Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Jan 2018 23:36 UTC

Third party phone repair shops say that phone makers like Apple and game console makers like Sony and Microsoft have effectively monopolized repair, using their size and power to drive smaller companies out of business.

Verizon and Apple have worked in union to thwart such bills in several states, but traditionally don't like to publicly talk about their lobbying on this front. They now have another state to worry about, with Washington State considering their own right to repair bill, created in the wake of outrage over Apple's decision to throttle the performance of older phones to (Apple insists) protect device integrity in the wake of failing battery performance.

I've said it a million times by now, but I see no reason why computers should be treated any different than cars: PC and phone makers should be forced to publicise the necessary information to allow third-party repair shops to repair their devices, all without voiding warranty.

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Maintenance and Maintainability
by on Wed 31st Jan 2018 03:06 UTC
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Have you tried working on a car built in over the last 2 decades? Pretty much the only thing I can still do on my car is basic maintenance. I once burned up the computer on 1999 Jeep Wrangler (my fault), and the thing became a 3500-lb paperweight. That being said, my current car is also infinitely more efficient than any vehicle before it. At the end of the day, the tighter tolerances come with less maintainability.

As for electronics, the driving force behind this lack of maintainability, at least in my opinion, is miniaturization. Why have multiple chips (80x86 + 80x87) when you can have a single one that includes your CPU and GPU? Why have a DIP processor, when you can have a FBGA one?

I'm not saying this is good, but it is the trend. Even more so since most people do not give a damn if they are able to replace that battery or not.

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