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Comment: Re:It's still his parts collection, regardless. So (Score 1) 3

by sjames (#48043959) Attached to: Whose car is it? Bricked Model S a no go unless Tesla says so.

Why? People have been self-repairing and modifying production cars since there were production cars. It has always been well understood that the owner that does that takes responsibility for their own work.

If all they wanted was a liability waiver, that would be one thing (perhaps a bit paranoid, but not so far out there) but demanding final say over whether or not he is allowed to drive the vehicle is way over the top.

I hope he figures out how to power it up himself and publishes the procedure.

+ - Whose car is it? Bricked Model S a no go unless Tesla says so.-> 3

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blagooly (897225) writes ""SAN DIEGO — A San Diego man bought a high-end Tesla at auction for nearly half price, but now he can't get the company to activate the car.
He says repairing the car has been easy; dealing with Tesla has been the challenge.
Rutman says he needs a Tesla-certified mechanic to switch on the car's brain so it will accept a charge. But Tesla won't do it unless he signs a liability release form. The form also gives Tesla the final say on whether the car is roadworthy."
Should a manufacturer have the power to shut down your gadget, your car, your refrigerator? For what reason? We have just seen shutdown devices for folk's who miss car payments. Buyer beware."

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Comment: Re:Where can I find the except clause? (Score 1) 517

by sjames (#48041987) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Or, you could use a cipher when writing your documents, use an obscure foreign language, or write in deniable innuendo.

They were well aware of ways to make your papers useless to an investigator and they chose to do nothing about it.

If they hadn't spent the last decades battering and abusing the Constitution, there wouldn't be so many people interested in encrypting everything.

Comment: Re:Goes to show (Score 1) 132

by sjames (#48031075) Attached to: FCC Rejects Blackout Rules
Smith's premise of markets depended on there being a great many small buyers and sellers who were of roughly equal economic power (say, within an order of magnitude). He said as much in the often cited but nearly never actually read " An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations". (You should read it, it's free!)

So no, two corporate billionaires selling to individuals is nothing like a viable market.

Note too that he was a proponent of strong regulation and an opponent of corporate charters except where absolutely unavoidable. If you buy into the market, you should naturally oppose corporations and seek to minimize them.

As for the FDA, it came into existence because there were poisonous foods and drugs on the market and people were dying.

If you care to call for better regulation, I'm with you. I would love to see the FDA abolished with a ground up replacement, among many other reforms.

As for the current topic, I am glad the FCC i butting out. That was not an appropriate regulation.

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