Linked by David Adams on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 03:53 UTC, submitted by fsmag
GNU, GPL, Open Source We are heading towards a world where we no longer own the hardware we buy -- and there is no point in having free software if you can't own your hardware.
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Technology may take care of this
by obsidian on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 07:01 UTC
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2007-05-12

The article is largely aimed at ownership of
cellphones. That still leaves PCs and so on.

Also, technology may put the "hardware restricters"
out of business. Look at this -

http://www.physorg.com/news199886118.html

It's a new technology called "beam-pen lithography".
From the article -

"Beam-pen lithography could lead to the development
of a desktop printer of sorts for nanofabrication,
giving individual researchers a great deal of
control over their work.

Such an instrument would allow researchers at universities and in the electronics industry to rapidly prototype - and possibly produce - high-resolution elctronic devices right in the lab."

So, an enterprising person could set up in business
by buying one of these gizmos. Let's call them
foo.com. Then, if NastyCorp refuses to let me own my gizmo, I say "fine - I'll go to foo.com and get them to make one for me. One that *I* own."

Edited 2010-08-02 07:04 UTC

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