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  • Jul 3rd, 2015 @ 5:40am


    General Motors is a big fan of protecting THEIR computer software. They are now asserting that when you buy a new GM car, you are renting THEIR software which is highly restricted. They would love nothing more than to force every GM owner to come back to an authorized GM dealer or repair shop to get repairs. There is a huge competitive issue here. Independent repair shops are more convenient, lower in price, and fully capable of repairing your GM car. If GM gets their way, those independents will either have to pay GM a lot of money for the rights to work on their vehicles or they will be driven out of business. In either case, the cost to the consumer will increase dramatically.

  • Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 5:33am


    I am not going to panic over the connector change. Sure I have a lot to stuff that fits that connector, but I also know there there will be a huge market for an adaptor that several people will sell and the price will be competitive.

    I think back to Apple eliminating other connectors, dropping the floppy drive, dropping the CD/DVD drive, dropping the hard drive, and changing other ports and connectors. The panic that ensued was overdone for sure, but in the end it was the right thing to do.

    There are people still running Windows 95 and unaware of the new world around them. The same with the new connector. Eventually we will buy it and life will go on. There are bigger things in the world than what kind of connector comes on and Apple device. We still have the option to buy or not.