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Elliotte Rusty Harold scripsit:

> There should be nothing in my toaster, computer, or microwave oven 
> that can injure me short of dropping it on my head from a high 
> building. This should be true regardless of what the manual says.

Umm, well, that's "safety at all costs", and we really don't want
safety at *all* costs.  Devices that heat aren't going to be able
to tell the difference between you and your dinner, nor are devices
that cut.  (I've had kitchen knives that couldn't injure me, but I
don't any more -- I sharpen them.)

John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com> www.ccil.org/~cowan  www.reutershealth.com
Micropayment advocates mistakenly believe that efficient allocation of
resources is the purpose of markets.  Efficiency is a byproduct of market
systems, not their goal.  The reasons markets work are not because users
have embraced efficiency but because markets are the best place to allow
users to maximize their preferences, and very often their preferences are
not for conservation of cheap resources.  --Clay Shirkey


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