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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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=== Media ===
 
=== Media ===
  
==== DVDs ====
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Yo, good lokoin out! Gonna make it work now.
 
 
DVDs include a whole collection of different antifeatures. These include things like region coding, DVD CSS, other types of DRM, unskippable advertisments and more. No user asked for any of these and you can pay extra for non-region coded DVDs, or DVD players that are nonlimited to regions -- which is just one example.
 
  
 
=== Mainframes ===
 
=== Mainframes ===
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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 ===
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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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