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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The California Farm Bureau has agreed to a toothless version of "right to repair" that was written by tractor manufacturers. Farmers have been some of the strongest allies in the ongoing battle to make it easier for everyone to fix their electronics. This week, though, a powerful organization that's supposed to lobby on behalf of farmers in California has sold them out by reaching a watered-down agreement that will allow companies like John Deere to further cement their repair monopolies.

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Farmers around the country have been hacking their way past the software locks that John Deere and other manufacturers put on tractors and other farm equipment, and the Farm Bureau lobbying organization has thus far been one of the most powerful to put its weight behind right to repair legislation, which would require manufacturers to sell repair parts, make diagnostic tools and repair information available to the public, and would require manufacturers to provide a way to get around proprietary software locks that are designed to prevent repair.

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"Farmers around the country have been hacking their way past...software locks"

Farmers are having to become computer hackers?

Say grace lads the future is here and it's weirder than we ever imagined.

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#1 | Posted by Tor at 2018-09-12 01:28 PM | Reply


@#1 ... Farmers are having to become computer hackers? ...

In order to repair their tractors, yes.

But this law tries to prevent that.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-09-12 02:02 PM | Reply

It's an evil corporation that makes it impossible for customers to repair million dollar machines save for they come crawling back to the original seller.

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2018-09-12 02:49 PM | Reply

John Deere figured out this game 25+ years ago.

Only 15 years ago there were probably 30 independent and separate dealers in Kansas operating 70-90 locations. (I could be off in that a bit but my point is coming) and today there are 7 or 8.

Franchise rules prevent dealers from competing and labor rates shoot up significantly with each merger.

It's killing smaller farmers.

#4 | Posted by eberly at 2018-09-12 03:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#3

On one hand I agree but in the other hand any service tech who has had the displeasure of trying to repair something after a jack leg worked on it understands the desire to lock end users out of repairs.

Personally I say heck yeah allow anyone who wants to service their own stuff to do it. Just know when you Fubar it I'll charge extra to fix it.

#5 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-09-12 03:05 PM | Reply

"It's killing smaller farmers."

Thanks, Capitalism!

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-09-12 05:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Franchise rules prevent dealers from competing and labor rates shoot up significantly with each merger.

It's killing smaller farmers.

#4 | Posted by eberly

Gosh it sounds like they need a new REGULATION to protect them from corporate greed, doesn't it?

#7 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-09-12 07:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Deere has been sued by dealers they forced to consolidate but it hasn't stopped them.

Other manufacturers have done it on a smaller scale but Deere has been very aggressive about it.

#8 | Posted by eberly at 2018-09-12 07:59 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

iDeere

#9 | Posted by grumpy_too at 2018-09-12 08:28 PM | Reply

#6 | Posted by snoofy

Exactly, ---------.

WTF are these babies crying about???

#10 | Posted by Angrydad at 2018-09-12 08:52 PM | Reply

wow, this is new news! for decades most manufacturers try to make their products proprietary.

Looks like the Liberal Lawmakers in CA are for sale

#11 | Posted by Maverick at 2018-09-12 09:20 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

GPS guided drones spray fields...GPS guided tractors plow and cutivate ...GPS guided combines. GMO seeds are sold on an almost individual basis and they're planted by computer controlled seeders. and you wouldn't believe what modern farming machinery costs.

#12 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2018-09-12 10:55 PM | Reply

The execs at John Deere have a moral imperative to maximize profits at all costs.

#13 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-09-13 09:40 AM | Reply

The execs at JohnDeere have a Capitalist imperative to maximize profits, which violates the libertarian assumption that competition controls price gouging. This is an inherently self contradictory philosophy and immoral in the sense that it violates the golden rule. Any policy which would cause the economic collapse of a society if everyone did it, is immoral and should be illegal.

#14 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-09-13 11:23 AM | Reply

which violates the libertarian assumption that competition controls price gouging

#14 | POSTED BY BAYVIKING AT 2018-09-13 11:23 AM | REPLY

Don't like it, buy New Holland or any of the other competitors.

John Deere is not a monopoly.

#15 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-09-13 11:36 AM | Reply

wow, this is new news! for decades most manufacturers try to make their products proprietary.
Looks like the Liberal Lawmakers in CA are for sale

#11 | POSTED BY MAVERICK

Damn it must be difficult being that stupid.

It wasn't contributions to politicians that did it. It was the farmers own lobbying group that did it.

But anything to slam liberals even if its make believe, right?

#16 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-09-13 01:43 PM | Reply

We are witness to the corruption of Farm Bureau leadership, similar to the corruption of union leadership in this country. Shame on those corrupt leaDre's.

#17 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-09-13 05:36 PM | Reply

Some corruption. Its a deal that weakens the license agreement, which was only put in place in 2015 in response to federal regs.

#18 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-09-14 07:27 AM | Reply

And right to repair failed in cali, died in the house.

#19 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-09-14 07:28 AM | Reply

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