Read more -- https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xykkkd/why-american-farmers-are-hacking-their-tractors-with-ukrainian-firmware
A dive into the thriving black market of John Deere tractor hacking.
To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America's heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that's cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums.
Tractor hacking is growing increasingly popular because John Deere and other manufacturers have made it impossible to perform "unauthorized" repair on farm equipment, which farmers see as an attack on their sovereignty and quite possibly an existential threat to their livelihood if their tractor breaks at an inopportune time.
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But at the same time do not believe for a second that trade wars cannot be "won." They can be and they are being, right now. The EU is screaming because they know good and damn well that the claims of "everyone loses" was and is a lie, and they're scared ****less by the fact that we haven't seen the market go to hell as everyone predicted would happen.#TradeWar #Europe #unfair #Tariff #Trump #freeTrade #china #IntellectualProperty
Instead the EU auto manufacturers know that they either have to drop their tariffs and restrictions on American cars or lose a good part of their export market here in the US. They want both the advantage here and there..... just like the Chinese want to steal all our intellectual property and sell our corporations slave labor, and call this 'free trade'.
[...]#OpenHardware #SocialSkills #Empowerment #CitizenScience #Technology #FabLabs #IntellectualProperty #Transition #Entreprenariat
And the materials involved are not simply physical. They are social too. If open hardware is to be genuinely inclusive, then its practices must actively empower people to become involved. Notionally accessible tools need to become actually available, and people need to feel confident using them. This requires social skills in community participation, as well as technology skills.
FabLabs are fantastic at combining face-to-face developments with online networks. These hybrid spaces contribute important infrastructure for open hardware. But maintaining infrastructure needs investment. Existing institutions, such as schools, museums, local governments, universities, and corporations are helping fund open workshops.
These institutional links bring the political dilemmas of open hardware to the surface. Is it really transforming technology development, or simply a refreshing input for business as usual? Education institutions see cool ways to induct people into conventional science, technology and manufacturing jobs. Local governments get excited about the entrepreneurial possibilities. Corporations see a reservoir of design prototypes offered up by the free labour of enthusiasts.
It is important to keep sharp open hardware’s more transformational edges, on agendas such as dismantling intellectual property and releasing investment for alternative business models. Only through a mix of craft, politics, and the support of social movements, will open hardware fully realise its potential to democratise technology.