Been saying this for years and now it's actually happening

Farmers are buying old tractors that they can actually repair instead of new ones which come with DRM lockdown malarkey

A John Deere built in the 70s is actually reparable by yourself, without a diagnostics computer or a ransom

Ironically, capitalism (which was supposed to drive innovation), is eating itself out of relevance

Strongly relevant:
Jonathan Blow - Preventing the Collapse of Civilization

It's a treatise on the transferability of knowledge and skills, which aren't automatic. Contrary to popular belief

Knowledge is fragile. The skills to build and repair must be preserved and shared, lest we fall victim to our own success by depending too much a few silos which hold all the keys to the castle of civilization

@cypnk Great to see and I imagine the trend will continue. Imho, 'Capitalism' is (slowly) self correcting by creating the new market for old tractors. Similar to new organic food markets, or new craft beer markets, whatever etc. If a new regulation to limit the stupidity of these overly 'innovated' tractors was created, the old tractor marketplace would never mature. Customer might also never realize the perverted corporate exploitation. (Assuming that is the implied alternative to 'capitalism')

@makelovenotwar @cypnk
People have been calling for regulation for years, but corporate lobbying is powerful.
There have probably been more police raids on pirate site owners than on CEOs who fucked with the future of the planet.
Or look at the Standing Rock protests.
I think this explains the problem quite well:

@cypnk sometimes at antique stores in small farming towns I have stumbled across machinery built by hand to process harvests or otherwise help with farm work. Stuff from the 30s mostly.

Usually, at the heart of these machines was an old tractor engine or a drive shaft that was to be connected to a belt powered by an old tractor engine.

It isn't just that these things were repairable, it's that they were customizable, understandable, and adaptable.

@ajroach42 @cypnk people were mechanically inclined back then due to circumstances. Not to mention most every built back then were built to last a long time, also, built to be repairable.

@cypnk Capitalism is trying to destroy the concept of personal property and tech libertarians are at the vanguard of that attack...

The coming #collapse/#degrowth period is going to be a sight to behold. We see #Amazon depend on #Google at the moment. Google depends on a supply of free-money. And the corporate state and #militaryMediaComplex depending on Google.

When this thing goes down it will be magnificent - and it will.

@cypnk i’d imagine this is happening not just in the farming industry but everywhere

ask people like my parents and they’ll say they prefer having an older vehicle to work on just because it “doesn’t have computer crap in it”

@null Most definitely. I enjoy having the convenience of modern tech, but it shouldn't come at the expense of a black box. I still like to know how to fix my own things, please

@cypnk absolutely. closed source tech extremely pervasive and it’s incredibly detrimental to everything My dad said something similar - he used to fix all my minor car problems (and knew the people we could go to to sort of sliiiide through an inspection) but now it's all "computer crap."

I don't even think we can fix the brakes on this one.

@cypnk even my stepdad, who understands how much computerizing a car adds to it’s efficiency hates having to work on cars with an ECU because ECUs are such a black box system that it’s impossible to work on anything that may lead back to it without shelling out thousands of dollars in diagnostic equipment or going to someone who has already shelled out to get the equipment

it’s an honest pain in the dick

@cypnk but this isn’t just in cars it’s everywhere! cell phones, home computers, laptops, generators, solar charge systems, televisions, set-top boxes, modems, ONTs,

it’s horse shit I wonder if I said this when I boosted it - my parents have a masey ferguson (I think) so old I have no idea what the original color is. It was old when my grandpa rigged the bucket to be a lift to put the perlins up on our house (I was 5). It was old before I was born. And they still use it.

@cypnk @lastfuture thanks for this interesting thread! This problem of vendor lock in is so universal...

If only all people would understand and correct this misery by choosing wisely whom to buy from...

But sometimes there is no choice either...

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