This is why we can't have nice things

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    References:
    The Man in the White Suit - ve42.co/Suit

    London, B. (1932). Ending the depression through planned obsolescence. - ve42.co/London32

    Slade, G. (2009). Made to break: Technology and obsolescence in America. Harvard University Press - ve42.co/madetobreak

    Krajewski, M. (2014). The great lightbulb conspiracy. IEEE spectrum, 51(10), 56-61. - ve42.co/Phoebus

    Planet Money, The Phoebus Cartel - ve42.co/PMobs

    The Light Bulb Conspiracy - de-film.com/v-video-e9xmn228HM0.html

    Special thanks to Patreon supporters: Mac Malkawi, Oleksii Leonov, Michael Schneider, Jim Osmun, Tyson McDowell, Ludovic Robillard, jim buckmaster, fanime96, Juan Benet, Ruslan Khroma, Robert Blum, Richard Sundvall, Lee Redden, Vincent, Lyvann Ferrusca, Alfred Wallace, Arjun Chakroborty, Joar Wandborg, Clayton Greenwell, Pindex, Michael Krugman, Cy 'kkm' K'Nelson, Sam Lutfi, Ron Neal

    Written by Derek Muller and Petr Lebedev
    Animation by Ivan Tello
    Filmed by Derek Muller and Raquel Nuno
    Edited by Derek Muller
    Video supplied by Getty Images

    Music by Jonny Hyman and from epidemicsound.com "Aquatic Planet", "Rhythm of Dreams", "Tread Lightly", "Unexpected Visitors", "Curved Mirrors" "Drunken Lullaby" "Fluorescent Lights"

    Thumbnail by Raquel Nuno and Karri Denise

IrishWildCard
IrishWildCard

While the LED itself will last other components will break in those.

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Andrey Khorev
Andrey Khorev

Off-topic: wow, I thought the actor at 9:50 looked familiar, went to imdb ot check... It turns out his name is Alec Guinness, some 20 years later he played Obi-Wan Kenobi...

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channelclosingastrollshave followedmeherefromwork
channelclosingastrollshave followedmeherefromwork

Ahemmm.....mobile phones 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤬🤬🤬

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Dumb Person
Dumb Person

This is why we can't have nice things Barry, you asshole!

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B L
B L

I love this film I have been making everyone watch it.

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Peter Clark
Peter Clark

Only they haven't. The modern LED light bulb that you buy in your local store is designed to fail, the LED in the "bulb" is "overdriven"', too much power is supplied to the LED and it burns out/fails way too soon. I swapped out all the lights in my home for LED lamps and I still carry the same number of "spare bulbs" as when using incandescent bulbs. They may use less power but they still have built in obsolescence. They don't want to sell you "one bulb" that will last a lifetime. They want to keep selling you new bulbs until the day you die😳. I believe that you can buy a "Philips" LED bulb that will last a lifetime but is only available in Dubai, UAE, look it up. It does exist, it's been designed to the specifications laid down by the government. I'd love to get my hands on a set of them for my home👍

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Maja Dejanovska
Maja Dejanovska

So, mandatory planned obsolescence gave us the gift that keeps on giving: piles of waste, mostly PVC, that won't ever degrade. Awesome.

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Mick Boisjoli
Mick Boisjoli

Absolesons=Ps4 controlers

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Live El
Live El

Phones are Soo easy to break and crack these days.🤔

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Gecko o
Gecko o

Well a lot of the stuff that I own would have been thrown to the garbage if I didn't fix small defects that they had that would have made them useless. its programmed obsolescence, but I discovered that it can be fixed very easily, I fixed a back pack using a lighter.

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ROBERT SERGIO BUONIS
ROBERT SERGIO BUONIS

THIS GUY SHOULD RUN FOR PRESIDENT!! "2024"

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Purvang Vasani
Purvang Vasani

Can we please get a video on lucid dreaming?

Vor 17 Stunden
Mahima Thakur
Mahima Thakur

GREAT VIDEO

Vor 17 Stunden
bluedance lilly
bluedance lilly

So are companies that make LED lights now gonna lose money since they won't sell their bulbs often? Will they run into the same issue bulb companies ran into in the 20s?

Vor 21 Stunde
Pujo Šotka
Pujo Šotka

People shouldn't be suprised about this, these are basic principles of capitalism

Vor 22 Stunden
Chief Chimp
Chief Chimp

This is why my cell phone never gets a protective case. What's the point? Keep it in mint condition until an update deems it obsolete?

Vor 23 Stunden
ANonnyMouse
ANonnyMouse

The LED's in a modern light bulb will last for decades, but the electronics they use to drive the LED's are designed to fail in a couple of years.

