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Condor
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Making electronics more difficult to repair with security fasteners and ultrasonically welded plastic nightmares and what have you.. what's the point? The argument from manufacturers is that "users don't want to get in there anyway". But, it's not like even if they could, they'd want to, right? Which type of person that doesn't know electronics very well and has an interest in repairing it would go and look at a board, and say "this is how it works, this and that is broken and this is how it should be repaired"? Not many users can repair their own devices regardless. So why? To preserve IP? Not like the Chinese bootleggers care about that. To preserve sales? Users can't repair their stuff anyway. To keep those who want to peek inside out, just for the hell of it? Anyone determined enough will be willing to break it in the process anyway.

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  • 10
    Ahhh, for the days of vacuum tubes and soldering irons. I love the smell of flux in the morning...
  • 3
    Look up modern vintage gamer on YouTube and watch his videos on how security was broken on some game consoles, some of the shady hardware DRM companies put in is mental
  • 2
    It sometimes makes production easier. But for the most part I don't understand either
  • 1
    What about upgradeability? If you can't put in more ram/an ssd you'll probably buy a new device sooner.

    Even if the normal user may can't repair/upgrade on their own, they'll either know someone or go to a repair shop to have it done.
  • 1
    Ironically theres a recent rant about apple. I think I know who propagates this BS and theres a specific group of people that cant stop throwing money at them for doing so. Others are just taking notes, everyone wants their own "genius bar"
  • 2
    Usually it is done to keep costs down, that way you can compete against other manufacturers and stay in business.

    I had a devil of a job finding a torch held together with screws, as ever torch I ever got in the past, the switch would break at some point, and I couldn't take it apart to fix it. (Some I hacksawed but usually it was then difficult to put them back together again..)

    I got some on Ebay new, though its a model they no longer make..

    When I get into physical production of items in the future, I intend to make them fully user-repairable, and include online repair manuals, and diagrams/etc. so users have all the information they could need.
  • 2
    Have you compared the prices of repairs by the vendors themselves (outside of warranty) and independent repair shops?

    For most devices there is a vast difference.
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