You buy something, its yours, right? Common sense? Well, not quite. “Says who” you ask? Well, Apple and John Deer come to mind. Right to Repair gets a boost! First off, you’ll want to visit https://hawaii.repair.org/ So, there’s a movement fighting for your Right to Repair. There was a big win via the Library of Congress approving an exemption the the Digital Millennium Copyright Act allowing you to circumvent (“break”) the digital rights management of certain types of devices. https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/10/26/us-copyright-office-says-circumventing-drm-repair-certain-electronics-including-phones-smart-speakers-now-legal/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/10/feds-say-its-ok-to-jailbreak-alexa/ https://gizmodo.com/its-now-legal-to-hack-drm-to-repair-your-own-devices-1830002757 On a side note: there’s even an exemption that’s been made for online games that have shut down. Its really interesting, and quite relevant when you consider how many games are online only now! US Library of Congress grants DMCA exception for preserving online games You might remember Sam was a fan of City of Heroes, so this is pretty cool for him.
If you buy something, its yours, right? And you’re free to do whatever you (legally) want to do with it, right? Including fixing it? Common sense, right? Well, maybe not. Apple, and Right to Repair Apple has been opposed to Right To Repair initiatives in the past, and has shown itself to be less than enthused with small repair shops. So, what’s next for the legacy of Steve Jobs? Do they want you to think different or should they make sure everyone says iConform?
Many Subjects – Part 1 Given all the stuff that happens, sometimes we just need to catch up. And one way for us to do that? News show!
Many Subjects – Part 2 We continue our news show, and one poor guy didn’t seem like he could get decent cell phone reception when he called.
Californ-aye-ay! California Privacy There are times that when California passes a law it affects the rest of the country. Why? Well, its got a LOT of people, and its economy dwarfs that of many countries. So, when they decide to pass a law it can be pretty significant. Such as privacy laws. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, many cellular providers and more don’t seem thrilled by this. But why? https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/06/california-approves-privacy-rules-opposed-by-isps-and-tech-companies/ https://www.mobileworldlive.com/featured-content/top-three/telecoms-players-blast-california-privacy-rules/ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-privacy/california-lawmakers-approve-data-privacy-bill-opposed-by-silicon-valley-idUSKBN1JO35Y?il=0
This week an old idea came up again: Space Force. Space Wha-? A sixth branch of the military dealing exclusively with space has been tossed about before in decades past. So, naturally, we had to jump on to its return. What do we think? Any upsides? And downsides? And what should it actually do? We discuss that and more in this first hour!
Ah, love is in the air. Is there anything more beautiful, more romantic, than a shareholder approved merger blessed (or at least not objected to) by the government? The two become one, overnight growing in size, resources, market share, and not having to compete for it by lowering prices or improving service. … The AT&T/Time Warner Merger question Wait, what? Join Jonathan, LD, and Sam as we talk about Time Warner and AT&T’s blissful nuptials, plus Comcast’s rivalry with Disney for the hand of Fox.
We do an update about Municipal Internet in the U.S.! Municipal Internet Revisited – Part 2 Remember when we talked with EPB’s Danna Bailey about municipal internet? Wasn’t that cool? No? Part One is here! Part Two is here! So, anything new since then? Well, it looks like municipal internet has been growing, so that’s good. Looks like Net Neutrality is an important selling point, too. What else? How is it going? What benefits are there? Listen in!
As you’ve heard, the CRA regarding Net Neutrality has passed the House! That means we win, right? Actually, no. But its a start! Senate passes the CRA – Now what? So we quickly update you on what’s happened, what’s up next, and encourage YOU to keep active with a good perspective.
Net Neutrality is back in the news! Is it safe? Is it doomed? What can be done? Upcoming Senate Vote on the CRA/Net Neutrality! We hit the highlights about what’s happening in the here and now, and ponder how this might affect this year’s elections. https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/19/these-are-the-arguments-against-net-neutrality-and-why-theyre-wrong/ https://www.freepress.net/our-response/expert-analysis/explainers/red-alert-net-neutrality-what-you-need-know https://www.battleforthenet.com/scoreboard/