Please restore the redundant "comments" link at the bottom of the summary. If I decide after reading the summary that it's worth reading the comments, it's annoying to have to scroll back if the top link has already scrolled past.
I always thought engineering was about finding one of many possible reasonable solutions. There's almost never a One Right Way ("Fast/good/cheap -- pick two." "Perfect is the enemy of Good Enough."...)
What my insurance company does is to send a check for the depreciated value of the stolen items. I would then have up to a year to buy replacements. After showing proof, the insurance company would then send me another check to cover the difference. Makes sense if I choose not to replace any stolen items.
I was on a Cathay Pacific flight a couple of years ago when the in-flight entertainment system (video on demand, music, games) got stuck. I told the attendant and he said he would reset it. The screen went blank and then showed what was clearly a Linux console boot sequence (complete with penguin logo).
I have the first generation 1080p DLP from Samsung (HLR series). It has its rough spots -- no 1080p input over HDMI (only VGA), 1:1 pixel setting needs to be set in Service Menu at every power up -- but it it's still working well and I can't really justify getting rid of it yet. I replaced the bulb once because it was getting dim. I replaced the color wheel after it shattered but the replacement was about $100 and the procedure wasn't too complicated.