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  1. The law has already been written. We just want to extend it to cover consumer electronics and eventually other classed of products. The existing law would not force manufacturers to use user-replacable batteries. Instead of arguing against hypothetical regulations in hypothetical laws, I suggest you give Massachusetts's General Laws, Part I, Title XV, Chapter 93K a read. It's not terribly long, although legalize is always a bit dense. Right to repair is a broad concept, but Linus is endorcing Louis's campaign in particular which focuses on that particular law in MA.
  2. Then what is stopping companies from intentionally adding unrepairable defects to their devices so that users have to buy a new one after a while? That should not be an acceptable future. And nobody ever said the manufacturer had any obligation to support anything. I don't want to force companies to provide repair services or even parts. I just want them to not go out of their way to screw over people who are just trying to repair their property.
  3. Then why is it okay for a manufacturer to make otherwise-solvable issues unsolvable? Or only solvable by them for whatever they think it's worth?
  4. If John Deere should be legally allowed to break my stuff, then should I legally be allowed to break theirs? They have a plant just a few blocks down the road from my house and I'm sure I could do a lot of damage. That sounds like a pretty strong incentive to me.
  5. You know what's sad? LTT's main channel has 13M subs. If just 10% of them donated $5, that GoFundMe campaign would blow past it's $6M goal. Just 1-in-10 LTT subs donating less than the price of a mediocre Subway sandwich. That video alone is already over 1M views in under a day, but the campaign has a total of fewer than 14k donations. Meanwhile anti-right-to-repair lobbyists can summon $6M in the blink of an eye. But they don't even have to. All they have to do is keep confusing people about what right to repair is. We're not asking manufacturers to hand over con
  6. Nobody's asking businesses to expose their IP. The most detailed information being asked for to facilitate repairs, board schematics, is not near enough information to threaten a manufacturer. That information used to be given out for free as part of owners manuals. You cannot duplicate a devices with that information. That information can also be reverse-engineered by someone with a working board, a multimeter, very little technical knowledge, and a lot of time. In many cases, repair technicians have taken the time to create those schematics for themselves with no help from the manufactu
  7. According to Rossmann, Intersil explicitly told him they had an agreement with Apple to not produce the part for anyone else. Even if Rossmann forked over the money to bulk order the part, they could not manufacture it for him per their agreement with Apple. More info: What is Right to Repair? An introduction for curious people. (4:00 to 5:00, screenshot of their email at 4:05) Tell that to the lawfirm of Kilpatrick Townsend. More info: Responding to criticism regarding right to repair's violation of the non-aggression principle. (4:25 to 9:45)
  8. Yeah, I think I lot of people are thrown off by the same things you are. After all, many things still can be repaired with little in the way of barriers. We sort of do currently have a right to repair... at least sort of. The problem is that it's being whittled away. Think of it kind of like the right free speech. Let's say the government of Nationstan has no laws protecting free speech, but they don't outlaw any particular type of speech either. The citizens have a right to free speech... sort of. Now let's say the police decide they're fans of current pro-police group in ch
  9. It would be pretty cool if LTT could colab with Rossmann to create some Right to Repair merch on lttstore.com where a portion of the revenue goes to the MA direct ballot initiative. No. There is no intention to force manufactures to offer any additional services. Right to repair legislation seeks to ensure third parties have the ability to purchase parts needed for repairs with no-strings-attached (namely by preventing manufacturers from blocking their sale and doing away with bogus programs like the AASP), enable third parties to share documentation (eg schematics and diagram
  10. Guess I'm waiting for the next gen to finally upgrade from my 980 Ti. I'm sure once the direct storage API lands, 12 GB is going to evaporate pretty quickly. Oh well. The way things are shaping up, next gen should be great.
  11. Notice how they specifically said "to track individuals". Classic misdirection. They never intended to give up on trackers; they make a lot of money from them.
  12. And, given you are part of enough groups, a third party can use an intersection of all those groups to create a profile for you as an individual anyway[0]. It has almost the same negative privacy implications as third-party cookies, just took a more roundabout way to get there. [0] https://github.com/WICG/floc/issues/100
  13. Summary Google has been working on a new, open-source technology to replace third-party cookies for tracking users called Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC)[0]. They have launched a trial on Chrome (versions 89 and up) which automatically opts in users who sync Chrome using their Google account and have not disabled third-party cookies[1]. The trial currently only extends to users in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, and the US. EFF has been openly critical of the technology[3] and just launch a site called "Am I FLoCed" to help use
  14. You don't have to imagine. They clearly imply right to repair will enable stalking and assualt. Luckily, that wasn't enough to convince the voters.
  15. He's an Apple repair tech. He runs a shop that exclusively repairs Apple devices - and only a subset of them at that. He talks about Apple products and practices because it's what he deals with all day every day. He has a history of giving Apple credit when they do good and he regularly points out that most other major tech companies are similarly terrible. Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, LG, etc also have terrible track records when it comes to repair, but Louis can't share as much information about them because he doesn't repair those devices. If Apple were the only problem, Right to Repair