Small but meaningful progress towards a federal Right to Repair rule

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I generally approve of a right to repair, but we need something like certified locksmiths for dealing with system security. If anyone can reconnect a security vault like device, then all sorts of bad hats will do so. Apple is justifiably worried about having its security chips being too open. Of course, Apple could do the compromising, but that would compromise their entire brand. It would be like Bramah having gotten caught selling skeleton keys in the 19th century.

Most of the anti-repair stuff is just about making more money. Even Apple is guilty of this, though less so than a lot of other players. They put their big costs up front. If we had certified and bonded “locksmiths”, we could have a better repair ecosystem. I’m not sure how this would be managed, but I doubt it is impossible.

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