HP’s ink DRM instructs your printer to ignore the ink in your cartridge when you cancel your subscription

Posted on February 10, 2019 7:02 pm

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Inkjet printer manufacturers continue to pioneer imaginative ways to create real-world, desktop dystopias that make Black Mirror look optimistic by comparison: one such nightmare is HP’s “subscription” printers where a small amount of money buys you ink cartridges that continuously communicate with HP’s servers to validate that you’re still paying for your subscription, and if you cancel, the ink stops working. HP’s argument is that it’s subsidizing the ink and you’re agreeing to this treatment in the bargain, but of course, HP isn’t “subsidizing” the ink, it’s merely charging a couple hundred percent markup, as opposed to its usual practice…