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Anonymous Peon

"It's the liability, stupid."

Rechargeable lithium packs can be rather... volatile. Cellphones are having this nasty habit of bursting into flame and taking their users' cheeks off. The manufacturers are quick to blame aftermarket packs already... but how often does that stand up in court?

There are, in fact, degrees of safety to such battery design; Valence's Safion is one such improvement that recently made TheInquirer, and probably does deserve wide adoption. This said as a user with an interest in not having his face blown off, so it's a shame the innovation is proprietary, and thus can't be immediately adopted industry-wide... and noting the irony that, given same, batteries using it will likely only be available in the third-party form that this new development seeks to block.

tpelt

I remember way back in the days of BIG BELL, "The" phone company -- since broken up into "baby bells" and now apparently re-conglomerating again.

One of the stupid things BIG BELL did was to never, never, never SELL phones to customers, they only RENTED the "equipment."

Their logic / reason / excuse ? The phone company infrastructure was so delicate that "off brand" equipment could damage the entire phone system.

When the courts broke up that trust / monopoly, that was one of the lies that was thrown out. Now, of course, you can buy touch-tone phones for $4.99 at Walgreens Drug Store...

So, pardon me, "delicate equipment" / "damage" MY FREAKIN' ASS !!!

Why don't we make one highway per vehicule brand ?
If they were concerned by user safety, they could just add a sticker or drop a red paragraph in the notice.

immoked

but isn't the chipmarker secure enough to not have to remove it?

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