#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.
@Skypilot most crowdfunded tech depends on generic parts made by upstream manufacturers. Companies who mostly assemble off-the-shelf stuff are the customers of their upstream and could pass on the guarantee obligations on their components. But mostly hardware designers and manufacturers would have a powerful incentive to.stop doing #PlannedObsolescence and stuff would get more durable all round.
@strypey @Skypilot firstly I don't think it would stop innovation as much as it would stop stupid cash-grabs and reskinned existing products. Like that blender thing that got Silicon Valley all in a bother.
Forcing maintenance onto manufacturers only means they have to think through their entire production line instead of throwing stuff on the market and not caring what happens.
@strypey @Skypilot and secondly, does every kick-started product idea deserve to exist? I don't think it does. People who are truly innovative will not be stopped by these rules, and maybe what the world needs is innovation in the area of sustainability and repairability instead of how many RFID chips you can pack into a thing or how much machine learning buzzwords you can come up with.
It's safe to say you and I have diametrically opposed views on this matter. Tax funding as a concept is a fantastic idea. This doesn't mean that all government spending is wise. Similarly to Kickstarter. Great concept, doesn't mean all the projects are great.
Opposing the concept because you don't like some implementations is foolish at best.
> when you said "property" you meant "real estate".
Yes. I think that's pretty clear from the opening quote (from #Proudhon). I can't think of a way that "owning" one's own body could be theft ;) BTW Proudhon also said "property is freedom", when applied to personal belongings, a right of occupation in a home, use of a workplace etc. In case you're interested, #JamesCorbett podcasted Proudhon's book 'What is Property':
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