No more individual ownership . . . the corporations will own all:
You can't buy a battery for the new Renault Zoe. Instead, you have to
rent it. And if you stop making payments, the battery's DRM will
prevent you from recharging it. It's part of a larger product strategy
through which the Zoe collects huge amounts of data on your driving
and ships it all back to the manufacturer.
Just what the world needed: a car you're not allowed to own, and which
you can't use anymore if you lose your job and can't pay the monthly
battery rental fee. And if Renault's battery provider goes out of
business, your Renault is bricked.
Besides its a French car and partially government owned which is a
reason why I will never buy a General Motors or Chrysler product ;)
Corporations will go to bed with any government, Fascist, Communist what
ever. To make money, you go where the money is. Solution is to starve
the government of extra funds for such nonsense.
There is one obvious flaw with Renault's marketing policy. If
consumers can't own the complete vehicle they won't buy it.
Besides, how long would it take a disgruntled "renter" to hack the
memory and defeat it? Not long... unless of course they work for
If all the manufacturers get on board, you will eventually have no
choice. That's how it works. Intel is producing a version of this
called TPM, the Trusted Platform Module, which is (like the Renault
example) hardware-related DRM. Among other uses, it can be employed to
prevent copying or viewing of media. It can also be used to monitor
the use of the product in which it is embedded, and report back. So
we're back to privacy and rights issues for the individual 'owner'.
And then you're discovered to have violated the TOS, for which you are
subject to either civil or criminal prosecution, depending on what
legislation the industry lobbyists are able to get governments to pass
on their behalf. Case in point: Monsanto and its genetically modified
On Thursday, November 14, 2013 3:48:39 PM UTC-5, Moe DeLoughan wrote:
Yes, just like if all the suppliers of milk decided
to only offer it in 55 gallon drums. How likely do you
think that is? Why wouldn't other car manufacturers
offer you different alternatives? Good grief!
Intel is producing a version of this
Intel is making cars?
Good grief. The Intel TPM is a security feature for server platforms.
If you don't like it don't buy it. Ever hear of AMD?
Which only goes to defeat your paranoid argument.
Ah yes, throw in Monsanto for good measure. If you don't want to buy
soybean seeds from Monsanto, buy them from 100 other vendors.
What a hippie loon.
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