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  • Electronics-Recycling Innovator Going to Prison for Extending Compu...

    Electronics-Recycling Innovator Going to Prison for Extending Computers’ Lives

    [ https://returntonow.net/2018/05/10/ewaste-innovator-prison ]

    Eric Lundgren built the first “electronic hybrid recycling” facility in the United States, which turns discarded cellphones and other electronics into functional devices.

    Known for building an electric car out of “garbage” that outlasts a Tesla, his company processes more than 41 million pounds of e-waste a year.

    Lundgren has received international praise for slowing the stream of harmful chemicals and heavy metals into the environment, and counts IBM, Motorola and Sprint among clients grateful for his cheap refurbished products.

    Unfortunately, Microsoft is not such big a fan of Lundgren’s work.

    When he figured out how to recycle e-waste from China (...)

    • @aude_v MS joue la carte de l’#obsolescence_programmée_factice mais Eric Lundgren remet en circuit des disques de restauration système qui sinon grâce aux stratégies de MS étaient ignorés des utilisateurices. Ou comment un pollueur infect comme MS se retrouve à gagner en dépit de tout bon sens.

      Lundgren argues he hasn’t cost Microsoft any sales, as the company provides restore disks for free with software purchases, but many buyers lose or throw them away.

      Microsoft also provide free downloads to restore the software to licensed customers online, but many customers don’t know that’s an option, and end up throwing the computer away as a result.

      Lundgren made 28,000 of the discs and shipped them to a broker, who planned to sell them to computer refurbishing shops for about 25 cents each, so they could provide them to used-computer buyers.

      Microsoft’s lawyers valued the discs at $25 each and said they represent $700,000 in potential sales.

      Lundgren pleaded guilty but argued that the value of his discs to Microsoft was zero, as Microsoft, nor any computer manufacturers, sell them. He also explained that the discs could only be used to restore the software to computers already licensed for it. The licenses are good for the life of the computer.

      The real loss to Microsoft was in the potential sale of new computers and new software licenses.