They already build their products to last at least 2 years, otherwise they wouldn't have been offering extended warranties that cover out to 2 years.
This has nothing to do with warranties.
This is about requiring manufacturers to take responsibility for selling faulty products.
If someone sells me thousands of dollars worth of electronics and it fails after 12 months (or even a few years) of normal use, they've sold me a faulty product and should either repair or replace it. Even you free market extremists should be able to get your heads around that.
I've pulled the "Consumer Protection Laws" card a couple of times already in the last few years, each time to have home appliances either repaired or replaced after they failed outside the warranty period. Two years and four years, respectively, are not acceptable lifetimes for a microwave and a washing machine.
This organization has proven that they have no regard at all for the law. One of the fuckers actually told a reporter a few days ago that he thinks the first amendment should be "revised" to make the NSA's job easier.
NSA apparatchiki have committed billions of felonies, and continue to do so as we speak. The only remedy that will make them stop is to disband them altogether.
I remember Intel doing something like this back in the days of the 386, except without the energy savings.
Actually it was Pentium [wikipedia.org] which was a precursor for these processors.
Near enough... he was saving mental energy by settling for the approximately correct answer.
I opened up my MacBook and it informed me that XCode 5 was available and "would I like to update it?" Sure, why not? Well, I can tell you why not. XCode 5 made software written in previous version not work!
Yep, I learned that lesson with Xcode 3 and Xcode 4. (Or was it even worse, between Xcode 4.1 and 4.2 or something like that?)
Never update Xcode to a new version until you're ready to support a new version of iOS!
Newer versions of Xcode flat-out remove support for older iOS versions and Apple pulls the older SDKs from download. You can still find dubiously legal downloads of the older SDKs, but you can't target old devices.
Which is great, because originally the app I was working on was targeting iOS 5 on an iPad 1, and whatever the update was, it forced us to iOS 6. Oops - went to go to revert to an earlier version Xcode, and you can't! Because it's only available through the App Store, you can't get older versions anywhere. (And as said above, you can't just download the older SDK and use it with the new Xcode, because they pull those, too.)
So now I have a useless iPad sitting around my office that can't be used for anything. I'm pretty sure you're not even allowed to install apps that used to work on iOS 5 on it any more if they've ever been updated. It's just a useless hunk of no-longer supported hardware wasting desk space.
But, yeah, lesson learned: never update Xcode! Small patches (like a 0.0.x upgrade) are probably OK, but when the major or minor version changes, expect to be forced to drop devices or rewrite code.
The app my company develops is dropping iOS support in the next version. iOS is different enough to make UI improvements a pain to keep compatible.
Has that agency you work for quit pulling this kind of shit?
because of epa your air and water is cleaner,
Bullshit. Our air and water are cleaner because the public started to care about it. Giving Nixon's second biggest mistake credit for that is like giving a flea credit for the dog.
Only in the US would someone compare government funding of higher education to the Soviet Union.
Both empires made academia serve their rulers. Are you seriously claiming otherwise?
It's alright for you to dismiss a whole group with some stupid 'lefties' tag
Reading comprehension isn't your long suit. What I said is that American academia is lousy with lefties, not that it is composed entirely of lefties.
whatever the fuck that means today
It means people who advocate expanding governmental power over the economy.
No, this is way too big for a dead cat bounce. Over 600 now.
Looks like BITC is recovering fast. 585 USD as I write this.
If you imagine that I'm a supporter of the cronyism that banks and other corporations consider business as usual, then you know absolutely nothing about me. Academia is the subject at hand, not banking.
your hatred of academia
Guess again. I want nothing more than to see academia liberated from government control. Today, US higher-ed institutions are fully in government thrall, just like all the universities in the Soviet Union.