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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: 4, Insightful) by NCommander on Tuesday March 04 2014, @01:02AM

    by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <michael@casadevall.pro> on Tuesday March 04 2014, @01:02AM (#10377) Homepage Journal

    It's a bit worse than that. Most people who buy Kureig machines use it initially with just K-Cups, then perhaps later use different cups (I know a couple of people with them, and my old roommates had one as well which I used fairly often). I mean, its a bloody plastic cup with a bit of foil that shoots hot water through it.

    Now the cups are going to need some sort of electronic method to get the DRM shit to work, and that means the cups will be even more environmentally unfriendly, and more expensive. Who the fuck wins for this?

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by edIII on Tuesday March 04 2014, @05:49AM

    by edIII (791) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @05:49AM (#10463)

    "Who the fuck wins for this?"

    The Share Holders, the only caste that matters now...

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by davester666 on Tuesday March 04 2014, @06:12AM

    by davester666 (155) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @06:12AM (#10471)

    keurig of course. not only will the cup be more expensive to produce due to the drm, but keurig will want a cut on top of that for 'inventing' this technology.

    • (Score: 2) by JeanCroix on Tuesday March 04 2014, @03:32PM

      by JeanCroix (573) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @03:32PM (#10681)
      When the CEO uses the phrase "game-changing performance," he's not referring to the function of the machine or the quality of the coffee - he's talking about their share price.
  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by mojo chan on Tuesday March 04 2014, @01:29PM

    by mojo chan (266) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @01:29PM (#10598)

    I wonder if that makes it qualify as WEEE waste in the EU? Can't just throw the empty pods in the bin in that case.

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