[–] PCaut -1 points (+0|-1) Edited

A phenomenon limited to regions with no environmental protection laws and no taxes on fossil hydrocarbon fuels. Those old tractors burn so much diesel oil that you can count it in liters per kilometer.

The long-term trend is clear. Sealed maintenance-free modules. The markets will favor those who prioritize quick and easy remote diagnostics and a quick and easy replacement of faulty modules without the need for special tools, special skills or even technicians. The more of the work incurring over a product's life cycle can be shifted to industrial robots, the lower is the real cost of the product. Traditional maintenance&repair technicians are insanely expensive, can easily multiply the cost of your machine over the years. As proud as the old men in the article may be of their skills, there is little economic value in artificially preserving the primitive conditions that made learning them necessary in the first place.

[–] chmod -1 points (+0|-1)

Wow, literally the dumbest thing I've seen here.

"Sealed maintenance-free modules." Not really a thing.

Glad you're living in your apparent future, but it's now now.