Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Feb 2016 01:01 UTC
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The primary weapon manufacturers wield to keep consumers running for the dumpster rather than the screwdriver is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Passed in 1998, its purpose was to bring copyright law into the digital era. Among other things, this law makes it illegal for owners and unauthorized repair people to break technical locks over copyrighted content, including software. Fixers have been fighting for exemptions to the DMCA, and in October 2015 the United States Copyright Office finally adopted a new set, making it legal to unlock carrier-activated phones, tablets, wearables, and mobile hotspots. Owners can also jailbreak phones, tablets, and smart TVs, and modify the software on 3D printers, cars, tractors, and heavy equipment. Nevertheless, software in many electronics, including game consoles, is still protected by the DMCA. At-home modifications or repairs can constitute a copyright violation. At the least, it will void a device's warranty, but it potentially carries up to a $1,000,000 fine and 10 years in prison, and numerous researchers, hobbyists, and companies have been taken to court.

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RE[2]: Weapons Manufacturer?
by Pro-Competition on Thu 25th Feb 2016 18:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Weapons Manufacturer?"
Pro-Competition
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2007-08-20

Not to be nit-picky, but I'm a native English speaker, and I had to read that sentence twice because my brain interpreted "the primary weapon manufacturers wield" in the same way as the OP at first (until the grammar didn't make sense after that).

This kind of ambiguity can usually be eliminated by wording the sentence a little more clearly. (In other cases, a well-placed comma or two can help.) In fact, it happens often enough in web articles that it's getting a little irritating.

I would suggest the following:

The primary weapon that manufacturers wield ...

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RE[3]: Weapons Manufacturer?
by Alfman on Thu 25th Feb 2016 19:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Weapons Manufacturer?"
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2011-01-28

Pro-Competition,

I would suggest the following:
The primary weapon that manufacturers wield ...


You are right, you could suggest it to the verge. Once you encounter it enough your brain just glosses over it without a second thought. Here in NY there are many linguistic differences that would strike new residents as extremely odd when they first arrive even from a neighboring state. After many years of adjusting I can still recognize differences, but if I'm not paying attention they don't register like they used to.

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