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Gene Weingarten: Don’t just fix the problem. Kluge it.

Washington Post
 2021-05-13

Cover picture for the articleA few weeks ago as I was starting my car, the key snapped off in the ignition slot. The metal shaft remained in the slot, but the bulbous plastic part, the one with the buttons, came off in my hand. The plastic was cracked open at the seam, and it wouldn’t fit back on the key shaft. With difficulty I could still turn the shaft with my fingertips — about four millimeters of metal stuck out from the steering column — but it didn’t start the car. The anti-theft device requires the immediate presence of the plastic blob, which contains a chip.

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