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Sasuke Uchiha
Sasuke Uchiha

i didnt understand the last part, why did they finally make LED bulbs last so long? Does that not harm their profit?

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DAVIANO INGLESIAS
DAVIANO INGLESIAS

😆😆A land of the free where you don't have the right to repair your own electronic gadgets

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Sofia Isabel Lagua
Sofia Isabel Lagua

Lmao I just noticed this applies to roads too

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Buscat
Buscat

Pretty misleading stuff in this video... you admit that the only reason the bulb at the fire hall lasts so long is that it's giving off almost no light, but then conveniently forget that tradeoffs exist after that. The average consumer isn't going to fix anything. This is why if you actually know how to fix stuff, you can often find things for sale for 90% off in the classifieds which only need a single several-dollar part changed out to work again. We gave consumers a choice in these things, and every time they chose to have something be 10% cheaper rather than last twice as long, to be 1mm thinner rather than have a case you can open without special tools, etc etc. But people are toddlers who want to have their cake and eat it too, so they invent these conspiracy theories.. It's kind of like how boomers spend decades buying cheap sh*t from china at wal-mart, and now they're blaming some conspiracy for the death of american manufacturing.. like no, you idiots chose this.

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Frank Lucas
Frank Lucas

just about everything is engineered obselecence. beginning with automobiles.

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Rob Johnson
Rob Johnson

I think the ecological burden is what bothers me the most. The planet is currently on track to have large parts of the surface become uninhabitable to humans, which will lead to large scale deaths and, just slightly possible, a World War which could wipe out humanity. Anyways, ignoring that part, planned obsolescence contributes to what is either going to be a large number of deaths, or a cleanup job that is impossible to guess the cost of... or both.

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Bhaskar Haldar
Bhaskar Haldar

Imagine apple reacting to this video 😂

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Thor Nielsen
Thor Nielsen

Are we sure the engineers were instructed to actually decrease the quality and not to *decrease the cost of manufacture until a saleable balance between cost and price is found*..! (wait.. I forgot to phrase that in a way that makes companies look evil)

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Thor Nielsen
Thor Nielsen

@Dynamism what's wrong with it? Why do you want the things people discard when the buy the new shiny thing to be in better condition? If anything, planned obsolescence is what everyone wants, I.e. Things that recycle themselves.

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Dynamism
Dynamism

The wording doesn't really matter. What matters is the end goal of planned obsolesce.

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Manoj Kumar
Manoj Kumar

I binge watch this channel... Its aesthetically pleasing

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Tralfamadorian
Tralfamadorian

Maybe it is time to move beyond capitalism.

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IAmTheOh
IAmTheOh

ah sht that point inthe rabbit hole where every recomendation is derek...(closes window)

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IAmTheOh
IAmTheOh

15:45 oh this video is for homeowners only. i get it. ( 5.7k people who watched this felt sad and resentful at the end )

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Wizard M
Wizard M

Those LED break just as about as much and fast as old light bulbs. They can't take power differences in high / lows as well as other issues with electrical wiring can easily break LED that wouldn't break an older bulb.

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IAmTheOh
IAmTheOh

i have to make everything i do less good too. in order to fit in

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IAmTheOh
IAmTheOh

3:10 the original 'illuminati'

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Phil Ham
Phil Ham

It’s like that with electronics, cell phones and appliances as well as American cars

Vor 2 Tage
Joe Yocom
Joe Yocom

A LED bulb is nowhere near everlasting. There is a step down circuit inside each unit and those components will fail due to the heat that the LEDs produce. Each bulb has a heat sink inside to help dissipate the heat, but the circuit is inside that heated chamber below the LED disc. A 110 ac LED bulb disc gets stepped down to about 50 volts DC depending on wattage.

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Jarek B
Jarek B

This is an excellent video in all but the glorification of LEDs. LEDs themselves are durable, true enough - but the accompanying essential electronics can be (and often are) made very flimsy indeed making the light fail prematurely. Also, LEDs give off light that is poor quality - colour fidelity is subpar, some of them have noticeable flicker and their emission spectra makes them unpredictable for use in cinematography and other media. Finally, LED lights are currently non-recyclable and may contain dangerous substances, as compared to ordinary bulb, which are safe and easy to recycle fully. And on top of all that, there are mounting concerns for LEDs being detrimential to human health in various ways, from disrupting sleep patterns to increased risk of prostate cancer. Please look into LEDs more closely @Veritaserum - they are another subject that is non-trivial and mandates a deeper analysis.

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David Chodúr
David Chodúr

This video is depressing.

