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I remember hearing a debate a good while ago where the claim was that even Apple's top-of-the-line gold watch, which retailed for something like $15K, was going to be completely worthless in a few short years because the OS/electronics would quickly become completely obsolete, unlike a traditional watch that can be handed down for generations. After a few years, it'd only be good for melting down for the actual gold.
Can anyone honestly find an argument against that? Who wants a 10-year old smartwatch? (or a brand new one for that matter, IMO, but that's another debate)
Let's say I buy a "smart" refrigerator. 3 years (or 5 or 7) from now the vendor says, "sorry, we're no longer supporting that model".
Does this mean I need to replace a working refrigerator because I can't update the software?
It's worse than that. You can continue to use that senile refrigerator as long as you don't mind it's senility. However, since the smarts of that refrigerator are also the smarts controlling its cooling functions, when the manufacturer abandons the platform, they will start releasing updates that stop supporting it's hardware, eventually they'll get to a point where it stops supporting refrigeratory things, like running the compressor.
You scoff now, but this is the Apple and Windows 10 plan, and they've already started putting it into action -- people with older hardware are finding they get updates forced on them that make their hardware stop functioning. Are you sure vendors of other platforms won't follow Microsoft's lead? After all, it is a good way to boost sales.
I don't see anyone scoffing. If anything, the vast majority of replies agree.
I've had major appliances last 12-18 years. Current manufacture of any major appliance is lower in quality -- I'm expecting half the life span from my current appliances. There's no doubt in my mind that the vendors will happily produce the situation for a 3 year replacement cycle.
Reduced life because the manufacturing quality is lower, yes, people are annoyed, but accepting that. But things like major appliances haven't yet had a reduced life because the manufacturer intentionally unintentionally made them stop working. I think that people are accepting that that's just the way things are going to be, rather than fight it.
I think that you will have to rethink this: if you are talking about your own card then that's one thing - and you can contact card supplies to ask them, though I'd have to say it's unlikely.
If you are talking about getting information on general card use, then that's going to be a no-no. Partly because the card companies know how valuable that data is and will want to sell it not give it away, and partly because it's supposed to be confidential...
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