My example: I had a Keurig coffee machine that started spewing hot water before the k-cup. I took the unit apart and determined the connection from supply hot water tube to the adapter had the plastic adapter cracked. It was a simple fix if I had the exact replacement part. So I call the company for the part... here's the kicker ...they didn't want to give me the replacement part! I insisted I needed this part and wanted to pay for it...no, you can't have this part.
What they did instead is give me a complete replacement of the coffee machine as long as I promised the mail back the broken unit's k-cup piercing part. So, I get the new machine and return the part as requested...for _free.
The old unit still sits in the garage. It's for future parts...except for the one I can't get¿
People 'hack' car computers with modules/chips for better performace/economy usually by purchasing an aftermarket unit. But imagine other more safety sensitive 'hacking' being done...
Heck, you can't 'hack' a sawed off shotgun legally. Let's start there first, and see where this goes. Maybe even have open source ammunition too, no?
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