Last week a group of people met in Nebraska to discuss a Right to Repair bill in that state. Excellent points were made and some things were difficult to watch. What was so amazing to me was the high level of expertise on the pro-repair side and the low level of expertise represented on the anti-repair side. What does that mean? On the pro-repair side, there were small business owners who had been doing repair for decades and really knew what they were talking about. However, on the anti-repair side you saw a lot of legal and marketing advisors who were being paid by the large corporations to inject fear into the hearings. One strong case in point was that of the mysterious, exploding "magnatrometer" that the lady from the appliance manufacturers consortium warned about. You can see some of her strange testimony here in Louis Rossmann's video. On Jessa Jones' edit of the hearings you get to see counsel from CTIA talk about the evils and dangers of independent repair. By the way, CTIA puts on a huge expo each year that draws in independent repair groups from all over the country. It looks like CTIA is no friend to independent repair. She looks very rattled in her testimony. That's probably because she has a lot of business contacts from the independent repair sector sitting behind her that are throwing mental lawn darts at her as she speaks. If you were wondering just exactly what a EULA is, here is Linus to help explain. And here is the man who brought that EULA to life. And just for fun, here are Louis' and Jessa's videos showing you what it is like to deal with "authorized repair": At 2:00, you will hear an Apple Authorized Repair person say that a headphone jack in an iPhone 6 is soldered to the board. It is not! This is a $40 dollar repair! At 19:00 in Jessa's video you will hear an Apple Authorized repairman say that Apple doesn't want them to fix devices even if they knew how because at that point they would just become an iPhone repair shop. OUCH!! Remember, it's not just Apple that is doing these things. This behavior is rampant in corporate America today and is taking "ownership" away from consumers and replacing it with an expensive "lease your life" model. To keep up to date on Right to Repair, here is our website. Do you have a Playstation 4 or Xbox One that needs repair? Check us out!view more
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