I've been a tinkerer all my life. I mess around with whatever hardware (and software) I want. I like to build stuff, and I even like to modify stuff to work better than their original intention.
now, while I completely understand the manufacturers wish to control sales of ALL their extra parts, original parts and even future parts they didn't even think of - the hardware they sell to YOU are YOURS - period!
The minute the law changes on this, you have gone from a democracy to a dictatorship sort of regime where you can't do as you wish with even your own property. I can even support their wish to forbid reverse engineering with malicious intent to run pirated games on their consoles - fully understandable! But still - the HARDWARE itself is the owners property, the one who purchased the hardware in the first place.
A solution to this could of course be to RENT you the hardware, that would fix their woes right there.
I'm old enough to remember these hardware debates for several decenniums, and they are equally hilarious (and also a bit scary) each time because it's all about controlling the "idiot" consumers. Most of the consumers don't give a hoot about meddling around with hardware and won't even notice. But people like me and my buddies (and probably a lot of the Slashdot originally intended audience) are DIY'ers that love to mess around with their hard-earned hardware, my Atari 2600 is only out of date when I say it is.
Remember the TV with the V-Chip? Remember how the microprocessors in the future Intel generation should be able to be "switched off" if they didn't have some "policing" software that the gov. could control in order to "prevent terrorism"?. Remember when Linux readers/users used to be seen as terrorists and vigilantes?
Anyone - who is capable of doing things on their own - are potential terrorists and troublemakers according to the powers that be, because you have the power to tinker, you have the power to make your opinion HEARD, you have the power to think, act, reverse engineer, modify, learn and educate on your own, in other words - you have POWERS that they don't want you to have.