Puckdropper
It's only a matter of time before all this computerization
Sat Oct 09, 2021 11:58pm
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goes awry. Ask anyone who works on Windows source code, they'll tell you that it HAS bugs in it and they won't fix it unless certain conditions are met. Can you imagine hitting a bug in your car that the manufacturer won't fix and won't release anything to let someone develop a fix, and your car is unusable? Happened to Richard Stallman with a printer...

I wonder if some of the "technologists" or "technical use visionaries" saw stuff like Digital Restriction Management and software-created lockouts coming. I just don't remember seeing any of that when reading stuff like "where will tech take us?" type articles.

    • I heard about the John Deere fasco before. - Erik_, Thu Oct 07 2021 2:56pm
      I heard that some farmers were opting to keep 40+ year old tractors in service or bringing them back out once their brand new tractor died and they weren't able to fix it without paying a ton of money to John Deere. Definitely an underhanded business model that I too hope doesn't spill over to... more
      • It's only a matter of time before all this computerization- Puckdropper, Sat Oct 09 2021 11:58pm
        • things could go very bad in that regard. And if the DRMs help the company create extra revenue, they'll probably go that route regardless if it screws over the customers because in the end, if they're large enough, they know they'll win. I'm waiting to see some stupid car thing come out like: ... more
          • Carbon Monoxide Detectors do that - Puckdropper, Tue Oct 12 2021 4:47am
            I guess their sensor is only good for 7 years or so, but it's annoying to have to replace them. Good thing they're competitive market goods so the price is reasonable. Some European countries have interesting "after sale" policies to prevent such nonsense. It's things like parts have to be made... more
            • that expires so it stops working. That makes sense in that regard. Or maybe it's based on average life span? Like, some may work for 15 years but most fail between 6-10?
              • I think it's something like the item decays when exposed to - Puckdropper, Sun Oct 24 2021 4:29am
                air, so after 7 years the CO detector just won't work. I'm sure the manufacturers don't mind. Why develop something better if they have a guaranteed revenue stream? (They're also required by law in many places and if you've got gas appliances and don't have them you NEED to get one. Seriously.... more
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