Thursday, June 20, 2019

The twisty story of "right to repair"

If you buy something, let's say a pickup truck, you would expect to be able to work on it yourself. However many control modules, CAN bus and so on aside, you'd expect to be able to change a flat tire or change your oil. You might even expect to be able to replace spark plugs, or buy a code reader in order to find out why the "Check Engine" light was on. Again.

Try that with a piece of John Deere equipment built since 2016. Or your iThing. Or a lot of other products out there. Companies are trying all sorts of less-than-righteous moves to lock you into their all-important services business. That's because service is where the real money is at. Ask software companies how much money they make from "software as a service" - it's a lot. Companies like Deere want in on that gravy train.

The Right to Repair movement is pushing back and has been for a while. (That link is just one of many you can find.) Ars Technica has an article that pretty much covers the current status of it.

This is important stuff. Imagine how things would be if you had to call an authorized repair dood every time something in your life acted up or broke. You'd soon be the one broke.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The mask is indeed off

An Illinois Democrat state senator, who I refuse to give publicity by naming, was needled into saying what she really thinks about gun ownership.

"Maybe we won’t have a fine at all, maybe it’ll just be a confiscation and we won’t have to worry about paying the fine."

I'm seeing more and more rhetoric from the Left that indicates they think a civil war is a fine idea, and they're going to keep pushing until whatever line that ends up provoking one is crossed. They have no conception of what they're asking for, because for most of them life is some sort of video game, and for the rest they believe their status will protect them.

History shows otherwise.

Senior prepping

I've touched on the concept of prepping as you age several times, and I need to do it again soon. However, over at they have a "prepping in your Golden Years" post you can read now. None of it's new to me, but if you're just starting to think about this, it's worthwhile.

Sunday, June 16, 2019


Yeah, there are a bunch of tags on this one. I could toss in some more, but what they heck.

In case you haven't seen it, mostly because the main stream media has got a case of the "silent" on the subject, Ebola is a thing in Africa, again. It started in the former Belgian Congo and has spread, by way of a family who knew they were infected and ran anyway, to Uganda. It is about *this far* from spreading off that continent, with this far being defined as *How close is the closest international airport?"

While we're a long way from it at the moment, so far as we know we're a 14 hour international flight away from our first case in North America. Of course, the bearer of that glad news could be deplaning in NYC right now. Or they could be wading the Rio Grande. Or coming overland from Canada. Or Joey Jihadi who has deliberately been infected and sent to America to cough on as many people as he can.

I'm not going to do the daily duty of trying to keep you posted on this. However, I've finally read enough that I'm Officially Concerned (pity the WHO and CDC aren't), and I'm going to point you to Aesop, of the Raconteur Report, who is doing the thankless task with more knowledge and flair that I ever could. Save that link, since it searches by tag and will always have the newest stuff at the top.