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David Chodúr
David Chodúr

The iPhone thing is not fair. They make SE phones with old design.

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James McCarte
James McCarte

Right to repair is only a partial solution. What about all the phone and tablet makers that won't update Android?

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Wayne Wu
Wayne Wu

greed, will imprison us all.

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Rafael Hulme
Rafael Hulme

If it has a back up battery and generator it was turned off to install them, right?

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Ddraig Hart
Ddraig Hart

so what we learned here is, greed truly is the downfall of mankind

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joshua allinson
joshua allinson

here is Australia we still have alot of the push and quarter turn bulbs

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Semblance Of Disorder
Semblance Of Disorder

14:21 ....Why?

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Kristen Estrada
Kristen Estrada

All I think about is how much less waste we would have and maybe we would find a work life balance and be more than just our jobs.

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Zicore
Zicore

Thankfully some companies compete in technological obsolescence instead of planned obsolesences. Which is arguably better.

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Steffen Krägenbring
Steffen Krägenbring

so why u just dont sell an everlasting lightbulb, and do something else after on? Why this Lightbulb struggle....

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j c
j c

It’s 2021 why are people still spreading that Edison fake news

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egguy
egguy

Greed... and justice

Vor 3 Tage
Erik T.
Erik T.

Something tells me it was General Electric that came up with this idea.

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John F
John F

This is an incredible video with a strong message, and while I don’t want to damper the mood, I can only hope this isn’t the mindset behind cancer research.

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D
D

Well great strides are being made in recent years in the new state-of-the-art cellular therapies for cancer so I don't think so.

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James McCarte
James McCarte

That depends on whether you mean the scientists doing the research, or the corporations funding them. It is interesting that products were much more reliable before corporations acquired a virtual monopoly on research. On a related note, why is it that if I invent something as a result of corporate funding, the patent goes to the corporation, not to ME!?!??!?!?!

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Chris Craft 2
Chris Craft 2

i dont know how you come up with these videos but they are gold... the only one that really makes me mad is that im a car guy and car batteries are the worst with that..

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Rose Harvey
Rose Harvey

"capitalism breeds innovation"

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Gabriel 777
Gabriel 777

And cronie capitalism creates what we have now. Proverbs 22:3

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ur22much2
ur22much2

@25.oo for one ticket @ million tickets= money money money

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EXTREMESILVERX
EXTREMESILVERX

This is like my Xbox update, now I have black screen....lol

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idk
idk

if people weren't so greedy we would have a lot less trash to pile on landfills

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Ero-Usagi-Sama
Ero-Usagi-Sama

Lol it's not Doupohntte, it's Dupont.

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CORRUPT HAMSTA
CORRUPT HAMSTA

So capitalism?

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Felix Le chat
Felix Le chat

You are smarter than me dude

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John Taylor
John Taylor

My maytag washing machine broke three months after the warranty expired. My mother's washing machine lasted over twenty years.

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stonefacedmedusa
stonefacedmedusa

9:49 and kids that’s how PTFE was born :D

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mattypow82
mattypow82

The thing that kills me about this type of perspective. OK, the corpos are willing to do these kinds things when it comes to light bulbs and pantyhose right? Yet people will argue they couldn't possibly behave this way in regards to oh medicine or automobiles or airplanes...... Just saying.

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Sarthak Khare
Sarthak Khare

I'm disappointed this isn't an analysis about Taylor Swift's song but I learnt something very interesting today

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Helge Johnsen
Helge Johnsen

Well some of the biggest conmen in history are behind this so no wonder it is getting copied and still used to day.

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Yor Es
Yor Es

I’ve always wondered why Doctors don’t just give ineffective medicine when the illness will not cause death. Turns out some Doctors do, and I’m not sure when it’ll reach medical/pharmaceutical companies soon. Or maybe it has?

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Timothy Cohen
Timothy Cohen

Apple and lightbulb makers out here straight robbing their customers. Apple basically calling there customers dumb. 💡 companies would be mad at me cause I barely use light at all.

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Timothy Cohen
Timothy Cohen

Ok you make a forever lightbulb and demand goes down. What's better less things to have to throw away this the planet being healthier or money?.... Money obviously

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Aкула
Aкула

Greed sure is amazing! An even better motivator than pride or envy!

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erinannelies
erinannelies

This is such an important video. Very eye opening

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C & C Cards
C & C Cards

I wish the statement at the end, that I'd be more likely to sell my house than to replace an LED were true. I've replaced the LED bulbs in my kitchen at least 3 times each (2 different bulbs) in the last 5 years. I have taken voltage and amp readings at the sockets and the wiring and both are within normal limits. Next step is to replace the fixture.

