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Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware
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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.

(via etienneshrdlu)
hacking  farming  drm  john-deere  tractors  firmware  right-to-repair  repair 
march 2017 by jm
Why Caterpillar won't be the last Chicago-bound headquarters - Crain's Chicago Business
Every major agricultural or industrial company in the Midwest outside of larger cities like Minneapolis, however, is a prospect, according to urbanologist Aaron Renn. Chicago's crime and Illinois' fiscal disasters don't seem to be that much of a deterrent to corporations shopping for a place to house their C-suite executives.
midwest  regional-reports  chicago  john-deere  kellogs  corporate-headquarters  Around-the-web  this-week-376 
february 2017 by areadevelopment
Finger weg von deinem eigenen Traktor: John Deere wehrt sich gegen "Traktor-Modding" | heise online
"das beispiel der farmer weist auf ein wachsendes problem hin in einer welt mit immer mehr smarten geräten: hersteller können ihre marktmacht missbrauchen, um die besitzrechte der kunden massiv einzuschränken. der verbraucher hat ohne eine klare rechtliche klärung meist das nachsehen."
diy  modding  lang:de  john-deere 
april 2015 by chl-archive

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