#ShowerThoughts: one simple way to reduce the flood of #eWaste would be to say to vendors, you can't sell new computers (including anything that runs an OS) in our country without a 10 year full replacement guarantee, or more. That way hardware companies would have an incentive to make devices that last, and provide at least 10 years of software updates.
> thats a long time to produce parts for older appliances.
Maybe, but it's also a good incentive to:
* make parts as durable as possible
* standardize parts as much as possible, so the same parts can be used across multiple generations of devices
* make devices modular, so when the least durable parts fail they don't force replacement of still working parts too
* allow third parties to manufacture spares and perform repairs, to defray the costs of honouring the guarantee
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