New Macbooks and Imacs will brick themselves if they think they're being repaired by an independent technician
@doctorow This is a straight up violation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act
@feld @matt @doctorow
Surely the US govt. can't compel Apple to provide unlock codes for any interdiction it desires and surely China doesn't have all the T2 IP and documentation it requires to generate its own and surely Israel doesn't already have an active exploit. It is a nation state countermeasure and not vendor lock-in feature.
@doctorow Jesus. I give up.
Yet another reason I'll never spend money on any apple product.
@doctorow I'm guessing the story behind that is to make interdiction attacks harder (cf. the recent Bloomberg headlines about China modifying server boards with backdoor chips) but it also just so happens to hurt legitimate reasons to swap hardware
I like this and hate this all at the same time. It means someone cannot make unwanted changes to my computer without me knowing it . It also means that I need to take my device into Apple to get it unlocked should I choose to make hardware changes on my own.
As long as the unlock process is straightforward then I do not see the big issue except for parts of the world where Apple stores do not exist.
@doctorow that sounds totaly dystopian... but it kind of closes an attack surface. And if you have enough monney to by apple hardware you are probably rich enough to use the apple-repair-service, or just by a new device.
@doctorow This is why I will only use Free Software and Hackintoshes from now on (I like OS X too much and am unwilling to change my keyboard muscle memory)
@doctorow Glad I went with a Librem laptop...
@doctorow Don't delay, throw away!
@doctorow Monopolies suck
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