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tylermech66
tylermech66

My only issue with LEDs is that... they're TOO bright! this is workable with household lights, as you can find ways to dim them, but with car lights? every time I drive at night now I'm blinded if there's any oncoming traffic. It's ridiculous.

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12 34
12 34

Right to repair is extremely important. If there is one thing you take away from this video, take that.

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Aubrey Bryant
Aubrey Bryant

Mandatory planned obsolescence is like having mandatory injections of the corona virus. (Yes, I'm back watching this again two months later.)

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MrUnlimitedTorque
MrUnlimitedTorque

How to sell a new car in 1955: change the color How to sell a new Iphone in 2021: angles are somewhat different...kind of

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Ovid Bambusa
Ovid Bambusa

The man in the white suit wearing a brown suit

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Ovid Bambusa
Ovid Bambusa

So, maybe we should try communism again

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Æliott
Æliott

those LED bulbs are rigged to burn out way way faster than they are supposed too, they overclock them so they die sooder :)

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Christopher Howell Bailey
Christopher Howell Bailey

17:29 minutes and not one mention of the devastating environmental impact.

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Ethan Montgomery
Ethan Montgomery

Your mom was a nice thing but then she gave birth to you And ended up at bars passing her self around for free drinks something your use to

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Green Sky
Green Sky

It would be interesting to see someone talking about how consumerism has influenced us to see other people (outside or inside our own families) as being unimportant or even replaceable. But i guess it's too subtle of a subject for the majority of people to actually notice it.

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Umbertold
Umbertold

Thank you. Just thank you.

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Vanessa Kindell
Vanessa Kindell

I've owned my house for just under 2 years and I've already had to replace a few LED bulbs I installed when I moved in.

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Noran Micholas
Noran Micholas

I think they're still up to the same practices with led lightbulbs considering mine seem to burn out just as fast as the old fluorescents

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Teresa Bee Kind
Teresa Bee Kind

‼️Phone Updates introduce Planned Obsolescence‼️

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Joshua Woods
Joshua Woods

Planned obsolescence could work as a way to ensure Job's never run out if it wasn't for competition and basically every big company hiring sweatshop slaves in China instead of making factories in the US to help their country.

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Alicia Adams
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Jan Weigang
Jan Weigang

Ironically those LED lightbulbs (german here, buying osram) are just more expensive and last even shorter than old bulbs.. I am replacing about 2-3 led bulbs a year which are rated anywhere from 10k to 50k hours of lifetime. So that ending of the video felt like a really sarcastic joke.

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Productive Citizen
Productive Citizen

Veritasium just discovered capitalism

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Kevin Culross
Kevin Culross

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Skoda130
Skoda130

Personally, I don't care about new styles every year.

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Glodus Muspell
Glodus Muspell

Unfortunately, led and fluorescent light bulbs are dangerous to humans

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Soen
Soen

That point about the rounded corners and how "there is no better, there is only different" is so true. Even if one thing does seem better, there is usually always a compromise somewhere else. See most smartphones nowadays, where new features are being implemented but the headphone jack is removed. Not better or worse. Just the same. Just different.

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Jorge Chávez
Jorge Chávez

How MEDIOCRE is to think that building shitty things is good for everyone. ALWAYS try to be better.

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Jorge Chávez
Jorge Chávez

How were the fines enforced??

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notPlancha
notPlancha

contracts

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The Dee
The Dee

LED light bulbs have in fact reached a stage of planned obsolescence of their own. Manufacturers are in the practice of under-engineering the AC-to-DC converters and reducing the size and quantity of the LEDs, under the pretense of reducing manufacturing costs. This has the _ostensibly_ unintended consequence of overdriving and overheating the bulbs, reducing their lifespan. The YouTuber BigCliveDotCom has some good videos on the topic. Basically, most of the world has access to LED bulbs which will last a few tens of thousands of hours (okay, that's a few years) while only special markets like the United Arab Emirates have access to immortal bulbs. So, lightbulbs are still very much designed for planned replacement. They've only increased the intervals.

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vivthefree
vivthefree

I heard a line a while ago about how we call it materialism, but we don't actually value the material, i.e., it's durability, how well it functions, the many unintended functions it can serve. It's an immense pleasure to break away from this mindset: you appreciate a cheap chair for its comfort, or a house for how well it keeps you cool or warm.

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RowdyPumper
RowdyPumper

Why don't long-lasting LED bulbs cause the same marketing problems? If a bulb last a hundred years and you Dosngrade it to half as good, 50 years is still a long time. So why aren't LED bulbs downgraded to last only 5 years?

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