milan.budimirovic at sympatico.ca
Sun Nov 30 10:05:22 EST 2003
I just saw this article on InfoWorld.
The high cost of InkJet ink is nothing new, but this latest trend is
absolutely appalling. That once-revered companies like Hewlett-Packard
and the Seiko Corporation (which owns Epson) would stoop to deceptive,
heavy-handed business practices such as this is all the more
disappointing. This would be like Honda selling cars that were
electronically rigged to accept only Honda-brand gasoline, which of
course cost four times as much as the "generic" stuff.
Actually, this is not all that off-topic, because the issues that arise
in this case are identical to what we face in Free/Open Source software.
People are being sued under the DMCA for reverse-engineering the
microchips that allow you to refill your printer.
Also, pies in the faces of all the computer publications that routinely
review the latest "must-have" inkjet printers without ever mentioning
the cartridge scam, let alone addressing things like the per-page cost
of operating the unit.
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