Posted Sep 18, 2011 9:12 UTC (Sun) by giraffedata
In reply to: "throwaway" devices
Parent article: LPC: Coping with hardware diversity
I have the same innate feeling of waste when a piece of hardware I paid for goes to the landfill. But then I apply logic, and I realize that our most valuable resources are ones that don't occupy landfills when they are spent, and those are the resources we're trying to save by abandoning hardware to the landfill.
In other words, the device that is amortized over two years and then goes to the landfill really is less wasteful than the one that is amortized over 10 years.
The simplest application I find of this is the old equipment that still works, but I send to the landfill and replace because the cost of disposal and replacement is less than the cost of the extra electricity it takes to run it. But it also works for more complex resources like human labor and discomfort.
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