@rysiek i find the #RightToRepair statement of principles quite lacking. Suppose you buy a thermostat that is programmed to only function when getting instructions from honeywell's server. Honeywell decides to pull the plug on the server, & all thermostats become useless. None of the 5 articles cover that.
@rysiek If TomTom stops selling maps or Roku or Wii stops their online svc, you're fucked & yet article 1-5 miss this. A #RightToRepair that leaves someone w/a proprietary box doesn't go far enough if it only gives legal rights & not tech means. I don't just want TomTom to allow fiddling w/their old box- I want TomTom to release the SDK & src code when it decides it's EOL.
I don't know what the precise legal situation is for British Leyland/Rover cars made from about 1968 to 2005 or who owns the IP for the parts (SAIC in China maybe?) but there seems to be a thriving and tolerated aftermarket to keep these vehicles on the roads (even the newer ones are becoming collectable) and I've not heard of anyone get sued for making aftermarket parts (nor any safety issues with the restored cars). So there's a framework to start from...
@vfrmedia @rysiek @seven I think with cars you often have protectionist warranties. E.g. BMW has some special expensive proprietary mechanic's computer that only authorized service centers are allowed to use, in order to control the service industry which shuts out some mechanics from working on them. I don't know all the particulars but that sort of thing should be addressed by #RightToRepair.
yes, it got /worse/ recently - (my cousin bought a G30 hybrid and gave me his OBD2 scanner as it doesn't work with newer BMWs, but I was able to use it to diagnose an issue with my older VW).
EU law is supposed to allow indpendent repairs, but still permits manufacturers to force independent garages to use one of their proprietary systems (or at least an equivalent) and many make warranty claims in first 3 years difficult unless dealer workshop is used >>
this also covers up the fact that those who buy new cars are unpaid quality control testers as most countries do not have independent roadworthiness test until the car is > 3 years old; so all the problems (some often serious) can be quietly patched up with minimal disclosure (perhaps a "right to reliability" is also needed, particularly with safety critical items such as motor vehicles?)
I would also like a "right to non-smart functionality". I do not want a smart TV, a smart light bulb, a smart fridge, nor a a smart toaster. But I simply cannot get certain devices, especially if I am looking for middle-to-high end stuff, *without* smart bullcrap.
It's a damn TV, or a toaster. It should not need the smart bits for it's basic function, and so I should be able to either get or *reliably and provably* disable smart capabilities.
bulk purchase of sets for prison/hospital/hotel/nursing home is still a big market for non-smart ones, as even in places where patients/residents might not have their viewing restricted, 40 TV sets on the wifi is a big drain on Internet bandwidth and network capacity that is also used for cloud-based patient databases!
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