Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Feb 2010 16:25 UTC
General Development While the iPad can certainly be debated as a product, people on the internet are discussing not the product, but the shift devices like the iPhone and iPad represent: a shift away from a computer being accessible to it being something closed and impenetrable. Is this a future we want for ourselves?
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True, I thought I included a bit about the freedom to make one's own car uncertifiable. Even so, we don't have laws that say mechanically uninclined people can't hack at there car. Instead, we have DMCA being used to lock the car owner into closed vender services. Researchers can't legally reverse engineer the meaning of car computer codes without running fowl of the DMCA. Wouldn't standardizing or publishing the return codes improve things? Is there some justification for gouging mechanics for specialized tools, computer consoles and code lists? Should a diesel Smart Car purchased in Canada be unservicable all over the US? This is somehow improving vehicle technology?

If we were all using the same engines and the same computers in all of our cars, then there'd be no problem. But since all the car companies are in competition with each other, I'd EXPECT them to have differing computer control codes and routines in order to keep the competition from knowing their trade secrets.

And as for your Diesel Smart: since there are NO diesel Smart cars sold in the United States, why would you expect to get service on a vehicle that the dealers haven't been trained on and may not have the equipment for?

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