But this is about preventing the tool from being made in the first place. An American toolmaker wouldn't be able to make a Ford diagnostic tool either.
Lies. They'd be able to make that tool with Ford$ ble$$ing.
I would love to see all the rural inhabitants refuse to sell or transport anything to the cities. Let's see who 'foots the bill' then.
*click* Oops, your powers off.
*click* Oops, your cell phone doesn't work too.
*click* oh, shit, you cant get gas now because you started a pissing match with the local oil refinery in the city.
*click* Oh, that place you banked with just decided not to deal with you or your little farmers credit union that was using them as a clearinghouse.
The city provides for the rural and the rural provides for the city. It's a symbiotic relationship.
For the record, I grew up in the rural farmland... moved into the city because it made sense when fuel prices spiked.
I think what the science and tech community is complaining about is feature creep. I don't need my toaster to have bluetooth to tell me the toast is done. I need the toaster to last a year or three.
I don't want a fridge that can phone home to the masters and have them pester me about a 'service tech' should come out and vacuum the coils. I can do that myself.
Just because we can put a wifi card in it doesn't mean we should. If you really wanted to make sure your fridge was at a safe temp... you can do that already with an Arduino and a sensor. No vendor lock-in... no calling home to daddy corporation with your personal habits (shopping and usage).
Give me an appliance that are built to last for at least a decade.... and I'll start letting you throw Wifi in it.
They should have kept the format, changed names were required, and carried on.
That's what they are doing. Instead of the quiet Stig, its the loudmouth american. Instead of the studio, they have the tent. Instead of SIARPC, they have "Celeb Mind Whatevertheheck"... instead of "The News" they have "Conversation Street". It's changed enough(according to the lawyers) so that the BBC can't go after them.
I would go so far as to say, they'd do a complete exact copy of the show if they could get away with it... but this is what we are stuck with for now.
Lead me not into temptation... I can find it myself.