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Nominal Animal:
It is just another example of the excessive rent-seeking so prevalent today.


Make no mistake: I am for market competition, and making the most profit a company can.  What I object to, is getting the users to pay both coming and going, and especially using law (like DRM circumvention bans on hardware you own) to ensure profit at every possible step.  Just like with taxes, there is an optimal balance; and extracting everything even remotely possible, will just salt the fields.  Rent-seeking without reciprocality is damaging to both the economy and the human society: it focuses us to the wrong things.

Just the other day, I started wondering if de-electronizing of utility vehicles like garden tractors would actually be a valid market niche. Like the Linux kernel, you'd have a garden tractor platform with completely open schematics and hardware designs, extendable by users, with no possibility of DRM or similar lock-in.  If you get one, you can do anything you like with it, and if you have the equipment or access to someone with a metal shop, you can even make replacement parts yourself forever.  Small one-man metal shops could do all maintenance and replacements, and add-on features like GPS tracking could be added by dedicated similarly open electronics shops.

(Why garden tractors?  I like gardening, and tractors are currently even more DRM-locked down than cars are.  It is also a very similar platform to the Linux kernel, having hard attachment points for all kinds of tools, like for digging, trenching, and for a small garden tractor, even cutting the lawn.)

PKTKS:

--- Quote from: Nominal Animal on March 16, 2022, 04:57:48 am ---It is just another example of the excessive rent-seeking so prevalent today.
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Here .. where exorbitant taxes are always eroding  economy.. this has been harboring for some as a business ..  really nasty business...

IRONIC as a mock..  they are already selling this new feature of a crippled locked hardware as security.. and promoting that with fanfare..

IRONIC how ignorance may be a bless for those paying for such completely empty and void  security..  no more than a crippled rented hardware...

they will expire the gizmo as soon as the need for cash demands..

I AM ALREADY SEARCHING ALL POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVES to replace x86.

Paul

SiliconWizard:
As I talk about now and again, what is concerning is not the free market approach whatsoever. (And one could even argue that the kind of economy we have these days is actually *not* quite free market for a number of reasons that would take a while to elaborate on.)

What is concerning is the fact more and more companies have been able to switch to a model that doesn't force them to please their customers, which was once the rule for doing business. They can increasingly come up with products that are in fact *worse* than their previous ones while raising prices, and still get away with that. The "rent" model is a tool to that end, but it's not directly related, of course. Companies can always rent very expensive stuff (that is expensive for completely objective reasons), and they have been doing so for ages. That's not a problem and actually helps customers get access to this stuff they could otherwise never afford. But that's typically not how subscription-based business works these days. You often now have no other choice, and for products you would otherwise have been totally able to afford if they were still priced fairly.

So, rent-seeking is not the problem, it's just a symptom.
The real problem is that our economy has shifted to a model that is not balanced anymore in terms of power between buyers and sellers, at least increasingly. This is concerning and will likely end up badly if the trend goes on.

PKTKS:

--- Quote from: SiliconWizard on March 16, 2022, 05:48:33 pm ---As I talk about now and again, what is concerning is not the free market approach whatsoever. (And one could even argue that the kind of economy we have these days is actually *not* quite free market for a number of reasons that would take a while to elaborate on.)

What is concerning is the fact more and more companies have been able to switch to a model that doesn't force them to please their customers, (..)

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But it look likes so..   :wtf:

Things are converging to just yet the very same old players of ever...

Locked CPU with a MOBO and a hashed tagged OS  supervised and approved by UEFI firmware will make the very same vendors and corps. to maintain everybody out and just the same folks on the guild.

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=AMD-Joins-AlmaLinux

have a look who are the players backing distroX  distroY and so..

finally just some less than half dozen distros will boot on such generations CPUs

Paul

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