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A few years ago, I was standing in a South Korean field, knee deep in mud, incredulously asking one of my maintenance Marines to tell me again why he couldn't fix a broken generator. We needed the generator to support training with the United States Army and South Korean military, and I was generally unaccustomed to hearing anyone in the Marine Corps give excuses for not effectively getting a job done. I was stunned when his frustrated reply was, "Because of the warranty, ma'am."

At the time, I hadn't heard of "right-to-repair" and didn't know that a civilian concept could affect my job in the military. The idea behind right-to-repair is that you (or a third-party you choose) should be able to repair something you own, instead of being forced to rely on the company that originally sold it. This could involve not repairing something (like an iPhone) because doing so would void a warranty; repairs which require specialized tools, diagnostic equipment, data or schematics not reasonably available to consumers; or products that are deliberately designed to prevent an end user from fixing them.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Nov 22nd, 2019 at 05:06:58 PM EST
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Reminds me of G.H.W. Bush on price of milk; and Chuck Schumer questioning garnishment at Baucus' 2009 ACA hearing.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 23rd, 2019 at 08:10:34 PM EST
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