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[http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/09/06/24/1851238/Panasonic-Begins-To-Lock-Out-3d-Party-Camera-Batteries Panasonic] issued a firmware update with an antifeature which disabled any third party batteries.
 
[http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/09/06/24/1851238/Panasonic-Begins-To-Lock-Out-3d-Party-Camera-Batteries Panasonic] issued a firmware update with an antifeature which disabled any third party batteries.
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That's a mold-beraekr. Great thinking!
  
 
==== Fujitsu ScanSnap S300 vs. S300M ====
 
==== Fujitsu ScanSnap S300 vs. S300M ====
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=== Printers ===
 
=== Printers ===
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==== Printer Cartridges ====
 
==== Printer Cartridges ====
  
[http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20050222/1220232.shtml HP printers]
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[http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20050222/1220232.shtml HP printers] have been supplied with cartridges that both report 'empty' when they have 25% ink still remaining, but also have a 'use by date' encoded into the chip, which disables the printer cartridge if it is used after that date (no HP printer will use it).
have been supplied with cartridges that both report 'empty' when they
 
have 25% ink still remaining, but also have a 'use by date' encoded into
 
the chip, which disables the printer cartridge if it is used after that
 
date (no HP printer will use it).
 
  
In general the
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In general the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inkjet_printer#Underlying_business_model business model] of printer manufacturers has been to lose money on the printer and make it on the printer cartridges.  This has caused such antifeatures as:
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inkjet_printer#Underlying_business_model business model] of printer manufacturers has been to lose money on the
 
printer and make it on the printer cartridges.  This has caused such
 
antifeatures as:
 
  
 
* Reporting the cartridge as empty when (often substantial) ink remains.
 
* Reporting the cartridge as empty when (often substantial) ink remains.
* Microchips that will report the cartridge size by number of uses
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* Microchips that will report the cartridge size by number of uses rather than by amount of ink remaining.  These will ignore any refilling of the cartridge.
rather than by amount of ink remaining.  These will ignore any refilling
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* accepting only regionnally bought cartridges (HP zoned the world the same way as DVD !!)
of the cartridge.
 
* accepting only regionnally bought cartridges (HP zoned the world the
 
same way as DVD !!)
 
 
 
===== Lexmark =====
 
 
 
Lexmark also codes both printers and cartridges with region codes (a la
 
DVD) and
 
[http://support.lexmark.com/index?page=content&id=SO3581 causes their printers to fail to print with a cartridge from a different code].
 
 
 
Interestingly, some "compatible" printer cartridges are region-code
 
free, and can print with any printer, so Lexmark's engineering not only
 
makes things harder for their customers, but also encourages their
 
customers to buy from non-Lexmark vendors.
 
 
 
There are other features of the printer cartridge industry that are
 
anticompetitive (e.g. use of DMCA and patents to protect antifeature
 
code) but do not involve specific software or hardware - i.e. they
 
aren't 'antifeatures' per se.
 
 
 
==== no network access ====
 
  
HP's PSC-series printers came with a Windows driver that specifically
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There are other features of the printer cartridge industry that are anticompetitive (e.g. use of DMCA and patents to protect antifeature code) but do not involve specific software or hardware - i.e. they aren't 'antifeatures' per se.
was designed to NOT allow the printer to be shared over a LAN, so as to
 
not cannibalize the sale of their (more expensive) network-oriented
 
printers. This could be hacked around, by installing the (massive)
 
Windows drivers on client machines and using a Linux box as the print
 
server.
 
  
 
==== Printer Yellow Dots ====
 
==== Printer Yellow Dots ====
  
Many printers produce a background of hard to see yellow dots on every
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Many printers produce a background of hard to see yellow dots on every page. This pattern is unique to the printer and can be used to identify the printer that produced a page.
page. This pattern is unique to the printer and can be used to identify
 
the printer that produced a page.
 
  
This is not officially acknowledged by printer manufacturers, but
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This is not officially acknowledged by printer manufacturers, but appears to be as a result of a shady deal between government and the manufacturers.
appears to be as a result of a shady deal between government and the
 
manufacturers.
 
