice all the standard sizing and threading. Sure, you might have to cut one to a shorter length, but that's hardly a game-breaker.

It's the non-standard stuff that makes machine A do job A while machine B does job B, that gets costly to keep parts in stock. Of course, the manufacturer should have a supply of parts themselves to respond to increased demand, and having just a bit more of that than normal to handle repair orders wouldn't cost them that much more than they already spend...

A CONS is an object which cares. -- Bernie Greenberg.

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