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Author Topic: [Puzzle] Can anyone explain this?  (Read 932 times)

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[Puzzle] Can anyone explain this?
« on: April 23, 2015, 09:59:59 AM »
Ok, so I'm posting in another thread and I copy some text from a web page and bold the last line.

http://www.wired.com...t-nightmare-farmers/

This is what I get:

Quote

Aside from using it, there’s not much you can do with modern ag equipment. When it breaks or needs maintenance, farmers are dependent on dealers and manufacturer technicians—a hard pill to swallow for farmers, who have been maintaining their own equipment since the plow.

“[DIY repair] is cheaper than calling out the technician. But that information is just not out there,” Dave explained to me.

The cost and hassle of repairing modern tractors has soured a lot of farmers on computerized systems altogether. In a September issue of Farm Journal, farm auction expert Greg Peterson noted that demand for newer tractors was falling. Tellingly, the price of and demand for older tractors (without all the digital bells and whistles) has picked up. “As for the simplicity, you’ve all heard the chatter,” Machinery Pete wrote. “There’s an increasing number of farmers placing greater value on acquiring older simpler machines that don’t require a computer to fix.”

The problem is that farmers are essentially driving around a giant black box outfitted with harvesting blades. Only manufacturers have the keys to those boxes. Different connectors are needed from brand to brand, sometimes even from model to model—just to talk to the tECU. Modifications and troubleshooting require diagnostic software that farmers can’t have. Even if a farmer managed to get the right software, calibrations to the tECU sometimes require a factory password. No password, no changes—not without the permission of the manufacturer.

John Deere, in particular, has been incredibly effective at limiting access to its diagnostic software. Which is why I wouldn’t have been able to tweak the programming on Dave’s tractor, even if I had been able to hack together the right interface. John Deere doesn’t want me to. The dealer-repair game is just too lucrative for manufacturers to cede any control back to farmers.

Most of the text is gone.

This is where the text starts disappearing:

Code: HTML [Select]
  1. <p>“[DIY repair] is cheaper than calling out the technician. But that information is just not out there,” Dave explained to me.</p>

If you inspect the element, you'll see additional quotes there.

What is going on? Some kind of new non-printable character hack?

Using Opera 28.0.1750.51.

(I hope this works this time, otherwise I'll have to delete everything and ask for the thread to be deleted -- the preview works.)
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Re: [Puzzle] Can anyone explain this?
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2015, 10:00:24 AM »
It worked. And the code tags worked fine.
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