  
 
See: [http://seeingyellow.com/ http://seeingyellow.com/]
 
See: [http://seeingyellow.com/ http://seeingyellow.com/]
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==== Similar to the above ====
 
==== Similar to the above ====
  
Server came with two sized hard drives 10 MB or 30 MB ( back in early 80's )  As above, an engineer arrived and flicked a switch to allow the server to access the other 20 MB, and yes, the bill was $10,000
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Server came with two sized hard drives 10 Mg or 30 Mg ( back in early 80's )  Like above engineer arrived and flicked switch to allow the Server to access the other 20 Mg  and Bill yes Bill was $10,000
  
 
==== Modern version ====
 
==== Modern version ====
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=== Processors ===
 
=== Processors ===
  
==== Intel Pentium G6951 ====
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Yeah that's what I'm tkalnig about baby--nice work!
Intel started to limit its processors capabilities by requiring users to pay extra $50 to [http://www.boingboing.net/2010/09/19/intel-drm-a-crippled.html enable some of the already-included (but disabled) features].
 
 
 
This will probably require all users of this processor to install proprietary software on their computers to be able to make use of their hardware and it will limit GNU/Linux users' abilities.
 
  
 
== Software Antifeatures ==
 
== Software Antifeatures ==
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Music CDs would be written as multimedia CDs with a data track which contained an autoloader to disable the music part of the CD, or limit access to it, on Windows machines.  This culminated in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_BMG_CD_copy_protection_scandal Sony BMG CD copy protection scandal], where the Sony copy protection software would add special drivers to Windows computers that allowed itself and anything else to hide their files from the operating system.  Rootkits and malware were quick to capitalise on this, and the software also disabled or broke other pieces of the operating system.  The handling of the whole issue also caused many problems for consumers, with the program supposed to remove the previous copy protection breaking anti-virus software as well as leaving backdoors into consumer systems.
 
Music CDs would be written as multimedia CDs with a data track which contained an autoloader to disable the music part of the CD, or limit access to it, on Windows machines.  This culminated in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_BMG_CD_copy_protection_scandal Sony BMG CD copy protection scandal], where the Sony copy protection software would add special drivers to Windows computers that allowed itself and anything else to hide their files from the operating system.  Rootkits and malware were quick to capitalise on this, and the software also disabled or broke other pieces of the operating system.  The handling of the whole issue also caused many problems for consumers, with the program supposed to remove the previous copy protection breaking anti-virus software as well as leaving backdoors into consumer systems.
  
=== Apple iPod ===
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What a great reosrcue this text is.
 
 
It seems that each new generation of iPods has a new hash algorithm to prevent the music player from playing music which you added from software other than iTunes. Each time the hash changes, it takes time for the free software community to reverse engineer the hash and unbreak the antifeature.
 
  
 
=== Apple Quicktime ===
 
=== Apple Quicktime ===
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Microsoft, in its Windows Vista guide to implementing HDMI and HDCP, encouraged hardware and software developers to '''go above and beyond''' the definitions and actively provide more features to restrict what users can do.
 
Microsoft, in its Windows Vista guide to implementing HDMI and HDCP, encouraged hardware and software developers to '''go above and beyond''' the definitions and actively provide more features to restrict what users can do.
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=== Shareware unregistered copy limitations ===
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Shareware for the MS-DOS market typically came in two versions: the one that users pay for, and a feature-restricted unregistered version that had some limit on functionality to encourage the user to get the paid version.  Restrictions included printing "unregistered copy of (application)" on printed documents, disallowing saving, limiting document size, and a "nag screen" asking the user to upgrade at startup.
  
 
=== Microsoft Windows Starter Editions ===
 
=== Microsoft Windows Starter Editions ===
  
Son of a gun, this is so hlefpul!
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==== XP Starter ====
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http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/newsroom/winxp/winxpstarterfs.mspx talks about the wonderful features of the starter editions: "Preconfigured settings" to "help reduce confusion regarding setup options", preconfigured meaning unchangeable. Also "simplified task management" by not allowing more than three programs at a time.
  
 
==== Windows 7 Starter ====
 
==== Windows 7 Starter ====
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==== Amarok ====
 
==== Amarok ====
 
The Amarok Player Development Team implemented a feature which downloads covers of Albums from amazon.com on the fly. Amazon forced the amarok team to implement a feature which deletes the downloaded copies of the cover art work after a week.
 
The Amarok Player Development Team implemented a feature which downloads covers of Albums from amazon.com on the fly. Amazon forced the amarok team to implement a feature which deletes the downloaded copies of the cover art work after a week.
 
=== Prolific USB to Serial Adapters ===
 
 
The driver on Windows Update for PL-2303HXA/XA EOL will not allow the ICs to work with Windows 8 or later (Code 10 in Device Manager). The company's suggested solution is to buy the new PL-2303HXD instead. In fact, the PL-2303HXA/XA EOL does work fine with new versions of Windows, and will work if an older version of the driver (v3.2.0.0) is manually installed.
 
  
 
== Miscellaneous Antifeatures ==
 
== Miscellaneous Antifeatures ==

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