them: tech is a tool, like a hammer

me: maybe it's a tool like a stove, where leaving it on without good purpose or with no purpose is actually quite destructive in many cases, and it can easily be used for purposeful destruction

Gas stove you mean…
A hammer may be used for purposeful destruction as easily, although it's performance for that would be much lower and require more skills.

you can burn a house down with an electric with minimal ingenuity

Electric heating elements tend to die pretty quickly, if you exceed the allowed temperature. Also, the controllers, automatically switching them off, are easier/cheaper to implement than with the gas.
OTOH, I don't claim they're no more dangerous than a rubber duck…


oh, they're SAFER by yards

but it's the difference between a modern firearm and a last-century one in some ways

modern gas stoves have failsafe mechanisms that approach towards the safety level of electric stoves

yet both are foiled if you simply lay a long dish towel across them and make sure a few flammables in the kitchen are "unfortunately near"

(which is as close to a point as I was ever trying to make saying it at all, honestly)

@solder_on I've got your point, I believe, from the very beginning: I'm just arguing about the details, if you don't mind…

Also, WRT flammable: the highest cooking temperatures are lower than lowest temperatures of the most flammable materials to catch fire. So I suppose any properly tuned safety switch will turn off the heating before it can ignite anything.


> highest cooking temperatures
> lower than [...] most flammable materials

not paper, cloth, I've seen burnt potholders that I've had to douse in a sink

maybe it technically wouldn't ignite gasoline or something (I failed ochem SO hard) but it'd be trivial to two-stage the sabotage -- dish towel as fuse towards more flammable things, more flammable things are findable in a house, etc.

I mean, shit, you can make a microwave a bomb with household chemicals and aluminum foil

plus, arguably, cooktops in general have had longer to evolve than the microwave heat radiation cooking methods; more safeguards make sense

it's just that people sneer at safeguards *all the time* in the much more vital work of software and hardware in tech

software back in the day was "how do we wire this"

now it's "how do we decide how this can function, and we better hope we're well-informed", because if they're not well informed you get hardware like that medical device that could kill

@solder_on The temperatures as high as in frying can damage/destroy materials (that's what cooking basically is…), but to ignite them the reaction has to be self-sustained.
Frankly, IDK what would ignite at temperatures only slightly above the boiling point of water in normal atmospheric pressure.
OTOH, this can make the materials more susceptible to other factors (sunlight, sparks, etc.) and cause a "cascading effect".

> slightly above the boiling point of water

water's boiling point is like 200ish F, and stovetops get to 500ish F O_o

plus I've seen grease fires personally (although I didn't CAUSE them, lucky me)

off the top of my head; paper, cloth, flesh if you've got a corpse to char up, candles, a box or book of matches, lighter fluid...

I watched my dad light a cigarette off the stove burner a few times, maybe false memory

but kitchens and houses include flammables in general, I mean


@solder_on Yes, actually many old-fashioned electric heating elements are "open type", where the tungsten thread can be accessed directly — it's temperature is pretty high, enough to ignite as cellulose as fats. Those are as dangerous as open fire.
So, yep, unless we mean a very specific type of stove, you're right: it may cause fire left unsupervised, and probably will, given enough time.

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