Right to repair

right to repair organization: www.repair.org

The majority of laptops aren’t easy to repair or upgrade, and some are practically impossible. When taking photos for this guide, for example, we planned on snapping a photo of the inside of a 2017 MacBook Pro, but aside from a special screwdriver, you also need a suction cup and a plastic pick to remove that model’s bottom panel. In some cases, laptop makers glue or solder parts together, and as a result, if one part breaks, everything needs to be replaced. This restriction is especially problematic with batteries, which are often tough to service despite needing to be replaced every few years… Right-to-repair advocates push for electronics manufacturers to make repair documentation available, to make replacement parts and tools, and to accommodate repair ideals in their product design. Currently no major laptop manufacturer meets all of those objectives. source: The Framework Laptop Could Revolutionize Repairability. | Reviews by Wirecutter

Imagine being able to open your smartphone yourself, replace the battery with a third-party part and maintain the phone’s warranty… According to current United States law — the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, to be precise — consumers already have that right to repair. That hasn’t stopped electronics companies from putting “warranty void if removed” stickers on top of screws, though… Phones, cars, hospital equipment and even tractors are being designed so that authorized specialists are exclusively given the ability to fix common issues. source: The Right to Repair Movement Gathers Full Steam

The right to repair for electronics refers to the concept of allowing end users, consumers as well as businesses, to repair electronic devices they own or service without any legal or technical restrictions. The idea behind this concept is to render electronics easier and cheaper to repair with the goal prolonging the lifecycle of such devices and reduce electronic waste caused by broken or unused devices. Four requirements for electronic devices are of particular importance:

  • the device should be constructed and designed in a manner that allows repairs to be made easily;
  • end users and independent repair providers should be able to access original spare parts and tools (software as well as physical tools) needed to repair the device at fair market conditions;
  • repairs should be possible by design and not hindered by software programming;
  • the repairability of a device should be clearly communicated by the manufacturer.
    source: Electronics right to repair - Wikipedia

Umm this is one of your predictably OT posts, we all have YouTube we don’t need copypasted tech news here, the Rhino Reddit might be more appropriate? But I’ll bite. To be devils’ advocate here, the problem with this movement that’s trying to actually push for legislation is that it’s from the exact same people who support the thousands of environmental and safety regulations that also attack the idea that anything you buy is ever actually “yours” to do with as you please, who insist that everything that ever happens in the use of a product is the responsibility of the manufacturer until the last decomposed molecules left in an old landfill are annihilated when the Sun burns out, and possibly somehow after that.

In this environment what Apple and John Deere do–and I mention them by name because this movement is very specifically targeting them, which is also problematic–is entirely defensible, and the bigger you are the more it becomes a necessity to cover your ass. Is that a bit of a suspicious coincidence? Yes! My reaction is, what you didn’t realize this might happen? I saw this coming, oh…20, 30 years ago, when I was down on the farm no less!!!

I predict this movement will accomplish something between “very little” and “actually making things slightly worse.” Louis Rossman doesn’t get to just tell Apple how to do their engineering, and what is the collateral damage of trying going to be?

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