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posted by LaminatorX on Monday March 03 2014, @11:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the Java-should-be-open dept.

r00t writes:

"Taking a page out of Lexmark playbook, the Keurig company, famous for it's one-cup coffee making system, now comes with new and improved 100% DRM. Apparently, Keurig is upset over re-usable third-party 'coffee pods' which allow the consumer to escape the Keurig throw-away models which carry a retail price 5% to 25% more. Keurig's CEO, Brian Kelly referred to the move as 'game-changing performance.' Perhaps this will finally be the year of Linux on the Coffe Maker?"

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by edIII on Monday March 03 2014, @11:59PM

    by edIII (791) on Monday March 03 2014, @11:59PM (#10356)

    That is just so intensely wasteful though. I love the idea of a k-cup, but adding to the landfills just to keep people using your own brand is ridiculous. I can't possibly see what pro-consumer information or capabilities are in that chip at all.

    It's greed like this that continues to look for ways to monetize and forcibly capture 'audiences' instead of thinking about how to make things reusable and efficient.

    I wish people would keep the environment and sustainability in mind when coming up with designs. It's not hard to do. There are many companies now doing it, and this is about bringing efficiency.

    100 years from now when there is no coffee people will look back at the height of our luxury and marvel that we had the resources to so blithely toss into the trash.

    The older I get, it's simply amazing and deeply terrifying how much we are like Rome in the final days.....

    P.S - Treating people like captured audiences is exactly why we are all her at Soylent and not visiting Slashdot anymore.

    Technically, lunchtime is at any moment. It's just a wave function.
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  • (Score: 1) by cykros on Tuesday March 04 2014, @05:34PM

    by cykros (989) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @05:34PM (#10796)

    I wouldn't guess all or even most of us don't visit slashdot anymore, but then, when I do (it's still in my RSS reader), it's the quickest way to get me to come over here. Every time I'm over there, I find something else to hate about beta...

    • (Score: 2) by edIII on Tuesday March 04 2014, @07:14PM

      by edIII (791) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @07:14PM (#10880)

      I don't even really think about Slashdot anymore. I know that others outside of Slashdot always derided the community for it's apparent unreasonableness when it comes to change, but there was more to it than that. It didn't even have anything to do with Javascript, which a lot on Slashdot irrationally hated. When used properly there is nothing wrong with it. Personally, the old interface we have here is comfy and familiar, but it could be spiced up quite a bit with some simple AJAX calls that don't require me to open a new tab or jump through hoops to post a comment.

      It was summed up so damn well by one poster on Slashdot at the time, and that was that we are emphatically not an audience. We are Slashdot, and that's not egoist or entitlement speaking.

      Beta wasn't just a change in aesthetics. Beta was a change in the core culture and concepts, and embraced corporate/marketing culture that is quite frankly an anathema to most Slashdotters.

      I only bring it up because the audience/community discussion is very appropriate to a lot of what is going on in this country at many levels. We've become audiences that are spoken at.

      Technically, lunchtime is at any moment. It's just a wave function.