iFixit: We Are All Geniuses, Advocates Right to Repair

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Writing for iFixit, Kay Kay Clapp advocates for the right to repair devices and says we are all geniuses.

If all this feels a bit dystopian, take heart! Thanks to repair advocates and brave netizens around the world, the tide is starting to change. This year, Right to Repair legislation has been successfully introduced in 18 states. The movement continues to spread—and for the first time, European repair allies have introduced their own version of repair legislation.

I think it’s nice that people can repair their devices, but it can also be a security risk. If it’s easy for you to repair, it’s easy for bad guys to “repair” and put hardware implants into your device.

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iFixit: We Are All Geniuses, Advocates Right to Repair

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  1. CudaBoy

    Face it, Apple is dead wrong in their industrial design and actual purposeful ($$$) practice of ripping people off for needless repairs when a simple fix found on the web will do just fine. It is a FALSE FLAG to insinuate security has ANYTHING to do with repairs. In fact, “ease” has ZERO to do with repairs unless you think those slave laborers in China are “geniuses” screwing these toys together to begin with. Stupid stupid issue. Security in general is a pathetic non issue not many people care about, but Apple’s dumb ecosystem so to speak has nothing but “security” to justify it – which is ironic since iOS and the iCloud have been hacked with no problem. This isn’t rocket science, unlike some drones believe – most people that can read and solder can repair or build anything and learn along the way – like how to make hinges actually work, and dongles not short out – both of which Apple apparently can’t do. Conversely most people wouldn’t attempt a repair if they saw exactly what was required would they?? Of course not.

  2. geoduck

    Agreed. Not to mention that waterproofing, being mechanically solid, and as small and thin as people want, will all be set back by forcing companies to make devices operable with a screwdriver. I do disagree with iFixit on one point. Most people don’t know their limits, don’t know what to mess with and what not to, don’t know how to proceed. Most people will open something up and then sue the manufacturer when they can’t get it back together. This is the fallacy of the Right To Repair Movement. IT’s really a right to destroy your own device. It’s really government mandating that big companies allow untrained storefront shops with little or no training to fix products they then have to support.

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