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[–] Mylon 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

This is a big issue for farming tractors. They are designed in such a way that if they malfunction, one has to break intellectual property laws to get into the software and fix them. Inkjet printer manufacturers tried to do the same, putting copyrighted software on cartridges so they can claim reprogramming them is breaking laws.

These companies are intentionally spending development time designing products with stuff they don't need for the sole purpose of capturing the repair/replacement market.

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[–] vacvape 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago  (edited ago)

All of that shit should already be illegal under anti competitive/ racketeering laws. But money talks and bullshit walks.