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posted by LaminatorX on Monday February 02 2015, @07:09AM   Printer-friendly
from the cafe-libre dept.

Well, that didn't take long!

Last year, after Coke took 10% stake in the company, Keurig started shipping a new version of their instant coffee machines. The primary 'improvement' was the addition of DRM designed to exclude any coffee not approved by Keurig. It is a scheme very much like the ink cartridge DRM of IBM/Lexmark.

One coffee maker has decided to crack that Keurig's DRM and are now shipping a device you insert into the maker that lets you spoof it into thinking any coffee is 'authorized.' They are capitalizing on their new Freedom Clip by giving it away along with free samples of their coffee.

 
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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 02 2015, @03:35PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 02 2015, @03:35PM (#140312)

    3rd party dot matrix ribbon:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GUUK3RE/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_2 [amazon.com]
    12 pack for $15

    The manufacturer's ribbon:
    http://www.amazon.com/Okidata-Microline-420-Black-Ribbon/dp/B000HRVDMA [amazon.com]
    1 for $13 Still cheap compared to ink jet.

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 02 2015, @07:59PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 02 2015, @07:59PM (#140388)

    Back in the day, you could usually find a local guy who had a re-inking setup and get the ribbon portion of your cartridge to last for several recharges after it was ostensibly used up.
    That was both green and economical.

    After the ribbon portion is badly worn/damaged, I really like the green aspect of re-using the shell/carrier (made of petrochemicals).
    If that part isn't damaged, it can be re-used indefinitely.
    The re-inking service doesn't have to keep a huge stock of shells either; that should make his costs lower.

    I've been pretty much paperless for quite a while, but there are still operations that use NCR paper; a dot matrix printer is just the ticket for them.

    ...and I really despise Jeff Bezo's labor practices.
    He's easily in the running for World's Worst Boss.

    -- gewg_

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 03 2015, @02:56AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 03 2015, @02:56AM (#140530)

      ...and I really despise Jeff Bezo's labor practices.
      He's easily in the running for World's Worst Boss.

      I get it. It is like the Walmart of the Internet in that regard. But it is effective, especially for quick and good research.

      I thought that reinking would be like finding VCR repair shops, but it looks like there is still demand because of antique and obsolete typewriters and specialty printers:
      http://www.drviragopete.com/ribbon-reinking-service.php [drviragopete.com]
      Great to know that is still an option.