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Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware
DRM working as expected:
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 
5 weeks ago by jm
Sandymount Repair Cafe
'A repair café brings together people with things that need fixin' with people who have the skills to fix them in a social cafe style environment. It is an effort to move away from the throwaway culture that prevailed at the end of the twentieth century and move towards a more sustainable and enlightened approach to our relationship with consumer goods. Repair cafes are self organising events at a community level run by local volunteers with the support of local community groups, local agencies and other interested organisations. They are not-for-profit but not anti-profit and an important part of their goal is to promote local repair businesses and initiatives. www.repaircafe.ie is the online hub of a network of repair cafés across Ireland.'

Sounds interesting: https://twitter.com/DubCityCouncil/status/481777655445204992 says they'll be doing it tomorrow from 2-5pm in Sandymount in Dublin.
dublin  sandymount  repair  fixing  diy  frugality  repaircafe  hardware 
june 2014 by jm
14 Apple hacks from sugru
I like the impromptu docking station hack
apple  sugru  hacks  hardware  fixing  repair  diy 
october 2013 by jm
Locally Repairable Codes
Facebook’s new erasure coding algorithm (via High Scalability).
Disk I/O and network traffic were reduced by half compared to RS codes.
The LRC required 14% more storage than RS (ie. 60% of data size).
Repair times were much lower thanks to the local repair codes.
Much greater reliability thanks to fast repairs.
Reduced network traffic makes them suitable for geographic distribution.
erasure-coding  facebook  redundancy  repair  algorithms  papers  via:highscalability  data  storage  fault-tolerance 
june 2013 by jm

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