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Old 2019-05-26, 17:32   #12
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I used to work for a Government Telecommunications company that had 4,500 staff and 6,500 PCs. Early on when PCs were becoming more common, each was built as required and handed over with free reign. When errors and failures and viruses overwhelmed support staff and became a security threat something had to change. They went to a process of about a dozen "standard" builds fully locked. On rare occasion you could have Admin rights. The 5% who truly knew what they were doing felt handcuffed and complained. The 50% who thought they knew what they were doing also complained not realizing they were being saved from themselves. The rest didn't care or didn't want to have to manage it.

It was a model that worked.
Support costs and errors dropped dramatically.
PCs behaved consistently.
The software installation process was mostly hands off.
That's when someone else owns the stuff. They get to say what happens.

It is different when the user owns (bought and paid for) the stuff. They don't want some other company telling them what to do with the stuff they own.

Oh, you thought just because you paid for it that you can do whatever you want with it? Haha, nope, we will keep control over it because we can, and because we don't like it when you don't come to us for expensive overpriced servicing and parts. We gotta make enough to pay our CEO's huge salary, else how will he ever eat?

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Old 2019-05-26, 20:15   #13
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I didn't realize they could be identified and removed.
Is there a simple explanation?
The ?-separated url extensions are "utm codes" used for data analytics and marketing:

https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/w...cking-codes-ht

Nearly all the time you can sanitize a url by simply deleting everything beginning with the (parsing left-to-right) first '?', but on rare occasions I've encountered urls where the page won't load without at least the first ?-delineated extension. So after deleting ?... load the resulting url to make sure it still works.

There's (at least) a second kind of such tracking-foo, in form of the 'ref=' tag. Here's an example Amazon.com link containing both kinds of tags:

https://www.amazon.com/Dow-36-000-St...=UTF8&qid=&sr=

In this case you can delete everything starting with '/ref=', and the resulting link still works, though th book in question remains just as inane as before:

https://www.amazon.com/Dow-36-000-St.../dp/0812931459
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Old 2019-05-26, 23:52   #14
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The ?-separated url extensions are "utm codes" used for data analytics and marketing:

https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/w...cking-codes-ht

Nearly all the time you can sanitize a url by simply deleting everything beginning with the (parsing left-to-right) first '?', but on rare occasions I've encountered urls where the page won't load without at least the first ?-delineated extension. So after deleting ?... load the resulting url to make sure it still works.
Sometimes I see 2 or more "utm codes". Facebook will lie to the user showing a clean URL on hover, but on the click will have all sorts referring going on. And on top of that they will leave all sorts of utm and fbid etc.
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Old 2019-05-27, 08:17   #15
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Facebook will lie to the user showing a clean URL on hover, but on the click will have all sorts referring going on. And on top of that they will leave all sorts of utm and fbid etc.
That is all thanks to the power of JS. Without JS none of those false leads and other shenanigans are possible. But it isn't just Facebook that does it, lots of other websites that have no integrity and no respect for you privacy also do it.
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Old 2019-05-27, 15:22   #16
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That's when someone else owns the stuff. They get to say what happens.

It is different when the user owns (bought and paid for) the stuff. They don't want some other company telling them what to do with the stuff they own.

Oh, you thought just because you paid for it that you can do whatever you want with it? Haha, nope, we will keep control over it because we can, and because we don't like it when you don't come to us for expensive overpriced servicing and parts. We gotta make enough to pay our CEO's huge salary, else how will he ever eat?
Good point
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Old 2019-08-12, 19:36   #17
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Rotten Apple: Right to Repair Roundup | naked capitalism
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Last week, iFixit reported on Apple’s latest salvo against the right to repair:

By activating a dormant software lock on their newest iPhones, Apple is effectively announcing a drastic new policy: only Apple batteries can go in iPhones, and only they can install them.

If you replace the battery in the newest iPhones, a message indicating you need to service your battery appears in Settings > Battery, next to Battery Health. The “Service” message is normally an indication that the battery is degraded and needs to be replaced. The message still shows up when you put in a brand new battery, however. Here’s the bigger problem: our lab tests confirmed that even when you swap in a genuine Apple battery, the phone will still display the “Service” message.

It’s not a bug; it’s a feature Apple wants. Unless an Apple Genius or an Apple Authorized Service Provider authenticates a battery to the phone, that phone will never show its battery health and always report a vague, ominous problem.

There are many concerns the Apple policy raises – some of which I have discussed before (see Design Genius Jony Ive Leaves Apple, Leaving Behind Crapified Products That Cannot Be Repaired).

I want to focus on one practical problem here: the dearth of Apple stores to conduct these repairs. This is a problem outside major US cities, as I understand there are big chunks of the US that lack Apple stores. This means people who live in these areas must now either schlep to an Apple store – or ship their iPhone – when they need a simple battery change (unless they are prepared to ignore bogus error messages). Uh huh.

The problem extends outside the US, too, as some astute commentators on the iFixit post have noted:

You don’t understand problem broadly enough. There are only few Apple Stores in the world. Apple is officially selling iPhones in European countries where they don’t have official service points. Support is only available as mail-in where even battery change can take from 1 to 4 weeks. You cannot even have loan phone from Apple.

