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The Chrome OS wikipedia page makes no mention of this. I was under the impression that if your Chrome OS broke (under reasonable conditions), you'd get a discounted or near free replacement (at least that's what the video of the young Asian guy who keeps getting his notebook destroyed seemed to suggest).

If the Chrome OS notebooks will be all pricey ($600 I hear), and they have no replacement policy at all...people will just buy more conventional Windows laptops for the same price.

Remember how the hardware was supposed to be dirt cheap or something? That was it's whole niche, it's for the average Joe who just uses computers for web browsers and office. Or for people like me who use their desktop for computing and can't justify a laptop since it will only be used for small trivial tasks at school.
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It was disposed of? (best shrug gif I could find)
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Would anyone pay $600 for a limited Chrome OS notebook even if they would replace it?

You can just buy an ancient dirt-cheap laptop off eBay that would be more functional and put JoliOS or something on it.
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It was never suggested you could replace it for free or at a discounted price. The commercial was advocating the advantages of cloud storage of information. The laptop had a very small hard drive. The information was stored externally in Google's "cloud" storage. Everything is accessed through the internet. If your laptop is destroyed it's no big deal because the laptop is nothing more than an interface to access your information in the cloud. The data is not on the laptop's hard drive. You can simply get a new one and it's like nothing was ever lost.

I for one hate the idea of letting google have access to everything I save. As if they don't already know enough about me... Is it really that hard to backup to an external hard drive every few days? With the advent of wireless routers that can hook up to external hard drives backing up has never been easier. Just set your machine to backup automatically at 4 AM every day...
    
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It was disposed of? (best shrug gif I could find)
Naughty boy.
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Naughty boy.
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600 bucks for a crippled notebook/netbook plus full price (after 100MB per month) to access to Verizon's 3G network?

So much for, "Don't be evil."
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