Posted Aug 9, 2012 10:25 UTC (Thu) by NRArnot
In reply to: GPL v3
Parent article: GENIVI: moving an industry to open source
a car is a consumer device with a distinctive property: it can kill the user
Actually that argument could be applied to a toaster as well. (If the user trusts the firmware and the firmware has a bug that one day causes the toast to catch fire and set fire to the kitchen ....)
I'd suggest going a bit further than merely a "warranty void" sticker that might fall off (or be caused to fall off. WD40 works great :-) Put the device in a case that cannot be opened without cutting through something. Have a program-enable jumper that cannot be set without irreversibly recording that fact in (say) a fusible-link PROM. Surely that would suffice to prove "not our fault" in law.
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