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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) by hemocyanin on Tuesday February 03 2015, @09:46AM

    by hemocyanin (186) on Tuesday February 03 2015, @09:46AM (#140626) Journal

    Even new laser printers (B&W) are dirt cheap and toner is extremely cheap in the aftermarket. I just ordered three 8000 page toner carts for $20 each (I know I could have found a better deal if I looked harder but I didn't feel like it). That works out to a toner cost of one-fourth of one cent per page. I suppose that price is beatable, but the effort isn't really worth it. I probably average around 20c per day on toner. I might be able to get that down to 15c, and with 260 work days per year, that would still only save me a whopping $13/yr at the cost of wasting a bunch of time searching the net, signing up with yet another shopping cart that requires sign up, etc. etc. Not worth it.

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 04 2015, @05:14AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 04 2015, @05:14AM (#141010)

    The per-page cost for dot matrix printers around .15 to .2 cents ($0.0015 - $0.002 USD). The Okidata ML490 / ML491 has a 400-million character printhead life. The quality is 360 x 360 dpi because it is 24-pin. Because of the increased pin count and head durability, it is a little more expensive than most of its kind. But you can get used, refurbished, or something else. Laser has higher quality and is less noisy, although I like the nostalgia of dot matrix since I print rarely and I never hear it anywhere else. Toner has its own ills that I prefer to avoid.