right to repair

Sonos’ Frantic Flailing Illustrates the Stupidity of Smart Tech

Sonos’ Frantic Flailing Illustrates the Stupidity of Smart Tech

Sonos is attempting to clarify its recent policies on legacy equipment after widespread unhappiness from its customer base. There are genuine advantages to using technology too stupid to stop being
Sonos Makes It Clear: You No Longer Own The Things You Buy

Sonos Makes It Clear: You No Longer Own The Things You Buy

Modern 'smart' hardware now comes with hidden expiration dates that encourage waste, piss off consumers, and put the entire internet at risk.
HP Remotely Kills Perfectly Good Ink Cartridge With DRM

HP Remotely Kills Perfectly Good Ink Cartridge With DRM

The half-used ink cartridge wouldn't print until it was re-enrolled in the "HP Instant Ink" program for $4.99 per month.
Farmers Are Buying 40-Year-Old Tractors Because They're Actually Repairable

Farmers Are Buying 40-Year-Old Tractors Because They're Actually Repairable

John Deere makes it difficult to repair its new tractors without specialized software, so an increasing number of farmers are buying older models.
'The Rise of Skywalker' Is a Preview of Our DRM-Fueled Dystopian Future

'The Rise of Skywalker' Is a Preview of Our DRM-Fueled Dystopian Future

The Star Wars galaxy could have desperately used right to repair laws.
A Recycling Renegade Is Out of Prison—and Ready to Tackle the Electric Vehicle Battery Crisis

A Recycling Renegade Is Out of Prison—and Ready to Tackle the Electric Vehicle Battery Crisis

In a warehouse in Chatsworth, California, rows upon rows of giant wooden crates are stacked forty feet high, in a scene somewhat reminiscent of the secret U.S. military installation shown at the end
Where Our Smartphones Go When They Die

Where Our Smartphones Go When They Die

If you don't put your old smartphone in your nightstand, where does it go?
Apple's extension of "Activation Locks" to laptops will turn refurbishable electronics into e-waste

Apple's extension of "Activation Locks" to laptops will turn refurbishable electronics into e-waste

"Activation Lock" is a tool that uses Apple's trusted computing hardware to render systems inoperable if you don't have a login/password; nominally, this is used for theft-deterrence, but when Apple
Debullshitifying the Right to Repair excuses Apple sent to Congress

Debullshitifying the Right to Repair excuses Apple sent to Congress

Apple's response to the Congressional committee investigating monopolistic behavior by tech giants contains a chapter on Right to Repair, whose greatest enemy is Apple -- the company led successful
Without right to repair, the military can't fix its own battlefield equipment

Without right to repair, the military can't fix its own battlefield equipment

Captain Elle Ekman is a US Marine Corps logistics officer; in a New York Times op-ed, she describes how the onerous conditions imposed by manufacturers on the US armed forces mean that overseas troops
The US Military Needs Right-to-Repair Legislation to Fix Its Own Broken Equipment

The US Military Needs Right-to-Repair Legislation to Fix Its Own Broken Equipment

JLTV CRTC BOLIO OSHKOSH CHAINS TIRES X-COUNTRY DEC 14 2016 SCENIC TWIN LAKES TRAIL WINDY RIDGE You would think the US military would have the ability to fix its equipment any time it

Apple says it's lost money on repairs over the last decade

The right to repair movement is mad as hell as companies work to prevent owners from doing basic repairs to their own devices. One of the biggest targets for the public's ire is Apple, which is
Lack of Right-to-Repair Protections Is Even Screwing With the U.S. Military

Lack of Right-to-Repair Protections Is Even Screwing With the U.S. Military

A glaring lack of right-to-repair protections touches just about everyone, from consumers to farmers and independent repair shops. But a new op-ed explains how this form of corporate greed even
Apple Tells Congress You'll Hurt Yourself if You Try to Fix Your iPhone

Apple Tells Congress You'll Hurt Yourself if You Try to Fix Your iPhone

Apple tries to put a nice face on its anticonsumer policies.
He Was Murdered in a Hate Crime. She Brought His Blood-Soaked Phone Back to Life.

He Was Murdered in a Hate Crime. She Brought His Blood-Soaked Phone Back to Life.

Microsolderer Jessa Jones is recovering precious data from iPhones that Apple won't fix.

States Begin Dealing With Driving Data, Right-to-Repair Laws

In reading this website, you’ve no doubt come across paranoid rants about automotive companies vacuuming up your personal data as connected cars become the norm — often written by yours truly.
When the company that made your prosthetic feet won't repair them

When the company that made your prosthetic feet won't repair them

Erin Ehm's insurance company will buy her a new set of prosthetic feet every three years, but her $6,000/foot Echelon VT hydraulic prosthetics break down every 10 months. Erin's feet are now out of
The Most Important Right-to-Repair Hearing Yet Is on Monday

The Most Important Right-to-Repair Hearing Yet Is on Monday

Massachusetts is vying to become the first state to protect consumers' right to repair their electronics.
Meet the E-Waste Recycler Jailed for a Year for Infringing Microsoft's Copyright

Meet the E-Waste Recycler Jailed for a Year for Infringing Microsoft's Copyright

Eric Lundgren spent a year in prison for selling counterfeit Windows restore discs, now he’s home and ready to keep saving the planet.