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The Biden administration teased a sweeping antimonopoly executive order last week, including a Right to Repair provision aimed at agricultural equipment - a direct assault on the corporate power of repair archnemesis John Deere. It

But it turns out that the executive order goes far beyond tractors and other agricultural equipment - it also applies to consumer electronics, including mobile phones, and this is a *huge fucking deal*.


Small correction: Where "did" you bought.
Nobody is supposed to die here, hahaha :blobpats:

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I need to buy a new computer for more intensive workloads.
Tell me fediverse: Where die you bought your last computer in Germany?

"Biden to Sign Executive Order Granting Farmers Right to Repair Protections
The federal government is officially planning to fight policies that prevent farmers from repairing their tractors."

(via @cguess )

I think John Deere is effectively getting a Dear John letter. High time for that, what an abusive prick of a partner they are!

Ars Technica ran an explanation of why Audacity's spyware isn't really spyware:

BS. The new privacy policy says they collect:

"Data necessary for law enforcement, litigation and authorities' requests (if any)"

Ars says:

> the odds are rather good that any given company will comply with legitimate law enforcement requests.

...but why would Audacity be collecting that information in the first place?

I. Don't. Want. My. Apps. Spying. On. Me.

Drew has a nice blog post on why form fields implemented in JS suck compared to the browser's builtin ones

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The BBC is so “impartial” that they teach students “the positive impacts of climate change” along with the negative ones.

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” – Desmond Tutu

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A reminder that the AstraZeneca (née Oxford) vaccine was 97 per cent publicly funded. But thanks to the Gateses and the British powers-that-be, it’s another corporate drug now. Imagine if it stayed free, we might not even have the delta variant.

catcholic church, lgbtq+, homophobia (-) 

Meanwhile in Italy:

> The Vatican has made an unprecedented intervention urging the Italian government to change a proposed law that would criminalise homophobia over concerns it will infringe upon the Catholic church’s “freedom of thought”.

Just to state the obvious: if criminalizing homophobia "infringes" upon your "freedom of thought", you're a homophobe.

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