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FRONT PAGE  |  5/23/2019
SUNDAY, OCT 28, 2018  |  8 comments
The US Copyright Office has made it legal to hack your tractor
In a big victory for hacker, tinkerers, and the right to repair movement, the US Copyright Office has ruled some major changes to the legal exemption to the DMCA, making it far easier for owners to build software tools to hack, modify, and repair their own devices, as explained by iFixit founder Kyle Wiens.

Wiens’ post breaks down the biggest changes, which include:

The right to jailbreak and modify voice-assistant devices, like those powered by Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant

It’s now legal to unlock new phones, and not just used ones ...


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News Item10/28/18 3:53 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
I suppose one should look at the John Deere side of why software hacking is not the best idea?
Laurie Bedord wrote:
...“The products we make are extremely sophisticated. In many cases, the software is an integral part of the operation of that vehicle, and it is there to ensure the right customer experience,” explains Studer. “In reality, 95% to 98% of all repairs that could potentially be done on John Deere equipment do not require access to the software at all. To do so implies that you are trying to have that machine do something it wasn’t originally intended to do.”

If there is an issue with the software, a farmer can receive a new version for his specific make and model of tractor at little to no cost from a dealer. "...

excerpt from: "Are you hacking your tractor?"

[ https://tinyurl.com/ybwj5e82 ]

When this article was written early last year 5 states were considering making it legal for Farmers to do it.

This article will give you guys some idea of what the controversy is about.

Sounds like Timothy has an acreage. John Deere's are used on sections of land.

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News Item10/28/18 11:20 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Automotive black-box telemetry can be used as evidence in accident liability investigations.

Some people hack embedded software just because they can. To do it right, however, one has to be an engineer familiar with the control system, assuming it can be unraveled; it's hard enough to do when one has the source code on hand. A mechanic says that if you change the type of exhaust headers on a modern car, it'll throw off the engine-controller calibrated to the original.

I talked to an ex-Ford engineer, and he told me the source-code listing for the Taurus engine was a stack 9" high or more!

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News Item10/28/18 10:15 AM
Plain Old Tim | Possum Hollow, USA  Find all comments by Plain Old Tim
Snow’s coming, Christopher, so a group of us got together to buy you a four-wheel-drive shopping cart. Enjoy.
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News Item10/28/18 9:18 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Tractor? What in the world do you know about tractors? Have you ever even seen one? You have a Kubota? Good one. A red rider wagon with, "Kubota" scribbled onto its sides, and probably mis-spelled, with a mangy goat pulling it, and one of your kin walking alongside, with you riding in it, while making, "vroom, vroom" sound effects, does not a tractor make.

Nothing wrong with dreaming, but let's keep things real.

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News Item10/28/18 9:01 AM
H B Stowe | CA  Protected NameFind all comments by H B Stowe
GPS stands for Grandpa's perfect steering.
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News Item10/28/18 8:02 AM
Plain Old Tim | Possum Hollow, USA  Find all comments by Plain Old Tim
What good is a tractor without a GPS (ground plowing setup)?
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News Item10/28/18 2:16 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Farmers with John Deere equipment that use GPS, in their farm work, may have good reasons to hack the electronics of their farm machinery.
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News Item10/28/18 12:15 AM
Plain Old Tim | Possum Hollow, USA  Find all comments by Plain Old Tim
My tractor is a Kubota. I sometimes whack it, but why would I want to hack it?
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