Niko Salonen – 4 days ago

Hahahahaha! So if 10% of people want to repair their 1500 dollar phone themselves, screw them? How about if it’s 15% of owners? 20%? Where do you draw the line? This doesn’t even mention the areas where Apple doesn’t have any physical stores. Would you want to wait WEEKS for your insanely high prices supposedly premium device to come back damaged from shipping because some teen in a woefully underpaid job didn’t pack it correctly?

Why not go write some Apple propaganda for them? I’m sure you’d be good at it.

Devon Lasher – 3 days ago

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Apple seems to be doubling down on its hostile policy toward third-party or DIY repair. As Vice reports:

…this move by Apple is the latest in a long string of actions that have made it more difficult for independent repair companies to work on its products. For example, the latest line of MacBook Pros has a software kill switch that has the ability to essentially end third-party repair.

Now, I’m not sure that Apple has thus far triggered that kill switch. But they can do so at any time. I’m mulling replacing my MacBook Pro. The crapification of Apple laptops – including the elimination of the MagSafe [power connector] and the problematic butterfly keyboard – means that I cannot see my way to paying up to replace my MacBook with another MacBook. Knowing Apple has incorporated such a software kill switch combined with the company’s latest action on iPhone battery replacements adds up to a dealbreaker for me, especially as I spend much of my time far away from places that have a local Apple store.

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Old 2019-08-12, 20:58   #18
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1. Take the weakest, shortest life component
2. Give it a unique serial number
3. Make it an integral part of the device
4. Program the firmware to only accept that serial number
5. Advertise it as a for-your-protection "feature"
6. Sue for copyright/trademark violation everyone that does "unauthorised" replacements
7. Make "authorised" replacements slow, annoying, inconvenient and expensive
8. Profit much
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Europeans get 'right to repair' for some electrical goods
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BERLIN (AP) - Companies that sell refrigerators, washers, hairdryers or TVs in the European Union will need to ensure those appliances can be repaired for up to 10 years, to help reduce the vast mountain of electrical waste that piles up each year on the continent.

The "right to repair," as it is sometimes called, comes into force across the 27-nation bloc Monday. It is part of a broader effort to cut the environmental footprint of manufactured goods by making them more durable and energy efficient.

"This is a really big step in the right direction" said Daniel Affelt of the environmental group BUND-Berlin, which runs several "repair cafes" where people can bring in their broken appliances and get help fixing them up again.

Modern appliances are often glued or riveted together, he said. "If you need specialist tools or have to break open the device, then you can’t repair it."
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Epson, not content with a dominant grip on the world inkjet printer market, or 7% compound annual growth rate of the printer market, also wants to monopolize printer ink. A firmware upgrade of unspecified purpose resulted in the only Epson printer I bought this century (and maybe the last Epson anything I'll ever buy as a result) refusing to put any more ink to paper from an already installed and previously accepted cartridge it had happily been printing with for weeks prior, insisting from that moment onward it would only agree to function with genuine first-run Epson ink cartridges, obstinately refusing to operate with reconditioned cartridges it had already used reliably before the firmware change.

We'll see if it can tell if a "true-Epson" cartridge that has had ink added to it (from reconditioned cartridges or refill kits) has "been tampered with" and gets rejected too.
That stealthy "Epson cartridges only" firmware downgrade may also be the last Epson-provided firmware "upgrade" that Epson printer ever gets, before it goes to recycling.

It's a low-first-cost home-office printer/copier/scanner/fax/duplexing multifunction printer Epson WF-3720 trojan horse.

This article warns to not accept firmware upgrades (too late!), shows how to disable them, and reverse them, but not for the model of interest. https://www.tomatoink.com/epson-firmware-downgrade

Apparently HP earlier did the same, and was forced by consumer reaction to back down.
https://www.ghacks.net/2016/10/13/hp...idge-blocking/

Hmm, a howto for Epson WF3720 "firmware downgrade", actually an upgrade back to previous behavior, to allow previous or other cartridges again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmuLRAWUcgs
https://gofile.io/d/7e3xnD

https://www.business-standard.com/ar...1200309_1.html

https://www.mordorintelligence.com/i...printer-market

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A firmware upgrade of unspecified purpose resulted in the only Epson printer I bought this century (and maybe the last Epson anything I'll ever buy as a result) refusing to put any more ink to paper from an already installed and previously accepted cartridge it had happily been printing with for weeks prior, insisting from that moment onward it would only agree to function with genuine first-run Epson ink cartridges, obstinately refusing to operate with reconditioned cartridges it had already used reliably before the firmware change.
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The word "sabotage" comes to mind...
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insisting from that moment onward it would only agree to function with genuine first-run Epson ink cartridges, obstinately refusing to operate with reconditioned cartridges it had already used reliably before the firmware change.
That is akin to a car manufacturer insisting that you use their fuel and oil and batteries. Or that you only use CoffeeMatic pods in the CoffeeMatic Deluxe coffee maker. Or that one can only use Gillette King Size blades on their Gillette MoneyMaker handle.
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