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The EU is starting a full on war on general purpose computing. A proposed law will make it impossible to install custom software on WiFi routers, smartphones and embedded devices!

This is insane. The hearing ends today. Please give your feedback: blog.mehl.mx/2019/protect-free

I have given my feedback as a non-EU citizen. Anyone can do it, now it's your turn!

Don't know what to say? Copy/paste from here:

blog.mehl.mx/2019/protect-free

@forteller
Done! You bet I'll tell 'em that not only should custom firmware be allowed, but secretive corporate malware firmware should be abolished: ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-r

@forteller

*Don't* copy/paste though: identical responses are discarded, and similar responses (same substance, different wording) count as a single contribution.

If this is really important to you, *do* take ten minutes to come up with your own reasons and coherent wording for it. The most value is when you introduce a new angle to the discussion.

The backend system counts individual “ideas”, not how many people clicked the submit button.

@forteller that website is a mess

i registered
got email to make password
i have to make a crazy long password from '3 character groups'
i click link again to go to the issues, says to login, i do...then loses my place
now i'm searching for the issue to comment on

what a shit show...it's like they're trying to discourage people from commenting.

@tootbrute @forteller Hanlon's razor (not malice, just incompetence), as usual with EU. Ironically, we have to deal with that incompetence when trying to prevent more incompetent IT regulation.

@ondra @forteller I saw some great posts by people but only 142. Hope that is enough.

@tootbrute @forteller Quality > quantity. :) But I'm seeing it being shared widely now, so more are probably coming.

@tootbrute @forteller

watch out for malice masquerading as incompetence, I always say

That's hilarious. Not in a good way, but in a twisted, messed up kind of way! I can think of very few good reasons (well, "a few" is too generous) to pass this law.

@forteller

1) that regulation is from 2014 was implemented as national law by 2016

2) it's not "the EU" that does these things, it's the polititians and parties we elected. please name them.

@forteller I need the details. This is funny. How the legalese will go into law forbidding a person to install software to a device they own and how it penalizes the guilty party and who that is will be interesting. What if a random hacker put the software on my router that I wanted on it? "Your honor, I don't know how it got there. =) Oh, they had information only *I* would know? Interesting - they're good."

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