Pluralistic: John Deere's repair fake-out; Good riddance to the Open Gaming License (12 Jan 2023)


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Pluralistic: 13 Nov 2022 The Framework is the most exciting laptop I've ever broken


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Pluralistic: 18 Oct 2022 Being good at your job is praxis


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Pluralistic: 15 Aug 2022


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Pluralistic: 07 Aug 2022


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A Win For Harley Riders

Fuck you, I bought it, it’s MINE.

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Right-to-Repair is a no-brainer. You bought a thing, you want to fix it — or nominate someone else to fix it for you — and the manufacturer doesn’t. How ever can we resolve this intractable difference of opinion?

It’s a real puzzler. Wait, how about this?

Fuck you, I bought it, it’s MINE.

That’s got a real ring to it, doesn’t it?

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Pluralistic: 08 Jun 2022


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Pluralistic: 31 May 2022


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Pluralistic: 30 May 2022


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Apple’s Cement Overshoes

80 pounds’ worth of malicious compliance in two Pelican cases.

A polluted, plastic-strewn ocean-bottom; prominent in the foreground is a smashed iPhone; overhead is Apple’s Think Different wordmark.
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A Feature, Not a Bug

Apple CEO Tim Cook rang in 2019 with his annual shareholder letter, fulfilling his legal requirement to warn his investors about the risks the company saw on its horizon. One of Apple’s leading risks for 2019? Repair.

Apple makes a lot of money from the absence of repair. The transition from desktop PCs to laptops and then tablets and phones was a fantastic opportunity for hardware companies. A desktop PC might go obsolete, but it’s rare for your iMac to suffer a broken screen, fall into the toilet, get run over by a city bus, or fall down a sewer-grate.

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