Posted by Zarathustra 3:46 PM (CDT)
Wednesday April 12, 2017
In a world where farmers can just be cornholed by John Deere and Apple is free to screw over its users as well, there are now so called "Right to Repair" bills being considered in 11 states. The bills require manufacturers to sell replacement parts to consumers and provide open source repair and diagnostic manuals, as well as providing the tools necessary to bypass any software locks that prevent repairs.
If you ask me, bills like these are absolutely crucial. It is shameful that companies like Apple either refuse to repair or make repairs so expensive that you might as well buy something new.
So far this year, tech company lobbying looks like it will defeat right to repair bills in Minnesota and Nebraska; lawmakers in Tennessee recently decided to defer voting on its bill until 2018. Legislation is still pending in New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Kansas, Wyoming, Iowa, Missouri, and North Carolina.