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Re: Right to repair

Post by sparks » Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:06 pm

Why, yes. I do not avoid appliances Mandrake. They sense my 60 cycle 120 volt power, and they seek the electron flow.

But, I do deny them my...essence.
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Re: Right to repair

Post by ed » Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:14 pm

sparks wrote:
ed wrote:ummm can you afford a house? I don't mean with a load, can you simply buy it? Same thing.

Can't agree it's the same thing. A house/home is a basic human need. A tractor is a specific tool. There are cheaper ways to get after tilling the soil that do not involve computers and air-conditioned cabins. But, once Teh Orange Fucktard builds that wall, that'll be out the window too. But that's a different thread. :)

Thought about it, you are right.
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Re: Right to repair

Post by Witness » Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:39 pm

Logical consequence:
There's a Thriving John Deere Black Market as Farmers Fight for "Right to Repair"

A flourishing black market of John Deere parts exists online, connecting farmers in rural America with counterparts in Eastern Europe to buy unlocked firmware crucial to tractors. If you're surprised by the idea of Nebraska farmers working together with Ukrainian suppliers to defeat a tractor company, well, welcome to the bizarre fight over "right to repair."

Those who use the black market, documented in a report by Motherboard, claim they are driven to it by restrictive licensing agreement by Deere, one of the largest tractor companies in the world. Those restrictions would bar the tractors' users from fixing its hardware or software themselves, but such rules are currently being challenged by so-called "right to repair" legislation working its way various states at the moment, including farming-heavy Nebraska.

One reason right to repair has been such a contentious issue in ag states is that time is a crucial commodity since crops are reliant on seasons. "When crunch time comes and we break down, chances are we don't have time to wait for a dealership employee to show up and fix it," Danny Kluthe, a hog farmer in Nebraska, said during testimony to his state's legislature earlier this month. "Most all the new equipment [requires] a download [to fix]."

Right to repair legislation would invalidate John Deere's license agreement, updated last October, which has severe restrictions that prohibit nearly all repair and modification to farming equipment.
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Re: Right to repair

Post by Witness » Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:38 am

Follow up:
New copyright exemptions let you legally repair your phone or jailbreak voice assistants

The US Copyright Office has made it legal to hack your tractor

In a big victory for hacker, tinkerers, and the right to repair movement, the US Copyright Office has ruled some major changes to the legal exemption to the DMCA, making it far easier for owners to build software tools to hack, modify, and repair their own devices, as explained by iFixit founder Kyle Wiens.

Under section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), it is “unlawful to circumvent technological measures used to prevent unauthorized access to copyrighted works.” Because software has become so integral to all the devices we use — everything from phones to speakers to even trackers — device manufacturers have long used section 1201 to prevent owners from taking apart or repairing their own devices, arguing that breaking the software locks as part of replacing parts or modifying your gadgets is a violation of that statute.

But as part of that law, citizens are allowed to petition for exemptions to section 1201 every three years, when the Copyright Office rules what kind of repairs and software tools are and aren’t allowed by the law. The final ruling for this cycle was just released (it goes into effect as law on October 28th), and it enacts broad new protections for repairing devices.
https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker ... exemptions