> So after a little more research I realize that it will be cheaper to
>just buy a new PC.
> How utterly absurd!
You have my deepest sympathies.
Now I'll tell you a story. My father was in the auto repair business. One
day, when I came up with the brilliant idea of (somehow) building
crashproof cars, he asked me to do a little calculation.
He had me obtain data on the number of crashes, and particularly the
number that produced total wrecks (ones that could not be fixed for a
reasonable cost - like Joshua's old PC). He also had me gather
information on the auto industry, and how many cars had to be sold to
break even, and how many had to be sold to make their current profit
It turned out that the number of cars that had to be replaced because of
crashes was almost exactly equal to the number of cars that accounted for
the profit margins of the auto industry.
If cars didn't crash, the industry wouldn't be profitable in the same way
- they'd have to come up with some other gimmick, like emissions testing
or safety stickers.
I wonder what that has to do with the PC industry not putting reset knobs
for the BIOS?
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